How to Root the Motorola Photon 4G

Rooting the Motorola Photon 4G has been much easier, all thanks to the developer for providing us with a one-click root method. With root access on your device, you won’t just be able to install root-only apps, you’ll also have access to custom ROMs if you install a custom recovery. In this guide, we’ll show you how you can root your Motorola Photon 4G. Let’s get started:

I. Before You Begin:

1. You’ll void the warranty of your device if you root it. However, unrooting will help you get your warranty back.

2. Make sure the battery level on your device is not less than 60%.

II. Downloading Required Files:

1. Root Package (Download link’s given in the first post)

III. Rooting the Motorola Photon 4G:

1. Download and place the Root Package on your Desktop.

2. Extract files from the Root Package to your Desktop. Do NOT run any files just yet.

3. Turn ON the USB debugging option on your device from Menu>>Settings>>Applications>>Development>>USB debugging.

4. Connect your device to your PC using the USB cable.

5. Make sure that your device isn’t mounted as a drive on your PC.

6. Next, double-click on the PrevailToExistance.bat file you placed on your Desktop.

7. Follow any instructions you see on your screen.

8. And you’re rooted now!

Wow! You have successfully got the root access on your Photon 4G device. There’re a lot of things you can do with your device now, you can start with flashing a recovery.

IV. Flash a Custom Recovery Image (Optional):

1. If you would like to flash a custom recovery image in order to flash custom ROMs, head to the How To Flash a Custom Recovery Image on the Motorola Photon 4G to learn how to do that.

If this procedure helped you please thank/donate to the original developers here.

If you need help with this procedure, please ask in the comments below or in the forum.

This is part of our Android How To’s. We have how to’s on rooting, loading ROMs, and tons of other tips and tricks for your specific device or for Android devices in general! For all of our Android How To’s, head here.

  • Bradley Fisher

    It did not work for me this is what the contents of the bat file if that helps. any suggestions?

    * daemon not running. starting it now *

    * daemon started successfully *

    Getting temp root

    RE-boot-en

    Hackin Things

    cannot create /data/local.prop: permission denied

    cannot create /data/local.prop: permission denied

    cannot create /data/local.prop: permission denied

    cannot create /data/local.prop: permission denied

    cannot create /data/local.prop: permission denied

    cannot create /data/local.prop: permission denied

    cannot create /data/local.prop: permission denied

    cannot create /data/local.prop: permission denied

    cannot create /data/local.prop: permission denied

    cannot create /data/local.prop: permission denied

    deleting all yo shit

    remount failed: Operation not permitted

    232 KB/s (4292 bytes in 0.018s)

    Copying files onto phone…

    failed to copy ‘su’ to ‘/system/xbin/su': Read-only file system

    failed to copy ‘Superuser.apk’ to ‘/system/app/Superuser.apk': Read-only file sy

    stem

    failed to copy ‘busybox’ to ‘/system/xbin/busybox': Read-only file system

    failed to copy ‘remount’ to ‘/system/xbin/remount': Read-only file system

    Setting permissions…

    Unable to chmod /system/xbin/busybox: No such file or directory

    Unable to chmod /system/xbin/remount: No such file or directory

    Unable to chmod /system/xbin/su: No such file or directory

    Unable to chmod /system/xbin/su: No such file or directory

    link failed Read-only file system

    Installing busybox…

    /system/xbin/busybox: not found

    Cleaning up files…

    “You should have root!”

    Press any key to continue . . .

    • Mahesh Makvana

      It looks like you haven’t been able to gain temp root. The script works fine, according to the developer, you may find more information on this procedure by heading to the original thread linked at the bottom of the above post.

      Thanks!

  • x3fyr

    Does my photons bootloader need unlocked first?