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Android could certainly be termed as the most successful mobile operating system. Google has reported over 850,000 Android device activation per day as of February 2012. In addition to this, the operating system is available fore more than 300 devices. Android rooting is a process that allows mobile or tablet users to gain privileged access to the operating system thereby enabling them to run specialized apps that require root access. In this guide book we have compiled numerous tips, tricks and how to tutorials to root different Android devices that both novice and experienced users can use. You may want to bookmark this page for later reference. Additionally, we would highly appreciate if you can share this guide book with your friends and family.
AT&T users having a Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket phone can now have the Android 4.0.3 version of Ice Cream Sandwich on their phones. In this article we will explain how to root AT&T Galaxy S II Skyrocket SGH-i727 running Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich.
How To Root AT&T Galaxy S II Skyrocket SGH-i727 On Android 4.0.3 ICS
Before you begin you would need to download the required files:
- You need to keep ClockworkMod and Odin on your PC, where as transfer Superuser to /sdcard on your Galaxy S II Skyrocket.
- Extract Odin on your PC and launch it by clicking on it.
- Power off your Skyrocket. Now, reboot it by pressing the Volume Up + Volume Down buttons and simultaneously connecting your Galaxy S II Skyrocket with your PC. Leave the Volume Up + Volume Down once you see the Download Mode screen.
- Once Galaxy S II Skyrocket is connected to the PC, Odin will detect your phone.
- Now Click on the PDA button and select the ClockworkMod archive file you downloaded earlier.
- Click Start.
- After you have clicked on the Start button, ClockworkMod Recovery will be flashed onto your Galaxy S II Skyrocket. After Odin is done with its thing, the phone will reboot.
- Power off your phone once again and boot into ClockworkMod Recovery by pressing Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons. Leave the buttons once you are at the main menu.
- Navigate to install zip from sdcard > SuperUser 3.0.7.zip. If the name of the SuperUser file differs, just make sure to install the SuperUser file that you downloaded earlier.
- Reboot your phone once SuperUser is installed.
- Your Galaxy S II Skyrocket would now finally boot into Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, but the only difference would be that you would now have root access.
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Galaxy Note is one of the popular Android devices out there. This is why it saw a lot of root solutions pop up fairly quickly. The only problem with this was that Samsung wound find out that you have rooted your device and would void your warranty. Samsung does so by incremental the flash counter each time you flash something. We now have a solution that allows us to root Galaxy Note while retaining our warranty and also flashing ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery at the same time. In this article we will explain how to root Samsung Galaxy Note and Flash ClockworkMod Recovery.
- This procedure only works with the following kernels: KJ1 | KJ4 | KJ6 KJ7 KJ8 | KK1 KK2 KK3 KK4 KK5 | KKA | KK9 | KL1 |KL3. So you should have a proper kernel on your device. You can find your device’s kernel by going to Settings > About Phone > Kernel version. This would show a string of alphanumeric characters such as 188.8.131.52-N7000XXKL3-CL641703 with the bold numbers being your kernel number. If you kernel is not present above, you should not proceed with this procedure.
- Have the latest version of Samsung Kies app installed on your Galaxy Note. The Kies app automatically installs the necessary drivers needed for the procedure.
- USB Debugging should be enabled on your Galaxy Note. You can do this by going to Settings > Applications > Development and checking the USB Debugging box.
- The final requirement is that the Galaxy Note should be enabled to install non-Market apps. You can do this by going to Settings > Applications and checking the Unknown sources box.
How to Root Samsung Galaxy Note and Flash ClockworkMod Recovery
In order to root Samsung Galaxy Note, perform the following steps:
- Extract the downloaded zip file to a folder on your desktop. You should be presented with an extracted folder called CF-Root-SGN_XX_ODD_KL3-v5.0-CWM5 (where KL3 is your firmware) and a subfolder called InitialCFRootFlasher.
- Now connect Galaxy Note to your PC.
- Go to the InitialCFRootFlasher folder and run not-rooted-yet.bat. If your device is already rooted you should run the already-rooted.bat file.
- Just follow the prompts on the screen and wait for the process to finish.
- If every goes well, as it should the Samsung Galaxy Note would reboot twice and after the second reboot you would have your device rooted.
- You can verify this by installing Root Checker.
That’s it, your Samsung Galaxy Note is now rooted and has ClockworkMod Recovery flashed on it.
The Galaxy Tablet P1000 is one of the popular Android tablets that is being produced by Samsung. In this article we will explain how to root Samsung Galaxy Tablet P1000 on Gingerbread 2.3.5.
- Samsung Galaxy Tablet P1000 running Gingerbread 2.3.5.
- Make sure that you already have installed ADB drivers.
- Download DooMLorD zergRush Tool v.4.
