How to Root Motorola DROID BIONIC on 5.9.902 Firmware

Motorola DROID BIONIC LogoAfter Motorola sprinkled its love just before Valentine day on all Droid BIONIC users, beware it might just break the root just in case if you have rooted it as an all new update from Motorola which is dubbed as 5.9.902. But not to worry as in the due course of this article we will guide you with a detailed tutorial on how you can easily root your Motorola Droid BIONIC smartphone on 5.9.902 firmware version. Thanks to tuckmobile  who has come up with this detailed guide on how to achieve root on this firmware.

Disclaimer: Neither we, nor developer should be held responsible if any damage is happened to your phone which is very unlikely if you follow the instructions as mentioned in this article.

Please be informed that once you root your phone the warranty will get void though all the official updates you will continue to get without any issues automatically as in when they are released.

So, after following the list of important pre requisites, it’s now time to proceed for detailed tutorial mentioned in the next page.

Pre Requisites:

As of now this procedure will only work on Windows based PCs, at least 2 GB space should be left free in your internal SD Card and 4GB free space in your external sd card along with 901 system installation in your phone.

  • Backup all possible data in your phone which you can take so as to ensure that just in case if any data is lost then the same can be restored easily. In the process of rooting, there is a possibility that some data might get lost or corrupted. With the help of below mentioned data you can backup / restore the data in your computer.

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Notes – Manually save the notes in your mail as these will be lost in the process of firmware update
Call Log – Call Log and Restore
Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to internal / External SD Card,
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

  • Minimum battery charge left in the phone should be at least 70% so as to ensure that device doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.
  • Enable USB Debugging Mode from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging. Ensure that the USB Debugging option is ticked as shown in the below screen capture.

USB Debugging


Let’s head to the detailed tutorial mentioned in the next page after assuming that you have followed all the above mentioned steps.

Procedure to Root Motorola Droid BIONIC on 5.9.902 firmware:

  • Download 901 to 902 Update Zip Package from here to your computer. After downloading, connect your phone to the computer and copy this downloaded zip file to your external sd card. Ensure that you are not placing the file deep into your phone.
  • After this, disconnect the connected phone and turn Off your phone so as to enter the device in the safe strap recovery mode which can be entered by pressing the touch button with four squares  located left of the home button and power your phone.
  • Now, in the recovery screen select “backup and restore” option to back up your current firmware along with the other system settings present in your device. Developer recommends saving of the recovery image in the path \Safestrap\Backup.
  • Select  “Go Back” to return back to the main recovery image and then select “safe boot menu” and choose the option as “Toggle Safe System” and then wait a bit to select “++++ Go Back ++++” verify that the option of “Safe System is: DISABLED”, and then “reboot system now” for rebooting the phone.
  • Now, after device is rebooted update all your applications from the Android market place and especially super user application. You can manually update this app from android market place.
  • After this turn off your phone and once it gets turned Off press both the Volume rocker keys and turn ON your device to enter the device in the recovery mode.
  • Select “Recovery” in the Menu using the Volume rocker keys and press the power button to select the same. Now select “Apply Update” then select the 902 Update zip package which you have placed in your phone in the initial step.
  • If you get an eror of /debloated/icon-changed/whatever your stock system you won’t pass this stage as there is some unknown issue with the boot loader for which there is no solution found yet by developer.
  • After this reboot the phone and allow the phone to boot up. It will take more than usual time for rebooting the phone. To check the system version, you can check the same from the path “Settings > About Phone”.
  • To check whether the device is rooted or not successfully, you can download the app called “Root checker Basic”
  • Start the Safe strap application and select the option of “Install Recovery” button which will re install the safe strap.
  • After the reboot, you need to reboot the system and press the MENU to enter the device in the safe strap recovery mode and select “backup and restore” and make a backup of 902 system and select “safe boot menu” to select “”toggle safe system
  •  And wait till the command is processed and select “ ++++ Go Back ++++” to verify whether the “Safe System is : ENABLED” or not.
  • Select “Wipe cache partition” and “advanced” menu to select “wipe Dalvik cache” to clear off all the cache data present in your device.
  • After this, you need to select “++++ Go back ++++” and press return menu to select “power Off”.
  • Once the device is powered Off completely, you need to restart the device. Just in a rare case if the device refuses to turn ON then you will have to select “Wipe Data/Factory Reset” from the recovery mode and then select “reboot system now” to restart the device.

Congratulations, you have now successfully rooted your Motorola Droid BIONIC. Let us know in the comments section just in case if you have any issues as we will try our level best to address the same at the earliest.



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