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Hi all,

I just got a Motorola Razr Maxx HD (XT912) off Craigslist ($50). The specs are below:
system version: 98.72.16
OS: 4.1.2
Kernel: Feb 1, 2013
Build: 9.8.20-72
Build Date: Feb 1, 2013

I received a notice that there is a software update to 98.72.165

Reading briefly within the forums, looks like there is a newer version (9.30.1)?

I would like to root, install TWRP, and maybe add a custom ROM.

I see that there is a root method now available for the latest version, but should I root now (and what is the most successful method), or install the OTAs, and then root?

I do not intend on using this as phone, just as a wifi device for my son (finally retiring the Charge).

Primary Device: Motorola Moto X (XT1060)
Status: 0
Xposed with Gravity Box

Previous Device: Motorola Razr M (XT907)
ROM: AOSP KitKat 4.4
Recovery: TWRP

Previous Device: Motorola Razr MAXX (XT912)
ROM: Stock JB 4.1.2
Recovery: Safestrap

Previous Device: Samsung Droid Charge (SCH i510)
ROM: Tweaked Lite 1.0
Kernel: Stock FP8
(Last edited by pistacios; 17th January 2014 at 02:17 AM.)
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I believe your in the wrong section.

Your phone is a xt912 droid Razr maxx (not hd). Do not accept that update until you confirm there is a root method available. See here

The newer droid RAZR maxx hd is a xt926 and its latest update is 9.30.1.

Your only option for recovery on the xt912 is safestrap by hashcode.
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