How To: Root the MyTouch 3G or G1 in One Click!

UPDATE! PLEASE READ BEFORE CONTINUING! –

This procedure has been updated and simplified, please use one of the below procedures instead of this one:

How To: Root the HTC G1 / Dream

How To: Root the MyTouch

How To: Root the MyTouch 1.2 / Fender
(use this one if your MyTouch has a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top).

I. Read Before You Begin

1. THIS ONLY WORK FOR THE OLDER MYTOUCH, and ALL G1’s. IF YOU HAVE A 3.5MM HEADPHONE JACK ON TOP OF YOUR MYTOUCH, READ THE BOLD LINE ABOVE.

2. You must downgrade back to cupcake first:

Get Back to Cupcake for MyTouch
Get Back to Cupcake for G1
After you have done the above procedure and are back on cupcake (Android 1.5), you can come back to this procedure and continue.

II. Let’s Get Started

1. On your phone (G1 or MyTouch), goto Settings, Applications, and make sure Unknown source is checked ON.

2. On your phone, goto Settings, SD card and phone storage, and click Unmount SD card.

3. Then click Format SD card (it should automatically remount after this).

4. Plug the phone into the compuer via USB, then pull down the notification bar and click on the SD card notification. Then click mount.

5. Download this APK and the recovery image and save it to your computer:

FlashRec.apk (Updated: 09/26/09)

Amon Ra’s Recovery Image

6. Once they are saved to your computer, copy them both to your SD card (do NOT put them inside any folders on the SD card, just put them on the SD card itself).

7. Unplug the phone from the computer once they are downloaded to the SD card.

8. Goto the Market and download Linda File Manager or any file manager program if you do not already have one.

9. Open the file manager and goto SDCard and then find the FlashRec apk file and click it. If asked tell it to use Package Installer to open it. It should automatically install the apk.

10. Open the FlashRec program and click on Backup Recovery Image and wait for it to finish.

11. Once done, click on the empty text box in the FlashRec program and type:

/sdcard/recovery-RA-dream-v1.2.3.img

Then click on the Flash Custom RecoveryImage button and wait for it to finish.

12. Turn off the phone and turn it on into Recovery mode by holding down Home and Power to turn it on (keep holding until the recovery screen comes up has a bunch of text on a black background). So long as that screen comes up, you have done it correctly and can now go on to the How to Load a ROM video for your appropriate device!

13. To get Root access you MUST go to the next video mentioned above and load a custom ROM.

Reported Issues

Issue: G1’s are erasing the recovery image before we can load a Radio, SPL, or ROM.

Solution: Once you do step 12 and boot into recovery mode, go straight to the next video, leave the phone in recovery mode, and do Section II to load the SPL. If you turn the phone off and on before then you will have to redo these steps.

Issue: I get Invalid Recovery Image or Flash Recovery doesn’t show up, it stays greyed out!

Solution: Make sure that the spell correction and auto completion are OFF in the Text Settings (Settings > Locale and Text > Touch Input > Text Input then turn off Prediction, spell correction, and word completion) of your phone. If not then it may put in spaces where they do not belong. (I had it put a space after .img and couldn’t see it so couldn’t figure out why it kept saying invalid recovery image, like you guys).

Other than that, just make sure it is on the root of the SD card (not in any folder) and that you are typing in:

/sdcard/recovery-RA-dream-v1.2.3.img

and it should show Flash Recovery

Issue: When I download the FlashRec.apk it shows up as a .zip not an apk.

Solution: No problem. Do NOT extract it, just simply replace the .zip with .apk and then proceed with the procedure.

Issue: I get backup failed or flash failed when I try to use the FlashRec progam.

Solution: This is most likely because you already have a custom recovery image (OR HAVE DONUT), please use one of the unrooting procedures to get back to the original recovery image and THEN you can use this procedure.

1,882 responses to “How To: Root the MyTouch 3G or G1 in One Click!”

  1. Blarg says:

    I downloaded the two files to the sd card, installed linda, and used the package installer to try to install the apk. It keeps saying application install unsuccessful…

  2. john says:

    theres no need to flash the spl with this method?

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello John,

      Just follow the procedure exactly, works great (tested it, then unrooted and retested)!
      There is no need to load the SPL until the next procedure…

  3. Alan says:

    Step 12 isn’t working on a new mytouch. I held the home and power button for about two minutes, but it gets stuck on the green mytouch 3g screen. I have to pull the battery to reboot.

  4. Alan says:

    It worked using the “Flash Cyanogen Recovery 1.4”. I couldn’t get the “Amon Ra’s Recovery Image” to give me the recovery mode screen.

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Alan,

      Did you put the recovery image on the sdcard NOT in any folder, just on the root of the card? And then make sure that you typed into the text box the exact line we put? Did it allow you to push Flash Custom Recovery Image? Did it then say that it was flashed?

  5. sanibar says:

    I downloaded the jachero Rom and every time I hit the home button it takes like a minute to load up. Is the something I did wrong. Can. You help with this problem. Pls

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Sanibar,

      Talk to JAC lol The Hero ROMs are a bit slow… it is because the G1 and MyTouch have 90mbs less RAM than the actual Hero phone so it is amazing that they have even gotten them this fast.