How to Root Samsung Galaxy Tablet P1000 On Gingerbread 2.3.5
- The first thing you would have to do is enable USB debugging on your device. Go to Settings > Applications > USB Debugging and check the box next to it to enable USB debugging.
- Now enable non-Market application installations. In order to do this, go to Settings > Applications and check the Unknown Sources box.
- Now connect the Samsung Galaxy Tablet to your PC.
- If the some drivers start installing at this stage, let them get installed.
- Extract the already downloaded DooMLoRD zergRush Tool v.4 on your PC.
- Run runme.bat to start installation of the tool.
- Let the process complete.
- Once the tool has run, the Samsung Galaxy Tab will reboot and
Your Tab should reboot when the whole procedure is complete. Once the Tablet reboots check for Superuser app in the app drawer or download the Root Checker app to verify root access.
HTC One S is one of the popular Android smartphones that is being manufactured by HTC. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on HTC One S can now be rooted. In this article we will explain how to root HTC One S running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
- HTC One S with an unlocked bootloader. If you dont have an unlocked bootloader you can have this from HTCDev website.
- Download the Superboot package.
How to Root HTC One S Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Firstly, you need to download the Superboot package and extract its contents into a folder.
- Now put HTC One S into bootloader mode by turning it off and powering it on while keeping the Volume down key pressed.
- Now connect HTC One S with your PC via USB.
- Now just run install-superboot-windows.bat from the folder in which you extracted the Superboot package.
- Mac users however, would have to run the following commands from the terminal:
chmod +x install-superboot-mac.sh
- Linux users would have to run the following commands:
chmod +x install-superboot-linux.sh
After the Superboot script has finished its work, the HTC One S would be rooted.
If you have a rooted phone, you may want to unroot it before visiting a service center for a repair for any other reason. This will help you get your warranty back and save you from an unwanted conversation with the sales person at service center. If you want to unlock the Sprint’s version of the Galaxy S2 smartphone, Sprint Epic 4G Touch, keep reading this article to learn about how to do it.
I. Before You Begin
- Windows 7 or Windows XP desktop is necessary as this is a Windows-based tutorial.
- Before starting, make it sure that all Samsung drivers are up to date on your computer. You can make it sure by installing the latest Samsung Kies desktop application that installs all the latest drivers automatically for you.
- Download Odin3 v1.85.
- Download the latest stock ROM (EL29 as of now) from Sprint for the Epic 4G Touch.
II. How to Unroot the Sprint Galaxy S2 Epic 4G
- Extract ODIN3_v1.85.zip to a folder on your desktop.
- Extract D710USEL29_20120105151142_Stock.zip you downloaded above to a folder on your desktop.
- Run Odin3_v1.85.exe in the extracted folder but make sure that the Odin3.ini file remains in its primary location.
- Now, click on the PDA Button and select HOME_SPH-D710_CL852097_user.tar.md5 from the folder you extracted above.
- Check under the Option section that only Auto Reboot is checked. Uncheck all of the other boxes that are checked except of Auto Reboot.
- Turn OFF your Epic 4G Touch.
- Once your device is turned OFF, you can now press Volume Down and then press the Power button. Again, press Volume Up and your device will go into Download Mode.
- Make a connection between your PC and device using USB port. Kies must be installed before making connection. You will notice that the ID:COM will turn yellow, which indicates that your device is recognized. Now, the Odin window should look like this:
- To initiate, Click on Start button. Once the process is complete, Odin will begin flashing the stock ROM and reboot your device.
This is it!! You can download and use Root Checker to confirm if you have successfully unroot your device. Once confirmed, feel free to contact any service center without any worry.
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The Huawei X6 is an affordable device that is fast and offers many features to its users. The device comes with a 4.1-inch display and a 1GHz Scorpion. Once rooted, you can gain a lot and can take advantage of all the free apps available only for the rooted phones.
I. Files to Download
II. Rooting the Ideos X6
- To start with, you need to put your device into download mode after powering it down. You can put your device into the download mode by holding the Volume Up button and press the Power button until you get a black screen. The message will display on your screen saying “Incoming Download Mode”.
- You need to connect the U9000 to your Windows PC. Your PC will detect the device as a USB drive.
- Once the device is detected by your PC, find a folder called Images. Create a back up of the folder by copying the folder data to somewhere else on your PC.
- You can now extract a file name “recovery_menu_v1-184.108.40.206_signed.zip” to a new folder on your desktop.
- From the new folder you just created on your desktop by extracting recovery_menu_v1-220.127.116.11_signed, copy all content including the META-INF folder and the recovery.img file to the Images folder on the USB drive. The dialogue box will appear on your screen to confirm replacement of recovery.img file, click OK to replace the original image.
