How To: Root the MyTouch 3G or G1 in One Click!

UPDATE! PLEASE READ BEFORE CONTINUING! -

This procedure has been updated and simplified, please use one of the below procedures instead of this one:

How To: Root the HTC G1 / Dream

How To: Root the MyTouch

How To: Root the MyTouch 1.2 / Fender
(use this one if your MyTouch has a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top).

I. Read Before You Begin

1. THIS ONLY WORK FOR THE OLDER MYTOUCH, and ALL G1′s. IF YOU HAVE A 3.5MM HEADPHONE JACK ON TOP OF YOUR MYTOUCH, READ THE BOLD LINE ABOVE.

2. You must downgrade back to cupcake first:

Get Back to Cupcake for MyTouch
Get Back to Cupcake for G1
After you have done the above procedure and are back on cupcake (Android 1.5), you can come back to this procedure and continue.

II. Let’s Get Started

1. On your phone (G1 or MyTouch), goto Settings, Applications, and make sure Unknown source is checked ON.

2. On your phone, goto Settings, SD card and phone storage, and click Unmount SD card.

3. Then click Format SD card (it should automatically remount after this).

4. Plug the phone into the compuer via USB, then pull down the notification bar and click on the SD card notification. Then click mount.

5. Download this APK and the recovery image and save it to your computer:

FlashRec.apk (Updated: 09/26/09)

Amon Ra’s Recovery Image

6. Once they are saved to your computer, copy them both to your SD card (do NOT put them inside any folders on the SD card, just put them on the SD card itself).

7. Unplug the phone from the computer once they are downloaded to the SD card.

8. Goto the Market and download Linda File Manager or any file manager program if you do not already have one.

9. Open the file manager and goto SDCard and then find the FlashRec apk file and click it. If asked tell it to use Package Installer to open it. It should automatically install the apk.

10. Open the FlashRec program and click on Backup Recovery Image and wait for it to finish.

11. Once done, click on the empty text box in the FlashRec program and type:

/sdcard/recovery-RA-dream-v1.2.3.img

Then click on the Flash Custom RecoveryImage button and wait for it to finish.

12. Turn off the phone and turn it on into Recovery mode by holding down Home and Power to turn it on (keep holding until the recovery screen comes up has a bunch of text on a black background). So long as that screen comes up, you have done it correctly and can now go on to the How to Load a ROM video for your appropriate device!

13. To get Root access you MUST go to the next video mentioned above and load a custom ROM.

Reported Issues

Issue: G1′s are erasing the recovery image before we can load a Radio, SPL, or ROM.

Solution: Once you do step 12 and boot into recovery mode, go straight to the next video, leave the phone in recovery mode, and do Section II to load the SPL. If you turn the phone off and on before then you will have to redo these steps.

Issue: I get Invalid Recovery Image or Flash Recovery doesn’t show up, it stays greyed out!

Solution: Make sure that the spell correction and auto completion are OFF in the Text Settings (Settings > Locale and Text > Touch Input > Text Input then turn off Prediction, spell correction, and word completion) of your phone. If not then it may put in spaces where they do not belong. (I had it put a space after .img and couldn’t see it so couldn’t figure out why it kept saying invalid recovery image, like you guys).

Other than that, just make sure it is on the root of the SD card (not in any folder) and that you are typing in:

/sdcard/recovery-RA-dream-v1.2.3.img

and it should show Flash Recovery

Issue: When I download the FlashRec.apk it shows up as a .zip not an apk.

Solution: No problem. Do NOT extract it, just simply replace the .zip with .apk and then proceed with the procedure.

Issue: I get backup failed or flash failed when I try to use the FlashRec progam.

Solution: This is most likely because you already have a custom recovery image (OR HAVE DONUT), please use one of the unrooting procedures to get back to the original recovery image and THEN you can use this procedure.

  • Detta

    so i followed the tutorial on how to unroot/downgrade to cupcake, and I did that. then I went through downloading the first file, had to do some searching for the second one, but finally found that. When I open the flashrec program, it says “Can’t verify EBI version.” and the backup recovery image fails and says “could not run command”. how do i fix this?

  • Detta

    so i followed the tutorial on how to unroot/downgrade to cupcake, and I did that. then I went through downloading the first file, had to do some searching for the second one, but finally found that. When I open the flashrec program, it says “Can’t verify EBI version.” and the backup recovery image fails and says “could not run command”. how do i fix this?

  • Yomahaa2004

    none of this Garbage seams to work

  • jesse

    i can’t find the correct downloads on here and when i find files with the names matching what were shown in the video they don’t work with my phone. and i made sure this is the right video.

  • jesse

    i can’t find the correct downloads on here and when i find files with the names matching what were shown in the video they don’t work with my phone. and i made sure this is the right video.

  • Wagyu

    Does this procedure and the following apply to Roger’s HTC Dreams?

    Thanks

  • Usher

    after you format the sd card dose it erase all the apps on the fender?

  • Usher

    i am freacked out if it dose on the fender!!!!!!! tell me what the fuck dose it do to the fender

  • Zkrehj

    if you rooted it u can use any sim card? does this work for mytouch slide 3g?

  • Preferiida Kathy

    I can’t fine the flashrec download

    • Preferiida Kathy

      find*

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=519813321 Carlo Roman

    hi, i downloaded the file and copied them to my sd card and turned off the phone and held down the camera and End buttons. here’s what i got when i did this:

    Loading…

    Checking..

    Not Allowed..

    i have tried also formatting my sd card and just copied the 2 files but still same error

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.w.warren Jack W Warren

    After some trial and error using this method, I was able to successfully root my phone and now am sitting at 2.3.4. Works great. One question — I want to change my 4G SD card to a new 8G SD card. Do I need to do anything special to avoid losing any of my upgrade?

  • http://www.chipremier.com Marcella Hughes

    I have had my MyTouch 3g since last November and I think the camera
    along with other features is cool. I like the camera because the device
    is more mobile than most cameras and has a pretty decent quality.

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