How To: Root the Motorola CLIQ XT / Quench

I. Install the Motorola Drivers

1. Download the drivers for your computer and unzip them. Then double click the program inside to install the drivers.

Motorola Drivers

2. On your phone, go to Menu > Settings > Applications > Development > and make sure USB Debugging is checked ON.

II. Install the Android SDK

1. Follow our How To Setup ADB procedure just until you can see the device’s serial number at the end of step 6. Then come back to this procedure.

III. Root the Phone

1. Download the Rooting Files and extract them to the C: drive on your computer (like you did the AndroidSDK).

CLIQ XT / Quench Rooting Files

2. Plug in your phone via USB cable and select Charge Only on the phone.

3. On your computer, open a command prompt by clicking on the Start menu then typing in cmd and hitting enter in the search box.

4. In the command prompt, type the following, with hitting enter at the end of each line:

cd\
cd c:\androidsdk\tools\
adb push c:\Superuser.apk /sdcard/Superuser.apk
adb push c:\su /sdcard/su
adb push c:\rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin /data/local/tmp/rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin
adb push c:\install-root.sh /data/local/tmp/install-root.sh
adb shell
cd /data/local/tmp
chmod 0755 rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin
chmod 0755 install-root.sh

5. Once you have done that, leave the phone plugged in and go to the Market and download the Free version of ConnectBot and install it.

6. Open the ConnectBot, select local in the dropdown menu, then type local into the field and hit enter. Then type the following in, on the phone, with hitting enter at the end of each line (leave the phone plugged in to the computer while you do this).

cd /data/local/tmp
./rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin

7. If it worked, you should see the following on the screen.

[+] Forked xxxx childs.     (xxxx will be an actual 4 digit number)

If you do not, then close the ConnectBot and reopen it and try again.

8. If it worked, close the terminal by either typing exit and hitting enter or by hitting menu and clicking close.

9. Once it is closed, reopen ConnectBot.

10. You should now see a # symbol, if so continue. If not then start over from step 4 or go here for a tip from another reader.

11. Now, with the # symbol in ConnectBot on your phone, type the following with hitting enter at the end of the line:

/data/local/tmp/install-root.sh

You should see nothing pop up after you hit enter, that means it worked, you now should have root access and be able to open your App Drawer on the phone and see Superuser Permissions inside.

12. To load a custom ROM and other fun stuff, head from here to our How To Load a Custom ROM procedure.

Thanks Skrilax_CZ!
Thanks Sebastian Krahmer!

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  • Nick

    When I get to step four everything is fine until I put in adb push c:\Superuser.apk/sdcard/Superuser.apk. I get a whole bunch of what I think are commands insted of what David gets in the command prompt. I have checked over to see if I have done everything right, but maybe I made a simple mistake I have not seen.
    Thank you in advance

    • Nick,

      Make sure that you have extracted the Quench Rooting files to the C: drive. Go to My Computer, then C: then you should see those files (Superuser.apk, su, the .bin file, etc) right there (not inside any folder, literally sitting on the C: drive).
      Make sure you they are there then try again.

      If you still get an error, tell me exactly what it said…

      • Nick

        Yes my files are directly in my C drive, I typed the commands in again and after I try to put the superuser.apk in my sdcard it gives me the same results.
        It saids Android debug Bridge version 1.0.26 then a lot of commands.

        I first guessed that since it did give me a bunch of commands I must of mis typed and it caused it but, I tried time and time again and same result, Best I could do is a screen shot of the command prompt.

        • Sam

          It sounds like to have the correct file address else it would kick back invalid address, based on what you typed in above however you are not leaving a space after the program name and before the directory address you are sending too; therefore it isn’t a valid command

          It should look like this: c:\Superuser.apk /sdcard/Superuser.apk
          NOT c:\Superuser.apk/sdcard/Superuser.apk. which is what you appear to be entering.

          See how there is a space after the first Superuser.apk before the /

      • Beaves

        I receive an error. access denied, may need admin priv. However I am the admin!!??

        • Beaves

          Got it, just extracted to a folder on C drive and added folder name to command. c:\foldername\Superuser.apk
          That worked!

  • marc

    Will this work on the US version motorola cliq xt build mb501_0.12.11_1.34.44?

    • Marc,

      Yup. The CLIQ XT in the video was a US CLIQ.
      Good luck!

  • Nick

    Everything was fine, it was just human error on my part, If you are having problems look out for the little things such as spaces in the commands that’s what got me!

  • slwen

    Hey I get to step 6. under “Root the Phone” . After finding typing

    ./rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin

    I get this:
    [-] Cannot find adb: No such file or directory

    Everything else seemed to go fine.

    • slwen

      Okay, found a fix. I just had to restart my phone and re-do step 6. All goes well now 🙂

  • Damon

    Hey,

    When I get to step 4 and attept to put the files on my sdcard, I enter in the commands exactly and even get the line in the command prompt that says xxxx KB/s (xxxx bytes in xxxxxx.00000s); however, I noted on David’s screen that there is an actual amount of bytes that was installed wherein my screen just says “(0 bytes in 161123.0000s)?????

    Not sure what the problem is.

