How to Root Motorola Droid Razr and Maxx running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Motorola Droid Razr and Maxx owners who are presently on official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and want to root their device may be glad to know that this article will help them to root their device.

Back passed Christmas Eve, Verizon pressed “start update” button by mistake or may be intentionally for the official Android 4.1.2 update for the Motorola Droid Razr and Razr Maxx and many owners were able to update before Verizon stopped its rollout.

Later the update was released for everyone by Verizon and hence we too have come up with an article to guide on how to manually install Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on your Motorola Droid Razr or Razr Maxx. Also, those users who were able to successfully were able to update their device and have lost root access and would like to gain to back may also take keen interest in this article, as would help you get your device rooted. All these have been possible Dan Rosenberg (@djrbliss) of the Droid RAZR Forums. The rooting method would be carried out by an automated toolkit which will root your device in simple steps.

Read the article carefully once and then proceed with trying the methods on your device.

Motorola Droid Razr or Droid Maxx- How to Root Motorola Droid Razr and Maxx running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Warning: Neither we nor the developer will hold any responsibility if you damage or brick your phone in the process of following this article. Therefore, please proceed at your own risk.


What to do before installing ROM or Rooting your device?

Step 1: We always suggest a full backup of your Android device before you go for rooting or installing custom ROM. Backup all your SMS, Backup/Export Contacts, Backup APN settings. You can also follow our Tutorial on creating backup of Android device without root access.

Step 2: You should also Backup all apps, if you have not rooted your device yet then follow this procedure to backup apps. If you have a rooted device then use Titanium to Backup and restore apps and cache data.

Step 3: Enable USB debugging on your device, Go to settings>>Developer options and check the USB debug box. If you are not able to get it check our detailed guide on enabling USB debugging on Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread.

Step 4: Always check your battery before performing rooting procedure or installing ROM. If you have low battery status then you may face interruption while the procedure and it may brick your device. Check our tutorial on how to get battery percentage on Status bar.

Step 5: If you are going to install Custom ROM then it’s better to create a full Nandroid Backup of your device. You can also use Custom recovery to create Nandroid backup.

Step 6: We would also suggest disabling security apps and programs like Antivirus and Firewall on your Android device as it may interrupt the procedure.

Step 7: Ensure that SmartActions (Play Store Link) App is installed on your phone and isn’t disabled or modified.

I am sure that if you take care of above mentioned steps carefully then there is lot less chance of issues. If you face any issues with ROM then you can revert back to previous Nandroid Backup. Also you have all SMS, settings and apps data with you that can be restored anytime.

Download Motorola Drivers and Rooting Package from here to your computer. Install the drivers file onto your PC so as to have all the necessary drivers for your device and extract the Rooting Package into a folder onto your desktop.

Steps to Root Motorola Droid Razr and Maxx running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean:

Step 1: First of all, connect your phone to the PC via original USB cable i.e. the cable that came with it.

Step 2: Now, from the folder where you’ve extracted the “Rooting Package”, double-click on “run” file to open it.

Step 3: When the application opens up, press any key to start the rooting procedure.

Step 4: Now, follow all the on-screen instructions you see while the rooting process goes on so as to complete the procedure successfully.

Step 5: As soon as the rooting procedure has completed, your phone will automatically reboot.

Step 6: If you see “Superuser” app in the app drawer, means your phone has been rooted successfully.

Great! You’ve successfully rooted your Motorola Droid Razr or Droid Maxx running on official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Share with us if you face any problems while following the article.

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