How To: Root Your Android Phone (SuperOneClick Method)

I. Before You Begin

1. Here is the phones this should work on:

Please note that if you device is not listed here, it doesn’t automatically make it incompatible. The list is definitely incomplete. If it does work for you, and your device is NOT listed, please contact us so we can add it to the procedure.

Acer Liquid Metal
Dell Streak
HTC Magic (Sapphire) 32B
HTC MyTouch 3G
HTC Bee
LG Ally
LG G2X
Motorola Atrix 4G
Motorola Charm
Motorola Cliq
Motorola Droid
Motorola Flipside
Motorola Flipout
Motorola Milestone
Motorola Pro +
Nexus One
Samsung Captivate
Samsung Galaxy 551 (GT-I5510)
Samsung Galaxy Portal/Spica I5700
Samsung Galaxy S 4G
Samsung Galaxy S I9000
Samsung Galaxy S SCH-I500
Samsung Galaxy Tab
Samsung Galaxy 5
Samsung Transform M920
Samsung Vibrant
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
Sony Xperia Arc
Sprint Hero
Telus Fascinate
Toshiba Folio 100

2. Here is a list of phones that it does NOT work on so far:

Sprint EVO 4G (HTC Supersonic)
Droid Incredible (HTC Incredible)HTC Desire GSM
HTC Desire CDMA (HTC BravoC)
HTC Aria
Droid Eris (HTC DesireC)
HTC Wildfire (HTC Buzz)
HTC Legend
MyTouch Slide

For those phones head here for our Unrevoked Method or rooting instead.

3. This procedure gives you root access on your phone, in order to load a custom ROM, please do this procedure then continue to the next procedure for your specific device at the end of this procedure.

4. This currently only works on Windows computers. If you do not have a Windows computer, please find a friend with a Windows computer to do this (I guarantee you have at least one).

5. You must have Microsoft .NET framework 2.0 or higher. If not, download it from here (32 bit) or here (64 bit).

THANKS AndroidPolice for the Tip!
THANKS CLShortFuse for the super easy program!

IF YOU ENJOYED USING THIS PROGRAM PLEASE THANK/DONATE TO CLSHORTFUSE HERE.

II. Root the Phone

1. Download and install the latest version of the rooting program, unzip it, and install it on your computer:

One Click Rooting Program

2. On your phone, go to Settings > Applications > Development > Make sure USB Debugging is checked ON.

3. Plug your phone in via USB cable to the computer.

4. Right click the program and click Run As Administrator (or just double click it if using Windows XP).

5. Click the Root button and wait for it to finish.

6. Once done, you should see superuser permissions in your phone’s apps. If so, you are all set!

III. (Optional) Enable WiFi Tethering

1. Once you have root access, you can install WiFi tethering for your phone. Head to the WiFi tethering site and download the appropriate version for your phone (if your phone is not listed, they do not currently support your model):

WiFi Tethering .apk

2. Then save it to your phone’s SD Card.

3. Download Linda File Manager (free) from the Market on your phone and open it.

4. Navigate to where the .apk file is saved on your phone’s memory card and click it to install it.

5. When you open the WiFi tethering app for the first time, click Allow when Superuser pops up asking for permission. All set!

IV. (Optional) Load a Custom Recovery Image/ROM

1. To load a custom ROM you need a custom recovery image. Please click the procedure below to load a custom recovery image onto your phone:

How To Flash a Custom ROM (ROM Manager Method)

Reported Issues:

Issue: It gets stuck on waiting for device…

Solutions: Try these solutions, starting with the first then retry, then the second and retry, and so on until it works.

1. Check to make sure USB debugging is checked on in Settings > Applications > Development.

2. Close the rooting program. Turn off your phone (keeping it still plugged in). Open the rooting program and click root. Then turn on your phone and see if it continues.

3. Close the program and unplug the phone. Download and install PDANet and follow it’s on screen directions to get it to install the drivers manually for your phone. Once it is done installing, plug the phone in and reopen the rooting program.