- Now, you need to copy the su-18.104.22.168-efgh-signed.zip file to the root folder of the USB drive. Make sure that the file is copied to the topmost folder of the USB drive, not within any folders.
- After copying the files, disconnect the device from your PC.
- Once disconnected, remove the battery of your device and put it back in after a few seconds.
- Hold the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons and press Power until the device vibrates. After that, continue to hold the Volume Up button until the device boots into recovery.
- Go to recover menu and select Install Zip from SD. Use the Volume Up and Down buttons to move between the options and the Search button to select an option.
- Find the su-22.214.171.124-efgh-signed.zip and select it to run.
- Once it is complete, reboot your device.
This is it!! Your Ideos X6 should now be ROOTED!! You can now use the Root Checker app to confirm root access. You can also run any app that requires root permissions to check if your device is properly rooted.
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The problem with Google Android efforts is that not all devices get to have the same versions of the platform at the same time. This is specially true for Nexus S 4G. However the wait to have Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 on Nexus S 4G is finally over. In this article we will explain how to install Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 on Nexus s 4G.
How to Install Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 On Nexus S 4G
In order to install Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 on your Nexus S 4G, carry out the following steps:
- Download the latest build (IMM76Drelease-keys.zip).
- Now unzip the build.
- Now we would have to install the Nexus S 4G drivers. You can download these drivers from here.
- Now download Odin. After you have downloaded it, unzip and run it.
- After you have installed Odin, power off Nexus S 4G and put it into “Download Mode”. You can put it in download mode by holding the Volume Up and Volume Down and then pressing the Power button.
- Now connect your Nexus S 4G with a PC. Odin will recognize this.
- Make sure to fill the first box with “0:[COM#]”.
- Now Click Bootloader, followed by SPH-D720_IMM76D_KE1_BOOTLOAD_signed.tar.
- Select PDA and select SPH-D720_IMM76D_PDA_signed.tar. At the end of click Phone and then select SPH-D720_IMM76D_LC1_Modem_signed.tar. Now press Start.
- This will now finally reboot the Nexus S 4G. Once its starts again, you will have Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 on your device.
That was all there is to it. Enjoy the latest built of Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 on your Nexus S 4G.
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You must have read or heard about the HP TouchPad tablet with webOS going on fire sale (as low as $100) a mere months after it was released. The biggest flaw of TouchPad was its lack of support for the latest applications and the lack of interest from app developers to make software for the unpopular webOS platform. Continue reading the article to learn how to install Android on the HP TouchPad.
This Android release for the TouchPad is not official but a CyanogenMod one and has a lot more in it than the official build. The Cyanoden version for this guide is Alpha 3.5 based on Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread
This alpha been has had a few versions so far, each one gaining bug fixes and more improvements over the previous ones. The TouchPad can handle 3D games with better responsiveness, improved translations and an enjoyable gaming experience. They also made some changes to improve video playback for both downloaded movies and recorded videos.
This ROM is not completely bug free yet and any damage that occurs after installation will not be covered by the warranty. Following the instructions will give you a dual-boot system that allows you to go back to webOS whenever you want.
What You Need:
Below are the files you need to have. You can download them from several online sources.
- Palm Novacom (Download for Windows, Linux or Mac)
- MoBoot (Download)
- Cyanogenmod 7.1.0 Alpha 3 (Download)
- Clockworkmod Recovery(Download)
- ACMEInstaller (Download)
Make sure that you have downloaded the above files before starting the installation. If you are redirected to a forum thread, just look for the specific file in one of the posts. Once you have all of them, proceed to the following instructions.
How to Install Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread on the HP TouchPad:
Since Windows is the most widely used operating system, these instructions will use that OS for reference. However, if you are an advanced Linux or OSX user, you can do the same using the command line.
- Turn on HP TouchPad in webOS. Use a USB cable to plug it to your computer. To activate file sharing between the two devices, choose USB Drive mode when the TouchPad Menu appears. Enable file sharing by selecting USB Drive mode.
- When you go into My Computer or Computer on Win 7, you will see a new mounted drive. Double click to open and create a new folder named cminstall. Make sure that the files MoBoot, Clockworkmod Recovery and CyanogenMod are inside the cminstall directory.
- Leave a minimum free space of 2GB in your TouchPad. This is a buffer to avoid any issues during installation. Unmount the drive and unplug the USB cable once the transfer is complete.
- To install the Bootloader, press and hold down the power button on the TouchPad and choose Shut Down. The device will turn off.
- Then power it back on and push the Volume Up button. A USB icon will appear onscreen. If you don’t see it, repeat the previous step.
- Extract the files from the ACMEInstaller.zip archive to the directory that has Palm Novacom. It should be located in ‘C:Program FilesPalm, Inc‘ on Windows. You will see a different path if you are using OSX or Linux.
