Motorola Xoom root method [Guide]

Well, that was certainly fast. Although, having an unlocked bootloader I'm sure helped this process just a tad bit. With the news coming to use courtesy of Koush, the Motorola XOOM now has a root method available for it. Although ROM Manager updates will come at a later time, you can use the guide listed below to get a head start on things:

  • Download the XOOM root zip.
  • Unzip the package.
  • Copy the files into your sdk folder.
  • adb reboot bootloader (skip the next 3 steps if you have already unlocked via fastboot)
  • fastboot oem unlock
  • wait for reboot
  • adb reboot bootloader
  • fastboot flash boot rootboot.img
  • fastboot reboot
  • wait for reboot
  • adb remount
  • adb shell push su /system/bin
  • adb shell ln –s /system/bin/su /system/xbin/su
  • adb shell chmod 4755 /system/bin/su
  • adb push Superuser.apk /system/app

Due to the SD Card slot being locked out at this time, a custom recovery cannot be used but one does exist for whenever it gets enabled for use. Be it by Google, Motorola or the developer community. Until then, just enjoy your freshly rooted Motorola XOOM and if you should so need some help; hit us up in the Android Central forums. [Koush] Thanks, to everyone who sent this in!

  • Shouldn't you cut a hole in the box before you put your junk into it?
  • Damn! You beat me to it! Curse you person who's probably Justin Timberlake!
  • Soooo...what will a rooted XOOM do for us? How will it be different. I know I won't be using the data plan from it to wireless tether!
  • Remove the inevitable bloatware for starters!
  • Fortunately, stock honeycomb has none. Root will be good for when custom ROMs are cooked up for this tablet.
  • The Koush instructions are mostly right but there are commands that will fail for most. I updated the instructions to work for everyone and posted them here, on xda: You also likely won't have fastboot after installing the SDK, that is also covered in that thread, I think on page 2.
  • What is "Put your junk in the box." I'm confused by this.
  • It's a reference to The Lonely Island's classic SNL Digital Short "D*ck In A Box" with Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake.
  • Since these all have to go back for an LTE radio, is there a way to un-root this device such that Moto can't tell? If not, it would seem a bit premature to rush in and root this only to get nailed when sending it in for your free upgrade. Not wanting to spread FUD, just sayin.....
  • Please read this could help you answer some of your questions