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Fastest And Easiest Methods To Root Your Android Device

Similar to iOS jailbreak you can hack your stock android install to get root user privilege on the device granting you complete control over it. This process known as "rooting" allows users to overcome limitations, add functionality and customize each and every aspect of the operating-system. Compared to iOS jailbreaking, rooting android is a bit easy and can be achieved either by using a desktop application or an application downloaded from market/SD card. While there is quite a fleet of different android powered devices the methods shared below should work on most cases.

If you want to go the "On device" method z4root is the answer, you simply grab the application from "android market" (or download apk to your device storage from computer) and launch it following on-screen instructions.

z4u Root

What this does

It is an app you install from the market or by side loading, that has a single button that will root your device.

How safe is this?

Should be 100% safe - nothing on disk is changed besides the root binaries, so if something goes wrong, simply rebooting the device should fix up any and all issues. Let me know if you find any bugs!

Here is the list so far of known compatible and incompatible devices. I haven't actually tested these myself - I only have a Galaxy S device - but this list has been created by reports from users.

Compatible

Samsung Galaxy S (All variants)
Backflip
Sony X10
Xperia Mini
Drod 2
Galaxy Tab
Galaxy I5700
Galaxy 3 I5800
Droid X
Samsung Acclaim
Cricket Huawei Ascend
Motorola Cliq
Huawei 8120
Hero
Optimus T
Droid 1 (z4root 1.2.1)
Garmin Asus A50
Motorola Defy
LG Ally


Incompatible

Desire (requires nand unlock)
Desire HD (requires nand unlock)
Magic (unknown)
Evo (requires nand unlock)
G2 (requires nand unlock)
Archos 70 (unknown)
LG Optimus One (unknown)
myTouch 3G (unknown)
Wildfire
Droid Incredible

If you want to go the desktop route SuperOneClick is the way to go, it not only supports rooting/unrooting but also provides options to "Enable Non-Market Apps" and "Getting UNLOCK code".

How To Use SuperOneClick

If any of these applications does not support your device you can take help XDA-Developer forums to get the task done.

Comments

Tried it on my lg ally and it work now i need to find this terminal emulator or go dl some root apps

@Mega leecher

Why havent u guys covered the work done / hack done on the PS3 front ? there are great many hacking news on ps3 .. i really wih u guys cover them too

what about nexus one? does it work?

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