How to Root Atrix 4G! [The Easy Way]

Warning: Don’t use for new Atrix 4G with 4.5.91 update!
For those of you wondering how to root your Atrix 4G, here’s an easier way over the older method we posted earlier.

This will work on any version of Atrix 4G on AT&T. (not tested with other carriers)

First, put your Atrix 4G into RSD mode by turning off your phone then holding down the Power Button WHILE HOLDING DOWN Volume Up button and you can let go of both buttons when you see a screen like this:

Next, connect your Atrix 4G phone to your Windows computer via USB cable then download the here:


Unzip the file and install the RSD drivers.

For Windows 32-bit systems, run Handset_USB_Driver_32_v4.9.0.msi and Windows 64-bit systems, run Handset_USB_Driver_64_v4.9.0.msi.


Once the drivers have been installed, you can verify in Device Manager and see “Motorola Flash Interface”.

Next run RSDLite5.3.1.msi to install RSDLite software.

When that’s completed, you can run the RSDLite program, then choose preinstall.sbf as Filename and hit Start to begin.

When that’s all completed, your Atrix 4G will reboot by itself, now goto Settings->Applications->Development and make sure USB Debugging is checked on.

Download the file here and unzip to the root folder of your hard disk.


Open up a command prompt then browse to your adb directory by typing:

cd \adb

Then type the following:

/bin/mount -o remount,rw /system
cp /preinstall/su /system/bin/
chmod 6755 /system/bin/su
PATH=/system/bin:$PATH pm install /preinstall/Superuser.apk


Go back to your phone and you can now see that you have Superuser app installed and have root.  That’s it!

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46 Responses to How to Root Atrix 4G! [The Easy Way]

  1. Monica says:

    I waited for the 2.3.4 OTA that I installed yesterday. Can I root and unlock using your methods or do I have to go another way? Thanks for your time!

  2. Monica says:

    Can I root and unlock via your method with an untouched and 2.3.4 OTA updated Atrix? I don’t want to brick my phone. Thank You!
    (I posted question via Iconia but it’s not showing up here)

  3. Jace says:

    hey, when i try to download the zip files it says “nginx error!
    The page you are looking for is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.” any other way to download :/

  4. Xavier says:

    I have the same question Monica is asking.

  5. Mav says:

    When I pull down the I am not getting the 32 or 64 option it is gingerbreak. Is this what is used now?

  6. Ryan says:

    DO NOT TRY TO ROOT on the new 2.3.4 update!!!!! It will brick it! I tried and it bricked.

    • max says:

      How did you brick it? Can you still access ClockworkMod Recovery?

      • Monica says:

        You need to look on XDA, apparently if you go from 2.3.4 to .83, your phone will brick. It should just be a softbrick, though. I haven’t done this method but there is an updated way on XDA. I’m just going to wait a while. The new bootloader prevents you from downgrading your ROM.

  7. Jason says:

    What do you mean by download the file and unzip to the root folder of hard disk. I’m not sure what the root folder of the hard disk is??

  8. Roberto says:

    hey max and monica i have a serius problem i have done max method… and it is true i have mi atrix 4g “brick” i made it with the version 2.3.4 and it hapenned :(:(:(:( please tell me what i have to do now max so i can have mi atrix 4g back :(

  9. Johnathan Matodobra says:

    Do you need a Micro SD card to root it this way as well?

  10. Contrell says:

    Ii need help with hacking my 4g period pleaasse

  11. Javier says:

    I have the 9.5.91 update, how can i root my atrix?

  12. hector says:

    how to root moto atrix 2.3.4

  13. Jose says:

    I bricked my phone! it wont boot it says “No OS found” How do i get it back? :(

  14. Joe B says:

    if you loose your OS your like me have to buy a new phone this hack CRAP dont work anymore its all a scam!

  15. Shpeke says:

    GG. Bricked my Atrix 4G and i dont have CWM on it, after executing the sbf it cant re-enumerate do you know any way how to get this working? and the phone says sec-exception febe 35 35

    • Shpeke says:

      Ok im back at Action :D Phone Rooted (not with your methode because I still cant get the re-enumerate and i cant unlock my phone which is btw running 2.2.2)

  16. Phil says:

    Bricked my Atrix 4G also: “SVF:105:1:2 Failed to boot 0×1000 No OS detected …”
    trying to use information at to un-brick it … wish me luck.

  17. John says:

    what do i download the onmy computer or phone? and on both when i click the link it doesnt allow me to download it just says the file info. do i have to sign up and pay money for a subscription? pelase help!

