How To: Root your Droid 1, Droid X, Milestone

Posted: August 13, 2010 in Android, Droid 1, Droid 2, Droid X, Root
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Ok, it’s here.  The very simple and easy guide to rooting your Droid1, Droid X, or Motorola Milestone.  I would guess this works on a Droid 2 as well but that hasn’t been confirmed yet.  Also this works on both android 2.1 and 2.2, so if you already received an OTA update on your Droid 1, don’t worry, you’re still covered!

So first things first.  What is rooting?   Rooting a phone simply gives you administrative access to your phone.  So it lets you get in and edit, alter, modify, or delete system files that both the phone manufacturer and service provider don’t want you to have access to.  With that you can do some damage to your phone, but not physically.  You won’t send smoke flying out of the screen by overheating it and you won’t melt the internal chips from it running too hot.  Just take your time with things, read anything that pops up on the screen before you tap anything, and simply don’t remove anything that you aren’t sure you can remove.  If you simply google whatever it is your curious about on the phone, I’m sure you can find more detailed information on what you specifically are trying to get rid of. This WILL however void your warranty, BUT you can reverse this process if you ever needed to make a claim on said warranty, putting you in the clear.  Dishonest?  Yea, but is charging $600 for a phone honest on their part?

So what do you need to do this, and how long will it take?  Well assuming you can afford a 99 cent app, this can be a very painless, “one tap” process.  So let’s start there.

  • Head on over to www.unstableapps.com and purchase a license key for Easy Root but clicking one of the Paypal icons in the blog posts.
  • Download the APK from his site (or a direct link is here.) and save that to your phone’s SD card.
    • To save to your phone’s SD card, from a PC download the file from the previous step.
    • Save it to a location on your computer you’ll remember and know how to access. (like your Desktop)
    • Plug your Droid into your PC using the USB data cable.
    • On your phone, pull down the notification area and tap the USB icon.
    • On a Droid 1 select Mount USB Device, on a Droid X select the USB Mass Storage option.
    • This should pop a window up on your PC screen asking what you would like to do
    • Select view and explore files and this will open up the folder for your SD card.
    • Now go back to where you saved that downloaded file, right-click on it and select cut.
    • Go over to your SD card folder now and right-click in any blank area.  Make sure your mouse pointer isn’t on top of any files or especially any folders, and select paste from the right-click menu.
    • You’ve successfully copied the program to your phone!
  • Now we need to allow our phone to install this file even though it didn’t come from the market, so go to a home screen and press your menu button.
  • Tap Settings then Applications.
  • Tap the check box in the top right next to where it says “Unknown Sources” so a green check mark appears.  If there is already a green check mark there, leave it there, you want this feature enabled.
  • Now using a file explorer app, like Astro File manager, or on a Droid X it comes preloaded with an app called Files, open that up, and it should open you to the upper most level of your SD card.  Scroll down until you find the file you copied over (should be called EasyRoot.apk) to your phone, and tap on it. If using Astro then tap Program Manager(I believe),  it’s the left hand button after you tap the file. (If you can’t find it look at the top of your screen and make sure it says something along the lines of “/scdard” or simply “/” and if not, tap the level-up arrow to keep going up a folder until your at your SD card’s root folder )
  • This will now prompt you to install easy root.
  • Follow the instructions on-screen to install it.
  • Once it’s installed, select to open it.
  • You’ll be presented with a black screen, with one button in the upper left corner that says root me.
  • Tap it, wait a second, and you’re rooted! That’s it. It was that simple!
  • Now you need to reboot your phone.
  • Once the phone reboots, reopen Easy Root.  Click the Root Me button again if it’s showing, and it will say you’re already rooted, and take you to another page with 4 buttons for downloads.  Busybox installer, DroCap2, WiFi Tether for Root Users, and RomManager.
  • I won’t go into the other apps right now except for Busybox.  You will need to download this app. Once you download it, open it up and at the very bottom of the screen is an “Install” button.  Tap that, and that will actually download and install Busybox on your phone.  Busybox basically just helps things that need root access get and use it on the phone.
  • If you don’t install Busybox you’ll more than likely get messages saying your phone isn’t rooted when trying to use an app that requires it.  You are rooted, you just need to install busybox.

 

That’s it!  I know it’s a lot of steps on paper, but in reality this should take you less than a minute on your phone after you purchase the 99 cent app. 

Feel free to ask any questions!

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