    • Damon,

      Redo the procedure and try again.

      • Forgottn1_88

        mine is doing the exact same thing but 0 bytes in 26256.000s

      • Wicked_havoc

        I tried this and I get (0 bytes in 164788.000s) for all the files when I try to push them to the phone. I have the Superuser.apk on the C:. I guess the problem is finding the SD card. I have the phone on USB Debugging and on Charge Only setting when plugged into the computer. The command: adb devices shows my phone’s Serial number. Anything else I can do?

  • T.A.

    connectbot froze when i try to exit

  • T.A.

    nvm i got it. my conncetbot froze when i try to exit so i just ran killapp and reopen connectbot and it works haha lol

  • Kevster

    Is it possible to root my quench while I have it tethering the net at the same time

  • Kevster

    Am I able to run2.1 on my quench after I root it. Also they have made it known that the quench in Canada will not get the2.1 upgrade butt the clix xt in the USA will get the 2.1 will the upgrade make a difference to installing2.1 on my quench. Thanks for your patience as I am not extremely versed in the smart phone capabilities.

  • T.A.

    omg it didn’t work, it froze when i click disconnect on connnectbot. help please

  • T.A.

    is getting a custom ROM will delete all the blur stuff and make the phone less lag and faster?

  • Kevster

    Attempting to root my quench and got an illegal system DLLL relocation error it says the DDL c:\ windows\system32\ shell32.DLL occupied an address range reserved for windows system DLLs. The vendor supplying tree DLL should be contacted for a new DLL.
    I how you can help me make sense of this.
    Regards…kevster67.

  • Kevster

    I hope you are still availsble.to help with the issues that are posted.sorry for being impatient.im sure you are really busy.
    Regards

  • jeff

    Hi there first timer here i just want to thank you. Your instructions got me through the whole thing flawlessly. Thanks so much for all your help now i think i might try to flash my phone tomorrow. do i have to backup my phone, is there an app for this. how do i go about it.
    thanks again,
    jeff

    • Jeff,

      Watch the How To Load a Custom ROM on the CLIQ XT procedure. It shows you how to backup first using Nandroid in recovery. Definitely backup before flashing a ROM.

  • joe

    when i give the command prompt with the super user and stuff i get (o bytes in 164788.00) i’ve turned off my computer and devices and it says the same thing can anyone tell me what am i doing wrong
    thanks

    • Joe,

      Try redownloading the rooting files and try again (might have been corrupted during download or not downloaded entirely).

      • Cowhand86

        First time poster but it would seem to be a good idea to download the rooting files if they worked as it is you download the rooting files it shows it is downloading then poof like magic no files. where are they and where can i get them? patiently waiting still not rooted (not fully at least superuser not working properly)

        • If you are having issues downloading the files either right click the link for the files and say save target as. Or try using a different browser (Firefox, chrome, etc.).

  • joe

    i did it twice already

  • joe

    another thing when i give the comands in the device on connect bot , it tells me that ./rageagaisntthe cage the permission is denied

    • Joe,

      Means you didn’t do the chmod step in the first part…. make sure you follow everything to a t. Follow the written procedure

  • joe

    hey guy, thanks it worked

  • Sam

    So it worked like a charm, first shot, now I have root access; now how do I get the T-mobile crap I hate off my phone? Can I do this with out loading a custom ROM?

  • justin

    i have tried this for the past 2 hours to get it to work, i think it goes fine till i get in to the connectbot stuff first line ok second line it says:

    ./rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin: not found

    then it goes back to the $ enter part, i really need to get root access please please try to help me what am i doing wrong?
    i even tried the other guys work around and got no were with it, i have started from scratch and other places in between i am at a loss as what to do next. is there some program that will do the root stuff for you now?

    just check to be sure and i do have the 4 files in the c: directory as they should be since i am guessing its all for not if they are not there.

    (androidsdk) is what i have the file name as in the c: drive is this right? do i need to update this program? should it be running?

    • Justin,

      The 4 files need to be on the c drive NOT in the SDK folder. Then make sure you do the commands before that and get no errors (they are moving the files to the phone so you can run them from console).

  • justin

    the c drive is were i have them and as far as i know there were no errors just lots of files flying by, i did try also closing the connectbot program by just closing it and also app killing it. i will try from Root the Phone step 2 to see if updating the sdk program has made a difference.

  • Chris

    When i reach step 11, and hit enter after typing in the /data/..etc it says permission denied though it does show the # symbol before hand. Help?

  • justin

    It did not make any difference at all that I could see it still says the same thing.

  • ted

    Superuser Permissions not showing up in app drawer. everything ran ok as far as i could tell.

    • ted

      I tried using my laptop(Windows XP 32bit) instead of my desktop(Vista 64bit) and it worked.

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  • easytochris

    i got superuser installed just fine, however whenever i try to use barnacle or wireless tether i get an error in regards to not having the correct kernel. this is the only reason i rooted my phone so im kinda bummed. anyone know a workaround or whats wrong?

    • Eithanp

      Try going to settings and check “skip wpa_supplicant it worked for me after i did that

  • Coyote76

    Worked great for me =)

  • MojoJojo

    when I get to the second line that I need to type in connectbot it says ./rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin: permission deined. What am I doing wrong here what step did I screw up?

