How To Root Your Android Phone With SuperOneClick

superuser2   How To Root Your Android Phone With SuperOneClickSince I first bought my Motorola Droid over a year ago, I’ve done everything with it. I’ve gone on GPS-based geo-caching adventures, I’ve transformed my phone into a media center remote control, and I’ve installed some of the coolest surveillance apps available. However, the one single thing that I could not let myself do is root my Android phone.

The fear of “bricking” my expensive mobile device was too much, even for a guy that prides himself on his moderate hacking abilities. What convinced me to take the plunge and learn how to root my Android phone? Well, the first thing was seeing how easily my iPhone-toting MUO colleagues could jailbreak their phones. The second thing that convinced me was my need to take screenshots on the go, not only when I’m attached to my PC via a USB cable. The final thing was seeing how many cool apps on the Android Market require root.

Root Options Available To Android Users

In the early days of Android ownership, the process of “rooting” your brand-spanking-new and expensive Android device involved a fairly complicated 10 to 15 step process that involved the very real and present danger of “bricking” your Android phone and making it a worthless block of metal and glass.

If you’re in the same boat and you’ve been fearfully avoiding the complicated rooting process like the plague, I’ve got some good news for you. There are now a fair number of one-click applications out there that will root your phone for you. These apps work on the large majority of Android devices. Don’t get me wrong ““ the danger of “bricking” is always there, but if you check to see that the app has been tested with your phone and version of Android, you should be safe enough.

Just to give you some options to look at, some of the top one-click root apps for Android include Universal Androot, the Recovery FlasherEasy Root, Unrevoked, and last but certainly not least ““ Super One-Click from XDA Developers. SuperOneClick is the app that I went with, and I believe it’s the app that will work for the majority of people reading this. But before you get started, don’t forget to enable USB debugging on your phone by going to Settings->Applications->Development and enabling “USB Debugging“.

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Also, SDK is required. Just follow my instructions in the taking Screenshots article that I wrote a while back to install the SDK developers kit. Nothing else below will work until this is done. Take the time to do it, because it’ll also open up a lot of cool features like high-resolution screenshots, file exploring and easy file transfers. Once you’ve set it up, you’re ready to roll.

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Download Super One Click, make sure you have the Android debugger (SDK developer kit) running, expand the Super One Click zip file and click the SuperOneClick icon to run it. When SuperOneClick launches, you’ll see several large buttons at the top of the screen. Make sure your phone is connected to the computer via USB and that the debugger can “see” it (activity will start logging). Make sure your SD card is not mounted, and go ahead and click “Root” in SuperOneClick.

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You’ll see the scrolling activity as SuperOneClick does it’s job, with “OK” appearing after each task. You may see warnings, but so long as it doesn’t “hang” on waiting for device, things should keep scrolling until it finally returns the “Success!” message.

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At this point, check out the installed apps on your phone and you should see a “Superuser” icon that looks like a Droid skull and crossbones. If you see it, you’re rooted. If you don’t see it, reboot the Droid. In fact, I’d suggest rebooting even if you do see it, as I had some issues getting rooted apps to work until I actually rebooted my own device.

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When you open up SuperUser, you’ll see that you can configure notifications so that no app can actually run with root access unless you give it permission. Also, according to the folks at Nexus One Forum, SuperOneClick doesn’t actually unlock the Bootloader, so you still retain your warranty. I haven’t confirmed if that’s true or not, but if true it’s a pretty good plus to using SuperOneClick with the SDK approach.

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Whenever you run an app that requires root (superuser), you’ll see a notification requesting permission. I like this because it also means that if an app gets installed and tries to utilize superuser access without your knowledge, it can’t.

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If you check off “Remember”, the program gets added to the list of “approved” apps with superuser access. You can see the ones on your list when you click on the “Apps” tab.

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As you can see, once you have SDK installed and connected to your phone, the process is as simple as installing and running SuperOneClick. The program takes care of rooting your phone from the PC. Finally, you can enjoy a rooted Android phone, and all of the fun and excitement that offers!

Did you give any of the one-click Android root apps a try? How was your experience? Share your rooting adventures in the comments section below.

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Acer Negundo

Don’t delete the gtalk app after rooting your phone. Android market will no longer work if you do.

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Anonymous

I just wish it could be this easy on latest HTC phones… Actually it’s not complicated, but it sure requires a series of steps, that an average user would not take the chance of doing it so easy.

