How to Root the Pantech Element

When it comes to rooting an Android device, the developers are always ready there to pick-up an exploit and work towards it to get root-access. And once it’s done, they move forward to build a recovery. There’s some good news for the Pantech Element users as they now have a custom recovery as well as root for their device, both come together to help you customize your device. If you own a shiny new Pantech Element and interested in rooting it, here’s how you can do that:

I. Before You Begin:

1. You’re gonna void the warranty of your device by rooting it. However, you can reinstate the warranty by unrooting your device if there’s any unrooting procedure available.

2. You should have appropriate drivers installed on your PC. If you don’t, get them from here.

3. This works on Windows based PCs only.

II. Downloading Required Files:

1. Element Package (Download link’s available at the bottom of the first post)

2. Superuser (Download link’s available at the bottom of the first post)

III. Flashing a Custom Recovery on the Pantech Element:

1. Download and place both the files onto your Desktop.

2. Unzip files from the Element Package archive over to your Desktop.

3. Connect your device to your PC via USB cable.

4. Copy the Superuser file over to the root of your SD card.

5. Once the file has been copied, unplug your device from your PC.

6. Turn ON the USB debugging option on your device by heading to Menu>>Settings>>Developer options>>USB debugging.

7. Once enabled, connect your device to your PC using the USB cable.

8. Now launch a Command Prompt Window on your Desktop. To do that, simply hold down the Shift button on your keyboard and right-click on any blank area on the screen, then select Open command window here.

9. Type in following commands into the Command Prompt Window you just launched:

adb reboot bootloader
fastboot flash recovery cwm-
fastboot flash boot element-boot-insecure.img
fastboot reboot

10. And you’re done!

Awesome! Your device’s been equipped with a custom recovery, now let’s root it:

IV. Rooting the Pantech Element:

1. Ensure that the USB debugging option is enabled on your device, now connect your device to your PC via USB cable.

2. Launch a Command Prompt Window on your Desktop by holding down the Shift button and right-click on any blank area on your screen and select Open command window here.

3. Type in following command into the Command Prompt Window:

adb reboot recovery

4. Your device will reboot into the newly installed custom recovery.

5. From the Recovery menu, select install zip from sdcard followed by choose zip from sdcard.

6. Choose the Superuser file you copied earlier to your device for flashing.

7. It’ll start flashing the file on your device.

8. Once the file has been flashed, reboot your device.

9. And you’re rooted now!

Congrats! Your Pantech Element has finally been rooted and equipped with a custom recovery. You may now flash any custom ROM on your device using the recovery you just installed!

V. Flash a Custom ROM (Optional):

1. If you are ready to flash custom ROMs on your device, head to the How To Flash a Custom ROM on the Pantech Element 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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  • Mauril0p

    Does this work with ICS?

  • Fasadif

    after the second command: “fastboot flash recovery cwm-5.0….” I got the error:
    sending ‘recovery’ (5784KB) … OKAY [1.069s]

    writing ‘recovery’… FAILED (remote: Not Support !!)

    finished. total time:1.071s

    what can I do?

    • Mike

      Can you please help with this problem…..I am having the same issue and I do not know what to do. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

  • douglasb

    Command prompt said that adb is not an internal or external command

    • Do you have adb.exe on your Desktop? Make sure it’s there right on your Desktop otherwise you’ll keep getting this error.


  • abdul

    Will this rooting can open sim network also?

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Nop, all this rooting does is it lets you access your system-level files and provides you privileges to modify them. This mean, you can install those apps on your device that are specifically developed for rooted devices.

      Hope it helps!

  • abdul

    i want a unlock code to open sim network? (free?)

  • ScottishPirate

    You forgot to mention that you need adb downloaded with its .dll files on the desktop before you try to run the command prompt. That was the first problem I ran into. I downloaded adb and all of the required files by doing a google search for it. No problems until I get to step IV. Once I type adb reboot recovery like it says in line 3, the tablet reboots. But when I unlock the screen, I am at the settings page. How exactly am I supposed to proceed on line 5? It just says from the recovery menu, select Install zip from sdcard followed by choose zip from sdcard. How do I get to the recovery menu?