[GUIDE] Rooting Your Motorola Triumph.


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  1. agentc13

    agentc13 Daleks Über Alles VIP Member

    I know there are a couple posts around here already that tell you how to root/unroot your phone. I am trying to take that information and put all the methods into one post. If you know of a method that is not included here, please let me know and I will add it.

    I also want to say that you do not need to root the phone to be able to install a custom ROM. Since all the custom ROMs have root access enabled already, this would only apply if you want to run the stock ROM and have root access. It is also a good idea to install a custom recovery right before or right after you do this. You can find instructions for that here: http://androidforums.com/triumph-all-things-root/445483-guide-installing-cwm-custom-rom-motorola-triumph.html and http://androidforums.com/triumph-all-things-root/421674-clockworkmod-recovery-motorola-triumph.html. Doing so will allow you to make a nandroid backup of your phone which is handy in case you ever mess anything up.

    Now on to the details...

    Method 1: GingerBreak

    Step 1: Download the GingerBreak apk. You can get it here.
    Step 2: Enable USB debugging (in Settings > Applications >Development) if you do not already have it on.
    Step 3: Allow "Unknown Sources" (in Settings > Applications).
    Step 4: Make sure you have an SD card formatted for your phone.
    Step 5: Move the apk to the SD card.
    Step 6: With your phone on, open a file explorer and find the GingerBreak.apk. Click on it to install.
    Step 7: Once installed, open the app, and press the root button.
    Step 8: Wait for it to do it's thing. This may take a few minutes. If it was successful the phone will reboot itself (which may take a while due to cache wipe).
    Step 8a: If the phone did not reboot after a few minutes, you will need to do a battery pull and try it again until it does work.
    Step 9: Make sure the Superuser app is installed on your phone. You can download it from the Android Market here.
    Step 10: Install the BusyBox installer. You can download it from the Android Market here.
    Step 11: Uninstall the GingerBreak app, it is not needed anymore. (Unless you want to unroot.)

    To unroot a device that was rooted via GingerBreak:
    Step 1: Download the GingerBreak apk. You can get it here.
    Step 2: Enable USB debugging if you do not already have it on.
    Step 3: Make sure you have an SD card formatted for your phone.
    Step 4: Move the apk to the SD card.
    Step 5: With your phone on, open a file explorer and find the GingerBreak.apk. Click on it to install.
    Step 6: Once installed, open the app, and press the unroot button.
    Step 7: Uninstall the GingerBreak, Superuser, and BusyBox apps if they are on your phone. You don't HAVE to do this, but they are just taking up space if you are not rooted.

    Method 2: Terminal Emulator (taken from b_randon14's post here).

    Step 1: Download Android Terminal Emulator from the market here.
    Step 2: Open up the Emulator and type in sudo, you should get the # symbol.
    Step 3: Type in the following code:
    Code (Text):
    1. ln -s /system/xbin/sudo /system/bin/su
    2. ln -s /system/xbin/sudo /system/xbin/su
    Step 4: Reboot and you should have root access.
    NOTE: This will not install busybox, so if you wish to have busybox you will have to install it from the Android Market here. This method just provides you with root access.

    To unroot using this method:
    Open the emulator and type sudo then type this:
    Code (Text):
    1. rm -rf /system/bin/su
    2. rm -rf /system/xbin/su
    Method 3: Flashing Superuser/SuperSU zip in CWM
    Step 1: Download the flashable zip. (superuser or SuperSU)
    Step 2: Boot into ClockworkMod Recovery (power and both volume buttons simultaneously).
    Step 3: Install the flashable zip (install zip from sd card and select the file).
    Step 4: Reboot your phone.

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  2. TARDIS

    TARDIS Member

    Figures I should know better than to trust a Dalek...

    ... brand new shiny Triumph.

    Ran the Terminal script as directed. Rebooted into:

    polling, get oemsbl_mode = 1

    The Oncoming Storm is stuck, Dalek. Help?
  3. PerkinsII

    PerkinsII Well-Known Member

    :rolleyes: Your just in download mode just pull the battery, wait 10 seconds and put it back in. Now power it on and your right never to trust a Dalek, even if it is a Christmas one! The easier way is with gingerbreak not the terminal commands :p.
  4. agentc13

    agentc13 Daleks Über Alles VIP Member


    You probably accidentally held the down volume button while booting. It puts the phone in download mode. It happened to me a lot at first.
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  5. Quigs10

    Quigs10 Member

    Hey guys,

    I was just trying to root my MT and when I go to install Gingerbreak my Anti Virus pops up that GB is infected. Is this just because of the file being a root apk and it is actually ok to install or should I try a different GB apk file?

