How To: Root and Unroot Properly [video and instructions]

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  1. z4pp
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    How To Root You Droid Properly
    by z4pp



    Files Needed:


    VIDEO TO FOLLOW ALONG



    Steps:

    1. Mount your Droid to your PC via USB connection.
    2. Open the Root of your SDCARD.
    3.
    If you haven't already download droid-superuser_update.zip to your desktop or a folder you can find like in my video.
    4. DO NOT EXTRACT the zip file.
    5. Rename to Update.zip (NOT UPDATE.zip.zip Common Problem)
    6. Copy Update.zip to the root of your SDCARD.
    7.
    Unmount your Droid from your PC.
    8. Power OFF your Droid.
    9. Slide your hardware keyboard OPEN.
    10. Hold down X and then Hold down the POWER button in that order.
    11. Keep holding until the MOTOROLA emblem shows itself.
    12. A triangle with a "!" mark will show up.
    13. Hold down Volume Up button and then press the CAMERA button.
    14. Go down to the second option, "apply sdcard:update.zip" and select it using the enter button on your hardware keyboard or the center of the D-Pad.
    15.
    If done properly should read " Installing Update... /br Rooting your phone... /br Install from sdcard complete.
    16. Hit "reboot system now"
    17. Once you are rebooted, go to your APP TRAY and look for "SUPERUSER" if it is there you have successfully ROOTED your droid.
    18. Grab a beer and go read my other tutorials. :icon_ banana:


    How To UN-Root You Droid Properly


    Will be posted tonight.
  2. hondabomdc5
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    looking forward to the how to unroot the droid from 2.01
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    new to the Droid. what does this allow you to do?
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    When i started watching the video of how to root the droid 2.0.1, there is no sound to it, but i'll follow the steps instead.
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    will this work on a mac???

    and do you lose anything on your phone when rooting it
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    The only thing you're using the computer for is to download and transfer over the update.zip to your sdcard, everything else is done on the phone. And no you don't lose anything when your phone becomes rooted, I didn't anyway :). Nice video/tut
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    does it stop working after the 2.1 update and does it void the warranty
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    .... waiting for the unroot directions
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    It still did not work it reads installition aborted
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    Nice tut... Anxious to see the un-root methods... Also I am curious to know if there are any steps that might be gotchas. Some of these might include backing up the device (obviously more than user data), making a copy of the original ROM (if this is possible, I've heard of phone dumps), formatting the SD card, or anything like this. I am new to the phone "hacking" but not new to understanding the concepts.

    BTW It looked like you used a DROID to record the video... Nice touch.
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    Thanks buddy. After researching this for about a week and watching your video twice I have enough confidence to try it... Thanks for the great tutorial and looking forward to learning about the unrooting process!
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    GREAT post! I'm getting really bored waiting for 2.1 to come to my phone lol, so I'm patiently waiting for your "How to Unroot your phone" guide to make sure I can revert back if the official update ever comes out.
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    Hopefully the unroot instructions are available soon. I rooted my phone thinking it would be easy to do more stuff like a jailbroken iphone. Since everything involves coding and I have no clue about any of the android terminology, I am kinda outta luck.
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    For the life of me i cant understand why i cant even get past the first part, i copy the file to my card and boot into recovery mode (whatever its called) as soon as the the screen appears it shows an error at the bottom. When i choose the option to update using update.zip it fails everytime. I was able to install the manuel update just fine when 2.01 came out!!!
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    Make sure the file is just update.zip NOT update.zip.zip.
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    I know how people hate to wait and I am looking to invest some serious time in Android development (I code Java for a living). So I did some research as I am intersted in learning how to cook roms and play with all of the "fun" of custom ROMs, and figuring out how Android works without bricking my phone. I am very cautious that I can do and undo anything I try with my phone, its not a dev box and its not like I can just reformat and start over with great ease. Dad always said measure twice cut once.

    Each place that I have found un-rooting instructions have made the same claim. The process is essentially the same as rooting your phone except that you are replacing the image on the ROM with the factory one. I see validity to what they are saying so I will post the steps here:
    1. Download the manual 2.0.1 update (I found one here http://alldroid.org/download/file.php?id=646&sid=13dffe84d6ac5557e0b1f02960d57a39 you could probably find one somewhere on google if you don't trust this source)
    2. Save as update.zip (unless you are on Windows Vista/7 the zip extension is unneeded as it does it for you)
    3. Plug in and mount your DROID
    4. Place newly downloaded update.zip on the root level of your SD card
    5. Power down your DROID
    6. Holding the X button (this is recovery mode for those that don't know), power up your DROID
    7. Select install update.zip
    8. When its complete select reboot.
    You are now un-rooted.

    Regular legal mumbo jumbo. I am not responsible if you brick your phone or for the content of the zip file to which I linked. I am providing this as information.

    Hope you find this useful and I hope that any droid experts can possibly chime in for things to watch for or gotchas.
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    This is the same process I am understanding from looking at the guides online, but I'm not entirely sure (as I feel like it seems so simple lol, maybe it is) just wanted someone more experienced to confirm it.
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    Can someone confirm Ieatcake's post since I don't really feel like bricking my phone and having to fork over money to insurance to get a new one.
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    yeah that, and if we unroot our phones, im guessing it will take us back to software version 2.0, and then we can go to the setting in our phone that looks for updates, and then we could get the actual update from verizon?
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    The method I suggest should take you to 2.0.1 factory defaults and then yes you would be able to get the OTA (or re-root if you desire).
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