    • MojoJojo,

      You need to do every command in the procedure. You skipped this step:

      chmod 0755 rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin

      • MojoJojo

        when is this step put in? and thank you so much for the reply as well.

  • MojoJojo

    Great so I just restarted my phone and did all the steps again and now my pc picks up my phone but the adb thing won’t, this is just getting stupid just my luck that it won’t work for me.

  • MojoJojo

    well I got everything worked out up until the very last step the install-root.sh wont work on my pc or on my phone, everything else went though just fine and the install-root.sh in sitting in c: any help would be great thanks.

    • MojoJojo

      the error I get is No such file or directory.

  • MojoJojo

    well I got it all done I had to re-download the root file and replace all the files in c: drive.

  • Installed ROM, tried for two weeks, didn’t like it. What’s the easiest way to revert back to the original rom?

    Thanks

    p.s. rooting the phone was definately worth it, but the ROM I tried caused my Cliq to slow down and lots forced closes.

    • So flash a new custom rom instead of reverting back to unrooted.

  • Joe

    I just got a motorola update.1.32.20.mb501. I can root the phone, but when I reboot the phone it goes back to unrooted mode. I did move the recovery.img. Is there a step I missed? By unrooted I mean su no longer works it says permission denied even though I chmod 6755 that file.

  • a.flores

    everything for me goes well till i get to connectBot.
    ./rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin: permission denied

    what am i doing wrong?? 🙁

    • Andy

      i would make sure that it exists in the directory. (you can go into “my computer” and browse to that directory and make sure that program is in there). If it is, I would make sure you are typing everything correctly.

  • Tai

    thanks alot man, everything worked from start to finish

  • s. w.

    i cant extract the rooting file it keep saying cant files

  • s. w.

    i cant extract rooting files. i been trying this for the last 4 hrs. every time i try to extract the file to c drive. its says cannot create install root. cannot create rageagainstthecage
    cannot create su
    cannot create superuser.apk
    can someone help please

  • pdg

    some of the text that dave types in the vid is slightly different from what is written below starting at about 2:40 when he is using cmd. since u cant see all of the screen when i go back to what is written in the text it dosnt work. is this somthing i am doing or another error?

  • jACKaTTACk

    I have just rooted my quench. now what good is having superuser?

  • Eithanp

    Works great on cliq xt now barnacle wifi teather works thank u times a million

    • dohjaqueen

      ive got the cliq xt but cant get past 4 cuz access denied, i did ls n only pdanet.apk came up nothing else

  • Dewayneparker1

    where is the root files on your link?

  • Cangrejofeo

    I used a different recovery image (the one for the cliq) and my recovery menu is different. I was still able to load the rom but can’t install ap2sd or wipe battery stats. How do I switch recovery imgs?

  • Kobebryant24

    Every time i do step 11 it say file cant be found what should i do????

    • Jbtan77

      mine says: superuser.apk invaled length. dont know what to do.

    • Jbtan77

      mine says: superuser.apk invaled length. dont know what to do.

  • Josh

    i can’t d/l the rooting file because everytime i try to click on the link nothing happins

    • Thanks for letting me know. Fix it asap.

  • Brand

    theres no files in the Rooting zip folder

  • Boss Boi

    Once i do step 11 and hit enter on the phone it say /sdcard/Superuser.apk: No such file or directory………. What should i do?

    • Mans the file is in the wrong place. Go back and do the procedure, VERY CAREFULLY 🙂

  • Bass

    When i download the rooting files where do i extract them 2??? the androidsdk folder???

  • dohjaqueen

    i get all the way to… chmod 0755 rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin n it says no such file or directory?? HELP!!

    • dohjaqueen

      did it again to make sure n now it says permission denied? wth am i doing wrong? (bout 12 hrs in)

      • Means you didn’t type things in correctly. Make sure you did each line one by one and didn’t skip any. like the cd /data/local/tmp line etc.

        • dohjaqueen

          the cd/data/local/tmp comes up not found.. sorry to bother u it just took forever to get to this stage!! 😀

          • dohjaqueen

            i typed in ls n it only brought but pdanet.apk

  • SAD

    Hello. I get all the way to step 11 when i type it in i get permission denied. don’t know what to do tried rebooting the phone also uninstalled and re installed connectbot but getting the same results every time. any help is appreciated.

    • SAD

      Got it antivirus was stopping it. disabled antivirus and had no problems.

  • Forgottn1_88

    i have installed and downloaded everything but when i get to put the files on my card they say that they pushed o bytes and i have redownloaded the root files but still the same thing

  • SAD

    hey dave i really need some help this is driving me nuts. when i type /data/local/tmp/install-root.sh on my phone the next line says permission denied. I cant find help on this anywhere. Please help soon

  • Oc_boy4life

    when i try and type ./rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin it says cannot be found please help me

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  • Injuwition

    I have downloaded Android Sdk and went thru the steps and have seen my serial number, but the next time I pulled the the cmd prompt it wont push (adb push c:Superuser.apk /sdcard/Superuser.apk) Just some adb ppp (tty) [parameters] -run ppp over usb jargon. Who can help?

