How To: Root the Motorola Droid (Android 2.0.1 & 2.1)

 

I. Before You Begin

1. This is for Verizon Droids ONLY, not Milestones (GSM). For the Milestone go here.

2. THIS WILL ERASE YOUR DATA AND YOU MAY NEED TO REACTIVATE THE DROID TO LOGIN AFTER COMPLETING SECTION II.

II. Downgrade to 2.0.1 with RSDLite

1. Download RSD Lite, the 2.0.1 .sbf file, and the Motorola Drivers.

Motorola Drivers
RSD Lite
Droid 2.0.1 Firmware

2. Install RSDLite by double clicking the RSD Lite.msi file you just downloaded.

3. Once RSDLite is installed, unzip the drivers folder you downloaded (32 bit OR 64 bit), then double click the Motorola Consumer Driver Installer application and install the drivers.

4. Plug in your phone to the computer via USB cable.

5. Turn the phone off while it is plugged in.

6. Turn on the phone by holding down Power and UP on the DPad of the keyboard on the phone.

7. Open the RSDLite program by right clicking it and selecting Run As Administrator.

8. Click on the “…” button next to the filename box and select the .sbf file you downloaded earlier.

9. Once it is selected, hit Start and wait for it to finish flashing the phone.

10. Once it is done, the phone should reboot and you are now on Android 2.0.1 stock and can continue.

III. Flash the Rooted Android 2.1 ROM

1. Download the rooted Android 2.1 Update.zip file:

Droid Android 2.1 Rooted Update.zip

2. Plug in your phone via USB cable and mount the MicroSD by pulling down the notification bar and clicking on the notification then clicking mount.

3. Copy the update.zip you just downloaded to the MicroSD card (NOT in any folders on the microsd, just on the root of the sd card itself).

4. Unplug the phone from the usb cable.

5. Turn the phone off and then turn if back on while holding down the X key on the qwerty keyboard.

6. When the ! symbol comes up on the screen, let go of the X key and then hold down Volume Up and the Camera button until a menu comes up.

7. On the menu use the dpad buttons to navigate to Apply Update and select it using the center dpad button.

8. Wait for it to finish updating then reboot the phone via the menu when it is done. Viola! Android 2.1 rooted on your Droid.

9. IF YOU WANT TO FLASH CUSTOM ROMS ETC., YOU MUST GOTO THE NEXT PROCEDURE ON HOW TO LOAD A CUSTOM ROM AND FLASH A RECOVERY IMAGE ETC.!

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  • soundbombing77

    I flashed rooted and installed a custom rom on my phone. I had to goto verizon, because it was acting a little weird. My buddy told me that if they noticed it was rooted it would void my contract, so I unrooted it. It’s fine now, and I want to re-root it. It flashed, but the update.zip won’t install Help!! My email is ssh92772@gmail.com

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  • WILFRED

    this is absolutely fantastic……i did it and it worked great….thanks much to you guys for the great work.

  • Brandon_glass13

    Just a heads up, the sbf file provided up top takes out your backup files, meaning you wont be able to make a nandroid. Which is pretty much what everyone suggest you do before messing with anything root. However i’m no expert and have only had a rooted phone 2 days via this tutorial. The upside to all this, I tried reflashing my phone with a different .sbf file from another android site and it wrecked my phone. but i did have the backup file, but like i said…I couldn’t get past the M on the login screen. If you so happen to do the same just go into recovery mode ( power + x ) then enable USB, and just reflash your phone using the .sbf file provided up top..its not perfect but it just saved me from thinking i bricked my phone.

  • Chrispunch14

    i bought a droid 2 that had a stolen or lost claim what can i do?

  • Chrispunch14

    i bought a droid 2 that had a stolen or lost claim what can i do?

  • Chrispunch14

    i bought a droid 2 that had a stolen or lost claim what can i do?