In typically blisteringly-quick fashion, the hackers at XDA have managed to root a Wi-Fi XOOM in no time at all - good news, considering that the root method for the regular XOOM was bricking the Wi-Fi models. It's worth noting that unlocking the XOOM's bootloader (which is required for root) wipes the device.

The current method does require some ADB commands, but certainly nothing tricky. Still, for those who are hesitant, it's likely that an automated method won't be far behind. The instructions, as posted by Xaositek:

This is it guys... HUGE props to MADindustries and modplan!

Download the Motorola WiFi Xoom Root Zip file and unzip it. (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2180926/xoomwifiroot.zip)
Place the files in the SDK Tools folder.

If rebooting works...
adb reboot bootloader
fastboot oem unlock
adb reboot bootloader

If stuck at "Dual Core Technology"
Hold VolUp and power to restart Xoom
Hold VolDown will booting unit for fastboot mode

fastboot flash boot boot.img (Tiamat 1.1.6 boot.img - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=978013)
fastboot reboot
adb remount
adb push bcm4329.ko /system/lib/modules/bcm4329.ko
adb push cifs.ko /system/lib/modules/cifs.ko
adb push tun.ko /system/lib/modules/tun.ko
adb push scsi_wait_scan.ko /system/lib/modules/scsi_wait_scan.ko
adb push su /system/bin
adb shell ln -s /system/bin/su /system/xbin/su
adb shell chmod 4755 /system/bin/su
adb push Superuser.apk /system/app
adb reboot
adb shell



The car is a metaphor for your data.

Like I said, it's actually quite simple, especially compared to some of the lengthier root methods we've seen lately. If you take the dive, let us know how it goes - but if you encounter any issues, you're best off posting in the source thread, as they can provide better support than we.

[Source: XDA-Developers]

Aaron Gingrich
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  • http://www.androidbattery.net Android Battery

    Amazing how fast these devices get rooted. Great job!

  • trdracer21

    Someone make a video it an easy root

    • Jon Garrett

      Yes please make a video. Im still an iOS user but definitely getting the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 or 8.9

      Im skilled at Jailbreaking my iphone 4 and fixing any problems I seldom have.

      Im sure there will be a learning curve when I switch to Android so please make a video.

  • TA

    When you say it wipes the device, what does that mean? I expect my WiFi Xoom to show up tomorrow, and would like to know just what all I'm gonna lose by rooting it.

    • Joshp406

      Basically, by wiping you device, it means it does a factory reset. In other words, it wipes apps and data.

  • http://xoomtabletblog.com/ Bobby Mikels

    The unannounced, trial sale last Wednesday by Motorola to their Xoom WiFi is a good test on how people will accept this product. With the not so good reception of people to the original Xoom that was released last February, it is good to know that they are embracing the Xoom WiFi. Since the beginning, I know that their expensive price will be the biggest factor on how people will choose Xoom over iPad 2. If I were them, I will price Xoom according to the price of iPad 2. This is the only way to get people’s attention.

    • Franky

      Totally agreed!

  • dlovely

    bought mine at costco yesterday for the 589.99 with free gel case offer. Got a 2% discount on top of that for some advantage they have. loving it so far but the weight kinda sucks with 10" devices.

  • http://na iMan

    It is also hard to hold. The contoured edges of the xoom (iPad2 is even worse in this regard) makes it had to keep ahold of. The Costco rubber case is too slick too - some sandpaper should do the trick there.

  • vigor

    looks like i briked my Xoom wifi. i followed the how-to above and now the device never boots into actual GUI, it gets stuck on
    "Dual Core technology"

  • vigor

    unbkicking is relatively simple, it is described at http://developer.motorola.com/products/software/?pubid=987654
    but the bottom line this how-to does not work for Xoom WiFi

    WE HAZ NO ROOT :-)

  • Alfredo

    Does it matter what firmware im on. Because I'm currently on a 3.2.1. Wifi Xoom. Will it work?