  18. johannseven says:

    hi max, im from the philippines will your method work on my firmware? ive been watching your videos but im still hesitant to try but i have the tools on me like i have rsd lite and even got pete’s one click root..thanks and more power

  19. Amit says:

    Hi, I have bricked my phone. It gives me some 14 options. I was on latest at&t update and tried installing your sbf file. can you help me?


    • clint says:

      Amit ….. was your Atrix 4G loaded with:
      1) 2.3.6 version of Android
      2) 4.5.141 version system


      • Yahir says:

        I did this and my cellphone says

        SVF message: 105:1:2

        Failed to boot 0×1000

        No OS detected, going to rsd mode in 5seconds press a key to stop count down available modes are:
        4)Bp HW Bypass rsd
        5)BP HW bypass QC Dload
        6)BP HW diag & Boot AP
        7)BP HW Bypass BP only
        8)BP SW Bypass RSD
        9)Android recovery
        10)boot android (no BP)
        11)Device UID
        13 Early USB enumeration
        14)BP tools

        Help me please!!!
        2.3.6 version

  20. umang says:

    Hi there.
    I am using 64bit win 7. I am having a problem with the adb shell command. i keep getting a permissions denied.
    $ /bin/mount -o remount,rw /system
    /bin/mount -o remount,rw /system
    /bin/mount: permission denied
    is there anything I can do about this.

    thanks in advance

  21. mike chae says:

    Hi! i own a atrix skt(korean) im using it here in philippines. version 2.3.5. how do i root this phone. cant receive and send korean txt. thanks!

  22. Clint says:


    I have an unlocked atrix 4g that I can use in different carriers. I followed this post to root my phone, but it failed in the RSD Lite after the preinstall.sbf step. When the phone reboot, it says: SVF : 105:1:2. failed to reboot 0×1000. No OS Detected.
    Please help!

  23. Donald says:

    It show failed flashing process on RSD lite , may I know what is the problem?

  24. Tino says:

    Hi. I wanted to know if this will work on my Atrix 4G. It’s unlocked from AT&T and its system version 4.5.145 and android version is 2.3.6.

  25. chad says:

    bro i cant get to rds mode i fallow the step

  26. mitchell says:

    so if i have a software of 2.3.4 it wont work
    and itll mess up your phone

  27. laci says:

    Help me!
    Atrix 4G Mobile have updated my rom I was going with RSD Lite, but I did not mind that AT & T was dependent on the device. 2.3.6, 4.5.1, this was before I touched him, now says this off after SVF 105:1:2 Failed to boot 0×1000 and 5 seconds. Help me, how can I do it?

  28. IZEK says:

    My phone is not restarting after i done with the rsd what should i do?

  29. Brian says:

    Hi Max.. i just bought a used at&t motorola atrix and tried to root it with this same method..

    right after the phone reboot itself after I ran the RSDLite program and chose the preinstall.sbf as a Filename

    the screen went

    svf: 105: 1: 2
    failed to boot 0×1000
    no OS detected, going to RSD mode in 5 seconds

    Press a key to stop count down
    Availibles modes here:

    1. rsd
    2. fastboot
    3 nvflash
    4 bp hw bypass rsd
    5 bp hw bypass qc dload
    6 bp hw bypass bp only
    8 bp sw bypass rsd
    9 android recovery
    10 boot android
    11 device uid
    12 console=t tySO, 115200n8
    13 early USB enumeration
    14 bp tools

    vol up to select, vol down next choice
    current choice is mode: rsd
    staring fastboot protocol support

    Is it hardbricked? I tried to look it up at the xda forum but didn’t get a clear solution.

    Can you help me with this problem?

  30. M Danish says:

    SVF:105:1:2 failed to boot 0×1000
    no os detected going to rsd mode in 5 second
    4)Bp HW Bypass rsd
    5)BP HW bypass QC Dload
    6)BP HW diag & Boot AP
    7)BP HW Bypass BP only
    8)BP SW Bypass RSD
    9)Android recovery
    10)boot android (no BP)
    11)Device UID
    13 Early USB enumeration
    14)BP tools

    bettery is too low to flash

    please solve my problem

  31. Kiri says:

    I tried to root my 4G. It said do not (or you cannot) backup/restore the rom until it is rooted first. Followed all instructions in the “easy” version. Now my phone says SVF:105:1:2 Failed to boot 0×1000. No OS detected. Could someone help or send a link where I can fix my phone please? At least put it back like it was. Thanks in advance!

  32. Nixon says:

    The file 4g is not available here. But Why?

  33. Noah Sanders says:

    Within the top 10 of the favourite articles, thanks!

  34. Emma Jackson says:

    great usage of words within the piece, it in fact did help when i was reading

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