Motorola along with Intel had announced the Motorola RAZR i on September 18th which showcased the Intel mobile processor and some decent specs. To exploit the hardware effectively, you may wish to root the device and perhaps free up some internal space and some apps that Motorola would have stuffed in and that eat up the RAM on the phone. Rooting is the first step you take to hack your Android phone and in this tutorial, we will tell you how to root Motorola RAZR i, thanks to mattlgroff on XDA forums who made it possible and also very easy.
To begin with, you should first know what rooting is. It’s nothing risky but it can be sometimes (very rarely). All you need to do is run an Android system exploit and gain root access to your phone. You will then be able to browse the system directories of the Android OS on your RAZR i which is not possible without rooting,
Before you proceed with the steps, make sure you backup all data on your device. You will not lose any data but it is always a good idea to back it up.
- Back up all apps using ASTRO File Manager. You can get the APK files using ASTRO and later restore it. Rooted users can use Titanium Backup which also backs up data along with the apps.
- Back up all contacts to SD card.
- Backup SMS on Android.
- Backup call log on Android.
- Have minimum 60% charge on your phone else you might get stuck while the update process is running on your device.
- Remove any security or Anti-virus app if you have them installed.
- Enable USB Debugging. This can be don by Settings>Applications>Development and making sure that USB Debugging is checked.
- Make sure your phone is not locked to any network!
Disclaimer: Hack My Android is not responsible for any damage that your device may face during this process. The developer is also not responsible for the same. There are little chances that your device may face any issue. However, try this at your own risk. This process voids the warranty of your device.
Steps to Root Motorola RAZR i
- The first step should be to unlock the bootloader of your device for which you can follow the steps given here.
- Once you have unlocked the bootloader, download the necessary drivers.
- On your phone, in the settings menu, enable USB Debugging under “Developer options”.
- Connect your phone to the computer via USB Cable.
- Download the rooting package for Windows | Mac | Linux.
- Extract the contents of the zip file and run the file “Root.bat” (.bat on Windows, .sh on Linux and Mac).
- Your device will reboot and you will have a rooted phone.
What happens? The developer explains:
This will launch an ADB reboot to bootloader command to your device, flash an insecured kernel from xda member meyskld, reboot, remount the system as re-writeable, plop in and set permissions for x86 compatible root files (su binary by Chainfire, please do not update it in Superuser.apk… it will put the ARM binary instead), and then flash back the secured kernel so OTA updates will not be affected.
If you face any issues with this, kindly lets us know in the comments below.