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Acer Negundo

Don’t delete the gtalk app after rooting your phone. Android market will no longer work if you do.

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Ryan Dube

Good tip – thank you!

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Jim W

Just ran the SuperOneClick on my original Droid running 2.2; so far so good. Immediately downloaded Barnacle for wireless tethering and was up and running in less than a minute. Thanks!

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Aibek

thanks for the feedback

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Ryan Dube

Hey Jim – excellent! Pretty sweet isn’t it?

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Jim W

It is. Though I was laughing later that night – the very day I FINALLY take the plunge and root the thing, I get the FRG83G system update, which unrooted the phone again.

I showed them. Next day I re-rooted an put on Cyanogen Mod 7.0RC. It’s got some quirks, but all in all I’m liking the Gingerbread tweaks.

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Ryan Dube

Jim – Interesting! Same exact thing happened to me the day I rooted. I don’t think that’s coincidence…Do you have Verizon? I also switched over to Cyanogen MOD for the first time and loving it.

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Srinivas G

z4root is a simple app (you have to manually download & install the apk because the android market doesn’t host ‘rooting’ apps) that roots your phone with one touch. You just need to open the app and select the ‘Permanent Root’ option. That’s it!

But the downside of this app is that it doesn’t work on all phones. Hit the ‘[APP] z4root’ thread at the xda developers forum and see if its compatible with your phone. If it is, there’s no reason why you should try any other method. Worked flawlessly on my Galaxy S.

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Suhel

Apologies.. lol hope this settles all :D

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Angela Alcorn

He’s just letting us know a new way to do it, not implying the idea of rooting is new. :)

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Suhel

even SUPERONECLICK is ages old lol

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Ryan Dube

So is trolling.

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Suhel

i din mean to offend you… am not into trolling.. i was just shocked to know that it had been posted so late… its [superoneclick] like 7months old??? come on mate its a really rude to tell me a troll….. if you are writing an article than you must accept critcism.. :p

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Ryan Dube

Windows 7 is pretty old – should folks stop writing about it? A troll is someone that automatically posts negative comments without even reading the post – I don’t mind criticism but knee-jerk commenting just for the sake of being negative isn’t necessary.

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Ryan Dube

It’s okay Angela – if the troll had taken the time to read the article before scrolling down to respond, he’d have read that I wrote in the introduction that rooting has been around from the first days, but that many users were wary of going through the long process. This app is a great solution for those people that still think rooting is scary.

Haters begone. :-)

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Suhel

did I mock you????? so am not a hater loool… stop being so worked up dude.. everything is fair in love war and commenting.. chill man… :p

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Ryan Dube

Exactly – everything is fair. If you’re going to not bother reading the article before posting then be prepared for being called on it. :-)

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Suhel

ok dude.. let’s say I accept my words and your words and we call this cold War off.. I want to be a good member of this site.. you just delete all our conversation and I’ll watch my words from next time… you remove the image of my being a troll and we both live happily as good poster commenter henceforth lol… fair enough? :-)

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Ryan Dube

Now that certainly sounds like a non-troll comment to me! I accept your friendly truce, shake your hand with respect, and welcome any future feedback you have to offer. ;-)

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Suhel

we both sound like OLD KINGS who had a PEACE TREATY hahaha :D

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Jaeddu

i tried S1C to no avail. probably due to an ID10t error, but i could not get past the initial communications stage. i then tried Z4Root and used the temp root option, which unroots on reboot. i then tried to run barnacle and easytether. also to no avail. I’m beginning to sense a theme. Any thought s on what I am missing? htc incredible froyo 2.2

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Srinivas G

z4root is a simple app (you have to manually download & install the apk because the android market doesn’t host ‘rooting’ apps) that roots your phone with one touch. You just need to open the app and select the ‘Permanent Root’ option. That’s it!

But the downside of this app is that it doesn’t work on all phones. Hit the ‘[APP] z4root’ thread at the xda developers forum and see if its compatible with your phone. If it is, there’s no reason why you should try any other method. Worked flawlessly on my Galaxy S.

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Ryan Dube

Firevas, thanks for the insight. Another awesome choice for anyone looking for another one-touch solution. I almost gave it that one a shot but wasn’t sure it would work on my Droid. Glad it worked on your Galaxy though – awesome!

