Motorola Milestone – Step by Step Tutorial to Root

Sanjana January 25, 2012 0

Missed rooting your Motorola Milestone? Well we are here with the detail procedure on how to root your Motorola Milestone smartphone. Rooting will enable you to install the custom ROMs such as Cyanogen Mod 9 or ICS Android 4.0 firmware and also enable you to overclock the phone so as to further increase your processing speed. However it is to be noted that rooting will void the warranty.

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We wont be responsible for any harm caused to your device during the rooting procedure that is unlikely to happen if you follow the instructions carefully. The rooting procedure is not recommended for basic users but is for advanced users and is only applicable to Motorola Milestone smartphones that are network unlocked. Do not apply it in any other device as it might not be reversible and may harm the device by blocking it.


You ought to backup all user data present in your phone since chances of data loss or corruption are there. Having a backup will help you to replace the lost data if any damage occurs. Follow the link posted below to backup and restore all your data easily.

Pre Upgrade Instructions for Rooting and Firmware Update

Must Have:

Download Motorola USB Drivers 32 BitDownload Motorola USB Drivers 64 BitDownload RSD Lite toolDownload Vulnerable Recovery SBF FileDownload Milestone Root Update Zip Package

Steps to Root Motorola Milestone:

Step-1: Download the respective Motorola USB Drivers for 32 Bit / 64 Bit to your computer. Next download and install RSD Lite tool in your computer then download Vulnerable Recovery SBF File followed by Milestone Root Update Zip Package from the Must Have section to your computer.

Step-2: After downloading all the tools as mentioned in the above step, install the USB Drivers and connect your phone to the computer via original USB cable. Within a span of a minute the device will get detected in your computer. Rename the file to and copy the renamed file to your SD Card. Make sure not to place the files deep in any sub-folders in your phone else it will be difficult to locate it during Recovery mode.

Step-3: After copying the files to the computer, disconnect the USB Cable from the computer. Enable USB Debugging in your phone from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”.

enable usb debugging

Run RSD Lite tool in your computer that will display the model number as “A853” and will also display a status message as “Connected”.

Step-4: Press the “…” button to browse for the file named as “vulnerable_recovery_only_RAMDLD90_78.sbf” and load it. Next press the “Start” button to enter into boot loader mode and flash the recovery firmware placed in your phone. After flashing is complete,

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a “Finished” message will be displayed in the RSD Lite Tool.

Step-5: Exit from the RSD Lite tool and disconnect the USB Cable from the computer. Now power off the phone to enter into recovery mode. Press and hold ‘X’ button then press power button till the phone boots into recovery. Next press and hold Volume up button then press Camera button to get into Recovery mode.

Step-6: In Recovery mode select “Clear storage” to clear all data present in your phone then choose “Install zip from SD Card” > “Choose zip from sd card” to select the zip file of “” file placed in your phone. It will take about 3-4 mins for the rooting process to complete. After the device is rooted, you will again land up in Recovery mode screen. In Recovery mode, select the option of “++++ Go Back ++++” then choose “Reboot system now” option to restart the device normally.

Thus you can easily root your Motorola Milestone smartphone by following the steps mentioned above carefully.

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