  • Shebolaheh

    can i do this on a mac? just curious

  • Andy

    I have successfully rooted my phone after two attempts with these instructions. Thanks! But, how now do we install android 2.2 onto our motorola cliq xt? Thanks

  • Yes you can but it might be difficult to get the drivers installed. But if you can then just replace command prompt with terminal and you should be able to do it from there.

  • Sadly the CLIQ XT wasn’t the biggest seller so there arent as many developers with them and therefore not that many ROMs.
    You’d have to search for a 2.2 ROM for the CLIQ XT and then flash it using the How To Load a Custom ROM procedure linked at the bottom of this one.

    If you find a good ROM, submit it to us and we’ll link it here so others can find it (go to Contact Us at the top of the site then Submit a ROM).

  • V.

    I’m on the last step, where I enter /data/local/tmp/install-root.sh on ConnectBot, but it keeps telling me file not found! I go back and retrace my steps, but no luck. Help?

  • when I get to the chmod 0755 rage….5.bin i keep getting no directory or file found or something like that wtf am I doing wrong i’ve tried this like 6 times im doing everything to the letter

    my email is jamesstarrbarker@gmail.com please someone help me

  • Socrates99

    You guys rock. Thanks. Following directions always seems to work best. Now its on to 2.1.

  • Either your typing it in wrong or it is not where it is supposed to be (in the wrong folder) start over and be very careful (especially of spaces etc in the commands)

    • I tried it 4 times did everything exactly as in the instructions

      • If that were the case it would have worked…

        Where did you get an error? Maybe we can help.

        • Luis

          i keep trying and it tells me this 

          cannot stat ‘c:superuser.apk’ : no such file or directory

    • I tried it 4 times did everything exactly as in the instructions

  • Gopickett

    In step 4, after I type “adb shell” I get the “$” symbol in the command line rather then AndroidSDKtools as a result. I then type in after the $, “cd/data/local/tmp” to which I receive the reply, “cd/data/local/tmp: not found”

    Now if I put the space inbetween the “cd” and the “/data/local/tmp” then I receive no info, only the “$” symbol and the blinking cursor. I then enter “chmod 0755 rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin” and am told “Unable to mod chmod 0755 rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin: no such file or directory”

    I tried turning my phone off and back on and trying it again but received the same result.

    I am completely new to this yet some what computer literate so please bear with me and provide me detailed step by step directions. Thank you for your time.

  • Ok first off, when you do the cd commands correctly it’ll just jump to the next line that’s normal. Now to the other commands, any time it says no such file or directory, there is only 2 possible reasons. One is that the file isn’t there (you never moved it etc), the other is your spelling the file name wrong.
    Just start over and be very careful with each line and spacing. Good luck!

    • Studpuppyzrus Jp

      i am having the same issue as gopicket. searched my emtire c: drive and file not found. where would i locate this file?

  • Eric G

    I’ve gotten to step four and in the command prompt I can see that my device is connected but when I try to push the superuser file all it does is give me a directory of commands I can use and the explanations of each command. I’m not sure exactly what I am doing wrong here. please help

  • Means you are typing in the command wrong. Most likely missing a space etc. Read it very carefully.

  • Mahe

    I was trying to root my Motorola Quench XT502. Everything went smoothly till step 5. In step 6, after opening Connectbot in my mobile and entering local terminal I’m not able to enter text as there is no keyboard popping up. But when I touch on the screen (Ctrl) & (Esc) tabs become visible on the lower left corner and (keyboard) symbol becomes visible on the lower right corner. on touching on the icon of keyboard it disappears. I even tried long pressing teh menu button but no luck. I uninstalled the Connectbot and reinstalled it but I’m not getting the virtual(soft)keyboard. I even installed Full keyboard app and tried but not succeeded. I’ll be greatful to anyone who can help me with this issue. Thanks
    y mobile: Motorola Quench XT502, 2.1(Eclair)

  • Mahe

    I was trying to root my Motorola Quench XT502. Everything went smoothly till step 5. In step 6, after opening Connectbot in my mobile and entering local terminal I’m not able to enter text as there is no keyboard popping up. But when I touch on the screen (Ctrl) & (Esc) tabs become visible on the lower left corner and (keyboard) symbol becomes visible on the lower right corner. on touching on the icon of keyboard it disappears. I even tried long pressing teh menu button but no luck. I uninstalled the Connectbot and reinstalled it but I’m not getting the virtual(soft)keyboard. I even installed Full keyboard app and tried but not succeeded. I’ll be greatful to anyone who can help me with this issue. Thanks
    y mobile: Motorola Quench XT502, 2.1(Eclair)

  • everytime I type the chmod 0755 rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin
    it says file/directory cannot be found
    I’ve done this 7 times already

  • hello,

    if I root my cliq xt will I be able to uninstall motoblur? also, can I use my sd card as memory to speed up the phone?

    Thanks
    -MrMJS

  • Teebrron

    took me about 5 or 6 tries to get this to work on my quench, had the “permission denied” error but it was my typing mistake,

    love my new rooted motorola!! appreciate the video unlockR and thank you Mr C.