    I got it from your link (xda).
  6. agentc13

    agentc13 Daleks Über Alles VIP Member

    If it is the file from XDA, it is ok. I think my computer did the same thing. It's been a while, so I don't remember for sure. I use Norton Internet Security, and think it said that too.
  7. ccortez831

    ccortez831 Member

    will this wipe the data on my phone? should i make a backup of all my apps and contacts?
  8. agentc13

    agentc13 Daleks Über Alles VIP Member

    It won't wipe anything. It will just allow root access.
  9. PerkinsII

    PerkinsII Well-Known Member

    Why is this stickied, I thought guides go in the all things root post by scarey alien????
  10. agentc13

    agentc13 Daleks Über Alles VIP Member

    It's in there as well. A couple of the stickies are there because new users (hell, even experienced users) don't know to look there. And hopefully they will find them easily to help answer their questions.
  11. PerkinsII

    PerkinsII Well-Known Member

    Oh ok
  12. michaelspaz

    michaelspaz New Member

    I'm a little confused with your root directions. For the Gingerbreak installation you say to:

    "Move the apk to the SD card."

    In contrast to that, the link you give to the gingerbreak apk says:

    "The APK must be installed to device, NOT SD card."

    I was wondering if anyone could sort this difference out for me.

    Thanks!
  13. agentc13

    agentc13 Daleks Über Alles VIP Member

    It needs to be on your SD card in order to install it.
    You put the .apk on your sd card and then restart your phone (or remount the SD card) and use that to install it on your phone.
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  14. Whyzor

    Whyzor Well-Known Member

    This thread doesn't really need to be stickied since the other guide to install custom ROM doesn't need it, and most people just install custom ROMs instead of root a stock ROM.
  15. agentc13

    agentc13 Daleks Über Alles VIP Member

    There are a number of people who want to root their phone for apps that need it (add blockers/titanium/file explorer) and may not want to flash a ROM yet.

    I agree it isn't needed to flash a ROM, but not everyone does that.
  16. Whyzor

    Whyzor Well-Known Member

    There may be a few people who do that, but I'm guessing a majority don't. Besides, advocating rooting without installing a custom recovery is bad too because people will have modified their phones without a backup. Rooting + installing recovery + making a backup should be done together. A lot of people already experience problems with titanium backup because it modifies admin files and if things don't work as expected, they're in an odd situation.
  17. iPETE

    iPETE Member

    I'm one of them who doesn't want to flash custom rom but need root access so I can add/mod certain things. Until custom rom has camera working I will migrate. I'm very dependent on my camera specially when having young child learning this and that and want to capture the moment. Nice to have the HDMI functionality, but not needed like the camera.

  18. marc12868

    marc12868 Well-Known Member Contributor

    the only roms that don't have working camera are ICS roms. Every other rom has a working camera FYI. :)
  19. BSydz

    BSydz Well-Known Member Developer

    I don't see this in the guide, and was wondering if I am achieving full root or not. When I go back to stock or any unrooted rom, I have always just put in cwm recovery (if not already there) and flashed superuser.

    It has worked for me every time as far as gaining root access with apps. I am still learning, but is there something I am missing or not gaining by using this method?
  20. marc12868

    marc12868 Well-Known Member Contributor

    that way should work just as well. That's what most other phones use that don't have an easier way to do it.
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  21. agentc13

    agentc13 Daleks Über Alles VIP Member

    Yeah, that would work. I can't test it, but many other phones do it that way. You can use the flashable SuperSU as well.

    I will see about adding those instructions, or at least a note about it in the OP.
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  22. BSydz

    BSydz Well-Known Member Developer

    Thanks for the responses guys. I figured as much, but wanted to make sure.
  23. agentc13

    agentc13 Daleks Über Alles VIP Member

    Have you done something to check if you have root afterwards? I think there is a root checker app on the market, or through the terminal?

    I don't have a Triumph anymore to test this on, so I want to double check before adding it to the guide.
  24. BSydz

    BSydz Well-Known Member Developer

    I just reverted back to stock to test it out with root checker.

    So, I started out fresh, no superuser zip, only installed root checker and it said it was not rooted. Then rebooted, installed the zip and "Congratulations! This device has root access!" . I was pretty sure it worked, every app that required root worked as it should, I am just getting into the depths of android, I just wasn't sure if our phone was as special as it seems to be. I never really looked into what GingerBreak actually does. I know it seemed like it took forever and changing the recovery and then flashing the zip only takes a minute and your done.
  25. agentc13

    agentc13 Daleks Über Alles VIP Member

    I will get this updated then, thanks for sharing/testing.

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