KitKat, the latest flavor of Android, was released back in late November the last year. According to the latest official stats, Android 4.4 occupies only 8.5 percent of the whole distribution of the operating system, while Jelly Bean tops the chart with about 51 percent share. To a great extent, the disparity between the older and newer versions of Android is due to lack of interest among different manufacturers when it comes to sending the latest software updates to their older devices.
It seldom happens that a well-known old phone like the Verizon DROID RAZR M XT907 gets the latest version of Android after about two years of its launch. Thanks to Motorola and Verizon for not forgetting our good old DROID RAZR M. It has been more than two weeks since Verizon started rolling the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the DROID RAZR M. By now, most of the users of the device would already have updated their phones to the latest software version.
Back in January, we did a rooting tutorial for the Motorola Droid Razr series running Android 4.1.2 using the Saferoot exploit. Since the new KitKat update for the Verizon DROID RAZR M patches the old exploit that allowed rooting, we have come with another working rooting method for the your RAZR M. If you have received the latest OTA and now wish to root your phone, here’s how you can root Verizon DROID RAZR M on KitKat firmware.
To root your Verizon DROID RAZR M XT907 on Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware without unlocking the bootloader, use Geohot’s TowelRoot app. Having rooted your phone unlock the bootloader using Motocalypse and using the instructions given here.
The rooting method for the Verizon DROID RAZR M described below has been tested successfully on software versions 182.46.10 and 183.46.10. However, the rate of success depends on how carefully you proceed with the steps. One little mistake might put your phone in a risky situation.
- A Verizon DROID RAZR M XT907 running Android 4.4.2 (Ver. 182.46.10 or 183.46.10) with unlocked bootloader.
- Install Motorola USB Drivers on your computer. Skip this step if you already have them installed on your system.
- Make sure you have a working ADB and Fastboot on your computer. If not, set it up using this guide.
- Enable USB Debugging on your Verizon DROID RAZR M. The option is found under Settings> Developer options. To enable Developer options on your phone, read these instructions.
- Download dhacker29’s CWM recovery: xt926-KK-CWM-6048.img
- Also download Chainfire’s latest SuperSU flashable zip: UPDATE-SuperSU-vx.xx.zip
Root Verizon DROID RAZR M on KitKat
- Copy the SuperSU zip file to your phone.
- Copy xt926-KK-CWM-6048.img file to the platform-tools folder in the Android SDK. The location of the .img file should be the same as the ADB and Fastboot files.
- Connect your phone to computer and reboot it into the Bootloader mode. To do so, open a cmd window from within the platform-tools folder.
- When the command window is launched, type this command and hit the Enter key:
adb reboot bootloader
- Your phone will reboot into the AP Fastboot mode.
- Now type the following command to install CWM recovery and press Enter:
fastboot flash recovery xt926-KK-CWM-6048.img
- When CWM is flashed on your phone, reboot it into Recovery mode using the command given below and just as you hit the Enter key after typing the command, press and hold the volume up key on your phone.
- When you enter CWM Recovery, scroll to install zip from sdcard option, navigate to UPDATE-SuperSU-vx.xx.zip and select it.
- Confirm the installation and wait till SupeSu is flashed to your device.
- Finally, return to CWM main menu and reboot your phone.
Wait till your Verizon DROID RAZR M boots up. Then open the app drawer and launch SuperUser app. To verify proper root access, you can install Root Checker app from the Play store. Having rooted your phone, you can try some great root apps to enhance your phone’s performance.