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How to safely root the Motorola Milestone 2 (A953) phone (Droid 2 for Europe)

November 27th, 2010 10 comments

After 16 years of other phone brands I turned back to Motorola (thanks to Android) the other week when they release the popular Droid 2 smartphone in Europe under the Milestone 2 name . It is currently one of the few Android phones with a physical keyboard. I scanned the Android and Moto hacking community forums for quite a while to find instructions on how to root the phone. I finally found a very easy solution and decided to share my learnings for anyone interested.

Please note that the fact that this worked perfectly for me does not remove the possibility that you destroy your new phone. Proceed with caution!

Here is how to root your Milestone 2 (A953) phone in less than 5 minutes:

  1. Open the Android market and search for z4root
  2. Install and open up the z4root app
  3. Select the Permanent root option (Note! The Temporary root option did not work for me)
  4. Wait for the process to finnish, the phone will automatically reboot. This can take up to 4-5 minutes.
  5. Enjoy your rooted phone!

All the credits for creating the root solutions goes to RyanZA, z4ziggy, and
Sebastian Krahmer’s rageagainstthecage. Find more information and support from the XDA-developers support forum.