For those of you who’ve picked up a brand, new Atrix 4G, you might want to think about rooting your Atrix 4G.
Why root the Atrix 4G?
Well, by rooting your Atrix 4G, you can get cool stuff like being able to use the WebTop (with a hack) via HDMI cable without the laptop dock or the USB dock. As for me, it was rather too expensive to get the laptop dock or the USB dock and by rooting and adding the WebTop hack, I could get the same features without having to buy a proprietary device I don’t need.
Also, you can get different ROMs on your Atrix 4G when you root it plus you can hack it to get free wifi tethering for your wireless devices. I know AT&T charges you extra $15 a month but why are these carriers charging you TWICE for the internet service you’ve already paid for? Exactly what I mean and it’s not against the law either, Congress has recently passed a law saying the owner of Android smartphones can do whatever modification he wants to do with it. Hey, it’s your phone!
Anyways, here’s how to root your Atrix 4G:
UPDATE: There’s an easier root method, please follow direction here instead on how to root your Atrix 4G, the easy way!
How to Root your Atrix 4G!
Before we begin, make sure you have a microSD card installed on your Atrix 4G. Without it, this rooting method WILL NOT WORK!
First, put your phone into USB Debugging Mode by going to Settings->Applications->Development then checking it off like this:
Then connect it to your computer and make sure you’ve installed the Atrix 4G drivers. (See How to Install Atrix 4G Drivers.)
Next, download Atrix4g.zip:
Unzip the file and put the folder “atrix4g” into your root directory of your computer, such as c:\atrix4g like I did in the video.
Next, make sure your USB connection is set to “None” like I am doing in above screen, not “USB Mass Storage”.
Next, go into command prompt by typing “cmd” in your Window search bar and type:
adb install GingerBreak-v1.20.apk
This should install GingerBreak app on your Atrix 4G.
Go to your phone now, run the GingerBreak app and hit “Root device”.
You should get a screen like below for about 5 minutes.
Your Atrix 4G phone should then automatically reboot and you should get an app called “Superuser”. If you did, congratulations! Pat yourself in the back and go head a beer.
If you are still stuck after 10 minutes, you probably did something wrong. Make sure you have an SD card in the Atrix 4G and try again.