Root Motorola Xoom Running Honeycomb

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In the previous post I had written how to unlock Motorola Xoom Bootloader. To install Ice Cream Sandwich, you will also need to root it and this guides helps you root the device on Android 3.1. After unlocking the bootloader and rooting it, you can flash custom ROMs. The credit for this goes to XDA-Developers forum member publicanimal.


  1. Back up all apps using ASTRO File Manager.
  2. Back up all contacts to your SD card as it would remain unaffected.

DisclaimerBlogoTech is not responsible for any damage that might be caused to your device during this process though the possibility of any damage is negligible. Try this at your own risk. Also note, this process voids the warranty of your device.


  1. Maintain Minimum 40% charge on your device.
  2. Android SDK installed with the Fastboot tool.
  3. Unlocked Bootloader
  4. Download Root tool for Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi | 3G
  5. Download ClockworkMod Recovery Image

 Steps to Root

  1. Copy the root tool and ClockworkMod Recovery Image to the root of your SD card. Do not extract the root tool files.
  2. Enable USB Debugging on Motorola Xoom
  3. Connect it to the computer via USB
  4. Launch a command prompt/terminal window on your computer and navigate to the location where you copied the ClockworkMod recovery image file.
  5. Enter the following commands in the command prompt window:
    adb reboot bootloader
    fastboot flash recovery recovery-solarnz-120511-2030.img
    fastboot reboot
  6. After the reboot command, you would see the Motorola logo. After 3 seconds press the Volume Down button after which you will see Android Recovery written. Press the Volume up button to enter into recovery mode.
  7. Choose install zip from sd card and select the root tool you downloaded.
  8. After these files are flashed, hit the reboot system now option.

In this way you can root your XOOM running Android 3.1 For updates and queries, check the thread on XDA.

  • rodney

    please i need your help.

    im stuck at “fastboot flash boot rootboot.img”

    after unlocking, im supposed to put that code into cmd but it gives error: cannot load ‘rootboot.img’.

    you look like u successfully rooted yors, please help. i’ve been trying for hours with no luck. please tell me what i’m missing…thanks in advance.

  • RELL

    Please help. I followed all of the instructions and on step 8when i went to reboot it wont/ its just stuck on the boot up screen. Please help I really dont know what to do next.

  • Gabriel

    I’m getting the same problem, I’m stuck on the “Dual Core Technology” screen. I’m able to boot on recovery mode. Is there anything that I can do?

    • Hi Gabriel, the previous comment was made by a person who works for this blog and did not know that your comment was on the Motorola XOOM post. I understand that it is a mistake from our end and I apologize for the same. Also, I do not have a Motorola XOOM but I have used it. If we wer4e to publish articles on those gadgets which we own, we would perhaps be very rich to possess almost all Android gadgets in this world.

      Regarding your problem, Do you have a Nandroid backup which you can restore via recovery? If nothing works, please download the appropriate software from here and issue the following commands:
      fastboot flash boot boot.img
      fastboot flash system system.img
      fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
      fastboot flash userdata userdata.img
      fastboot erase cache
      fastboot oem lock