Rooting your Xoom with Ice Cream Sandwitch (ICS)

These steps will wipe all your data, and possibly destroy your tablet, so proceed with caution.
  1. Install the Android SDK tools from
  2. Boot your Xoom, and press the volume down button repeatedly until you get a menu pop up in the top left hand corner.
  3. Press the volume down button to select Fastboot, and press the volume up button to load it. You should get a message saying Starting Fastboot protocol support.
  4. Open up the Command Prompt, and go to C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools
  5. Enter the command fastboot oem unlock
  6. Follow the prompts on your Xoom screen to unlock the device. This will take a minute or two, and the Xoom will then reboot.
  7. Press the volume down button repeatedly again, and load the Fastboot option again.
  8. Download the ClockworkMod Recovery image from, and rename it to recovery.img
  9. Go back to your Command Prompt (still in the  C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools directory), and run the command fastboot flash recovery e:\Downloads\recovery.img (in my case the img file is in e:\Downloads - replace this with the location of your img file).
  10. Once the flash process is complete, reboot the Xoom by pressing the volume up and power buttons together.
  11. Once the Xoom has rebooted, connect the USB cable and copy the superuser package, which can be downloaded from, to the root directory of the SD card.
  12. Shut down and restart the Xoom.
  13. Press the volume down button repeatedly again, and load the Android Recovery option.
  14. In the ClockworkMod Recovery screen, select install zip file from sdcard
  15. Select choose zip file from sdcard
  16. Select
  17. Select Yes
  18. Go back to the main menu, and reboot the device.
  19. You should now have the Superuser application installed.
If you get a picture of a dead android when you try to boot into Android Recovery, repeat steps 7 - 10.


Anonymous said…
holy moly! This was the best one and only one that worked for me. Easy peasy. Took like 15 minutes. Cheers!

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