Automatic Rooting of Motorola Droid2 Becomes Easier with Step-by-step Guidelines

Written By Sam on 5 October 2010
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Whether being used as Wi-Fi mobile hotspots or mobile PCs, Droid 2 by Motorola is touted as a juggernaut at both work and play. The model is powered by a 1 GHz processor and comes with Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system. It boasts Adobe Flash Player 10, an intuitive QWERTY keyboard and expandable memory (up to 40 GB). Motorola calls this a genius device, another reason why hackers want to play with and get absolute control over the device.

Rooting the device enables hackers to take full advantage of the Droid 2. For the uninitiated, rooting or having root access to a Linux-based system like Android essentially gives you the equivalent access of Administrator. This means you will have complete access to nearly all aspects of the Android system stack.

For the curious lot, automatic rooting of the Motorola Droid 2 is not rocket science anymore, what with hackers and developers already compiling in detail guidelines to an effective rooting job for this device. And the statutory advice is the bid to root your device comes with associated risks, including the danger of ‘bricking your device’. ‘Bricking’ quite literally refers to a situation where your handset will forever be well… like a brick. In addition, rooting your device voids your device’s warranty. However, if you are ready to bear the consequences, or merely want to read it for curiosity’s sake, go ahead.

According to Xda-developers.com, the essential pre-requisites to enable automatic rooting of Motorola Droid2 include:

Root Motorola Droid 2 [Windows]

Download version 2.1.3: DoRootWin_2.1.3.zip

Steps for Windows:

  1. Extract and install or update Android SDK package (comes in .zip format) to the PC. After opening it, the folder needs to be dragged and dropped to the C drive. Then extract the files (about 7-8) from the DoRoot zip file to the Tools folder of Android SDK.
  2. Install Motorola Mobile Phone USB Drivers with MotoConnect. Rightclick on the MotoConnect icon in the notification area, and select ‘Nothing’ as the option for ‘When phone connects.’ This will stop the Verizon/Motorola site from launching when you connect the phone.
  3. The phone should be in the PC Mode with USB debugging enabled. For PC mode, go to Notification blind and proceed too USB connection, and then to PC Mode. For USB debugging, select Settings, go to Applications, then to Development to finally reach USB debugging.
  4. Double-click and run doroot.bat and the Droid 2 will be automatically rooted once process is completed.

Root Motorola Droid 2 [Linux and Mac OS X]

Download version 2.1.2: doroot.sh

Steps for Linux and Mac:

  1. Extract and install or update Android SDK package (comes in .tgz format) to computer. Just like the above, open it up and drag and drop the folder to the C drive or the desktop. Then download the doroot.sh file into the Tools folder of Android SDK.
    • Alternatively, you may download and execute adbdl.sh, a script that will download Android-SDK, extract it, and start it up for updating, and finally download the doroot.sh file.
  2. The phone needs to be in PC Mode with USB Debugging enabled.
  3. Navigate to the tools folder of Android SDK with the following command:
    cd /android-sdk-linux_x86/tools
  4. Type the following command:
    • chmod 0755 doroot.sh
    • Then run the script with the following command:
    • ./doroot.sh
  5. The Droid 2 will be automatically rooted once process is completed.

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