How to Root Motorola Backflip – Tutorial

Motorola Backflip LogoFor all the users who want to update their Motorola Backflip, it’s very necessary that first up you will have to root your device so that the firmware update process can be enabled. So, before we proceed we would like to mention that rooting voids the warranty, though the warranty can be regained once you unroot the device which can be easily done with the help of Z4 Root which we will be seeing in the due course of the article. Make sure that you backup all your applications, messages and also all your songs, images, videos and contacts as in the process of rooting you may lose all of this information, though it’s an unlikely event that you lose everything. So, it’s highly recommended to either sync all your data or create the backup of all your data so that you can restore the same after rooting or after the firmware update.

Procedure to Root Motorola Backflip:

  • First of all you will have to download the application called z4root from here on your computer and then you will have to unzip the same to get the .apk file which can be then copied on your android phone easily. While unzipping the file if the password is prompted then you need to enter the password as “”.
  • z4Mod

  • Now, as soon as you copy the Z4Root’s apk file in your phone, you need to go to the application list and just need to tap on the same to install it on your Motorola Backflip.
  • Now, after the Z4 Root installation gets complete, you will have to tap on the Z4 Root application to open the same after which you will see that there are two options, one is the temporary root and another one will be the Permanent Root. From this, you will have to tap on the “Permanent Root” after which the device will be rooted in seconds. Do, note that while the process  is running don’t interrupt its processes or else you will have to repeat the rooting process, and also its not recommended to choose the temporary root as if you do the temporary root then the device will get un rooted just by a simple restart.
  • Z4 Rooting Process

Now that’s it as soon as the device is rebooted  is completed the rooting gets done, you will see that a new icon of “Superuser” will be created in the screen which will be in the shape of skull. This means your device has been successfully rooted and you are ready to customize the device the way you want it. Do, let us know if you face any problems while rooting your device.



  1. Guest ;)

    July 18, 2012 at 10:20 am

    AT&T Blocks sideloading on the Backflip…

  2. Leang Bunthol

    April 28, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    This application, Z4root is infected by a virus. so can u provide another one.

  3. rashad

    March 14, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    How would I go about creating a backup or syncing all my apps,message,ect… Before rooting.

  4. Colt

    February 22, 2012 at 4:09 am

    I have Motorola Backflip with Android 1.5. I put the z4root.apk on my phone and then I clicked to let my phone install apps not from the Market but when I hit install it says “This application cannot be installed on your phone” Is z4root only for phones newer than 1.5? If not can you help me out? Thank you.

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 22, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      we will try to come up with the new tutorial!


    February 20, 2012 at 10:16 am


  6. lethalSHRIMP

    September 25, 2011 at 6:07 am

    yes is my backflip even supposed to be updated to 2.2 or is it just supposed to stay at 2.1. i only ask this question because i have not seen any 2.2 update for my phone.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 25, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      yes, we will soon come up with the same!

  7. Alex Bernhard

    September 18, 2011 at 8:27 am

    what application list are you talking about? because i cant find a list with the root file on it at all.

  8. Gary

    September 15, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Please come up with a tutorial pradeep…i am having the same issue…moved the .apk file to phone but get a security message when i run the file… please some one help me fix this issue and root my backflip 2.1…it is driving me crazyyyy! slowwwwww very very slowwwww

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 15, 2011 at 10:06 am

      sure buddy, but have you rooted the phone?

  9. Axl

    August 4, 2011 at 12:45 am

    True.I m having d same prob.Managed to trnsfr to d fone but unable to install…any other ideas or ways to root it?

  10. maki vara

    July 9, 2011 at 2:16 am

    What’s the scoop with the Android rage cage A trojan on it?????

  11. vinay

    May 11, 2011 at 10:01 am

    the root software doesnt work. it says it cannot be installed on my phone

    • Neal Pradeep

      May 21, 2011 at 7:41 am


      • Quickrow

        June 16, 2011 at 10:53 pm

        Afternoon Neal,
        I am having some trouble using the z4root app on my moto backflip. I have the MB300, 2.1-update1 package, I’ve used the Sideloader Wonder Machine to push the app onto the phone, as Backflip has the “unknown sources” disabled and you cannot access it. (Thank you AT&T…blech)

        I can install the program with no trouble, but once it’s installed, the only option I can get to work is the basic temporary root. That will root the phone, but like you stated, only until reboot.

        My issue is with Permanent Root, I’ll select it, it will go through the processes, next will to go reboot – and shut off. No reboot. I have to hit the Power key to bring it back and from there it goes back through normal start-up Un-rooted.

        Have you come across this or heard of this? I’m trolling websites right now and happened upon your reply to this other fellow. Does it need a flashed recovery? Stock recovery? Did I miss something?

        Any help is appreciated.

    • Aaaa

      October 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm


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