  • Marcus

    i get all the way to stepp 11 and type the info in then it says /sdcard/Superuser.apk : No such file or directory please help

  • Marcus

    i get all the way to stepp 11 and type the info in then it says /sdcard/Superuser.apk : No such file or directory please help

  • Michaelrbanks

    Problem using ADB to change to root: Every time I attempt and “su” I get “libbinder.so” errors – this is the only thing standing in my way to Cliq XT on 2.1. Everything else worked fine on the first shot! Great directions.

  • Michaelrbanks

    Problem using ADB to change to root: Every time I attempt and “su” I get “libbinder.so” errors – this is the only thing standing in my way to Cliq XT on 2.1. Everything else worked fine on the first shot! Great directions.

  • Michaelrbanks

    Problem using ADB to change to root: Every time I attempt and “su” I get “libbinder.so” errors – this is the only thing standing in my way to Cliq XT on 2.1. Everything else worked fine on the first shot! Great directions.

  • Tyler

    everytime I type in anything past the cd c:androidsdktools step it gies me a weird really long list of stuff like a bunch of commands and such.. I can’t figure it out.. help?

  • Hailtotheking1978

    hey i get to last step has the # symbol but tells me unknown file name when i type in /data/local/tmp/install-root.sh
    what am i doing wrong

    • shannon

      same

    • shannon

      same

    • shannon

      same

    • shannon

      same

  • Jerry

    Can someone help me please? I’ve done every step correctly and then when I get to step 11 where it says “see superuser permissions” I don’t see it anywhere 🙁

  • shannon

    everything worked until i got to chmod 0755 install-root.sh ??? idk what i did wrong, i have a mac btw. on terminal it says Unable to chmod install-root.sh: No such file or directory

  • shannon

    everything worked until i got to chmod 0755 install-root.sh ??? idk what i did wrong, i have a mac btw. on terminal it says Unable to chmod install-root.sh: No such file or directory

  • shannon

    everything worked until i got to chmod 0755 install-root.sh ??? idk what i did wrong, i have a mac btw. on terminal it says Unable to chmod install-root.sh: No such file or directory

  • Bryanstone2010

    I don’t know if you still check this, but when I am in step 4 and I enter adb shell, the next line gives me a $ sign. Why is it doing this? Any idea at all?

  • Bryanstone2010

    I don’t know if you still check this, but when I am in step 4 and I enter adb shell, the next line gives me a $ sign. Why is it doing this? Any idea at all?

    • Caira Prince

      I am currently having the same problem with getting the “$” Do you remember how you got pass this step? I feel like I am so close

  • Bryanstone2010

    I don’t know if you still check this, but when I am in step 4 and I enter adb shell, the next line gives me a $ sign. Why is it doing this? Any idea at all?

  • Bryanstone2010

    I don’t know if you still check this, but when I am in step 4 and I enter adb shell, the next line gives me a $ sign. Why is it doing this? Any idea at all?

  • Gunnar

    so i have done everything right so far but when i get to the connectbot (part with the $) and it says Forked 2030 (or whatever #) childs i CANT disconnect. EVERY SINGLE time i try it stops working and force closes immediately after it says forked childs. then sometimes it reboots my phone. Please Help? :/

  • Gunnar

    When i actually got to the # part on connectbot and typed in what i needed to it said permission denied when i hit enter. i really need help. im sick of this POS xt

  • Gunnar

    When i actually got to the # part on connectbot and typed in what i needed to it said permission denied when i hit enter. i really need help. im sick of this POS xt

  • Gunnar

    When i actually got to the # part on connectbot and typed in what i needed to it said permission denied when i hit enter. i really need help. im sick of this POS xt

  • Dohaust

    1 important cmd was left out of the instructions and some forward and back slashes are reversed. sync up the youtube video with the list of cmds and from there it should work flawlessly

  • Sclocher

    when re-opening the Connectbot, and just seeing the #, after putting in /data/local/tmp/install-root.sh i am getting no such file or directory. I got the whole “forked childs” thing, so i assumed i transferred everything to my SD card just fine… i’m just not very good with this tech stuff, please help

  • MplsDiamond

    What’s up with the permission denied on step 11? I followed every step correctly leading up, got the # symbol and all? Help!

  • MplsDiamond

    It finally just hit me, I forgot to press enter after the last line in step 4. No more permission being denied here.

  • Greg

    It took a long time as I had to retry various commands several times (was doing it on a mac), but it in the end it worked 🙂
    Thank you for the guide!

    • kaki610

      im doing mine on a mac also, can you explain to me how you started off, because icant unzip files, icant even open them. im stuck.

      • Jonnyminh

        might have to download winrar for mac?

        • Brian Jenkins

          If you run anything *nix (unix, linux, bsd, mac, etc), you don’t need the drivers and you can safely skip step one.

          You will also need to run the adb utility as root, or your device S/N won’t show up properly. If you accidentaly ran it as normal user, do the following:

          $ ./adb kill-server
          $ su root
          # ./adb start-server
          # ./adb devices

          NOTE: You really only need to run the ./adb start-server command as root. Once the adb daemon is started, it runs with root permissions in the background and the rest of the commands can be passed by normal user.