4. If that still doesn’t work, then go to our How To Setup ADB Procedure, finish it and return here to start over.

IF YOU HAVE TRIED THIS PROCEDURE (INCLUDING ALL THE REPORTED ISSUE STEPS) AND IT STILL DOES NOT WORK, JUST HEAD TO OUR ANDROID HOW TO’S SECTION AND CHOOSE YOUR PHONE TO BE PRESENTED WITH OTHER ROOTING METHODS THAT WORK ON YOUR SPECIFIC PHONE (THIS IS JUST THE EASIEST SO WORTH A TRY FIRST)!

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.


Something Wrong? If you notice an issue with the procedure (broken link, steps out of date, etc.), use this form to let us know! Otherwise, if you just are having trouble with the procedure, reach out to us on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+.

  • ShortFuse

    Hi!

    • http://TheUnlockr.com TheUnlockr

      Hey! lol
      Awesome work man!
      Anything you want me to add? What’s your donate link?

      Want to put a link to this page in your post on the forums to help out newbies?

      • Ianevangaray

        I already have a rooted htc desire phone with an early version of unrevoked but the problem is its still S-ON. Can i reroot with this method and simply overite my already rooted phone to gain the latest recovery and S-OFF?

    • Gus

      I have a mytouch old, and i did everything but at the end it said not rooted failed, but on the device i have superuser. what happened?

      • Gus

        when i type su on a terminal emulator or on the cmd i get ‘cannot link executable’ idk what to do

        • http://TheUnlockr.com TheUnlockr

          Click How Tos at the top of the site, then Android, then your phone and do one of the other procedures to root.

  • Ben

    My Nexus one keeps getting stuck at Getting mount path:

    Starting ADB Server…
    * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 *
    * daemon started successfully *

    OK

    Waiting for device…

    OK

    Pushing rageagainstthecage…
    202 KB/s (5392 bytes in 0.026s)

    OK

    chmod rageagainstthecage…

    OK

    Running rageagainstthecage…
    ROOTED

    Getting mount path…

    Can someone help me please? I have a Nexus one running 2.2.1

    • http://TheUnlockr.com TheUnlockr

      Might be done already. Just unplug the phone and reboot it and see if superuser permissions is in the apps. Post back and let us know.

      • Ben

        Nope, no superuser app after reboot. I’m confident that I did this right, it just won’t finish….

      • Andy

        I am also having the same problem with the N1 frg83 stuck at getting mount path with no superuser.

        thanks Andy

      • Matt

        I have the Droid 1, and I am also stuck at “getting mount path” this was after installing PDA net. Don’t know.. just wont finish?

    • New_Guy

      Worked for my D1 running FRG22D. Had to start phone in recovery mode (power x). plugged the phone in and ran the SuperOneClick root process on my pc. once it starts to try and find the device, it will get stuck. That is when I powered the phone back on while plugged in. The root program started back up on its own and, wallah, a freshly rooted phone.

      • bfranclemont

        Thanks New_Guy! Your procedure worked on my Droid1 with FRG22D as well. Awesome!

  • kimberly

    Im getting closer and closer to rooting my phone im so scared to root it and then not be able to get the image of my system back on my phone. Im not idiot proof but this seems easy even for his idiot. Thank u so much for the info. I realllly APPreciate that. Get it ?
    app- preciate lol.

    • http://TheUnlockr.com TheUnlockr

      Ha no problem. Let us know if it works for you or not :) Can’t really harm your phone, worst that happens is it says failed and just doesn’t root your phone. Good luck!

      • choola0812

        it still says waiting in the device and i can get pass it i have the droid 1

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  • Ziro

    does it work for samsung fascinate galaxy S?

    • http://TheUnlockr.com TheUnlockr

      Yep. Try it and let us know how it works for you. Cant mess up your phone, worst that happens is that it says unable to root.

