HOW TO ROOT Droid 2 - IN DEPTH TUTORIAL

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  1. brutalDROID

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    WHAT THE *__* IS ROOT?!?!?

    Rooting allows you to gain "Superuser Permissions," basically like Administrative access, to your phones system. Your probably thinking wow, this is horrible for my phone. But NO! Rooting your android phone will only give you more access within its subsystem. Nothing more. From there, the possibilities are endless. You will see later =D.


    How Do I Root?
    Rooting your phone is honestly a simple thing as long as you follow the directions the correct way. Take your time and make sure you do each and every step as it says.

    **I take NO RESPONSIBILITY if anyones phones were to act up in any way. IF you have any problems, just post them in this thread and my fellow DroidForum junkies and I will try and help you through everything.***

    (PLEASE NOTE: If you would rather not use a computer or dont have access to one, you could always download the files straight from your Droid. Just make sure that "Unknown Sources:Allow Installation of Non-Market Apps" is CHECKED)

    Before we start, your going to want to plug your phone into your computer/laptop simply because we will be downloading the required files on the computer instead, so the files download faster. Pull down the Notification Bar and select "USB MODE". Make sure USB Debugging is CHECKED. Once you select USB MODE, your computer should now notice your Droid. From the Windows Explorer, you may add,edit, or delete any files you wish onto your phones SD card. Now lets begin =D
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    As of 12/25/10 at 12:32:41 AM, there are currently 2 ways to Root your Droid 2. One way is the easy way(z4root), the other is easy also(doroot) but requires a computer. I personally went the easy way w/o needing a computer, but its up to you.

    -z4root Guide - Written by me, BrutalDROID
    -DOroot Guide - Written by darkonion over at the XDA forums. Here is the original thread: Easier 1-2-3 Droid 2 Root for Windows / Linux / Mac - xda-developers
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    Root Method #1 (Preferred)
    z4root
    Downloads
    -http://www.multiupload.com/QL0CLEHP7M - (z4root App)
    -Droid 2 Recovery Bootstrap - Android app on AppBrain - (D2 Bootstrapper)

    (Bootstrapper is used to access the phones Recovery Menu so you could create backups, flash ROMS, and more.
    DO NOT INSTALL, JUST DOWNLOAD AND PLACE ON SD!
    **More on this later**THANKS KOUSH =D*)

    -Place these files somewhere on your SD card where you will be able to easily find them. I usually put them right on the root of the card, meaning the main folder.
    -Once both files are on your SD card, pull down the Notification Bar and select Charge Only. This will eject the phones SD card from your PC so you could now view the contents of your card on your phone.
    Step 1
    Now that we have all of the necessary files we need, we could go ahead and begin rooting our D2.

    -Go ahead and open up Astro on your Droid2 (You could download this from the Android Market, just search "Astro". It is used to view the contents on your SD card, kind of like a file manager where you could view, edit,delete, add or move all your files on your card). Once its open, navigate to the z4root file you added earlier. Click on it and select Open App Manager, and click Install. You should now have the z4root App installed!
    -Open up the "z4root" App
    -Click on the "Root" button.
    -You will most likely be waiting for a few minutes. DO NOT PRESS ANYTHING. Let it do what it wants to do, and it should eventually REBOOT. When it boots back up, you should now have ROOT access. To make sure you have ROOT access, try the following:
    -Check to see if the "Superuser" App is now in your Apps Menu
    -Download Wireless Tether from the market, open it and see if it works.
    -Open up the z4root App again and you should see this:
    [​IMG]
    This means you are now rooted. YAY!! That wasnt THAT hard was it? :)
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    Root Method #2
    DOroot for Windows thanks darkonio =D
    Download:
    -http://www.kimete.com/droid/beta/DoRootWin_2.1.4.zip

    Video Instructions:
    1. Extract the folder from the DORoot zip file to your desktop. You should be moving 7 or 8 files into the tools folder.
    2. Install Motorola Drivers
    (Tip, to stop the launching of the Verizon/Motorola site, go to the MotoConnect icon in the bottom righ, right click, when phone connects, nothing.)
    3. Make sure you phone is in PC Mode with USB Debugging enabled
    PC Mode: Notification blind -> USB connection -> PC Mode
    USB Debugging: Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging
    You need USB debugging icon showing in notifications. Try Charge Only if you can't get PC Mode to show USB debugging.
    4. Double-click and run doroot.bat
    5. Let it run.
    6. That's it, you are done.
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    Thanks again darkonion!