- Launch the command line screen and change the directory to the Novacom folder. If on Windows, just open the folder, hold the Shift key down and right click on the blank space. Select the Open command window from the menu.
- Type in the command on the black screen: novacom.exe boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller
- Hit the Enter key to run the command. It will start the flashing process. It will take a few seconds before your TouchPad will switch off and on by itself. A boot screen will appear. Once it is done, your tablet will be running the CyanogenMod version of Android. You will have given your TouchPad a new lease on its digital life.
With the Android OS, your HP TouchPad will enjoy all the apps that lacked webOS support. You can still switch to webOS if you want to use it since it was not removed. Just go to the recovery menu and it will give you the option to run its original webOS operating system.
Have fun with your TouchPad powered by Android. For questions and clarifications, feel free to leave a message in the comments area.
The hard-working Android developer community is dynamically working to bring Ice Cream Sandwich to older devices. An early build of CyanogenMod 9 based on Android 4.0.3 was released for the DROID 2 Global couple of weeks ago and we are pompous to provide comprehensive flashing tutorial for you.
XDA-Developers, which is a popular forum for Android enthusiasts, developers and modders has released the custom ROM via new thread started by developer ngocha2006. The develop has listed working and non-working features of CyanogenMod 9 for the Droid 2 Global in the dedicated thread.
Some of the important features that are not working are camera, Market and data (EDGE/3G). However, it is probable that these features will work in the near future when the bugs are fixed in the ROM. Till then, it can be used as a daily driver as it is just a taste of CM9.
DISCLAIMER: Techow will not be held accountable if you lose any of your data or your device gets damaged in the following our comprehensive guide. Continue at your own risk.
You need a rooted device with ClockworkMod Recovery installed in order to flash. Follow our guide on how to flash ClockworkMod Recovery to meet these fundamentals.
Step 1: Download both the apps namely CyanogenMod 9 for Droid 2 (MediaFire) and Google Apps (MediaFire). Send the both ZIP files directly under the /sdcard directory on your DROID 2. Note that we will flash them in a later step.
Step 2: Now, Reboot into ClockworkMod Recovery. You can perform reboot either manually or throughROM Manager by tapping on Reboot into Recovery.
Step 3: Take a nandroid backup once you go inside the ClockworkMod. The backup will be useful later when you want to revert to current setup.
Step 4: Select wipe data/factory reset from the main menu. Select wipe Dalvik cache and wipe cache under the advanced option in the same way performed above.
Step 5: This is the point where we flash CyanogenMod 9 on your Droid 2. Select install zip from sdcard, then choose zip from sdcard and later N.HA D2G CM9-ICS 4.0.3 Alpha 1.zip. After flashing CM9, flash Gapps ICS 4.0.3 11.12.22.zip from the same menu option.
Step 6: Now, choose the reboot system from the main menu.
Your Droid 2 will now boot into the build of CyanogenMod 9, which is a alpha and unofficial build of CyanogenMod 9 that is based on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Check out the official thread on XDA for further queries and doubts.
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The stable release of Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 8.9 has still not hit the market. However, there is an unofficial and shaky build of Android 4.0.3 ICS has been out there for quite some time. In this article, we have furnish a comprehensive guide on how to install Android 4.0.3 for you.
DISCLAIMER: Techow will not be held accountable if you lose any of your data or your device gets damaged in the following our step-by-step guide. Continue at your own risk.
The unofficial ROM is a little bit shaky to work as the camera, 3G, HD videos and voice search does not work at the present. You should ensure that your Galaxy Tab 8.9 is rooted and that you have flashed ClockworkMod Recovery before starting. You may start following the procedure once you have gone though the basics.
Step 1: Download the following files:
Send the files under the /sdcard directory on your Galaxy Tab 8.9’s internal storage.
Step 2: Tap to Recovery to boot into ClockworkMod Recovery from ROM Manager. If the following method fails to work, then you need to shut down your device and press and hold a particular combination of buttons to boot into ClockworkMod.
Step 3: Select wipe data / factory reset from the ClockworkMod Recovery. Then from advanced, select wipe Dalvik cache, and wipe cache.
Step 4: Now we will try to flash the ROM itself. Navigate to install zip from sdcard and then select zip from sdcard > icyxmas.p5wifi.cwm.alpha1.1.zip. After flashing, select flash icygappsv2.zip.
Step 5: Now select reboot system from the main menu,.
If you have followed the steps correctly you will be able to boot Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich on your Galaxy Tab 8.9.
Step 6: Download a CPU control app such as SetCPU and install it. You can select between Basic CPU control or Antuantu and set them to interactive governor.
Check out the official thread on XDA, If you have any queries or doubts.
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