How to Root Droid Bionic! [NEW][5.5.893]

For those of you on System version 5.5.893 or older, this is the new root method for your Droid Bionic.  If you have an earlier version, you can do a system upgrade or follow the older root method here.

For ICS, please see updated ICS root method!

There’s also another root method, you can use that one too.

Step 1. Set your phone as “Charge Only” after connecting USB cable from your phone to the computer.

Step 2. Make sure USB Debugging is checked on under Settings->Applications->Development.

Step 3. Connect your phone to your computer via USB Cable.

Step 4. For Windows, you need to install Motorola drivers.

Download drivers here:

Download Droid Bionic Windows drivers


As you can see in above screenshot, you can double-check your drivers are installed correctly by opening up Device Manager in Control Panel.  You should get Mot Composite ADB Interface under Android USB Devices or something very similar to that.

Step 5. Next download and unzip, you should find a folder called files and a file called runme.bat.


Step 6. Simply double-click on runme.bat to start the rooting process.

Step 7. After couple reboots, your Droid Bionic should be rooted.  You can verify by updating the SuperUser app and Superuser request should pop up.


Having trouble?  You can leave your questions here and me or other handful of Droid Bionic users will get back to you.

You can also watch the YouTube video tutorial in the beginning of this post.

What to do next?

Please see our Droid Bionic Root Guide.

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41 Responses to How to Root Droid Bionic! [NEW][5.5.893]

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  2. Jo says:

    Ok I used the old root video you did before and later I applied the update and lost root (according to Root Checker). Should I do do a hard wipe and then root as stated above or just root again? Note when I tried to update superuser I get this error message:

    “The updater cannot update the su binary on phones that have some kind of protection on the system partition like S-On. You can continue to use Superuser with your outdated binary, or update su with the ROM manager. ”

    I have also have issues like the fact that Superuser denies everything without prompting me. Please help me out.


  3. JOHN BLACK says:

    I’m doing this exactly as stated above. The only problem is I’m getting a message saying to run Bionic Recovery from App drawer. It doesn’t ask that in this video. Am I doing something wrong.

  4. Lee says:

    This worked as advertised on a Verizon Driod Bionic. Thanks for the tips. I really wanted a way to keep the auto start programs from starting, this really helps.



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  7. al says:

    is this supposed to work if i previously had root but lost it after i received the 5.5.893 OTA update? if not, is there another method i can try?

  8. Butch says:

    Hello all,
    I just finished going through this video and doing everything step by step. I received the same message above as the other user’s on this site. “Run bionic recovery from app drawer”, I do however have superuser and bionic strapper. Please advise on what steps shoud be taken next.
    Thank you

  9. Warrior Web says:

    This worked perfect for a droid bionic from Verizon. I had zero issues and it was all very easy and fast to do. Thanks!!!!

  10. Adler Rothschild says:

    My bionic is rooted 893 update. I would like to unroot in preparation for new Motorola soak test. Petes will not unroot. Will this method unroot the bionic with 893?

  11. Madblazzing says:

    Im getting same Recovery message

  12. OMAR says:

    What are the step for a phone that hasn’t been rooted and has 5.9.901 and shoul I do the update I got yesterday

  13. Jp says:

    I had root, just got an OTA update to system 5.9.902 rooting the same method I used before does not work. Anyone know what I can do?

    • susan says:

      I am having the same issue as Jp – the new Runme.bat dated 1/28/2012 does not work with 5.9.902 – I get Works cleanly until:

      remounting /system
      Mount: permission denied

      …and the rest of the uploads are also denied, (Superuser, etc)

  14. Jeff says:

    Can someone post a link to the slackerradio.apk that is part of the stock ROM? Or someone with root, grab it from /system/app

    Much thanks,

  15. Billy says:

    I have ver 5.9.901 and tried to do this and it goes threw the motions and installed bionic recovery but does not have superuser? Does it not work on this ver? Any advice would be great

  16. Butch says:

    Hello All,
    Last weekend I downloaded your bionic root method and installed safestrap recovery. Needless to say, all went well. So this weekend I got a OTA notification to receive 5.9.902. Well, here I have a rooted 5.5.893 with stock rom. I have not even put a custom rom on my phone yet, I have not INSTALLED the update yet either.I have been putting it off until I receive a method to assure me that I can take the update and keep my root. Is this rooting method of yours capable of doing this? And please try to give me an answer to this question ASAP. Im without my computer during the week and would like to update this weekend.
    Thanks again

  17. Johnny says:

    Oh no. I allowed the update to 5.9.902, and now I don’t have root anymore. Or least Titanium Backup says I don’t. I re-ran the procedure in the video, and that didn’t root it. I still have SuperUser, etc. It’s just that Titanium Backup says I don’t have root.


  18. manny says:

    hey I’m having the same issues as susan

    the new Runme.bat dated 1/28/2012 does not work with 5.9.902 – I get Works cleanly until:

    remounting /system
    Mount: permission denied

    …and the rest of the uploads are also denied, (Superuser, etc)

  19. Rob says:

    So, I have a Driod Bionic w/ 5.5.893.XT875 that will get returned to verizon on a warranty claim. I need to unroot and return to stock before I return this thing. I’m also ROMmed to [R3]BLURR3D V2.0 PBX. Anyway, I’ve done everything in these instructions but seem to have problems w/ the MOT Composite ADB Interface NOT appearing in Device manager (32Bit Win XP). On top of that, my phone decided to d/l 5.9.902 earlier today and keeps bugging me to install. Any solutions??

  20. sfw says:

    I have not rooted the bionic in the past and am running the latest update of 5.9.902. I want to root the px, but after reading this 1. I don’t want to brick it and 2. I want it to work. Any suggestions? I am running Lion OSX. There are scads of info if you’re on a windows platform for .902, by scant info for those of us on Mac.

  21. Joey says:

    Nice to see that anyone replies to the problems posted…….

  22. Matthew says:

    I tried to root my droid bionic and on the last reboot I get an error message ..abk.. Something..can someone please tell me what I’m doing wrong?

  23. David says:

    same problem… run the batch file it says finished and that i need to run recovery… doesnt root.

  24. jsumr110 says:

    I tried rooting my Bionic twice but never got SU confirmation. I can see that your batch file loaded bootstrap but looks like it’s being blocked somewhere.
    Verizon wirless
    Android 2.3.4
    build 5.5.1_84_DBN-71

  25. PcPixel says:

    Doesn’t work for me. I get errors claiming file systems are read only. Super User app doesn’t get installed. Running firmware 5.5.1_84. Had same problems with my Droid Razr. What am I doing wrong?

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  28. back2lurking says:

    Needless to say, this doesnt work on the new os. Anyone have an idea as to when this will be updated to work on 5.9.902?

  29. Fei R says:

    Just tried both methods provided here to root 5.9.902 but neither worked. Hope to see the fix soon…

  30. trisha says:

    In that case I think some new method should be there. This is something that will help all the prospective rooters.

  31. 773rootchump says:

    will this work for 5.9.905?

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