How To Guide: Root or Unbrick Your DROID 3

How To Guide: Root or Unbrick Your DROID 3

This method works on Motorola phones running Android OS 2.3.4 or earlier (MotoBlur 5.6.890 OTA from Verizon) and was designed for Windows users working on a DROID 3 device.

If you want to remove Verizon/Motorola bloat and bundled software, please see my thread at XDA with scripts.

Enjoy in good health, although if this method becomes defunct, I will probably not be able to help you.

How To Root: One-Click Guide

    1. Your phone must be connected via USB data cable to your computer and recognized.
    2. If your phone is connected, but not recognized, you may need to install one of these software drivers:
  1. Download this one-click root package: PetesMotorolaRootTools_v1.09.zip
  2. Extract the contents of the one-click root package to a new folder on your computer.
  3. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled on your device. This should be under Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB Debugging.
  4. From the new folder on your computer, double-click on Pete’s Motorola Root Tools to begin the root process.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the root process.

You are recommended to not accept any OTA updates until after you have rooted and installed a recovery bootstrap.

Credits

A special thanks to Dan Rosenberg (‘djrbliss’), who discovered the vulnerability used in this exploit method.

You can find his original audit and discovery published at his website here: http://vulnfactory.org/blog/2011/08/25/rooting-the-droid-3/.

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