May 2, 2012

Android Tweaks: Rooting

Android is all about hacking and to get started every Android enthusiast would know that rooting is the first stepping stone into a whole world of freedom. So what is rooting?

To put simply, rooting is the process of unlocking system access on your device. The most popular 'one-click' rooting methods include SuperOneClick, Universal Androot and unrevoked. They're simple enough but you'll be invalidating your warranty and could damage your phone, so proceed with caution!

Option 1: unrevoked
Unrevoked is a great rooting tool but only supports a bunch of HTC phones. On a desktop head over to and download the version of unrevoked that corresponds to your device. Simply run it and follow the on-screen prompts.

Option 2: Universal Androot
If your phone isn't on the unrevoked list (which is pretty much most phones) then you can try Universal Androot. It roots your phone with minimal effort. Instructions on how to use this tool can be found here. Not that the app may not support the latest phones so check out the compatibility list before trying.

SuperOneClickv2.0Option 3: SuperOneClick
SuperOneClick originated from xda-developers and is possible the most universal and versatile solution to your rooting needs. I have used SuperOneClick many times and I have to say that it works for most phones that I have tried. Although not all phones are readily supported, most common ones are compatible. Head over here to check out instructions and download links.

Other great alternatives...
z4root is also a great option for dated Android phones from years ago. Although it is not supported anymore, it is a great tool as a last resort option. Head over here to check out screenshots and links.

There are probably a lot more rooting options that I haven't listed here. It all depends on your device and the readily available methods that does the job. A great place to check if your phone can be rooted is over at the xda-developers forum. There you can search for your specific device and the rooting methods that have been used.