Saturday, September 17, 2011


I've finally decided to "root" my Droid 2.
Verizon puts a bunch of apps on it that you can't remove (bloat-ware, crap-ware, whatever you call it), and it was really driving me nuts to have these running all the time.
Turns out it's fairly easy to do.  Here's a link to the instructions that I followed:

Here's the meat of those instructions (note, I had to search for a 32-bit version of the Motorola drivers):

1.  Make sure you have Motorola drivers installed - [Download Drivers]
2.  Download the file from above and unzip it to your Windows PC.
3.  On your phone go into  Settings>Applications>Development and check the box for USB Debugging.
4.  Plug phone into your computer and select “Charge Only” mode.
5.  Navigate to MotorolaOneClickRoot folder and run MotorolaOneClickRoot.exe.
6.  Follow the instructions in the command window.
7.  Your phone will complete 3 steps, rebooting along the way.  When it finishes, you will be rooted.

 Once that's done, I installed Titanium Backup from the android app store, and upgraded to the "pro" version.  Worth every penny!  It lets me "freeze" apps to disable them, and if I want to later, I can uninstall them completely.  I'm a little wary to start nuking stuff right away just in case there's some system function in one of those apps, so I'm happy to freeze them for now.

I should have done this a long time ago!

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