How to root any Android device
So you got your all new smartphone, and you’re trying to be a little geeky, and want to root it? Or you think your year old Android device is no good at receiving the latest Android? Or perhaps you’re crazy about your so limited phone memory, that you freaking won’t eat your lunch unless you root it?
Then gentleman you’re at the right place! This guide is an attempt, to provide you with a general method for Rooting any kind of Android device. It’s by no mean a comprehensive, or a full hands-on guide dedicated for rooting a particular device. With millions of Android activations every month, and over 5000 devices, there can’t be a one-for-all paradigm for rooting. In the due course, I’ll provide the links to the exhaustive and dedicated pages for all kind of devices.
So I assume you’re familiar with Rooting by now. If not, then read What is Rooting. As mentioned, the process of rooting an Android device is different for different models, and so the different manufacturers. A device that has been available for a while may have multiple rooting methods.
Before you Root
Before you actually put your hands-on any of the discussed methods out here, it’s better you do some research for your device. The best place to explore would definitely be the XDA Developers Forums. It is the best community of developers for discussions about rooting, custom ROMs, for any Android enthusiast. Look for a thread on your specific device, and you’re sure to find a method that has worked for other people.
Preparation for Rooting
You’ll want to ensure your device is fully charged before you begin. You’ll also need to turn on USB Debugging.
For Éclair, Froyo and Gingerbread
Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging
For Ice Cream Sandwich, Jellybean
Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging
Make sure if you're allowed to install applications from "UNKNOWN SOURCES"-check under settings.
Now before you start rooting, kepp one thing in your mind.
BACKUP! BACKUP! BACKUP!
When it comes to rooting, you should be a paranoid. Although some methods (like one-click) would would not wipe any user data, but as they say ‘Prevention is better than cure’, it’s better to be safe.
You’ll need to download ADB/USB drivers for your device. Download here
This is probably one of the easiest, hassle-free methods of rooting any Android device with just one click. The supported devices are listed here.
1. Download the one-click software from here.
2. Install this one click software on your PC.
3. Connect your device to PC via USB cable.
4. Run the software and click ‘Root Now’.
You can see the how-to videos here and here.
The actual process is only one click, after you install the software; and it will be completed only in few minutes, after that you need to restart your device.
In case of any problem, do check out the XDA forums, they’re the most trustworthy source, to know anything about the little green robot-your Android.
Now there are some tens of other methods as well, but limited to some particular host of devices. Some assorted ones, and quite more popular I'm listing below-
Easy Rooting ToolkitThis method is specifically for Sony Xperia devices. It can be used on both locked and unlocked bootloader devices.
Method-1. Download the latest version from here.2. Extract it using Winrar.3. Connect your device to PC via USB cable.3. Open the folder and execute "RUNME.bat".4. Read and follow the instructions on the screen.5. Reboot after finish.
For troubleshooting, do check the official thread of this method at XDA.
Ready2Root(collected a lot of available rooting methods)
Root Many Droid(ICS/JB devices)
ROOTx(supports a selection of devices)
After you Root
As Uncle Ben Parker said in Spiderman, ‘With great power, comes great responsibility’, beware of the after effects of having a rooted smartphone, a small negligence - it could potentially turn into the most expensive paperweight you’ve ever head (as useless as a BRICK).
There are some web resources to aid you root your device-
Android Enthusiasts Stack Exchange
A Beginner's Guide To Rooting.. written exclusively by Aman Gupta
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