How To Root Motorola XOOM Honeycomb Tablet On Android 3.1

The Motorola XOOM has started receiving the OTA update to Android 3.1, with some users updating their XOOM tablets manually because they didn’t want to wait. As is the  case with almost all Android updates pushed by a device manufacturer, this update be it manual or OTA, will remove root access on the Xoom. For all those who are now running Android 3.1 on their XOOM tablets, XDA-Developers forum member publicanimal has released the eagerly awaited root guide. More on rooting the XOOM on Honeycomb 3.1 after the break!

This rooting method should work on both Wi-Fi-only and 3G models; however, while the rooting procedure has been successfully tested for the Wi-Fi model, the 3G model remains untested for now.

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.



  1. To begin, download the root tool and the ClockworkMod recovery image file to your computer.
  2. Using a card reader, transfer the root tool to the root of the SD card (i.e. not in any folder there) without extracting it.
  3. Insert the SD card into the XOOM.
  4. Now make sure your XOOM has USB debugging enabled in Settings > Applications > Development, and connect it to the computer via USB.
  5. Launch a command prompt/terminal window on your computer and navigate to the location where you copied the ClockworkMod recovery image file.
  6. Enter the following commands:
    adb reboot bootloader
    fastboot flash recovery recovery-solarnz-120511-2030.img
    fastboot reboot
  7. As soon as you hit the reboot command, you should see a Motorola logo appear. Wait 3 seconds and tap the Volume down button and the words Android Recovery should appear on the screen. When you see that, tap the Volume up button and you’ll boot into recovery.
  8. In recovery, navigate to install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sd card and select the root tool you copied to the root of the SD card.
  9. Once the files are flashed, simply hit Reboot System Now.

Voila! If you followed the instructions right, you should boot into a rooted Android 3.1 OS. For update and queries, visit the forum thread at XDA-Developers.

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