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Ryan Dube

It’s okay Angela – if the troll had taken the time to read the article before scrolling down to respond, he’d have read that I wrote in the introduction that rooting has been around from the first days, but that many users were wary of going through the long process. This app is a great solution for those people that still think rooting is scary.

Haters begone. :-)

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Judah Richardson

2 hours of the above steps using a Droid 1 + Vista x64, no success. The furthest I got was FAILED at the end of the whole shebang.

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Ryan Dube

Judah – did you get the SDK installed at least – prior to trying anything from this article?

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BillN

I rooted just to get rid of crapware and other programs that I will never use. Programs that start up every time and won’t let you disable or uninstall them.

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Ryan Dube

BillN – I have to say I’m blown away by how much better it is – I’ve played around with installing ROMs this week (for an upcoming article) and the degree to which these improve over the Stock ROM is hard to believe. But you’re right, getting rid of the crapware is a nice plus.

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Suhel

few apps must be there on your phone after rooting it

Rootexplorer – file manager that gives access to system files

titanium backup – you can backup application, you can also remove useless stock applications

xrecovery – full system backup, custom ROM installation etc

Cachemate – clears system cache, speeds up phone

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rdube02

Not at all – just annoyed by people that seem to think they have the right to be critical without even reading the article first. If he actually had a solid point, I would have agreed and thanked him. I’d love to see a troll show up, I just hope he/she brings along a flak jacket.

Oh – and thank you, I’m glad you liked the article.

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Trancethesis555

It’s a great article about rooting and I found the SuperOneClick convenient to use. Though A little super sensitive aren’t we? I’d say Suhel’s comment wasn’t exactly radiant and full of excellent content. But that’s okay, it was quickly overshadowed by your trail of tears. I’d hate to see a real troll show up.

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Anonymous

Not at all – just annoyed by people that seem to think they have the right to be critical without even reading the article first. If he actually had a solid point, I would have agreed and thanked him. I’d love to see a troll show up, I just hope he/she brings along a flak jacket.

Oh – and thank you, I’m glad you liked the article.

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Suhel

lol

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Suhel

thats cuz am not a real troll lol.. am just a say guy who sometimes jokes around.. it wasnt really a -ve comment just you know like good friends fool around joking around with each other.. it was nothing personal. :)

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Timothy Johnson III

Hi Ryan. A question about rooting – when you root your phone, doesn’t that cause problems with any future official updates from Google for the Android OS?

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Suhel

no it doesnt. however when you update your phone you will lose roots right and you wil have to root again

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Suhel28

ok dude.. let’s say I accept my words and your words and we call this cold War off.. I want to be a good member of this site.. you just delete all our conversation and I’ll watch my words from next time… you remove the image of my being a troll and we both live happily as good poster commenter henceforth lol… fair enough? :-)

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Ryan Dube

Hi Timothy,

What Suhel28 wrote is accurate – you’ll just have to root again, but it’s easy enough to do. However, if you eventually install a new ROM, that would in fact cause problems with any future updates, but it’s a trade-off many people are willing to make.

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Ryan Dube

Hi Timothy,

What Suhel28 wrote is accurate – you’ll just have to root again, but it’s easy enough to do. However, if you eventually install a new ROM, that would in fact cause problems with any future updates, but it’s a trade-off many people are willing to make.

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Jim W

It is. Though I was laughing later that night – the very day I FINALLY take the plunge and root the thing, I get the FRG83G system update, which unrooted the phone again.

I showed them. Next day I re-rooted an put on Cyanogen Mod 7.0RC. It’s got some quirks, but all in all I’m liking the Gingerbread tweaks.

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Mortikai

haha Drube dont be such a lil bitch

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aimless

SuperOneClick worked flawlessly. Don’t forget to tip the developer – after reviewing dozens of ways to do this, following the brief set of instructions could not have been simpler. (Samsung Captivate & v2.2)

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Jerryatlmidtown

I just used Super One Click to room my LG Vortex and it worked like a charm..turned on my wi-Fi and it showed up..But one question,Verizon charges extra to use the wi-fi..if you root the phone can they charge you or see that you rooted your phone

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Anonymous

I think z4root is a better option!

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Kvolkan

Awesome! Worked first time on my Droid Classic 2.2 FRG83G. Thanks so much!!!

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Kerry

Thanks so much for the article. I just upgraded from the HTC Eris to the HTC Thunderbolt and intetested in rooting my new device. I have been serahc all sites trying to ensure that I don’t “brick” the phone by tryng to “root”. Te superone click looks very easy. So I am going to “take the plunge” appreciate your info.

