Rooting your Motorola Droid Ultra/Maxx/Mini will no more be a ‘big’ trouble with the latest PwnMyMoto from XDA user, jcase, which exploits 3 vulnerabilities to provide you with root access to your device.
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.
This guide will help you to gain root access to your Motorola Droid Ultra/Maxx/Mini running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Do not try this method on any other device. Proceed at your own risk.
Before We Begin
Here’s the list of things you have to be ready with before starting with this guide:
- Download the USB drivers for your Motorola device.
- Download and install Fastboot and ADB on your computer, if you haven’t already done so.
- Enable USB debugging mode in your device. If you don’t know how to do that, read dotTech’s guide on how to enable USB debugging mode on Android 4.2 and higher.
- Download the latest rooting package from the attachment of the first post of this XDA thread (PwnMyMoto-<version>-Droid.apk).
How To Root Motorola Droid Ultra/Maxx/Mini
- Connect your Motorola Droid Ultra/Maxx/Mini to your computer using a USB cable.
- Open a command prompt (Press Win + R to launch the Run dialog, then enter “cmd” in the dialog box).
- Change the working directory of the command window to the directory where you had placed the file PwnMyMoto-<version>-Droid.apk using the command “cd directorylocation” without quotes (for example, “cd c:\Motorola“).
- Enter the following command in the command window, after replacing <version and model go here> with what’s appropriate (for e.g, adb install -r PwnMyMoto-1.4.3-Droid.apk):
- adb install -r PwnMyMoto-<version and model go here>.apk
- Now, run the PwnMyMoto app on your phone.
- Your device may reboot 2-3 times.
- After the process is finished, the app will uninstall itself.
- Download and install SuperSU from Google Play.
Your device will now have 2 boot modes which we will have to swap between to get root access. When you boot the device normally, the device would boot with write protection, meaning that you will not be having root access. You can boot without write protection by booting into recovery mode. So, you can make essential changes in the recovery mode and then use the normal mode for daily use.
Enjoy your rooted Motorola Droid Ultra/Maxx/Mini!