How to root Motorola Backflip

The Motorola Backflip is one of the phones that can now be rooted via not only one, but three different methods, depending on which of them you think is faster or easier for you. We already discussed a way, here’s another one, brought to you by a developer over at the XDA Developers forum we all know and love for their awesome tools.

Be warned that this tool works with the terminal applications and with the ADB commands on Motorola’s Backflip. So install it on the phone first and foremost.

Then download and activate the default phone’s terminal Emulator; you can find it in the Google App Store. Then download the following files which you can find here; after that you have to unzip what the archive comes with. Put that content on a dedicated directory on the laptop you use (which by the way requires Motorola default USB drivers installed).Motorola-Backflip

Important instructions

  1. Step 1: activate the USB debugging by doing this: go to your phone’s Menu > Applications > Development > USB debugging. Get the USB cord next and connect the phone to the laptop with its aid.
  2. Step 2: activate the PC mode using the Charge only option. Access the Command line on the comp you use; after you do that, type this:
    adb push c:\MotoRoot\Superuser.apk /sdcard/Superuser.apk
    adb push c:\MotoRoot\su /sdcard/su
    adb push c:\MotoRoot\rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin /data/local/tmp/rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin
    adb push c:\MotoRoot\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
  3. For the third step you have to start the phone’s default emulator.
  4. Step 4 tells you to do as follows: type this in the app:
    cd /data/local/tmp
    ./rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin
    and wait until the following appears: [+] Forked xxxx childs.
  5. Then, for step number 5, click on Enter write the “exit” message. You should now activate the Terminal Emulator and, whan the # prompt message appear, enter these commands via the command line:
    /data/local/tmp/install-root.shexitexit :

It’s very much possible that you don’t over spot a # prompt anywhere. When that happens, there are various solutions to choose from. One of them tells you that it’s best to employ the following:
adb kill-server
adb devices
adb shell

Another solution to your problem: try and reboot the Motorola Backflip. If you decide to unroot the phone, you can use this method, or this one.

Posted In How To - By Mihai Mateescu

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