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Trombadorez

your being a greater hater mr Ryan DUDE

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Mark Good

I just ordered the Thunderbolt. Does Super One-Click work with HTC? Is there another article that describes the process with HTC?

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Karan Khushalani

love u dude ! i was waiting to root but i really was afraid of the long steps(after upgrading to froyo through a similar process) but u showed me the true way !

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Karan Khushalani

dude help ! superoneclick does not detect my device ! :(

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Anonymous

Karan – at what point in the process is it telling you that it can’t detect your device?

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Ljcontrol

Get that troll!!!

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Fish

Can’t be easier than this…..doing it in less than 3 mins…why pay some1 to root it??

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Bradley Cox

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT WAITS FOR UR DEVICE?

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Bradley Cox

its ok i figured it out

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Freakmanfer

Tested in Samsung Galaxy 3 and work fine

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Runner_pro2161

i do not understand how to have my sd card NOT mounted during the procedure. how do i unmount it?

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Steven

It just means, DON’T “Turn on USB storage” from the USB connected screen on your device. If you do, most computers will mount your card as an external disk automatically.

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Aazizi Tarik

I have HTC DESIRE and it reboot when remounting, after that it failed because of device unfound…can anyone help me ?

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rk g

Ryan,
Nice article. I’ve debated on rooting my Samsung SCH-1500 running 2.1 update 1 for a long while. I tried to follow your instructions, but Superoneclick is freezing up looking for my device after the daemon is started successfully. I have USB debugging checked. I have downloaded and installed the SDK Manager. I am stumped. Thanks for any suggestions you may have.

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Hollrobb

My wife has an android phone and is always asking me questions about it. Her lastest question was “how do i remove the app’s that came on my phone”. .I dont even have a androind phone, i got a ragged ole convoy,hahaha. But i did some searching for her and came across your article and now i have an answer for her.
Thank you for taking the time to write this article and sharing your know how.

Take care….Rob.

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CuRLy

{unREVoked 3.3 painless auto root} EVO 4G superuser And most new android phones have fun… Oooh yeah if it seems to be Frozen just wait it out…. don’t be impatient peeps

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Manshimai

What version of the OS will be running after this?

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zero

what do i do if it keeps hanging on (waiting on device)?

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William Armstrong

will this work on the thunderbolt?

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Anonymous

Hey William – I’m not sure, but all supported models are listed on the SuperOneClick website (XDA Forums).

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Jen

Thank you for this article. It was so detailed and thorough. It made the process very easy and successful.

`Jen

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RaheemPerez

i have the samsung intersept will that work (im a clueless 14 year old lol)

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Tina

Raheem,

I would recommend you to do some research on Google and see whether anyone has tried to root your phone with the above tool or maybe another tool. If you cannot find something or if you’re unsure whether it’s safe to try a specific tool, you can always as a question at MakeUseOf Answers.

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Mendy

I HAD my phone rooted but i uninstalled it and later wanted to reinstall my rooter, however SUPERUSER dident let me do it! How do i remove superuser???????????

PLZ HELP ME!!!!

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Tina

Mendy,

this is a special problem and you should ask for a solution on MakeUseOf Answers.

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Jhunmari

@ Acer Negundo

yeah i did already, so how were you able to resolve it with regards to your android market?

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OldPilot

I have FRG83G on my Droid1. Will this root work? I’d really love to get rid of several pre-loaded apps I don’t want.

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Blekenbleu

1) Installing the Android SDK has a gotcha’
    the installer reported that it could not find  the JDK.
    The workaround for that is to press [Back], then [Next]

2) How does on “make sure you have the Android debugger” running?

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Karthikanandnra

i have rooted my xperia x10….while rooting my device…finally
running a su test….but sucess message was not show on it….its there any problem with it r not and also i want to know how to delete system installed apps like quadrapop, gtalk, timescape

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Anonymous

I’m not sure receiving the success message is necessary if it’s working correctly now.   Karth – not sure about uninstalling system apps, I always thought you could do an uninstall of those apps if you want? Maybe post the question on MUO Answers?

