Root your Razr M now

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simpledave

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Wow, this is too advanced for Clockworkmod and recovery things.. :D.. IS rooting enough for making and installing custom firmware ? or it have to be bootloader unlocked to do that ? I'm so curious since I want to mod my own Android system with clean and minimal the un-neccessary wares..
 

mk1151

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Wow, this is too advanced for Clockworkmod and recovery things.. :D.. IS rooting enough for making and installing custom firmware ? or it have to be bootloader unlocked to do that ? I'm so curious since I want to mod my own Android system with clean and minimal the un-neccessary wares..

There are a number of deep customizations you can do with root, but you won't be able to truly load a clean OS build without an unlocked bootloader.

Also, for people talking about what is safe to uninstall - there is no need to freeze via TI on ICS/JB. You can Disable any app (even if not rooted) from settings -> app except the verizon app store, backup service, and emergency notifications.

If you disable an app, reboot, and all is normal with the phone you can go ahead and uninstall it. Honestly though there is very little reason to root on ICS or JB simply to uninstall apps.

Best reasons to root now would be to change mount points, optimize boot and build.prop, mess with overclocking, etc. This was very different on GB.
 
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simpledave

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sometimes the feeling of getting rid of un-neccessary things completely from the fone is great. Even some bloatwares can be disabled, The feeling of something "junk" still on the machine and somehow make it slower is killing me :D . I would love to build a completely new version of this firmware without any bloatwares.. >"<..
 

Dyelon

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There are a number of deep customizations you can do with root, but you won't be able to truly load a clean OS build without an unlocked bootloader.

Also, for people talking about what is safe to uninstall - there is no need to freeze via TI on ICS/JB. You can Disable any app (even if not rooted) from settings -> app except the verizon app store, backup service, and emergency notifications.

If you disable an app, reboot, and all is normal with the phone you can go ahead and uninstall it. Honestly though there is very little reason to root on ICS or JB simply to uninstall apps.

Best reasons to root now would be to change mount points, optimize boot and build.prop, mess with overclocking, etc. This was very different on GB.

Thanks for the disable tip!

Sent from my Xoom using xda app-developers app
 

Hell-Intimidator

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Great, now my M is on bootloop. Work fine last night after I installed gmail 4.2 in. Then woke up in the morning and it went off by it ownself. So, I turn it back on and stuck on bootloop.
 

hokieputter

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There are a number of deep customizations you can do with root, but you won't be able to truly load a clean OS build without an unlocked bootloader.

Also, for people talking about what is safe to uninstall - there is no need to freeze via TI on ICS/JB. You can Disable any app (even if not rooted) from settings -> app except the verizon app store, backup service, and emergency notifications.

If you disable an app, reboot, and all is normal with the phone you can go ahead and uninstall it. Honestly though there is very little reason to root on ICS or JB simply to uninstall apps.

Best reasons to root now would be to change mount points, optimize boot and build.prop, mess with overclocking, etc. This was very different on GB.

I agree. With ICS and JB there is less need for root then there was before with GB. At least for the average user, most of which don't know how to do any of the things you mention. Wifi tether works without root and you can disable apps from within ICS or JB, which were two big reasons to root GB.
 

danieljw

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All right, we're rooted, so how the hell do we disable those intrusive Verizon bookmarks in Chrome?
 

larryatapproved

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unroot option?

Dan (@djrbliss) has posted the root method.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=32888705&postcount=1

Despite my strong belief that people who are interested in rooting should buy devices with unlocked bootloaders instead of expecting the magical hackers in the sky to give out free exploits (which are in short supply), I'm once again continuing to encourage bad behavior by publishing another root exploit:

http://vulnfactory.org/public/motofail2go_windows.zip

Instructions:

1. Download and extract the entire zip file.

2. Ensure your device is connected via USB and that you have installed the latest ADB drivers from Motorola.

3. Double-click "run.bat" and FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. The exploit will ask you to press a button combination at one point.


If the exploit prints an error saying something like "run-as: Package 'com.motorola.bug2go' is unknown", then unfortunately you will have to wipe your data and cache partitions and try again.

This exploit should work on the Razr M, Atrix HD, Photon Q, Razr i (you might need to replace some of the binaries with x86 versions?), and the upcoming Razr HD.