          Hope this helps, it sure would have helped me. That’s why Google is on my side 😀

    • hey can u help me out pls

    • how did you open the msi file on a mac cause I’m on one and i can’t find a way to open the motorola drivers on my mac

  • andrew

    whenever i type in the stuff on commandbot i always get the forked childs number but when i enter exit it says disconnected and freezes

  • andrew

    whenever i type in the stuff on commandbot i always get the forked childs number but when i enter exit it says disconnected and freezes

  • Vin

    I have done everything all the way to step 11 but i still don’t see the Superuser app in my app drawer.. and whenever i turn my phone off and back on i get the $ sign again instead of the # sign.. Is this supposed to happen or am i doing something wrong???

  • Vpasztor

    just curious but if i do this on my cliq will i be able to use an att sim card the phone is made for t-mobile

  • SilverSuperman22

    Okay Mr. Unlocker!!!! Its time to help us?….i did evrything but like some ppl here once i get to step 11 i get an “Access Denied” Im gettin damn tired of repeating the process and getting the same thing everytime. Last time u helped anyone in this thread was a month ago, i tried looking elsewhere but all of give the same instructions but NO HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Poobahdan

    i was having the same problem with the chmod rage…bin. i fixed it. the problem is that in the instructions it doesnt tell you to unzip ALL of the files you downloaded into the c: dir. if you just unziped them they most likely went to the same place you downloaded the zip file to.

  • Poobahdan

    maybe i made a mistake and didnt unzip the cliq xt to the c: drive. anyhow thats my 2 cents

  • Works fine for me, just as written. Muchly appreciated.

  • Hard78469

    so in the video you finished after the rageagainstthecage part, but the written directions says to type in some other things. which is correct?

  • Ben

    Will this work with the wall-mart family mobile???

    • Guest

      Yes, it works on the wal-mart family t-mobile Cliq XT

  • Curtst

    I have followed the steps exactly up to step 4 trying to push the superuser.apk. Here is the error I got “cannot stat ‘c:Superuser.apk’ : No such file or directory.” Not sure why it is doing this since I followed each step to the letter.

    • Curtst

      Disregard, I found it. No where does it say to extract the Moto_MSM_Root file to the androidsdk folder we created. I will do that now and try it again.

      • Curtst

        Never mind that didn’t work either. Anyone give me a hand? I still get the same error even after putting the in the directory.

  • Gopickett

    Awesome job guys. The first time I did this a month ago it took forever but this time (I bricked and had to reflash) I followed your directions, and more importantly the spacing exactly and in ten minutes was rooted.

    Thank you so much for helping newbies like myself out so much.

  • Gopickett

    Awesome job guys. The first time I did this a month ago it took forever but this time (I bricked and had to reflash) I followed your directions, and more importantly the spacing exactly and in ten minutes was rooted.

    Thank you so much for helping newbies like myself out so much.

  • Gopickett

    I had the same problem. You’re not leaving a space between the last letter of the file name on c: and the forward slash before sdcard (c:su /sdcard….) So when you make the command you’ve been seeing a long bunch of android commands I’m guessing? When you do each of those pushes right, it will follow each command with a number of KB transferred. 396, 42, 98…

    Try again!

  • Rich

    I used this site along with http://modmymobile.com/forums/561-motorola-cliq-xt-general/555756-root-cliq-xt.html and I managed to understand it better. Use step 10 tips on this site for those not seeing # in connectbot that your suppose to see in step 11.

  • Omartyper88

    i dont know wat to do i did all steps up to 11 …and wen i check my the app drawer i dont see the super user icon…i opened my file maneger tried to install it manually but keep getting “problem parsing the package”…HELP

  • after /data/local/tmp/install-root.sh i get chow unkown user/group root:root any idea

  • ricky

    i get stuck the he ver last stpe for the cellphone any help

  • ricky

    /data/local/tmp/install-root.sh i get 2 error message the same any help email me at admin@hamutaro.co.cc plz asap 🙁 motorla quench rogers Os vr 1.5

  • Meanxpz

    am stuck at the first line input of the command –>> adb push C: blah blah blah <—- part………. it keeps printing some sort of dir help thing…… plz tell me what am doing wrong and yes i did extract the msm root to c:..

  • Tevin Garrette

    when i try to save the rooting files to the c drive, “access denied” always pops up. help please???

  • I’ve read a bunch of the comments and I’m getting the same problem. Maybe you could tell me or us where we should put those spaces in. I’ve made it down to the second to last step and I’m getting the “rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin: No such file or directory” error. When I types in the “c:su /sdcard/su” I used spaces the first time and the second I did not. Is it supposed to be spaced? Also with the “c:Superuser.apk /sdcard/Superuser.apk” They look like spaces but I realized they not so I did not put them in the 3rd time around and I still have nothing. You say it may not be where it’s supposed to be but where is it supposed to be? In the C: root directory?

  • I just entered it again but with the “0755” and “chmod ” came up.. what should i do from there or is that wrong?