  • kimberly

    Not HIS I meant THIS .. srry I auto correct is the devil…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=712351623 Anthony Heron

    hey, currently in the process of rooting my device for the first time. followed the method and the program currently says ROOTED with the line below saying getting mount path, and has been like that for the past 5 mins any ideas on what to do next.

    Nexus one
    FRG83
    Android 2.2.1

    • http://TheUnlockr.com TheUnlockr

      Might be done already. Just unplug the phone and reboot it and see if superuser permissions is in the apps. Post back and let us know.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=712351623 Anthony Heron

        hi i have rebooted the device and superuser isn’t there. all that has happened is i now have PDAnet installed and ROM manager and Titanium Backup have been removed

  • http://TheUnlockr.com TheUnlockr

    @Ben and @Anthony Heron

    Try this, download Terminal Emulator (free) from the Market and open it. Does it have a # symbol when you open it? If not, type su and hit enter and then does it have the # symbol?

    Let me know, seems the latest Version of the Nexus One caused the same issue, I think @ShortFuse (the creator of the app) is working on fixing this… aren’t you? lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=712351623 Anthony Heron

    huzzah! it finally worked. i powered off the device after getting the Getting mount path. i then closed the superoneclick program and opened it back up and clicked root. after it reads waiting for the device i then powered it on and now it reads, and a message popped and and said your device is now rooted

    Getting mount path…
    /dev/block/mtdblock3
    OK

    Remounting system with read-write access…

    OK

    Pushing su…
    795 KB/s (26264 bytes in 0.032s)

    OK

    Pushing superuser.apk…
    617 KB/s (196521 bytes in 0.310s)

    OK

    chmod su…

    OK

    Remounting system with read-only access…

    OK

    • http://TheUnlockr.com TheUnlockr

      Nice! Added that to the Reported Issues!
      @Ben, that’s how to fix it!

      • Andy

        Strange Ben got it to work on the N1 2.21 frg83 but I can’t.Hmmm I have powered off removed the battery, all the combos. Here is what scrolls by. Noting this message:

        thanks Andy
        Pushing rageagainstthecage…
        337 KB/s (0 bytes in 5392.000s)

        Killing ADB Server…

        OK

        Starting ADB Server…
        * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 *
        * daemon started successfully *

        OK

        Waiting for device…

        OK

        Pushing rageagainstthecage…
        337 KB/s (0 bytes in 5392.000s)

        OK

        chmod rageagainstthecage…

        OK

        Running rageagainstthecage…
        OK

        Killing ADB Server…

        OK

        Starting ADB Server…
        * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 *
        * daemon started successfully *

        OK

        Waiting for device…

        OK

        Running rageagainstthecage…
        ROOTED

        Getting mount path…

    • Ben

      Anthony, your the man! Thanks so much, I can’t believe that worked…. However, how can I move these big files to the sd card. That’s the only reason why I wanted to root the damn thing?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=712351623 Anthony Heron

        i wouldn’t have a clue. it was only a stroke of luck that i tried turning the device on after the program had started. i’m not sure if it is enabled in any of the custom rom’s

        • Ben

          Got it, got to the market and download Move2sd Enabler. It’s free

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1661246333 Clarence Dempsey

      I just tried Anthony method step by step and it work like a charm!

    • anim

      @Anthony You are awesome!
      @The Unlockr Thanks a lot for this post! My D1 is finally rooted!!!

    • paul

      Thanks for that!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=712351623 Anthony Heron

    i think i may have bricked the handset. i went onto ROMmanger in order to get cyanogen and selected back up current rom and currently then screen is black and the phone is completely unresponsive. HELP NEEDED

    • http://TheUnlockr.com TheUnlockr

      Don’t panic (you shouldn’t use ROM manager to do anything but flash the recovery image for future reference, it’s been known to cause issues).

