How to root Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD on Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich [Guide]

droid_razr_maxx_hd_dotTech has a guide on how to root Motorola Droid RAZR HD. Now we will show you how to root Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD, the version that has a much bigger battery life. This guide will help you easily root your Droid RAZR Maxx HD running Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean.

Disclaimer: This guide is intended as a helpful “how to”. dotTech and its writers are not responsible for any gain or loss (including but not limited to bricked devices) incurred as a result of following this guide. Root your device at your own risk. Rooting may void your warranty. Downgrade from Jelly Bean at your own risk; it may void your warranty or result in a brick.

Requirements

This root guide is for the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD (XT926). This root method requires for your Droid RAZR Maxx HD to be on Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich but you will be able to upgrade to Jelly Bean 4.1.x without losing root. If you are already on Jelly Bean, we will show you how to downgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, root, then re-upgrade to Jelly Bean without losing root.

Before We Begin

PART 1

Before you can proceed further, you need to know if your Droid RAZR Maxx HD is on Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean. You can find out by going to ‘System settings’ -> ‘About phone’. If ‘Android number’ is 4.0.x, then you are on Ice Cream Sandwich. If ‘Android number’ is 4.1.x, then you are on Jelly Bean.

If you are on Ice Cream Sandwich, skip to ‘Step 2′ below. If you are on Jelly Bean, you need to downgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich before you can root. You will be able to re-upgrade to Jelly Bean after rooting and still keep root.

UPDATE: There are some reports that the latest Jelly Bean OTA for the Droid RAZR Maxx HD does not allow you to downgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich without a soft brick. So proceed at your own risk if you have the latest Jelly Bean OTA for Droid RAZR Maxx HD.

To downgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, do the following:

Note: This will delete all your settings, files, and data! Proceed at your own risk.

  • Be sure that your Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD is fully charged and that you have your USB cable ready
  • Download DROID_RAZR_HD/DROID_RAZR_HD_Utility1.10.zip on your computer and extract it.
  • Install Motorola USB drivers on your computer, if you haven’t already.
  • Put your phone in USB debugging mode (System settings -> Developer options -> check USB debugging).
  • Turn your phone off.
  • Once your phone is off, you need to boot into Fastboot Mode. To do this, hold the Power, Volume Down, and Volume Up buttons at the same time and continue to hold until a menu appears on screen. When the menu appears, use Volume Down button to scroll to ‘AP Fastboot’ and press the Volume Up to select it and enter Fastboot Mode.
  • Connect your phone to your computer via USB.
  • Go to your computer and find where you extracted the contents of ‘DROID_RAZR_HD/DROID_RAZR_HD_Utility1.10.zip’ and run the .BAT file you find in there.
  • You should see this on your screen:
    1. Fastboot Restore 0.6.25 (ICS 4.0.4 Official Software)
    2. Root for ICS 4.0.4 by djrbliss (motofail2go method)
    3. Install Voodoo’s OTA Rootkeeper App by supercurio
    4. Install Safestrap 3.05.17 App by Hashcode
  • Select the first option, ‘Fastboot Restore 0.6.25 (ICS 4.0.4 Official Software)’, by typing in the correlated number (i.e. 1) and pressing ‘Enter’ on your keyboard.
  • Now wait while the program does its work. This will take a few minutes, so be patient.
  • Once done, your device will reboot and go to homescreen. Go ahead and enter the “1111” on the dial pin to activate service.

You’ve now downgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich. You can proceed to ‘Step 2′ below.

STEP 2

Before we can actually start rooting, you need to do the following:

  • Download the root package onto your Windows PC and extract it
  • Install the Motorola USB drivers for Windows, if you don’t have them already
  • Enable USB debugging on your phone. This can be done via System settings -> Developer options -> check USB debugging
  • Be sure that your Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD is fully charged and that you have your USB cable ready

How To Root Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD

To root your Droid RAZR Maxx HD, do the following:

  • Connect your RAZR Maxx HD to your Windows PC using your USB cable
  • Find where you extracted the root package and run the RUN.bat file
  • Follow the instructions on your screen that RUN.bat provides. You will be told to do something like press ‘Enter’ on your keyboard then any key to continue. Do so.
  • Now wait for it to root your device
  • Once your device is rooted, restart it
  • Once restarted, open the Play Store and install OTA RootKeeper
  • When OTA Rootkeeper is installed, launch it and select the ‘Protect Root’ option
  • After Protect Root is selected, select the ‘Temp Unroot’ option
  • Now update your RAZR Maxx HD to the latest Android Jelly Bean by navigating to Menu -> Settings -> About phone -> Software update -> Update
  • Wait while your RAZR Maxx HD is updated
  • Once your RAZR Maxx HD is upgraded, open OTA RootKeeper and select the ‘Restore Root’ option. This will restore root access to your device which now runs Jelly Bean.

Once you do that, you are done — you have a rooted Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD on Android Jelly Bean!

Conclusion

Enjoy a rooted Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD with Android Jelly Bean!

[via theunlockr]

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5 comments

  1. seanp

    Does this work for latest jb update, I wanna root so I can get in on the boot loader unlock action tomorrow but all the guys posting ab it say you can’t downgrade from latest ota without soft brick.

  2. ryan

    looks like you know what your doing, but im not sure i want to be the guinea pig and take my chances until i see some sort of success rate, thanks for the guide ill keep checking back :)