  • Moto-sucks

    if you did the 1.34.24 update this will not work matter or fact if you rooted and did this update you will loose root access unless there is a work around for this your still f&%$ed

    • moto-really-sucks

      any word on 1.34.24 work-arounds? I have tried rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin about 10 times with no luck getting root.

  • Moto-sucks

    if you did the 1.34.24 update this will not work matter or fact if you rooted and did this update you will loose root access unless there is a work around for this your still f&%$ed

  • Nick Chav

    c:AndroidSDKtools>adb push c:Superuser.apk /sdcard/Superuser.apk
    cannot stat ‘c:Superuser.apk’: No such file or directory

    I get this error with every line after this one up to the adb shell, when i get the $ at the beginning of every line.
    after that i get this:

    $ chmod 0755 rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin
    chmod 0755 rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin
    Unable to chmod rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin: No such file or directory.

    i dont understand why

    • r1luher0

      el detalle es que despues de “cd” no lleva la diagonal!!!!

      es:   “cd data/local/tmp”

      (asi sin la “/”)

  • Alice823

    Hi, this worked for me too. I followed the instructions exactly and watched the video to be sure. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • NealR2000

    I sucessfully completed the rooting procedure for my Cliq XT and now have the Superuser application. What I don’t know how to do is to use it. When I open the Superuser app, there are no apps listed in the Apps tab. How do I add apps to the list? I want to add my Free Advanced File Manager app to this list, so that I can move a file to the phone’s root directory, which will enable me to upgrade to 2.1

  • NealR2000

    I sucessfully completed the rooting procedure for my Cliq XT and now have the Superuser application. What I don’t know how to do is to use it. When I open the Superuser app, there are no apps listed in the Apps tab. How do I add apps to the list? I want to add my Free Advanced File Manager app to this list, so that I can move a file to the phone’s root directory, which will enable me to upgrade to 2.1

  • rooted successfully thanks

  • Djgallis2

    so i just flashed my CLIQ XT n new ROM … i had a few issues maybe i can help with some info incase u have this problem cdcd c:androidsdktoolsadb push c:Superuser.apk /sdcard/Superuser.apki had a problem getting the command prompt to read where my adb was so i end up puttin it in as c:adb push superuser etc etc n every time after i used c:adb then what ever command it was simple problem but i took me a while to figure it out maybe it can help someone in the future also i had a problem when i type the command prompt local info in my phone … on the secondlinecd /data/local/tmp./rageagainstthecage-arm5.binit didnt pop up i reboot my phone and typed it again n it workd .. THANX to MASTERMIND278 n theunlocker.com for all the help ………..

  • Rnelson0406

    rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin permission denied…. WHY?! I have restarted my phone, I have restarted from the beginning.. I cannot figure this out! Please help!

  • DJ Taye

    everytime i put in ./rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin on my phone, its says “not found” but when i take off the “./” leavinq me to just type in rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin it says “permission denied” i even followed the extra tips shown in the link. please help because im anticipatinq the android 2.1 and i cant get to it without this.

  • Hey there – I get to this step: “11. Now, with the # symbol in ConnectBot on your phone, type the following with hitting enter at the end of the line:
    /data/local/tmp/install-root.sh”

    And it says, “/sdcard/Superuser.apk: No such file or directory
    What am I doing wrong? @_@

  • Sebedt

    I was able to root my cliq XT on a macintosh. It was not difficult for me, but I’m fairly comfortable with developer tools and unix-style command line.

    I installed the mac version of the android SDK, then mucked about a bit to get it to download and install ADB, then followed the rest of the instructions (making appropriate changes for mac file paths, etc.)

    I think it may be possible to do the whole rooting procedure using ConnectBot, without having to install anything on the mac. If I have time, I’ll look into this and write step-by-step instructions.

  • Patoruzu

    How’s it going, i’m new to all this. I have Cliq Xt, trying to root. was able to get the adb procedure done but when I download the rooting files, computer wont let me extract files as only C:, it gives me error window, I’ve tried saving as C:moto which works, however when I’m @ command panels. I’m stuck @ the 3rd step [adb push c:superuser.apk /sdcard/superuser.apk, even tried adding c:motosuperuser….. Like i said I’m completely new to this, and I’m stuck with the cliq xt with 1.5, cant get a new phone for a while, would really appreciate getting gingerbread 2.1.
    Thanks
    Dan
    on Vista x64

  • Teving_91

    when i try to extract the files to the c drive this window pops and it says required privilege is not held by client, can someone help please?

  • Teving_91

    i finally go past that part, but now when im in connecbot i always get to the pund sign but when i type in the last line it says permission denied.

  • Jjvazquez

    I get all the way to chmod 0755 rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin .then i get a $ sign and then im stuck can anyone help pls…..

  • keke79

    Ok I need help I have sdk file on my ( F:) Drive how do I put in the command on the command prompt?
    I thank I have figure it out but I got to the Last 3 command I had problems with them:
    cd/data/local/tmp
    chmod 0755 rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin
    chmod 0755 install-root.sh
    how should I enter it in the command prompt because the way I put it. It told me access denied. Can you help me

  • Dmonster

    I get to step 11 and get “/sdcard/superuser.apk: no such file or directory” What’s this? What am I doing wrong?

