Motorola Photon GHLks

So here we are, two days after the release of Sprint's newest dual-core WiMax device, the Motorola Photon 4G, and a clever dev by the name of edgan over at the XDA forums has already found a way to gain root access to the device. I must warn you, however, the process doesn't appear to be the easiest thing I've ever seen.

Before we get started with the full instructions, there is a list of must-have items in order to make this work:

  • HD Docking Station
  • USB Mouse
  • USB Keyboard
  • HDMI Cable (for HD docking station)
  • WiFi

Got it? Okay, here are the instructions, straight from XDA:

1. Instal SSHDroid from the Market
2. Open SSHDroid, and make sure it is listening on port 2222
2. Connect Photon to HD Station
3. Connect keyboard and mouse to HD Station
4. Connect HDMI to HD Station and TV/Monitor
5. Turn TV/Monitor on
6. Change TV/Monitor input to HDMI
7. Open Firefox in webtop
8. Download http://higgs.cygnusx-1.org/~edgan/Superuser.apk and save to /mnt/sdcard/download
9. Download http://higgs.cygnusx-1.org/~edgan/su and save to /mnt/sdcard/download
8. Go to http://higgs.cygnusx-1.org/~edgan/pulse.tar
9. Open it instead of saving
10. Extract pulse.tar to /var/tmp
11. Connect to phone via ssh at ip address mentioned in SSHDroid and port 2222
12. Type /var/tmp/pulse/pa_race
13. Type /system/bin/pm install /mnt/sdcard/download/Superuser.apk
14. Type mount -o remount,rw /system
15. Type cp /mnt/sdcard/download/su /system/bin
16. Type chmod 4775 /system/bin/su
17. Type mount -o remount,ro /system

If this seems like it may just be a bit too much for you to handle, I would recommend waiting a few days. If there's one thing I've learned being in the Android community, it's that an easier way is always possible.

If you do decide to give it a go, you can always hit up the source thread over at XDA if you hit any snags along the way.

Good luck!

[Thanks, @Beknatok!]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Daniel

    Sounds like one expensive root.

    • kris

      Ya u ain't kidding..LOL...EVO 3d is beast anyways!!

  • Jack

    I've never heard of a USH Keyboard, so I'm pretty sure I don't have one of those lying around.

    • Cameron Summerson

      You can borrow mine. ;)

      • JAG

        Thats a good one.

        Wow the process is really very difficult.

    • Jack

      They fixed the typo. Now my post isn't funny anymore. :/

  • Warren

    Actually you don't need to have a USB keyboard or mouse, the phone's touch screen acts as a mouse and the on screen keyboard can be used for input.

  • brucer

    As of 8/12/11 the Photon 4g can be rooted with nothing more than a USB cable and a couple of free downloads. No dock required. Also, as of the 14th the bootloader can be unlocked as well. All details are at xda-developers.com.