      Take out the battery wait 10 seconds and put it back in. Hold power and see if the phone turns on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=712351623 Anthony Heron

    nevermind. i removed the battery and rebooted. crisis averted. thank your for the super easy to use guide and quick responses

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=712351623 Anthony Heron

    what’s the easiest way to install cyanogen without using ROM manager. i’m not really that techy and anything as easy as possible to use would be best

    • http://TheUnlockr.com TheUnlockr

      That procedure is coming by day’s end :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/grossi Gregory Paul Miller

    Moto Droid here, running 2.2… Getting stuck at “Getting Mount Path”. Tried solutions tried above, no luck:

    Killing ADB Server…
    * server not running *

    OK

    Starting ADB Server…
    * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 *
    * daemon started successfully *

    OK

    Waiting for device…

    OK

    Pushing rageagainstthecage…
    9 KB/s (5392 bytes in 0.562s)

    OK

    chmod rageagainstthecage…

    OK

    Running rageagainstthecage…
    ROOTED

    Getting mount path…

  • http://www.nelsonbrand.com Chad

    I followed your directions in the video to the T and this is all I get….
    Killing ADB Server…

    OK

    Starting ADB Server…
    * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 *
    * daemon started successfully *

    OK

    Waiting for device…
    I have a Motorola Droid running FRG22D (2.2 obviously)
    Any ideas?

  • http://TheUnlockr.com TheUnlockr

    ANYONE GETTING WAITING FOR DEVICE, read the reported issues under the procedure and do the following, one at a time and retry between each time.

    1. Check to make sure USB debugging is checked on in Settings > Applications > Development.

    2. Close the rooting program. Turn off your phone (keeping it still plugged in). Open the rooting program and click root. Then turn on your phone and see if it continues.

    3. Close the program and unplug the phone. Download and install PDANet and follow it’s on screen directions to get it to install the drivers manually for your phone. Once it is done installing, plug the phone in and reopen the rooting program.

    4. If that still doesn’t work, then go to our How To Setup ADB Procedure, finish it and return here to start over.

    • http://www.nelsonbrand.com Chad

      I followed all of those instructions to no avail. Not sure what else to do. I think my head is going to explode.

    • Regla

      This Works.
      Alos, after restart my SD card was mounted. I just unmounted when superoneclick was working. After several seconds, root was complete.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=712351623 Anthony Heron

    anyone know what the problems of Rom Manger are.

    • http://TheUnlockr.com TheUnlockr

      Use it to flash the custom recovery, then stop their. Do anything else through the actual recovery image (like performing backups, loading ROMs etc).

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=712351623 Anthony Heron

        thanks for the heads up. i may as well get amon ra’s recovery image as it seems to be the preferred one in the community.

  • http://www.facebook.com/grossi Gregory Paul Miller

    Number 1, check.
    Number 2, check.
    Number 3 (already have PDANet). Check.
    Number 4, check.

    Still gets stuck on “Getting mount Path…”

    • Ben

      Dude read Anthony’s posts. It worked for our N1′s. I’m sure it will work for ur droid as well!

      • Ben

        Power the phone down, then open the superoneclick app on ur desktop by right clicking and opening as an administrator. Then run the app with the phone off. Once is starts trying to read the device, turn it back on. It should run you completely through the process.

        • http://www.facebook.com/grossi Gregory Paul Miller

          Ben, you are the Man! This method made it work.

          Hmm. Now what do I do…

  • http://www.facebook.com/grossi Gregory Paul Miller

    Tried it another five times. No luck. Not working on Droid w/ FRG22D. I’ll come back in another few months and try to root again…

  • Ben

    Is this going to have an unroot button as well. I’m assuming it will for all of the people that would like to unroot for the ota updates….

    Hey thanks unlockr for the speedy responses a little while ago. U guys are great!

    • http://TheUnlockr.com TheUnlockr

      No problem!
      And yes the developer is working on an unroot button for the next release (which you will be able to get from the same link we have here).

      • Ben

        Cool, thanks!

  • JA

    hey Theunlockr can we use the usual method to load a custom rom on the mytouch 3g??