  • Promosrus

    Dumb question, but will i lose my texts or contacts if i root my phone and use a custom ROM. I suspect they would, so is there a way to back it up?

  • josh ross

    so this will for sure work on my t-mobile cliq xt?

  • josh ross

    hey does anybody know if this will brick my phone?

  • is this method completely safe?
    waht would happen if say one of the steps was performed properly. could i just reset my phone and start over?
    and can messing this process up “brick” my phone

  • i get the the connectbot part and when im typing the second line it says ./rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin: not found.
    what am i doing wrong?

  • Rkshyjith

    Thanks buddy… it works very well

  • Caira Prince

    This is the same issue that I am having… Do you remember what you did to get pass this step? I feel like I am so close

  • Ezeric25

    THANK YOU!

  • Mlea88

    I’ve been doing this for almost 2 hours, clicking every link on here, downloaded this or that, and nothing.the rageagainstthecage isn’t installing in a local tmp file on my sd card…i’ve also clicked on other link to see what someone else did, and didn’t work for me…just not working. and the adk tools file is located in the platform-tools dir now..so maybe update your commands that we need to use to install that tmp and get our phone rooted.

  • moe moe

    am having problems with my connectbot  i get to step 6,7and 8 fine but every time i go to exit connectbot it frezzs and the the program has to be forced closed! frezzs my whole phone! is there something with the program? 

  • Diego

    i keep on getting this the system cannot find the path specified  after i type c:androidsdktool any help plz

  • i need help pleases this thing is so not working for me at all i have installed it all and nothing seems to work maybe someone can remote acesse my computer and maybe help me pls

  • R1luher0_at Space

    el detalle es que despues de “cd” no lleva la diagonal!!!!

    es:   “cd data/local/tmp”

    (asi sin la “/”)

  • r1luher0

    el detalle es que despues de “cd” no lleva la diagonal!!!!

    es:   “cd data/local/tmp”

    (asi sin la “/”)

  • guest

    when i get to step 7 I type everything and it says permission denied 🙁

  • Walker Rowe

    I tried this but the mcaffee virus software marks rageagainsthecage as a trojan and blocks. it.  

  • Pmplesky

    It takes me to some MEGAUPLOAD stuff on the first step ?

  • every time i type “adb shell” i get “$” pleeasse hellpp

  • chmod 0755 rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin: file not foound! pleaasse hellpp

  • Jordanblastow

    why does it say permission denied?

  • Pimlon

    hey i finally got it to work but my wifi stoped working… help?

  • Elye1231

    when i try to copy the root zip to my c drive it wont let me .. it says! 

    !   C:UserselyeDownloadsmotoroot.zip: Cannot create install-root.sh!   Access is denied.!   C:UserselyeDownloadsmotoroot.zip: Cannot create rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin!   Access is denied.!   C:UserselyeDownloadsmotoroot.zip: Cannot create su!   Access is denied.!   C:UserselyeDownloadsmotoroot.zip: Cannot create Superuser.apk!   Access is denied.help please!!!

  • Mike

    Ok, so I did everything correctly, I think.  I didn’t get any errors and the files were transferred properly(It showed how much data transferred and not the list of Android commands). The problem is when I get to the ConnectBot.  It connects fine but them when I enter “./rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin” and hit enter it tells me “./rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin: not found”, but if I enter “rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin” and hit enter it tells me “./rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin: permission denied” which sorta tells me it’s there but there must be another problem.  

    Please help.

    • Mike

      What’s also odd is that if I run the same command on my PC in the command prompt it works, but still doesn’t change the “$” to a “#”…

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  • Lecoiskin

    Thank you very much! It really worked

  • Aasy08

    its work big thanks!!!!!!

  • Aryeh

    when i type “adb push c:rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin /data/local/tmp/rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin” i get the error message “cannot open ‘c:rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin /data/local/tmp/rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin’ No such file of directory’
    Could someone please help me….

    thanks,
    Aryeh.

  • How i can back up my contact list?

  • it works :)

    thanks ! it works !! the only problem i got it was that they change the adb tools and you here didnt say it xD only inside the folder (in a notepad) and you have to change the commands lol !! 

  • it works :)

    thanks ! it works !! the only problem i got it was that they change the adb tools and you here didnt say it xD only inside the folder (in a notepad) and you have to change the commands lol !! 

  • it works :)

    thanks ! it works !! the only problem i got it was that they change the adb tools and you here didnt say it xD only inside the folder (in a notepad) and you have to change the commands lol !! 

  • it works :)

    thanks ! it works !! the only problem i got it was that they change the adb tools and you here didnt say it xD only inside the folder (in a notepad) and you have to change the commands lol !! 

  • Kevmor2000

    I’m stuck at instructions # 6 under the heading Root The Phone.
    In connectBot I will enter cd /data/local/tmp
    $ will come up when I press enter.

    However when I type in ./rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin and press enter it tells me permission denied.

    I have a windows 7 computer
    USB debugging is on

    I need help

  • Keatonisballin

    I cant get past “II. Install the Android SDK”. When i go to the webpage do download the .exe file it says i cant download it. Not sure what to do.

  • tymel

    “i cant down load the drivers