How to Root the Pantech Burst

We saw an LTE powered smartphone by Pantech, called Burst, at this year’s CES. However, there doesn’t seem to be much buzz about the smartphone. The smartphone comprises of a 1.5GHz processor, 16GB Storage and 1GB of RAM. These specs make the phone a high-end smartphone and if you bought this smartphone and interested in rooting it, here we have a guide for that. The following guide explains how you can root your Pantech Burst smartphone, here you go.

I. Before You Begin:

1. You must have ADB installed on your PC. You can see our guide on how to install ADB.

2. Rooting your phone will void its warranty. However, you can unroot your phone or install the stock firmware to regain the warranty.

II. Downloading Required Files:

1. Root Boot Image (Download link’s given in the first post)

III. Rooting the Pantech Burst:

1. Download and place the Root Boot Image file in the ADB folder. It is the folder where you installed the ADB.

2. Connect your smartphone to your PC using the USB cable.

3. Open a Command Prompt Window in the ADB folder. To do so, right-click on any empty area on the screen while holding the Shift key on your keyboard, then choose Open command window here option.

4. Run the following command using the Command Prompt Window:

adb reboot bootloader

5. Your smartphone should reboot into the bootloader mode.

6. Now, run the following command using the same Command Prompt Window:

fastboot boot prestoroot.img

7. Wait for the Fastboot to root your smartphone.

8. Reboot your smartphone when it is rooted.

9. Head to the Play Store and download the Superuser app on your smartphone.

Congrats ! You now have full root access on your smartphone and just like the Superuser app, you can download any root-only app from the Play Store and install it on your smartphone.

IV. Flash a Custom Recovery Image (Optional):

1. If you would like to flash a custom recovery image in order to flash custom ROMs, head to the How To Flash a Custom Recovery Image on the Pantech Burst to learn how to do that.

If this procedure helped you please thank/donate to the original developers here.

If you need help with this procedure, please ask in the comments below or in the forum.

This is part of our Android How To’s. We have how to’s on rooting, loading ROMs, and tons of other tips and tricks for your specific device or for Android devices in general! For all of our Android How To’s, head here.

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  • Moneyrules

    Thanks so much! This was the best guide I have found!

    • Mahesh Makvana

      You’re most welcome ! We always try to keep the procedures short and sweet 🙂



  • gio

    how much time do i have to wait after fastboot boot prestoroot.img?

    • Mahesh Makvana

      It shouldn’t take much time. You can expect to finish the process under 5 minutes.

      • Brandi

        I know this is an old post and question but after I put in the prestoroot.img boot cmd it has been stuck on the restart ‘pantech’ screen, it’s been about 10 mins since I did that.. is this normal? should I just keep waiting?

        • OahuKid

          I got the same issue…anyone have a fix?

  • arun

    does this work with burst’s newly released ics version?

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Well, the developer hasn’t mentioned any specific version on which the following root method works, you can try out the above procedure, though. (At your own risk).

    • wes

      Please post a reply if you find that it does work flawlessly, My OS was just upgraded to ICS and I would really like to know before I try to root it

      • Aaron Morgan

        I just did this with my ICS Pantech Burst. No Problems!

        • Mahesh Makvana

          That’s great! Glad we could help you!

  • skm_shubham

    always showing devicve serial number with offline tag
    any suggestions.

  • Cor

    thanks for your investment… I wil try to contribut wheneveer possibe’

  • MohammadDustBincolon

    how to root in ICS

  • Yesca

    im getting this error when I try to root my pantech burst. cannot load ‘prestoroot.img’ Result too large
    I already took all my pictures and songs off my phone and also some apps. still cannot get this too work. PLS HELP

    • First take a backup of all your important files saved on your device and then format the device.

      Then try the root method, it should work fine.

      • Yesca

        I tried that and now its saying cannot load ‘pretoroot.img’: No error

  • It tells me the device is not found…?

  • Zach

    HALP ive gone to the page where it has the “how to install ADB software” and i try over and over ive done deleting everything and doing it again but HALP it still says “device not found. I really suck at computers so is there a simple answer? If not i’ll just give up. BTW im running Windows 7

  • Wolfie

    Keep getting stuck at the Pantech screen after step 7. Any fixes? I have an unlocked, ICS Burst

    • Agent86

      Yep me too, it’s hosed now

  • Adama Doumbia

    This Worked perfectly fine with my Pantech burst ICS after installing PDANet. Thanks for the tutorial

    • Agent86

      me too, not rooted

  • guest

    after the fast boot pre image, it says, waiting for device… and nothing happen.. what do i do???

  • ray

    Worked perfectly, except the phone isn’t rooted.