Paypal:
http://goo.gl/zBGb0

Going to check out the HD very soon. Does this method have an option to unroot the phones?
Thanks for the great work!
 

hokieputter

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Going to check out the HD very soon. Does this method have an option to unroot the phones?
Thanks for the great work!

Just RSD back to the stock ICS rom. That should do the trick. There is a thread with details on here somewhere, but this link has what you need:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/How-to-restore-your-Motorola-DROID-RAZR-M-back-to-stock-ICS-from-the-JB-leak_id35580

Be aware that this process completely wipes your device...
 
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chazall1

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Is Clockworkmod available for the M yet? What clockworkmod can or Do I use?

Great work, and I did send $, "Out Standing Job "

Thank You
 

freak4dell

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No custom recovery without an unlocked bootloader. Only the Developer Editions are unlockable. That could potentially change, but it seems extremely unlikely the retail M will be unlocked.

I have CWM on a device that has a locked bootloader. I have no idea how Android development works, but it's definitely possible.
 

mk1151

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I have CWM on a device that has a locked bootloader. I have no idea how Android development works, but it's definitely possible.

Some devices don't have an encrypted signed boot loader, which means even if locked you can install CWM, you just can't modify the kernel. Moto boot loaders are both signed and encrypted, so if upon boot it detects something other than "the norm" you'll have a slim, edge-to-edge screen paperweight :cowboy:
 

freak4dell

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Some devices don't have an encrypted signed boot loader, which means even if locked you can install CWM, you just can't modify the kernel. Moto boot loaders are both signed and encrypted, so if upon boot it detects something other than "the norm" you'll have a slim, edge-to-edge screen paperweight :cowboy:

It's a Motorola device.
 
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    Dan (@djrbliss) has posted the root method.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=32888705&postcount=1

    Despite my strong belief that people who are interested in rooting should buy devices with unlocked bootloaders instead of expecting the magical hackers in the sky to give out free exploits (which are in short supply), I'm once again continuing to encourage bad behavior by publishing another root exploit:

    http://vulnfactory.org/public/motofail2go_windows.zip

    Instructions:

    1. Download and extract the entire zip file.

    2. Ensure your device is connected via USB and that you have installed the latest ADB drivers from Motorola.

    3. Double-click "run.bat" and FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. The exploit will ask you to press a button combination at one point.


    If the exploit prints an error saying something like "run-as: Package 'com.motorola.bug2go' is unknown", then unfortunately you will have to wipe your data and cache partitions and try again.

    This exploit should work on the Razr M, Atrix HD, Photon Q, Razr i (you might need to replace some of the binaries with x86 versions?), and the upcoming Razr HD.


    Paypal:
    http://goo.gl/zBGb0
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    Glad to see he came out of retirement. Thanks to all of y'all, especially Dan!

    Everyone who uses this exploit should be sending djrbliss a few bucks.
    It's the least we can do as users to support his consistently excellent and unique contribution to our community.
    There is nobody else in the same league doing this kind of work for us.
    You can't buy it for any amount of money... ;)
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    At the end, mine says exploit completed and it reboots but there is no superuser or anything. I tried to install SU from the market but no root. What next?

    EDIT: Went here as suggested and replaced SU and Superuser and it worked fine: http://aosp.us/?p=294
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    Executed with no errors. Window claimed success. Yet no superuser or root after reboot??

    Sent from my XT907 using xda app-developers app

    I replaced su and Superuser.apk in the zip with the same files from the root package on aosp.us. It worked then.
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    I'm running the official JB OTA. Just tried the root exploit and it worked like a charm. Here's what I did.

    - Factory reset my device
    - Replaced the Superuser.apk and Su binaries with the latest ones from here: http://androidsu.com/superuser/ Or you can just grab the zip attached here. That will work.
    - Turn on USB debugging
    - Run the batch file as administrator (not sure if this is necessary, but people had been reporting success, so I did it that way). To do so just right click and choose "run as administrator".
    - Make sure you hold volume up + power for long enough. You will get one quick vibration, but that's not the one you want. The second is the one you're looking for, it comes ~5 seconds later.
    - Hit enter to reboot and you're rooted. Very simple.

    I verified root access with Root Checker, TiBu, etc..