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How to Root the Motorola Atrix 4G

Root the Motorola Atrix 4G
Despite just being released today, the continually impressive Android modding community has already gained root access to the Tegra 2 packing Motorola Atrix 4G.   If you’ve never owned an Android device, or are new to the hacking world, rooting essentially means gaining full control over your device.  It can enable you you remove carrier bloatware, install a custom ROM, sideload applications and more.  It may sound a bit intimidating, but the folks at Briefmobile have put together a simple easy to follow guide that makes the process incredibly easy. A word of warning before you proceed however, rooting will void your warranty (assuming it’s in that condition when you bring it in).

The below method, while published by Briefmobile, was developed by famed modders DesignGears and Getaphixx.

How to Root the Motorola Atrix 4G

You will need:

  • Operating systems that are already compatible and ready to root Atrix 4G (No OS X support yet)
    • Windows Vista
    • Windows 7
    • Ubuntu Hardy (8.04 LTS)
    • Ubuntu Jaunty (9.04)
    • Ubuntu Karmic (9.10)
    • Ubuntu Lucid (10.04 LTS)
    • Ubuntu Maverick (10.10)
    • Debian Lenny (5.0)
    • Debian Squeeze (testing)
    • Debian Sid (unstable)
    • Debian Experimental

    If you don’t have one of these,

  • Install Motorola drivers on your computer
    • Mount the device for Media Sync.
    • Then switch to Motorola Phone Portal
    • Motorola Helper will install proper drivers.
    • Or, go here and download and install the proper drivers if you cannot get your phone recognized.
  • Download Super One Click v1.6.5
  1. After installing the drivers, meeting the prerequisites, and downloading CLShortFuse’s Super One Click, proceed to the next step.
  2. Extract the Super One Click package to a folder on your computer
  3. Place your phone into USB Debugging mode
    • Menu >> Settings >> Applications >> Development >> Enable “USB debugging”
  4. Connect the device to your computer via USB cable
  5. Do NOT mount your device’s SD card
  6. Run the Super One Click program
  7. Simply click the “Root” button in Super One Click
  8. Before rebooting, click “Allow Non Market Apps”
  9. Reboot your device

That’s if folks, you now are ready to tinker around with your rooted Motorola Atrix 4G.

If reading is not your thing, Getaphixx has posted video instructions as well.

Disclaimer: We have not tried this method ourselves, but have received confirmation that it works.


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Jon Rettinger

Jon, perhaps best known by his YouTube alter ego Jon4Lakers, has a love for technology that can never be quenched, no matter how hard he tries. If...Jon, perhaps best known by his YouTube alter ego Jon4Lakers, has a love for technology that can never be quenched, no matter how hard he tries. If...


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