[HOW-TO] Root the Motorola Cliq [ANY BOOTLOADER]


  1. Download these three files and put them in the root of your sdcard.(you must have adb on your computer)

    File 1 : Download (rename to "update.zip")
    File 2 : Download
    File 3 : Download(Handler 1.5)


    Step 1 : Boot into stock recovery(Camera+Power then select down)(press Alt + L to see options)and flash file one.
    Step 2 : Load up adb when the computer recognizes it type :

    Step 3: Pull the battery and then reinsert it and go into your new custom recovery.(Camera+Power)
    Step 4: Wipe and then flash the second update.

    BIG THANKS TO DUXMAN

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  2. OGandroid

    OGandroid New Member

    hey i was rooting my moto cliq your way and everything was
    going smoot but then when i when i go to command prompt
    and write that it doesnt do anything on my phone it says
    something about usage and partitioning so i never get passed
    that! please i really need help!
  3. TopShelf10

    TopShelf10 Well-Known Member

    can you be more specific? what EXACTLY does it say in terminal? also, check for the obvious first, make sure the recovery file is named "recovery.img) and that it is on the ROOT of your sd card (not in any folders or subfolders, just click and drag onto SD card)....if this is obvious to you, please do not take offense, but you always have to rule out the most simple solutions first........once these things are done and it still doesnt work, please let us know exactly, in quotes, what it says in terminal once you type in that command, so we can better help you.
  4. dinomoni

    dinomoni New Member

    Honestly i dont understand any of this shii How do i root my moto cliq in the simplest way... like how do i know if the adb is on my computer?
  5. TopShelf10

    TopShelf10 Well-Known Member

    there arent multiple ways of doing it, this is how you do it, tis is how everyone does it. you have to be patient and willing to follow instructions carefully or you will mess it up.

    after you install SDK drivers and adb, or you think you have, plug your phone into your computer's USB. do not turn on the USB drive on your phone, just plug it in and put it down. open the command prompt on your computer and type in the following commands:

    cd\ [press enter]
    cd AndroidSDK\tools\ [press enter]
    adb devices [press enter]

    wait a few seconds and your phone's serial number should appear, which signifies that ADB is successfuly picking up your phone. if it does not appear then something did not go right in installation and setup. just follow the instructions. if you are having trouble with the driver instructions on this guide then you can try this tutuorial:
    How To: Root the Motorola CLIQ (Updated 04.09.10) | TheUnlockr
    it has videos to go along with each step
  6. motokid

    motokid New Member

    tnx guy i did it.
  7. ttyme745

    ttyme745 New Member

    hey ive been repeating this process over and over, but i cant seem to get past the 3rd step. my recovery.img is not flashing (i think). it always takes me to the triangle and exclamation screen. any ideas. does it have something to do with my adb shell command? my inputs are:
    cd\
    cd AndroidSDK\tools\
    adb shell
    # flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery.img
    flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery.img
    usage: flash_image partition file.img
  8. ttyme745

    ttyme745 New Member

    i should also mention that since
    # flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery.img does not work!
    i switch it up and use:
    flash_image recovery/sdcard/recovery.img
    flash_image /sdcard/recovery.img

    both of which do not get errors.

    also should i register my motoblur account, or does it not matter?
  9. boriquajake

    boriquajake New Member

    OK, I have no idea how to do that. What is the second update and how do I flash it? I really appreciate this guide and I don't mean to be obtuse. If the answer to my question is obvious then I apologize.

    I believe I have gotten through the other steps. I am just waiting on this one now.
  10. TopShelf10

    TopShelf10 Well-Known Member

    make sure the recovery image you are trying to flash is actually named "recovery.img" the name of the file and the name you type in ADB have to match exactly
  11. TopShelf10

    TopShelf10 Well-Known Member

    the second update is file#3, the actualy ROM. you flash it from the recovery. once the .zip is on the root of your sd card, go to recovery, and there will be a "flash" option. select that and then select handlers ROM
  12. InitialG

    InitialG Well-Known Member

  13. scottmog

    scottmog Active Member

    file 2 and 3 are bad links...
  14. WindCAN

    WindCAN New Member

    Does this apply to the cliq xt as well?
  15. Kimboinatl

    Kimboinatl Active Member

    Will this work if you've updated to 2.1?
  16. copracr

    copracr Member

    Wondering this as well
  17. apocolips163

    apocolips163 New Member

  18. havoc449

    havoc449 Member

  19. jruhill00

    jruhill00 New Member

    i'm about to get started on this. are there any special instructions for using a mac? thanks for this forum!

    update: scottmog is correct, downloads 2 and 3 are not working. well, not for me, at least.
  20. Kimboinatl

    Kimboinatl Active Member

  21. tase25

    tase25 Well-Known Member

    Any good ROMs to load once it's rooted? Any safe ROMs? lol
  22. Android Davies

    Android Davies Well-Known Member

  23. twentyseven

    twentyseven New Member

    will this work with the tmobile cliq running 2.1 update 1 firmware version?
  24. borabora1989

    borabora1989 New Member

    Can anyone tell me why file 2 isn't working. Nothing comes up to download when I click on it.
  25. rachelm920

    rachelm920 Active Member

    Same here!!

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