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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22 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. 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?


  15. 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

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