Root Verizon Droid RAZR M, Droid 4, RAZR HD & MAXX HD on Android 4.1.2


It has been quite a long time since Motorola rolled out the long-awaited Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to a range of smartphones including the Verizon Droid RAZR M, RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD. Firmware updates bring smile to the faces of the users but they also leave you with an unrooted device. If you have got used to using a rooted phone, there is no way you can feel happy until you regain root access.

Sometimes we get a root exploit as soon as an update arrives, but sometimes it takes a long time for a working root method to arrive. In the case of the Motorola smartphones mentioned above, no root method was available for some time. However, the scene has changed now as you can now root Verizon Droid RAZR M, Droid 4, RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD easily in a single click.

If you own one of following phones and grabbed the recent firmware update via OTA, you can your device in a matter of moments with k1mu’s Saferoot tool.

  • Verizon Droid RAZR M XT907 [Firmware version: 98.18.94 or 98.30.1]
  • Verizon Droid RAZR HD XT926 [Firmware version: 9.30.1]
  • Verizon Droid RAZR MAXX HD XT926M  [Firmware version: 9.18.94]
  • Verizon Droid 4 LTE 4G XT894 [Firmware version: 98.72.18-9 or 98.72.18-8



To root your Verizon Droid RAZR M, Droid 4, RAZR HD & MAXX HD on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, use Geohot’s TowelRoot app.


The rooting procedure given here has already been tested and found working on the above-mentioned devices, yet we do not hold any responsibility. You are advised to use your own discretion and proceed at your own responsibility.

Getting Prepared:

Before you can actually root your  Verizon Droid RAZR M/ Droid 4/ RAZR HD/ RAZR MAXX HD, here are a few things that you will to do:

  • Download the Saferoot tool:
  • Download and install Motorola USB drivers on your computer if you do not have it already.
  • Go to Settings> Developer options on your phone and enable USB Debugging on it.

Steps for Rooting:

Having made sure that you have fulfilled all prerequisites listed above, follow the steps given below:

  1. Unzip the Saferoot file and open the extracted folder.
  2. Connect your Verizon Droid phone to your computer.
  3. Open the saferoot folder.  Right click the “install.bat” file and run it as as administrator.root-verizon-droid-razr-2
  4. Doing so will trigger the rooting script and SuperSU will be pushed to your device.
  5. At the completion of rooting procedure, your phone will reboot automatically.

When your Verizon Droid RAZR M/ RAZR HD/ Droid 4/ RAZR MAXX HD boots up, you will see the SuperSU app in your phone’s app drawer. To verify root privileges on your device, install the Root Checker app from the Play Store and run it.


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Also see:

How to Root Verizon DROID RAZR M on KitKat and Install CWM Recovery

  • مدريدي وافتخر

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  • Attidude

    Okay 🙂 Thanks for that.

  • It works only on the devices mentioned above.

  • Attidude

    Thanks a ton mate. Your root method worked well for my Verizon Droid RAZR M XT907.
    Just curious to know if the same rooting method works for other devices too?

  • Ben

    I got this one figured out. You have to use ROM Toolbox (or something like it) go to the app manager and find the app called “Updater”. Freeze it, clear the app’s cache and data, and it will be gone. You can prove it’s gone by going into settings, about phone, click System Updates and watch it not open. The Updater just opens and slams shut. Perfect. 🙂

  • Ben


  • Do you have root?

  • Ben

    The update has been downloaded to my phone but I haven’t installed it. Is there a way to delete it? I get the nag screen every 12 hours. I don’t want to keep dealing with that for the next year.


  • Thanks for sharing your feedback!

  • John S

    THANK YOU!!! I lost root on my Motorola Droid 4 with Jelly Bean 4.1.2 from an OTA update and nothing would get it back. This worked perfectly on the first shot! WELL DONE!!!

  • To root your Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD 4.4.2, try Towelroot:

  • It’s not meant for KitKat.

  • Iván Palacios

    It Didn’t work in my Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD 4.4.2… 182.46.10.XT926 Verizon… but thanks by the way!

  • Steve Vett

    Hi Rakesh, will your process above work now that the 4.4 Kit Kat OS in now installed in my Droid M?

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  • Connie Schwendeman

    Ok. Thanks. The only thing I really care about is Foxfi wifi access for my laptop. Now I’m wondering if it would work anyway. Do you know if I can get free wifi since I have unlimited data?

  • Hi Connie, Vzw has patched the old root exploit so it will not work. We are doing a newer guide for KitKat. However, our guide in progress is meant for the Vzw Droid Razr M.
    To get your device rooted, you need to unlock the bootloader, download a recovery image, flash it and then install SuperSU via recovery.

  • Connie Schwendeman

    The update kit kat installed on my droid razor max xHD yesterday. will it still work? I’m upset Verizon blocked my FoxFi free wifi access.

  • John Kurian

    Works perfectly on Droid Razr M (sys ver. 98.18.94.XT907) – If it gets stuck on “Plug in your phone and Press any key to continue…”, just close the command window and run it again. Worked for me.

  • T J York

    razr maxx hd android 4.1.2 system version 9.18.94.XT926 build 9.8.1Q-94
    This tutorial worked for me. Thank you.


    yes. admin on windows7 machine

  • Did you run the BAT file as administrator?


    trying to root Motorola razr droid m. 98.30.1.XT907.Verizon.en.US android 4.1.2 build 9.8.1Q-94-1

    was hoping this would work. motochopper was a fail.

