How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Gear (Video)

Galaxy Gear just not quite living up to the hype? Maybe it’s time you root it. Rooting it is the process of gaining root access, aka administrative rights. This allows us to then alter just about anything we want on the device to our liking. From removing unwanted apps, to turning the Gear into a full-fledged Android device complete with live wallpapers and Play Store to so much more. To get to all of that, though, we first need root access. Thanks to some developers on XDA (who you should definitely donate to if this procedure helps you) it’s quite easy. Here’s how.

Updated 12.03.13 to include new way to enable USB debugging when using the latest software on the Gear (not reflected in video but reflected in written procedure below).

I. Before You Begin

1. This only works on Windows.

2. You do need access to a Galaxy Gear approved device (i.e. a Galaxy Note 3). Either you must have one, or you must be sneaky enough to go into a Best Buy and use one of theirs really quickly.

II. Bypass Activation Screen on the Galaxy Gear

Unfortunately, we need to access the device’s settings screen but are not able to do that without connecting a device to it first. This means you need a device that is currently compatible with the Gear (at least for a few minutes) to pair with it first then you can finish the rest of the procedure with any device. If you don’t have access to one of these devices, it might be possible to go to a Best Buy store with your Galaxy Gear and simply pair to one of the demo Galaxy Note 3’s in there then walk out once it’s done, but the staff at the store might punch you in the face for that. Maybe.

1. Go to Settings and enable NFC on the Galaxy Gear approved phone (i.e. Galaxy Note 3).

2. Hold the Galaxy Gear Charging Dock to the back of the Galaxy Gear approved phone and wait for it to install Gear Manager.

3. Follow the prompts on the Gear approved phone to connect to the Gear until the Gear shows the time on it indicating it is past the activation process.

III. Enable USB Debugging on the Galaxy Gear and Install Drivers

Next, we need to enable USB Debugging on the Gear so we can connect to it from the computer.

1. Go to Settings > Gear Info > and Tap Software Version 10 times.

2. Go back.

3. Enable USB Debugging on the Galaxy Gear.

4. Download the Samsung USB Drivers to your Desktop.

5. Right-click the .zip file you downloaded and click extract all.

6. Double-click the .exe file inside to install the drivers.

7. Plug in the Galaxy Gear via USB by putting it in it’s charging dock and plugging in a USB cable from it to the computer. Let the drivers install.

IV. Root the Galaxy Gear

After installing enabling USB Debugging and installing the ADB drivers, we can connect to it via USB from our computer and gain root access.

1. Download Cydia Impactor and save it to your Desktop.

2. Right-click the .zip file and click Extract All.

3. Double-click the Impactor .exe file inside the newly extracted folder.

4. When it opens, it should show # drop SuperSU su to /system/xbin/su in the field. If it does, click Start. If it doesn’t, put it in there manually, then click Start.

5. When it pops an error about allowing the connection, click Always allow and click OK on your Galaxy Gear.

6. Close the error and click Start again. This time it should proceed with the process.

7. Download Wondershare Mobile Go (the Free Trial will work just fine), save it to your Desktop, and double-click the .exe file to install it.

8. Open Wondershare on your computer.

9. Once it opens, click on Google Play Apps.

10. Search for and install SuperSU (free version by Chainfire).

11. Open SuperSU on the Galaxy Gear by swiping over to Apps from the homescreen then swiping through that to find SuperSU and tapping it.

12. When prompted to update the SU Binary, tap yes.

After that, you are all set and rooted. Now the fun begins. Head to our Galaxy Gear Rooting How To’s section to see all the other how to’s you can do with root access. Enjoy!

  • Jason Saffle

    when i try to update I get supersu failed to verify whole-file signature. How do i fix this? when i am in supersu and I click update it fails.

  • ShawnM

    Works on Mac OS (Mavericks) just fine!!! Just download the OSX versions!!!

  • booger

    The driver wont install

  • Dan Horneman

    I got all the way to the last step. When I do the wonders hare step and download the super su it doesn’t give me the option to download to my gear only my note 3 or other phones and tablets. Any help?

  • David Cogen

    Hello everyone! Someone emailed me to let me know that the procedure has changed (it used to work fine when I originally posted it) and so there are missing steps, adding them ASAP. For future reference, I simply can’t answer all the comments on the site so if there is a big issue that everyone is noticing, please just shoot me an email by using the contact us form on the site and I’ll look into it! Thanks for understand and please hold for the changes (they’ll be listed as an update on the procedure when they are done).

  • Arndan

    when i tried to transfer it said install failed invalid uri, please help

  • Craig

    so ive successfully rooted and there’s an annoying little droid floating around in my watch.

    any way to get rid of it?

    • Craig

      also noticed that superSUs appeared on the wonder share in the watch, but not under apps?

      • David Cogen

        Do you have a pic of the droid floating around? Never heard of that… Check the new featured comment about the SuperSU question (located at the top of the comments here).

  • vanes

    hi I tried connecting my gear but I could not find the usb debugging option what should i do?

    • David Cogen

      Do step 1 in section III first. Follow the written procedure for any other help.

  • Irv

    Hi ran impactor and it came up with “invalid argument [adb.cpp31]” can you help

  • Benerallee Mainard

    Hi guys.. to get supersu on your gear.. connect your phone to wondershare.. download supersu to your phone, then export it to your gear… and then follow the gear directions

    • XFactor

      I downloaded it to my Note III but how do you export it to your Gear?

  • DeWayne Canterberry

    I used these steps to root my watch and everything installed just fine. But when I woke up this morning to my surprise nothing was on my watch but the original stuff. What do I do to fix this.

    • David Cogen

      Not sure honestly never heard of it doing that. You’ll have to check the original thread on XDA linked in the article and see if someone else has reported something similar.

  • francois

    Hi Guys any advice? I ve rooted and success by installing supersu + update su. then I installed custom tw rom.md5 with odin status pass I rebooted to recovery mode but I got Black screen. I have tried several times It could not load the custom twrp rom at all
    please advise?

    • David Cogen

      Try redownload the ROM file and reflash it. Also it shouldn’t be the md5 file it should be the other one.

      • francois

        thks indeed I did several times it is ok now

        • David Cogen

          Nice! Glad it finally worked!

  • francois

    Be carefull Null27 do no work at all its crashed my gear in downloading mode for while
    I installed Null23 it works perfectly

  • XFactor

    I can’t get SuperSU to install to my Galaxy Gear and I keep receiving this error message when I connect to MobileGo – “String was not recognized as a valid DateTime”. Please help

    • David Cogen

      Uninstall everything and start over.

  • Nahuel Mendez

    I have a problem. I opened the play store but it asked me to log in. I pressed on “Existing” but it crashed. Can any one help?

    • David Cogen

      Is this before or after you rooted?

  • roberto

    Hello i have a problem my gear has a yellow triangle trying to root i tried odin to fix it but no look it says (firmware upgrade encountered an issue please select recovery mode in Kies & try again) and y went to Keis and still nothing can someone help

  • Dev

    cant connect mobilego app via gear to computer. unable to install any apk file like superSU. please help

  • Chris

    Make sure when manually adding SuperSu that you are running Wondershare as an Administrator

  • Mr_Sapc

    When i try to use Cydia inpactor it say “no device found ” HELP plss ????

    • andres

      did you get it to work?
      I have the same prob