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Maka445

Hi I got a question, I keep hearing the usb debugging hook up to a desktop, there anyway to install the SuperOneClick without the use of a desktop? I, for one, don’t own a pc desktop and definitely don’t want to self root my EVO. Sometimes, I don’t understand tech language, as simple as it may seem, it isn’t always that way. Thx

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Anonymous

 Maka445 – I really don’t think so. Installing the SDK and the SuperOneClick PC software are critical parts of the process – the only way this quick root procedure will work is if you can run the app. If you don’t want to use a desktop, your only other option is to go through the elaborate rooting procedures that you’ll find out there on the web for your particular device…

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Racy72005

Hi Ryan, excellent information. I am going to be purchadsing a “MY Touch 4G” today, which runs on Android 2.2. Do you know if superoneclick  will be able to root this phone? I am so scared to do this and afraid that if I do not have step by step directions, I will mess up my phone. I am not computer savvy at all.

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Anonymous

 Thanks. Good for you for buying the 4G phone – I’m jealous!  To be honest, I probably wouldn’t take the risk of rooting unless I really needed to do screenshots or to tether the phone for data access – I honestly don’t see any enormous benefits to routing other than that? Otherwise, I’d probably stay with the stock Android 2.2 and call it good. If you do really want root – double-check the XDA forum (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=803682) for the latest list of supported hardware. If you see it on the list, I wouldn’t worry about it – it’ll very likely work seamlessly. If it’s not on the list of supported hardware then you might be taking a risk… 

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Racy72005

Yeah, unfortunately…I don’t see it on their list of compatible phones. But I absolutely have to root this phone. The only reason that I am buyng this phone is to download software onto it, and in order to download this particular software, the phone has to be rooted. I just need step by step help. I’m sooo clueless when it comes to technology. lol Anyone in NYC want to get paid to root my phone?” lol (of course, only if you’re good at it) Well, wish me luck. Where should I go for literal step by step instructions. Can I use your blog??? Seems very informative and detailed.

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Tina

Racy,

did you submit a question to MakeUseOf Answers regarding this issue? If you provide us with all the details, we may be able to help you there!

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Racy72005

Thanks for the link Ryan. I did not find the My Touch 4G on the list. Oh no! Now what? lol  I really do have to root the phone, because I need it to be rooted in order to download some software on to it. Actually, that is why I brought this particular phone.  Anyone in NYC good at this and wanna get paid to do this for me?! lol I feel like putting an ad on craigslist.

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Tina

Racy,

you could also submit a question to MakeUseOf Answers and ask for help. It’s free! :)

Just be sure you describe in detail what you need help with, including hardware model and software versions. The more information, the better (within sensible limits).

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Mahesh

It’s a great tutorial. I followed the same steps mentioned above and successfully rooted my Android Device.

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Anonymous

Excellent! Glad to hear that Mahesh

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ditcher

thnx a lot
i liked u r language
it was simple
plz 
keep it goin on

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meade

Tried this for my LG Optimus V. Everything worked ok on the install, but the apps do not show in Superuser. Reversed the rooting and tried some of the suggestions on the developers comment log, including getting ‘clean’ drivers from LG website. Still nothing.
Trying to delete a couple of apps that piggybacked onto my phone when i installed Justintv. They are: ‘kickback and ‘talkback’. Neither allows an option to uninstall so looking for a solution and thought rooting my phone might be the way. I’ll keep trying something else. 

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Anonymous

Hey meade – I’m not sure what could be causing the issue where the apps don’t show up in Superuser, but you might want to fire off a question about it in Answers, there’s often a person out there that has tried with the same setup. I don’t have an LG, so not sure what issues may come up.

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Stephen B.

Amazing software, and easy to use. Used it on my Samsung Galaxy Tab, and about to use it on my LG G2x. Was so impressed, I donated $25. Unbelievable.

Feel free to contact me.

StephenB@PCofMindTech.com
(865) 622-6600

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Zander

My phone keeps failing every time. 

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Abbas Jassani

Hi Ryan,
is SuperOneClick can root Galaxy 3…………….?

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AJ

Ryan
one more thing i want to ask that
after rooting how can i use arabic font
thanx

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Anonymous

AJ – I’m not sure, but that might be an excellent question for MUO Answers!

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Spammerrv

i think i did something wrong because it stops when it says getting mount path and says FAIL.
how do i fix this?

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charmilita

can i get superoneclick.exe on my galaxy i9003 too? are there  versions for my mobile now? pls help! im  a
 newbie =)

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Rakeysh Tak

can superoneclick be used to root galaxy 3 running froyo

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