Motorola Xoom Root and Ice-Cream Sandwich Upgrade

Motorola Xoom Root and Ice-Cream Sandwich UpgradeThe Motorola Xoom is still a mighty popular Android tablet that is long overdue its Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade in the UK. It’s been promised by Motorola for an OTA update in Q2 2012 but until then, if you want to get your hands on the update here is a guide to rooting and sticking a stock ICS ROM on your Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi (not the 3G version).

To root your device you’ll need access to a computer and the following files:

NOTE: Doing this will wipe your device of all files so make sure you back up! It may also invalidate your warranty!

Place the zip file for the ROM on a microSD card and put the microSD card into your Motorola Xoom.

Install the device driver and then make sure USB debugging is enabled on your Motorola Xoom. You can do this by going to Settings > Applications > Development > Make sure ‘USB debugging’ is ticked. You should now be ready to root.

  1. Go to your C: drive and extract the contents of the ADB/Fastboot package you downloaded. It should extract a folder called Android directly onto your C: drive,
  2. Press Win + R and in the dialog box and type ‘sysdm.cpl’ then press enter
  3. This should bring up your System Properties, click the Advanced tab
  4. Once in the Advanced tab click Environment Variables in the bottom right corner
  5. In the second half of the window you should see a box labelled System Variables, scroll down this box to find Path,
  6. Click on path then click the edit button underneath,
  7. In the window that pops up click on the box labelled variable value, go to the very end of the text and make sure nothing is highlighted then enter the following text ;C:\Android
  8. Click OK to close all windows, you are now ready to use adb commands to control your Motorola Xoom remotely.

The next few steps will root your device: -

  • Press win+r and type cmd, press enter,
  • This step causes most confusion as you need to put the recovery file you downloaded earlier in the same place your Command Prompt is open. If you have issues simply ask in the comments. If you’re on Windows 7 then it should be open in your User folder, type the following in the Command Prompt:

cd Desktop

Make sure the recovery file downloaded is on your desktop

  • Now in the Command Prompt type the following:

adb reboot bootloader

Then hit enter

  • After a few seconds you should be in your device’s bootloader (Motorola logo and a line of text at the top), once there type the following:

fastboot flash recovery recovery-Tiamat-R4c-100611-1150-cwm.img

Then hit enter. This will flash a custom recovery that will allow you to install many different custom ROMs. Follow the prompts on screen carefully, once done your Motorola Xoom should reboot.

  • Once rebooted switch the Motorola Xoom off then switch back on and keep pressing the down volume button until you see the text ‘Android Recovery’ display, press up volume when you see this.

Once you’re in recovery you’re ready to begin flashing your new shiny Ice Cream Sandwich ROM:

  • You’ll need to do a ‘factory reset’ and you’ll also need to ‘wipe the cache’. Use the volume buttons to navigate to these options and use the power button to select,
  • Final step is to flash the ROM you put on your microSD card earlier. Navigate to ‘install zip from sdcard’ > ‘choose zip from sd card’ > select the zip file you placed on the microSD card  earlier > select ‘Yes

Once this has completed you simply select ‘go back’ then select ‘reboot system now’. The reboot may take a while but once done you’ll now be rocking a root Motorola Xoom with Ice Cream Sandwich.

(Credits to XDA for the ROM and guide, credit to for adb guide)

Read more about: Motorola Xoom MZ601Android

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frankyS  May. 10, 2012 at 18:11

Nice, especially now it's only 250 smacklington stanleys at Argos :)

DamienB  May. 10, 2012 at 22:08

Bought one second hand yesterday for £180. Pretty much why I wrote the guide. I've just wasted my day playing with it!

SpeedyG  May. 10, 2012 at 23:04

Bought one second hand yesterday for £180. Pretty much why I wrote the guide. I've just wasted my day playing with it!

Was it B grade? Online or inshop?

DamienB  May. 11, 2012 at 10:16

It was actually on Gumtree. He had obviously looked after it as it's in top condition but said he barely used it after getting a Galaxy SII and is on the waiting list for the SIII.

oneboringfrog  May. 11, 2012 at 20:52

I got a secondhand 3G one this week (£165) after nearly buying one from Argus. Just followed the instructions here and at the XDA site, installed Team Eos ICS, now just waiting for it to reboot....................;)

SapperK9  May. 12, 2012 at 13:05

And the procedure on a Mac? Ta...

DamienB  May. 12, 2012 at 15:17

Hope you read that the guide wasn't meant for the 3G version and have altered the guide appropriately...

Well the rooting section will work for all models, but the ROM I linked to only works for the Wi-Fi model. But you're using a different ROM it seems so I hope it works out for you. I'm running the Cyanogen nightly as I have a love affair with it.

JanSt / MOD  May. 12, 2012 at 21:36

And the procedure on a Mac? Ta...

Had a quick look around on the old Google... couldn't find a straight forward tutorial...
The fastboot-part for mac is described over here on XDA... take it from there, and search for the other ingredients..

Lainix  May. 22, 2012 at 12:39

sending recovery is okay but receive
receive a writing "recovery".....Failed > when trying to push the tiamat up recovery image up.

this is a 3g gen 1 xoom. but i don't use the 3g, so i don't care if that feature works. any suggestions?

DamienB  May. 22, 2012 at 13:22

This guide isn't for the 3G model, even if you don't want to use the 3G it probably wont work.

Lainix  May. 22, 2012 at 15:39

Thx for the reply :/ they are saying we won't get ICS till Q3 now.

DamienB  May. 22, 2012 at 15:42

XDA has ROMS for the 3G model if you can't wait. The root and recovery method in this guide should work for any Xoom model though. But the ROM is for WiFi only

Lainix  May. 22, 2012 at 15:44

I couldn't get it to root unfortunetly and most of the other guides i have found are lacking

DamienB  May. 22, 2012 at 17:02

Any more errors?


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