How To: Root the Dell Streak (Updated 12.13.2010)

I. Before You Begin

1. This should work on all Dell Streaks (including the US version)

II. Root the Phone.

1. On your phone go to Settings > About Phone and look at your Android Version at the top and Build Number at the bottom.

2. Choose the appropriate Superboot files to download based on those numbers.

Android 1.6 (If you are on Android 1.6, click this link and then look for your phone’s build number UNDER SUPERBOOT and download those files).

Android 2.1 (If you are on Android 2.1, click this link and then look for your phone’s build number UNDER SUPERBOOT and download those files).

3. Turn off your phone, take out the battery, then put the battery back in.

4. Turn on the phone by holding down the Camera button and Power, keep holding them until the bootloader screen comes up.

5. Select Fastboot at the top right and then wait 10 seconds.

6. After the 10 seconds, plug the phone into the computer via the USB cable.

7. Unzip the Superboot files you downloaded earlier and open the folder.

8. Double click “install-superboot-windows.bat” and wait for it to finish. The phone should automatically reboot and you are all done!

III. (Optional) Load a Custom ROM

1. Head to our How To Load a Custom ROM on the Dell Streak procedure to load custom ROMs.

Thanks to Modaco!

Reported Issues:

Issue: I can’t get the drivers installed!

Solution: Try to uninstall Dell PC Studio and then start over. If that doesn’t work, download and install PDANet and that should install the correct drivers automatically. Also make sure your phone is in USB Debugging mode (Settings > Appications > Development).

Issue: I’m stuck at the Dell logo!

Solution: Try this: http://android.modaco.com/content/dell-streak-streak-modaco-com/317263/fix-for-stuck-on-dell-logo-after-2-1-update-o2-only/

If this procedure helped you, please consider donating to the original developer or at least sending them a thank you.

Now that you are rooted, head here to learn some of the fun things you can do!

For all the devices we have rooting procedures for, head here.


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  • Eric_viola

    do you superboot file for build 15055

  • Tommyguns

    to anyone trying to root your DELL STREAK—–PLEASE DO NOT EVEN ATTEMPT IT!! IT WILL BRICK YOUR PHONE TO AN UNUSABLE STATUS!!! I HAD TO TAKE MINE TO A CELL PHONE REPAIR SHOP AND THEY COULDN’T FIX IT! THIS PROCEDURE IS WORTHLESS AND WILL ONLY DAMAGE YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. I RECOMMEND TAKING IT TO SOMEONE WHO SPECIALIZES IN ROOTING PHONES.

  • Unlockrsucks

    hey how about you try responding to the people running 2.2.

  • sad

    Just does not work for me…

  • http://www.facebook.com/seb6000 Steven Boyd

    Ok I have a Dell Streak 2.2.2 version, is there a procedure for it, because I dont see a superboot version?

    Android 2.2.2
    kernal: 2.6.32.9-perf
    OEM: GAUSB1A134700-US
    Build: 15274

    anybody awake here?

    thanks

  • Erebus671

    @Tommyguns: You may have experienced 1 of two problems, 1.) you’re an idiot who doesn’t know how to root, or 2.) you rooted a 2.2 OS with a 2.1 root. Either way, you’re statement is invalid, the only way to brick a phone is through user error.

  • Erebus671

    @Tommyguns: You may have experienced 1 of two problems, 1.) you’re an idiot who doesn’t know how to root, or 2.) you rooted a 2.2 OS with a 2.1 root. Either way, you’re statement is invalid, the only way to brick a phone is through user error.

  • Erebus671

    I also need the 2.2 root

  • http://profiles.google.com/goff78 Michael Goff

    2.2 root please

  • http://www.godmode.com GODMODE

    Has this been tested on the WiFi only version of the Dell Streak 7?

  • J0sh-spl0sh

    hi i have a dell streak and its on versoin 2.2 what should i do

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