Update DROID RAZR HD/MAXX HD to Jelly Bean and keep root

Jelly Bean official OTA has been available for Motorola DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD (XT926), for those who previously rooted you might get rid of root access after receiving the JB Update. Until now there is no root method that can work on Jelly Bean firmware, Motofail2Go exploit will not help you since this root exploit developed for ICS-based firmware. The only way to maintain root access after on Android 4.1 is to utilize Voodoo OTA RootKeeper app, since official JB OTA doesn’t format completely the system partition.


This time we’ll provide you with a simple guide on how to keep DROID RAZR HD/MAXX HD (XT926) rooted after receiving official JB OTA update. Bear in mind, don’t forget to complete a backup before making modifications to your device.

Update!! The new root method has come, we’re able to achieve root without downgrade to ICS, learn more here.

droid razr hd maxx hd update jelly bean with root

Image Credit: Verizon/Motorola

Prerequisite, we need to return our devices to the stock firmware. This can be done by flashing stock ICS firmware with RSD Lite. After returning to stock ICS firmware, then run Motofail2Go exploit to gain root access. however, many users are difficult to use RSD Lite, so now we are trying to utilize the DROID RAZR HD Utility 1.10 by mattlgroff.

  • Get DROID RAZR HD Utility 1.10 save and extract it on your PC.
  • Head to Bootloader Mode by turn off the device and then turn it back on by pressing the following keys at the same time: Vol Up + Vol Down + Power. Once enter into Boot Mode Selection Menu, select AP fastboot and then connect device to the PC.
  • ap fastboot mode xt926

    Motorola Bootloader Selection Menu

  • Restore to stock: Execute utility and then select “1. Fastboot Restore 0.6.25 (ICS 4.0.4 Official Software)”, please follow the instructions carefully. Once the flash process is complete, unplug the USB cable and turn on phone again.
  • droid razr hd utility

    DROID RAZR HD Utility 1.10 Menu

  • Obtaining Root: Enable USB Debugging, then run utility again, select “2. Root for ICS 4.0.4 by djrbliss (Motofail2Go method)” and Pay attention to the order given.


  • Unfreeze apps: If you previously did freeze stock apps with Titanium Backup, be sure to unfreeze it, before running OTA.
  • Update Superuser app (if any) from Play Store and also update SU binary.
  • Get Voodoo OTA RootKeeper, by running Utility and choose “Install Voodoo’s RootKeeper app by supercurio” or from Google Play.
  • voodoo root keeper settings

    Voodoo Root Keeper

  • Open the root keeper app, click the Protect root. After that, tap Temp. un-root button.
  • Get Jelly Bean via OTA, head over to Settings > About phone > System update to initiate OTA.
  • Open Voodoo OTA Root Keeper app and hit the Restore root button, after that now your Motorola DROID RAZR HD/MAXX HD running stock JB and rooted.


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16 Responses

  1. Brandon
    December 8, 2012 at 8:48 PMReply

    Does the update to Jelly Bean OTA update have to be done through Recovery Mode to retain the root, or can you do an OTA update as long as you use Voodoo to protect the root? Thanks.

    • Author

      December 10, 2012 at 12:46 AMReply

      An OTA is recommended.

  2. Josh B
    December 9, 2012 at 10:04 AMReply

    I’ve tried this method several times before reaching this post. This is the third time I’ve tried, using the manual update method. When I use voodoo, it says root restored, but it really isn’t. The only thing that I haven’t done is “update SU app and binaries”…. Could this be the problem? Bout to try again…

    • Author

      December 10, 2012 at 12:53 AMReply

      Article updated, update app and su binary is recommended.
      And also make sure to restore your device to stock ICS (4.0.4) firmware or unfreeze apps when you still have difficulties.

  3. Jeremy G
    December 9, 2012 at 10:28 PMReply

    MAke sure you have the lastest motorola drivers 5.9.0, and did you temp unroot after the backup? temp unroot stores the backup

  4. Good Man
    December 11, 2012 at 10:07 AMReply

    Hey thanks for the instructions. I decided to do it anyways. didn’t want to cuz i felt lazy. Too many steps, plus had to wipe out the data on my phone/back it up. ugh!
    Oh well, took me a bit but i finally rooted my phone with JB. thank you! 🙂

  5. denial
    December 13, 2012 at 11:38 PMReply

    Cheers guys, worked perfectly on my Telstra xt925…
    Stock JB rooted, yum!

  6. tyedroid
    December 16, 2012 at 1:14 PMReply

    I have followed step by step updated in recovery and the official ota voodo says root but unless the app was installed on ICS and root protected by voodo it will not allow u to download apps off Google play and allow the root access I’m not a newby but am just not seeing what I’m missing also u can’t run scripts

  7. Zabe Kahn
    December 17, 2012 at 8:33 AMReply

    Any idea on how to get root after I already did OTA to JB? I didn’t realize I was going to lose root as a result.

  8. jem2487
    December 26, 2012 at 8:52 PMReply

    *Unfreeze apps: If you previously did freeze stock apps with Titanium Backup, be sure to unfreeze it, before running OTA.*

    I hate bloatware, so over the weekend I used ROM Toolbox Lite to uninstall (not just freeze) a bunch of stock apps on my Razr HD. Now that I’ve done this, does this mean the OTA Jellybean update would fail, or worse, brick my phone? I already had to get my first Razr HD replaced at the Verizon store when the 0.7.2 update randomly hard-bricked it.


  9. Larry
    January 20, 2013 at 11:49 AMReply

    If we need to get back to stock rooted on JB if we just downgraded to ICS that would work right?

  10. Larry
    January 20, 2013 at 11:51 AMReply

    Can w downgrade to ICS to get back to stock if we need to

  11. Jeff
    January 21, 2013 at 9:12 PMReply

    My razr maxx hd came with JB 4..1.1 right from the store so I’m assuming I cannot return to stock ICS firmware since my phone never had to begin with. Would that be true? And if it is true is there anyway to root my device at this time that anyone knows of?

    My build date was in Nov. 2012. I tried to root it but I just got “exploit failed”

  12. RIch
    February 13, 2013 at 8:05 PMReply

    My problem is the same as Jeff’s. Someone PLEASE HELP.

  13. Josh
    February 25, 2013 at 10:10 PMReply

    I have a MAXX HD and followed this exactly. I tried multiple times and in the end I always get JB unrooted. Am I missed something?

    For those wondering, freezing with some app is of no matter, the first step is reflashing the phone with ICS. That being said, even if JB was installed when you got the phone, you can use the program to flash to ICS without any problems. I really want root, but at least I have JB….

  14. Phil
    March 16, 2013 at 8:49 AMReply

    My fiance and I just got two HDs (xt925)s in early March and out-of-the-box right from the store they had ICS 4.0.4. Your carrier is not supposed to do the OTA updates for you.

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