    I get an error just after pressing a key to start the install. the error only flashes by for a millisecond, but I caught it as a screenshot. it says >was unexpected at this time. I have USB debugging on, and mock locations (not sure if i need the second…tried with and without).

  • I took that thing for granted. Added now. 🙂

  • Rich Hoover

    Just wanted to say thanks, and that this DOES work for the Verizon Droid RAZR HD XT926 Firmware version 9.18.94. Successfully rooted today. This was my first android root, and it was much easier than installing Preware on my old Palm Pre.

  • Dan Tweedy

    FYI, this wouldn’t work for me until I ran install.bat as administrator. Then it worked like a charm.

  • Saferoot has been updated on March 1. Try it as it might work. As for the new firmware, you can download it here:

    You can use RSD Lite to install the firmware:

  • Rich Hoover

    I’ve got the Verizon Droid RAZR HD XT926, but with Firmware version 9.18.94.
    You’ve got that firmware version listed for the HD MAXX, but not mine. I’m assuming your root exploit will NOT work since I don’t have 9.30.1. Correct? I’m on 4.1.2 JB, and there are no updates available. Not sure how I’d get firmware 9.30.1.

  • Daren

    Can you help me guys, I try to use another CDMA ruim, outside US, but i cannot save the apn, i can save all apn from gsm simcard.. So how can I save my apn for cdma ruim? If I press save, the setting is always dissaper by itself on apn setting page..

  • Good to know, John. I’ll try to share there too but it will be good if you share the link to tutorial on a relevant page on XDA. 🙂

  • John Balance

    WORKS!!!…..Verizon Droid RAZR M XT907 Firmware version: 98.18.94…..WORKS!!!!! Thank you so much for this! Could not find this info on XDA. Perhaps you could share it there as well?

  • Wolf_of_dusk

    The xt912 is not covered by this guide. The model numbers are in the description above.

  • Make sure USB Debugging is enabled. Also try rebooting PC and phone both.

  • Patrick Jewell

    Starting from a factory wiped (razr maxx hd root 9.30.1). I get stuck on “SENDING FILES TO DEVICE” and it does nothing.

  • Jeremy H.

    the phone i got had system version 9.18.94. This root method worked for me.

  • Nathan Barker

    This rooted my Droid RAZR M perfectly. But I’m having issues getting the bootloader unlocked. I’ve tried the “motopocalypse” thing, but I’m guessing I’ve got the wrong firmware version for that to work. Any other suggestions?!

  • Reinstall the drivers, reboot the device and computer. Make sure USB debugging is enabled.

  • Monte James Bingham II

    i have the droid razr m and it says failed to start daemon and error cannot connect to daemon

  • KingoApp worked for you?

  • Kelly S

    Thank you so much! It worked perfectly. Easiest root I’ve ever done.. Don’t know why Gmail keeps crashing, but other than that, all is well.

  • Eric L

    Please re-read your message where you mention having the Droid Razr MAXX with a model ending in “XT912” and then go look at the list of 4 Motorola models listed above. Look very carefully to see if your phone model is listed. If it is not listed, you are not, unfortunately, going to benefit from this rooting tool.

  • Kelly S

    Not yet, But I will and I’ll let you know.. Thanks!

  • Kelly S

    Yeah, I’ve tried everything and cannot attain root. If ANYONE has a step be step process I would love to see it.

  • Jeremy H.

    I just bought one on Ebay so I will have to see what update is on the phone. I will let you know when I try it.

  • Kelly S

    Jeremy, If you’ve tried this and it worked, please let us know. My Razr Maxx with the 11.21.13 update will not work..

  • Kelly S

    Anyone? Buhler.. Anyone?

  • Kelly S

    Is the Razr M the same as the Razr MAXX? Mine is the Droid Razr MAXX
    mine is 98.72.165.XT912

  • So, you have XT912? Here is the compatibility list:

    Verizon Droid RAZR M XT907 [Firmware version: 98.18.94 or 98.30.1]

    Verizon Droid RAZR HD XT926 [Firmware version: 9.30.1]

    Verizon Droid RAZR MAXX HD XT926M [Firmware version: 9.18.94]

    Verizon Droid 4 LTE 4G XT894 [Firmware version: 98.72.18-9 or 98.72.18-8

  • Kelly S

    Not exactly

  • Does it look like the screen shown above in the guide?

  • Kelly S

    I see the text roll too fast to read, and then the window disappears. I extracted the files and ran it from the desktop of the computer. I’ve tried both Mass storage and media device. Still no go.

  • What message do you see on the cmd window.

  • Kelly S

    Didn’t work for me..Droid Razr Maxx, Nov. 21 software update, 4.1.2 USB Drivers installed, connected to computer, USB Debugging enabled. Any ideas?

  • Jeremy H.

    Does this work on the newest update for the Razr Maxx HD?

  • I am sure you’ll impress her too. 🙂

  • prototipo_20

    Worked like a charm!!!!

    Now going for the Razr HD of my girlfriend 😀 😀 😀 😀

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Do try it. It’s easy, it works!

  • prototipo_20

    Great!!! Will give this a try.

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