How To Root Motorola Defy


07.04.2011

How To Root Motorola Defy

This next tutorial I find very interesting just because this is the smartphone I currently own. You will find how to root your Motorola Defy mobile device. You have to take things like legal, voids any warranty associated issues in consideration. But also un-rooting the Defy smartphone will bring back the warranty status you receive when getting the handset from the factory.

Motorola Defy

There are two methods that I recommend when it comes to rooting your Motorola Defy:

1st Method:

I strongly recommend following these next few steps very closely. Not doing so you will expose yourself to the risk of breaking the device and make it unusable. Also another thing that I strongly recommend is making a backup for information on it- most of the time nothing would happen but it’s always better to be sure than stay and try recovering data with other procedures.

  • 1st you would have to download and configure the ADB on your PC. This can be done by simply searching the XDA forums site where you will find step by step tutorials on how to do this.

  • After completing the step above you will have to select the debugging mode (go to Settings -> Applications -> Development; from there select the USB debugging box by simply tapping the option).

  • Don’t connect your phone yet. You 1st need to download the rooting package which you will need to extract and save it on your desktop.

  • Now you will have to type the following commands that are also mentioned bellow in ADB. This will ensure you will be able to push these files in your phone. This is the point where the phone should be connected to the computer with the USB cable. Here is the code:

adb push Superuser.apk /sdcard/Superuser.apk adb push su /sdcard/su adb push busybox /sdcard/busybox adb push exploit.bin /data/local/tmp/exploit.bin
  • Enter the ADB internal shell by typing:

adb shell
  • After finishing and adding the ADB shell, type in the following commands:

cd /data/local/tmp chmod 0755 exploit.bin ./exploit.bin
  • By this point you probably already executed the exploit.bin command. Now reconnect the device and it will show you a “#” sign on the console screen itself, instead of the $.This is the point where you have to enter the Adb shell again :

Adb shell

  • Another code is needed to be typed in. This one will enable you to mount the /system partition and then it will copy the necessary files automatically:

mount -o rw,remount -t ext3 /dev/block/mmcblk1p21 /system cp /sdcard/Superuser.apk /system/app/Superuser.apk cp /sdcard/su /system/bin/su cp /sdcard/busybox /system/bin/busybox chmod 4755 /system/bin/su chmod 4755 /system/bin/busybox mount -o ro,remount -t ext3 /dev/block/mmcblk1p21 /system exit
  • And that’s all. Your Defy phone will be rooted. You should see by this point the SuperUser icon. This is a skull shaped icon letting you know you can now install apps that require your device to be rooted.

As I said at the beginning of the article there are two ways to do this. Here is the 2nd method of rooting Motorola Defy.

2nd Method:

You might find at some point that the 1st procedure is not on your like. The 2nd one doesn’t require any terminal access and not even any terminal code. So here is how it’s done:

  • Before starting make sure the device is not locked on. Download the z4root.zip file and simply extract the APK file and save it on your computer.

  • Now it’s the time to connect the device to the computer. Mount the SD and then copy the APK file to root your SD card.

  • Before connecting the device to the computer, open the Android Market Place on your phone and download the Linda file manager.

  • Install the APK file that you find in the z4root.1.3.0 which you copied to SD card root earlier with the help of the file manager mentioned earlier.

  • With the application installed on your phone all you need to do now is to launch it and type the root button. This is all there is to it! Simply root your device with the push of a button.

Any of the ones mentioned above will work the 1st one being for those who want to experiment and be a little more pro hacking. The 2nd one appears to me more easy and secure so I would go with that. If there will be a password asked in the zip file above simply type the androidadvices.com phrase.

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