How To: Root the Motorola CLIQ (Updated 04.09.10)

I. Download and Install the Motorola Drivers

1. Download and Install the Motorola Drivers:

Windows 32 bit
Windows 64 bit

II. Set up the SDK/ADB if you haven’t already.

Use our How To Setup ADB procedure and then come back to this once you are done and can see the serial number.

*Make sure you do the step in the ADB procedure (On your phone, click Settings > Applications > Development and make sure USB Debugging is on.)

III. Flash the Rooted Update

1. Download the update and save it somewhere on your computer.

Rooting Update

2. Plug in your phone via USB cable.

3. Mount the SD card so we can transfer files to it.

4. Save the update.zip file you just downloaded it to the root of the sd card (NOT in any folders, just on the SD card itself). Once it is done transferring, leave the phone plugged in to the computer.

5. Turn the phone off

6. Turn the phone back on by holding down Camera and Power (keep holding it until it tells you to stop). Then press volume down to get into recovery.

7. Hit Alt L to bring up the menu. Then select Apply Update and wait for it to flash. Click reboot device.

8. NOW, GOTO THE HOW TO LOAD A CUSTOM ROM PROCEDURE AND FLASH A CUSTOM ROM TO GAIN FULL ROOT ACCESS! (FLASHING A NEW CUSTOM ROM WILL ALSO FIX YOUR KEYS BEING MAPPED WRONG!)

Thanks HandlerExploit!

If this procedure helped you, please consider donating to the original developer or at least sending them a thank you.

Now that you are rooted, head here to learn some of the fun things you can do!

For all the devices we have rooting procedures for, head here.


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  • Skinidud786

    will i lose my unlock after rooting?

    • http://www.facebook.com/mcaniff Matthew Caniff

      …your unlock? I’m not sure what you mean…

  • http://www.gatesheadmobiles.co.uk Joegateshead

    Hi everyone i think it is urgent that i clarify a few points
    i just got my motorola b200/dext/cliq/…
    i wanted to tether it to my computer through wifi i downloaded the app from market and it said i needed to root it
    i just followed the instructions above i missed out the first bit on the computer of sdk/adb but i turned on usb debugging.
    i put the update.zip on sd and followed the instructions now i want to know what the CUSTOM ROM IS AND IF IT IS REQUIRED?
    also can i update the android from 1.5 to say 2.1?
    can everybody with experience try and help please QUICK PLEASE

    • Iantyrer

      Blur_Version.2.1.5.MB200.T-Mobile.en.US.zip     download this file find it in google… rename file to update.zip….. the it put on sd card….turn phone off ….hold power and camera key….press volume down button….you will get a triangle ….touch bottom right side of screen ….u will get three options ….press update.zip then press ok …….. all done …happy days…. have fun

      • Ramale

        does not work like that, it does not verify

  • Rivianer56

    Problem : When I get to the bootloader screen and try to select apply update, it tells me that the ‘update.zip’ file is “bad” and goes on to abort update. I’ve redownloaded the ‘update.zip’ file and even unpackaged then repackaged the files and still no luck. ANY HELP?

    Thank you!

  • Seraphim Mb

    cant get past the step in the commands is there a quicker way do this with a cliq xt? 

  • Currytuba24

    I cant get this to work because i have windows 7.. what should i do? 

  • Ramale

    i had a blur 2.1 i thought this is newer one and i rooted my phone, found that this was preety damm old, i can’t unroot it, i tried to master reset it, even master reset does not clear it. i bricked up my phone.
    any help or suggestation.

    • Alx_sterling

      super one click follow the steps on there it has an unroot option

  • Jorge572009

    ill have u guys know u guys messed up my motorola cliq 

  • Alx_sterling

    the first time i did this it fucked up if it does that to you which it seems it has try and reboot into recovery mode again and re do the process with the update zip it should pop up with three choices again telling you what to do hold menu+back it should now reboot with the orange box (cell provider in france) your phone will load to the main screen plug in phone once it gets to main screen and go into usb mode delete the update zip and put on the custom rom you want (i used the superosr you can look for the one you want) and the flash image from the page in step 8 from there you now put the phone back into charge mode using your adb script type from the folder you downloaded your sdk tools into(you will have to cd into that folder ie : cd c:program filesandroidandroid-sdkplatform-tools <- this is the path where my adb is located in and then follow my steps) type
    adb devices
    your phone should show up in the terminal then type
    adb shell
    you should have a # on your computer terminal from there type
    flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery-RA-cliq-v1.5.2.img
    once it finishes another
    #
    should appear now close the command window
    next power down the phone if its plugged in its going to automatically turn back on and when it does
    hold the power and camera button
    this will put you back into recovery mode it should look different than it did before
    from there hit the volume down key
    you'll now either have to hit alt+l to get the options up or they will already be there
    use the volume down key until you get to wipe click the home button then hit the home button again on the wipe to factory default setting that will run and complete then you go back to the 1st options list and click flash from zip use your custom ROM or the one i used and the itll flash through the setting youll probably have to hit menu+back to get it to reboot or something i just did it but dont remember if it did automatically or if i had to click something and presto your phone will turn back on and youll enter your google account and life will be good

  • Alx_sterling

    the first time i did this it fucked up if it does that to you which it seems it has try and reboot into recovery mode again and re do the process with the update zip it should pop up with three choices again telling you what to do hold menu+back it should now reboot with the orange box (cell provider in france) your phone will load to the main screen plug in phone once it gets to main screen and go into usb mode delete the update zip and put on the custom rom you want (i used the superosr you can look for the one you want) and the flash image from the page in step 8 from there you now put the phone back into charge mode using your adb script type from the folder you downloaded your sdk tools into(you will have to cd into that folder ie : cd c:program filesandroidandroid-sdkplatform-tools <- this is the path where my adb is located in and then follow my steps) type
    adb devices
    your phone should show up in the terminal then type
    adb shell
    you should have a # on your computer terminal from there type
    flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery-RA-cliq-v1.5.2.img
    once it finishes another
    #
    should appear now close the command window
    next power down the phone if its plugged in its going to automatically turn back on and when it does
    hold the power and camera button
    this will put you back into recovery mode it should look different than it did before
    from there hit the volume down key
    you'll now either have to hit alt+l to get the options up or they will already be there
    use the volume down key until you get to wipe click the home button then hit the home button again on the wipe to factory default setting that will run and complete then you go back to the 1st options list and click flash from zip use your custom ROM or the one i used and the itll flash through the setting youll probably have to hit menu+back to get it to reboot or something i just did it but dont remember if it did automatically or if i had to click something and presto your phone will turn back on and youll enter your google account and life will be good

  • gabby

    i just want to root my phone and its not working idk what to do

  • Welcomechsm

    thank you very much for the guide

  • Josh

    When i click on download drivers it just brings me to the motorola company home page. What do i do?

    • Anonymous

      You have to find the cliq page and select driver downloads