How To – Root the Motorola Electrify 2

Motorola_Electrify_2_35419314_19_620x443The Electrify 2 is the sequel to the popular Motorola Electrify, and is available through U.S Cellular since mid-2012. The device comes with a 4.3-inch qHD display (540×960), a 1.2GHz dual-core processor complimented with 1GB of RAM to keep things ticking along smoothly, 8GB of internal storage at your disposal along with a microSD card slot, should you feel the need to add additional memory for your media, a non-removable 1780mAh battery, a decent 8 Megapixel rear camera and runs Android 4.0.4 ICS out of the box, and has recently been updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

One of the key things users look for after having played with their device for some time is to try and extend the capabilities of the device through what is called rooting. Rooting essentially means gaining superuser access or administrative access to your device system, allowing you to modify system files, as well as install and use specialized root-only apps. A rooted device in combination with a custom recovery, also brings you the ability to flash custom firmware which is tweaked to deliver a higher level of performance plus extra features over the stock firmware that comes with the device.

If you are a Motorola Electrify owner, looking to root your device, here’s a detailed set of instructions which will help you cross over to the dark side 🙂

Root the Motorola Electrify 2

  1. First download and install the Electrify 2 drivers on to your PC
  2. You need ADB set up on your PC, before  you go ahead with this. You can use this excellent guide to set up ADB on your machine
  3. Download the Photon Torpedo Root .tar fileto your PC. Transfer the file to the folder where you set up ADB on your computer. If you have followed the guide above to the tee, it should be at C:\Android-sdk\platform-tools
  4. Access the Play Store on your phone and download and install the Superuser app
  5. Also Enable USB Debugging on your phone from Settings > Developer Options
  6. Plug in your phone to the PC using the USB data cable
  7. Open the C:\Android-sdk\platform-tools folder on your PC and open a command window there (Shift + Right Click > Open Command Window Here)
  8. Now carefully type in the following commands one after the other, and hit Enter after each line

    adb push photon-torpedo.tar /data/tmp
    adb shell
    cd /data/tmp
    /bin/tar xf /data/tmp/photon-torpedo.tar

  9. If you receive an error after the /data/tmp/ command line, just ignore it and move on to the next command. It is to be expected
  10. Once you are done with all of the commands, disconnect your phone from the PC and reboot it
  11. Once your phone has booted back up, open the app drawer and locate the Superuser app you installed in Step 4 and launch it. Update the binaries if prompted.

Congratulations!!! Your Motorola Electrify 2 now has full root access 🙂

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  • Nauman

    sorry i was making a mistake in the first command. now when i typed it i get the following message

    “failed to copy ‘photon-torpedo.tar’ to ‘/data/tmp/photon-torpedo.tar’: Permission denied”

  • Nauman

    after successfully typing the 1st and 2nd commands when I type the third command “cd /data/tmp” and onwards I keep getting “not found”. please help.

  • Alexa Marina Pesqueira Rios

    How do I enable to-write in my devide? Permission is denien every time I wanna push the apps. Help please
    (Failed to copy files, permision denied)

    • Waleed Khalid

      Can you be a bit more clearer as I don’t understand your problem. As far as I understand it, you are either not giving root permissions to do so for that you need to do
      adb shell su and check if your $ changes to #.
      Then push the apps you want via adb to your phone