    Recovery

    Now what happens 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 2 months down the road when your phone does something bad and you dont know what to do?(VERY UNLIKELY). Well, this is why we downloaded the Bootstrapper App. Like I said, this App lets you boot into recovery to create backups, flash ROMS, etc. We want to create a backup so that if anything does happen, your phone will be in the state it is in as of RIGHT NOW, freshly rooted. If anything does happen, you follow the same steps below to get into Recovery, and select Recover instead of Backup.

    -Open up ASTRO. Once its open, navigate to the bootstrap file you added earlier. Click on it and select Open App Manager, and click Install. You should now have the D2 Bootstrap App installed!
    -Open up Droid 2 Bootstrapper
    -Click "Bootstrap Recovery"
    ...it should say "Success"
    -Now click Reboot "Recovery"
    Your phone will now reboot into recovery. Dont freak out!
    -**Use the VOLUME keys to go UP/DOWN and the CAMERA button to SELECT when in RECOVERY MODE!**
    -Navigate to Backup/Recover
    -Click on Create Backup
    ..let it run through completely. When it is done it should say Backup Complete at the bottom of the log.
    -Select "Reboot Now"
    Your phone will now reboot. Congrats, you just made your 1st backup! Your wondering, uh, why did I do this? Well, just incase like I said before, if anything goes wrong, you just reboot into Recovery and Recover this this backup we just made. I usually make backups everytime I flash a different ROM, just so Im always good. More on this later =D

    What do you do now that your Rooted? Well...

    Installing ROMS
    A ROM is basically a file that overwrites your phones current ROM, and replaces it with the ROM your installing. There are different ROMS just like there are different themes; each developer of the ROMS have different things they include in each build, therefore changing the User Interface of each ROM. There is no right or wrong ROM...the Right ROM is the ROM you enjoy best. After messing around with different ROMS you will find your favorite =D. Lets try and flash/install a ROM. Im going to be using Squidley's newest ROM, as I feel it is the most stable and fastest yet. Thanks Squid!!

    .....Im going to bed! IVe been up for 2 hours writing this tutorial and I am going to finish it sometime tomorow. I hope everyone enjoys it so far, and I hope it is helping people. Merry Christmas!












     
  2. VioletF.

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    Thank you!

    I am a very non-tech newbie with a Droid 2 I've had about 2 weeks.
    Thank you so much for this tutorial.

    I see the words root, rooted, and so forth all over this forum. And now HOW to do it. Would someone please tell me (and other newbies) WHAT rooting is?
    Does it just give a back -up? Any reasons NOT to do it?
     
  3. Abe21599

    Abe21599 DF Super Moderator Rescue Squad

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    rooting is taking administrative privileges of the whole phone file system allowing the user to read, write, or execute what they wish. These are called superuser permissions.

    no backups from it but it gives other apps the ability to do them.

    it DOES void the warranty but you can easily undo it (z4root has an unroot button, too) so they are none the wiser :)
     
  4. Montecarlo97z

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    if u root with another method other then Z4root can u still use Z4root to un-root your phone?
     
  5. Abe21599

    Abe21599 DF Super Moderator Rescue Squad

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    yes but theres a slight chance it wont work.
     
  6. brutalDROID

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    I appreciate you taking a look at it! And to answer your question, Rooting is simply gaining Admin privaleges to the Android system in your phone, allowing you to tweak multiple things to your liking as far as speed and look go.
     
  7. spaz33g

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    I like it but I would love to see mention of the manual methods of rooting. A little legwork is a good thing. Good job though.

    tappin and a talkin
     
  8. brutalDROID

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    Yes, I plan on making this guide the ultimate guide with access to every possible way to root and install custom roms. Thank you for your honesty Spaz. Im new here and im just trying to get my name out in the droidforums.net community. I enjoy this site and look forward to more things in the future.

    tappin' and a talkin on ye' olde MOTO D2
     
  9. spaz33g

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    We really appreciate your effort. Keep up the good work. Any questions or concerns, hit me up.

    tappin and a talkin
     
  10. Abe21599

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    link 11 in my sig is a manual way. quite simple too
     
  11. spaz33g

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    That's my favorite root method. And Abeyour avatar change threw me for a loop.

    tappin and a talkin
     
  12. Abe21599

    Abe21599 DF Super Moderator Rescue Squad

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    i need a change of pace lol
     
  13. rmader

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    Getting ready to root my D2 I bought the bootstrapper it did not give me any options to just download it, it installed is that going to be a problem.
     
  14. hookbill

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    That shouldn't be an issue for you. Just go ahead and use z4Root.
     
  15. rmader

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    I need help fast I'm at the point to root with z4root it is asking me Temporary root or Permanent root what one do I use???????
     
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