How to Root Motorola Xoom on Honeycomb 3.1 Version – Tutorial

Motorola XoomIf you have recently upgraded your Motorola Xoom with the latest Android 3.1 version of Honeycomb and lost the root on your Xoom then we have got a tutorial after following which you can easily root your Honeycomb powered Motorola Xoom 3.1.Please note that this rooting procedure which is mentioned below should only applied the Motorola Xoom which powers the latest Android 3.1 Gingerbread version. Please note that rooting the Motorola Xoom will be voiding the warranty, so you will have to make sure that you know how to un root the device as and you should also know that how to make the most out of rooting the device. Many of the users have reported that the root access has been lost after updating with the update of 3.1 Over the Air or even the manual update of Honeycomb 3.1.

Basically the procedure to root which we will be seeing will push the Super user application with the su and other rooting files. And also accordingly the permissions for enabling the functioning root are being processed and also flashes the bigrushdog modified stock 3.1 boot.img (kernel) for enabling the external SD card storage which also prevents the system from over writing the custom recovery and also this rooting allows the USB hosting. Also, you will have to ensure that the boot.img file is properly pushed according to the below mentioned procedure.

Ensure that you have unlocked your Motorola Xoom before proceeding below for rooting the Xoom and also follow the procedure carefully before proceeding which are nothing but the pre rooting instructions. So, let’s proceed and see on how you can root by following the pre rooting requisites / instructions and then followed by the procedure on how to root Honeycomb 3.1 powered Motorola Xoom.

Pre Requisites:

  • Before proceeding to the rooting process, you will need to ensure that you have synced all your contacts with your Google Account, all sms, applications, videos and music files which are there in your phone should be taken a backup or else the data will be lost. Anything which is in SD card will not be lost, so you can alternatively move to SD Card.
  • Ensure that your Motorola Xoom which is powered by the latest Honeycomb 3.1 update and also additionally ensure that your phone has at least more than 50% of battery power left, this is just an advisory which if followed then you will not experience any difficulties as while updation of the device the battery consumption is at a maximum.
  • The computer / laptop on which this Xoom will be connected should run on XP, Vista or Windows 7 OS and the firewall and other antivirus programs should be disabled and also you should have admin privileges to download and install the software including the drivers and also along with this you will be requiring the USB port on your computer which supports USB 2.0.
  • Last but not the least you will have to ensure that all other Motorola Suites in your computer so that the process of rooting is not interrupted.
  • Just in any case if the rooting process is interrupted in between then you will have to start the below process right from the first step.

Procedure to Root Motorola Xoom 3.1

  • First up you will have to download the WiFi_RootTool_3.1 and then you should configure the Android SDK on your computer so that the adb functions properly on your computer
  • Now, after this you will have to move the XOOM_RootTool_3.1.zip file from your PC to the root of your SD Card and as soon as this is done you will have to install the SD card in your Xoom or else you can also mount the SD Card through the Xoom in recovery after you boot into recovery by selecting the ‘mounts and storage > mount USB storage’ which is nothing but the shortcut.
  • After this you will have to connect the USB cable connecting your computer and the Xoom and need to ensure that the USB debugging is enabled which can be done from the Application settings menu.USB debugging Xoom
  • Next up, connect the USB cable from PC to xoom and then simply open the command prompt and go to the path where the adb is stored and then you will have to also match the code to match along with the file name.

adb reboot bootloader
fastboot flash recovery recovery-solarnz-XXX-XXX.img
fastboot reboot

  • Now, as soon as the fastboot reboot command is given, the Xoom will be rebooted and you will see that Xoom will reflash the stock recovery over the custom recovery you just installed. Here, you will see that the Motorola logo will be appearing for around 5 seconds where you will have to tap the Volume down button to boot the device in the recovery mode and then “catch the boot” it says ‘Starting Fastboot protocol support’ then you hit Volume Down too soon. Hold Vol UP + Power to reboot and try again.

Motorola Xoom Rooted

  • Now, next up in the Clock Work Mod recovery, you will have to select the “install zip from sdcard” option and then select the “WiFi_RootTool_3.1.zip” option to select the file and choose “Yes – Install WiFi_RootTool_3.1.zip” to proceed for the installation process after which choose the option of “Reboot System Now” to reboot the Xoom.

So, that’s it you have now successfully rooted the Motorola Xoom. Do, let us know if you face any sorts of issues in the comments section below. Please note that in any manner that is in part or in whole we can’t be held responsible for anything and this firmware is not recommended for all those whose phones are network locked. If the procedure is not followed, then we can’t take responsibility even to support as this may completely brick the Motorola Xoom. So, its kind request that you follow the instructions very carefully.



  1. Fred

    October 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    After “Reboot System Now”, it cannot boot up again ……
    always auto restart, seems can’t find boot.img

  2. mike

    August 25, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    what about rooting a xoom on android 3.2 honeycomb (wi-fi) ? do you have a tool for that yet? thanks!

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 25, 2011 at 11:44 pm

      not as of now mike, but we will soon come up with this article!

  3. sasa77ar

    July 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Hello, yesterday I purchased motorola zoom WIFI +3 g with 32 gb in Germany, I have a problem is not going to connect to the network and even at 3 g, I tried with 4 routers and shows that the grafted onto the network but not to let the net ,, I know someone to help me,,, thanks

  4. Dave Dixon

    June 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I just ordered a Xoom which I’m expecting to receive in the next few days. I don’t know if it will come with Honeycomb or it will want to upgrade. If it wants to upgrade, will it be easier to root as 3.0 or 3.1? Is the SD card technique easier/funner/better? Enough so to warrant the expense/hassle of getting an SD card and reader for my linux PC?

  5. DB

    June 4, 2011 at 12:58 am

    I bought a 32gb sandisk micro sd card and can’t figure out how to get my Xoom to recognize it? Then again, I’m not sure I even installed it correctly because I can’t find any picture illustrations.

    “move the XOOM_RootTool_3.1.zip file from your PC to the root of your SD Card ”

    Totally lost at this part. Do you mean my External SD Card or the Internal Storage? I tried to copy the Root Tool to my downloads folder on the Xoom and then used ES File Explorer to try and copy to the Root folder but get permission denied or something.

    Any chance you could post some images of the Rooting process from ‘out of the box’ to Root?

  6. maxatma

    June 2, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Guys I have done all this, it has written that everythinhg’s done ok, but when I rebooted the Xoom it has stuck on honeycomb boot animation and simply doesn’t boot the system/ Help me please ASAP!

  7. Eternal

    May 30, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I don’t get what to do when you have to write “fastboot flash recovery recovery-solarnz-XXX-XXX.img” in the console. Specifically, what exactly do you have to write in the XXX-XXXX part?

    • Jab2870

      June 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      You need to download the file from here:

  8. Tayyab

    May 21, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Does this work on Wifi version?

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