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Root & Recovery For Motorola Xoom On Android 4.0.3 ICS

motorola-xoom-ICS-rootIf you have just installed the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the Xoom that we covered, you would now have lost all root access on the device. However, thanks to XDA-Developers forum member anidrin, we now have a confirmed working root solution of the Xoom on Android 4.0.3 ICS. If you flashed the CWM packaged ROM, you will have the recovery intact on the Xoom, even if not, no worries, you can get it back easily. All that, after the break!

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

We’ll start with the assumption that you have no ClockworkMod recovery running on your Xoom.



To flash CWM

  1. To begin, download the recovery image from the link above, rename it to recovery.img, and copy it to the folder where fastboot is in your Android SDK.
  2. Reboot the Xoom into fastboot mode and connect it to the computer via USB.
  3. Once connected, open command prompt or terminal and enter the following command:
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

Once the recovery is flashed, reboot into recovery to see if its working.


  1. To begin, download the SU-install.zip file from the link above and copy it to the root of your SD card on the Xoom.
  2. Make a nandroid backup and simply flash the root package via recovery.

That’s it! Your Xoom should now be running the ICS ROM with root access. For updates and queries head over to the forum thread at XDA-Developers.


  1. I am new to the “rooting” jargon.  Does this post describe the ability to go back to factory conditions if the user wishes to not keep the ROM?

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