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Root MOTOACTV Android Watch On Gingerbread [How To]

The worlds first Android based wrist watch gets rooted! Sporting a tiny 1.6” screen, you’d wonder why would anyone need to root the MOTOACTV or for that matter, might be a bit surprised seeing a wrist watch running Android. Well, it’s simple, because it can be done, and if you own this one of a kind device, you will definitely want to root it. Intended as a fitness device with an mp3 player and GPS to track your jogs, the device runs a highly customized UI atop Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Once rooted, you also have the ClockworkMod recovery available as well, but that’s another thing. For now we focus on rooting the device. It’s not your One Click solution so be very careful, but we know there’s no stopping anyone who owns this device.

This will currently only work on the 8GB model and not the 16GB one. The developer has not made patches for the 16GB device. Rooting this device, will not grant you the ability to install all apps from the Market due to motoactv compatibility issues, however, try your luck. You’ll need to flash the Gapps from the links given below.

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.



  1. To begin, download the patched boot image and SuperoneClick.
  2. Copy the boot.img file to the folder where fastboot.exe is in the Android SDK.
  3. Boot  the device into fastboot mode. (Turn off the device and hold the power key and the start key for 3 seconds then release.)
  4. Connect the device to the PC via USB and run command prompt or terminal and enter the following commands:
fastboot flash boot boot.img

fastboot reboot
  1. Once rebooted, use run SuperOneClick and hit the Root button to begin the rooting process.
  2. Once rebooted, make sure USB debugging is enabled on your device in Settings > Applications > Development.
  3. Run command prompt or terminal and enter the following commands to make a backup image of your system partition:
    adb shell
    dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk1p18 of=/sdcard/system.img bs=1024
    adb pull /sdcard/system.img system.img
  4. Now to re-enable mass storage and sync with the Motorola Tools, run this command:
    adb shell
    stop adbd

Now that you have your MOTOACTV rooted, you may want to see our guide on installing ClockworkMod recovery on the MOTOACTV.

[via cwm.me]

1 Comment

  1. I got stuck on step 4, I entered the command and it says that ´´cannot load boot.img´´
    I placed boot.img inside plataforms tools folder.. can you help me please

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