On Christmas Eve 2012, some lucky owners of the original Motorola Droid RAZR and the RAZR MAXX were pleasantly surprised to see an Android 4.1.2 OTA notification on their devices. Given the spirit of the season, and the fact that these devices were anyways due for an OS upgrade, most people jumped at the chance and started downloading the update. But it appears that all of a sudden, the update was pulled from the servers, which meant that not everyone got to download it. And among the ones who did, not all of them were able to complete the download. It later turned out that this was an erroneous release, and the update was not quite ready to be rolled out yet. Those who did manage to apply the update, got bumped up to Android 4.1.2, but were not without there share of problems. In fact there were reports coming in that Verizon was offering to replace devices for owners who reported having issues after applying the OTA update.
The other issue that the so called lucky users who managed to apply the update faced was that a lot of them were suddenly stuck with no root access. And there was no working root exploit available for 4.1.2 on these specific devices either, simply because this update just came out of the blue. Till now that is. Dan Rosenberg, or @djrbliss as he is better known as on Droid Razr Forums, has released a root exploit which is going to make a lot of Droid Razr/Razr Maxx users grin from ear to ear. And to add to that joy, the exploit comes in the form of an automated toolkit which will root your device in a few simple steps. Read on to know how.
Root the Droid RAZR on the Android 4.1.2 Update
- Download and install the USB drivers for your device on to your PC
- Download the Root Package. File name is razr_blade.zip. Extract the zip file to your desktop to get a folder named razr_blade
- On your phone, Go to Settings » Developer options and enable USB Debugging.
- Also make sure that the SmartActions app is installed on your phone and is not disabled or modified in any way
- Connect your phone to your PC. Wait for a few seconds while Windows automatically installs and configures drivers.
- Now open the razr_blade folder you extracted in Step 2. Launch the tool by double-clicking the file named run. This should open up a DOS window
- Press any key to initiate the rooting process, and follow the onscreen instructions to root your device
- Once the rooting has been completed successfully, your phone should automatically reboot. Leave it be till it boots up fully, at which time it should be fully rooted.
- To check if the root process was successful, look for an app called Superuser in the App drawer. If you see it, then you’re golden. If not, you would need to repeat the process from Step 5 onward.
Enjoy your rooted Droid RAZR/RAZR MAXX on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean 🙂