  6. sanibar says:

    Jachero 1.4 Rom

  7. tq745 says:

    hey unlockr,

    i originally flashed it using cyan recovery 1.4, do i have to unroot my phone before i can flash amon ra’s recovery image? or is there a easier way to flash the image without having to unroot?

  8. sanibar says:

    Ihad to us recovery 1.4 the one you told me to put I’m didn’t work. Do I have to unrootto put the other flash in. And when I look at other people on YouTube they hero roms smooth when they run apps and mine has to load back up

  9. Guest says:

    I downloaded the two files to the sd card, installed linda, and used the package installer to try to install the apk. It keeps saying application install unsuccessful…

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Blarg,

      Redownload it and try it again. Also make sure you went to settings and allowed non market apps.

  10. Guest says:

    theres no need to flash the spl with this method?

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello John,

      Just follow the procedure exactly, works great (tested it, then unrooted and retested)!
      There is no need to load the SPL until the next procedure…

  11. Guest says:

    Step 12 isn’t working on a new mytouch. I held the home and power button for about two minutes, but it gets stuck on the green mytouch 3g screen. I have to pull the battery to reboot.

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Alan,

      Did it load the custom recovery image in the Flash recovery program? Or give you an error?

  12. Blarg says:

    I did allow nonmarket apps to install, and I have redownloaded it thrice. For some odd reason, it is still saying application install unsuccessful…

  13. Guest says:

    It worked using the “Flash Cyanogen Recovery 1.4”. I couldn’t get the “Amon Ra’s Recovery Image” to give me the recovery mode screen.

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Alan,

      Did you put the recovery image on the sdcard NOT in any folder, just on the root of the card? And then make sure that you typed into the text box the exact line we put? Did it allow you to push Flash Custom Recovery Image? Did it then say that it was flashed?

  14. Ted says:

    when i copy the apk and recovery image to my SD card and go into lindas file manager the two items show up BUT the flasher.apk.zip file doesnt have the android logo it has the windows .zip logo. when i click it i get the message “open parent folder of” and nothing happens. i tried deleting the file and changing the name to just .apk and not .apk.zip and nothing changed. i unzipped the file and placed the folder with the .apk onto the card and i just got a folder in lindas file manager. what am i doing incorrect here?

  15. Guest says:

    I downloaded the jachero Rom and every time I hit the home button it takes like a minute to load up. Is the something I did wrong. Can. You help with this problem. Pls

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Sanibar,

      Talk to JAC lol The Hero ROMs are a bit slow… it is because the G1 and MyTouch have 90mbs less RAM than the actual Hero phone so it is amazing that they have even gotten them this fast.

  16. Ted says:

    aaaaaaand thats what i get for downloading with Safari! tried it again using firefox and it worked like a charm!

  17. Guest says:

    Jachero 1.4 Rom

  18. Guest says:

    hey unlockr,

    i originally flashed it using cyan recovery 1.4, do i have to unroot my phone before i can flash amon ra’s recovery image? or is there a easier way to flash the image without having to unroot?

  19. Guest says:

    Ihad to us recovery 1.4 the one you told me to put I’m didn’t work. Do I have to unrootto put the other flash in. And when I look at other people on YouTube they hero roms smooth when they run apps and mine has to load back up

  20. Matt says:

    im having the same problem with the unsucessful install of the apk downloaded it manny times with diff browsers…..does this have to be on cupcake?

  21. Guest says:

    I did allow nonmarket apps to install, and I have redownloaded it thrice. For some odd reason, it is still saying application install unsuccessful…

  22. Guest says:

    when i copy the apk and recovery image to my SD card and go into lindas file manager the two items show up BUT the flasher.apk.zip file doesnt have the android logo it has the windows .zip logo. when i click it i get the message “open parent folder of” and nothing happens. i tried deleting the file and changing the name to just .apk and not .apk.zip and nothing changed. i unzipped the file and placed the folder with the .apk onto the card and i just got a folder in lindas file manager. what am i doing incorrect here?

  23. Guest says:

    aaaaaaand thats what i get for downloading with Safari! tried it again using firefox and it worked like a charm!

  24. Guest says:

    im having the same problem with the unsucessful install of the apk downloaded it manny times with diff browsers…..does this have to be on cupcake?

  25. Paul Simpson says:

    Now I am really confused!! This is for the G1 and MyTouch but not for the HTC Dream… The G1 IS the HTC Dream is it not?????

    Don’t know whether to go ahead now..

    Somebody please put me right!!

  26. Alan says:

    @TheUnlockr: Yes, it stated that the “Amon Ra’s Recovery Image” installed successfully. I can’t run a recovery mode boot afterward. It just stays on the mytouch boot screen. I was able to do everything your tutorials provide except for apps2sd using the recovery image that came with FlashRec.apk.

    Maybe you have to flash the original recovery image first and then flash Amon Ra’s? I never tried it.

  27. Paul Simpson says:

    My fault ..I didn’t read it properly…Sorry

  28. unk2009 says:

    followed directions, but when I get to the linda file manager click on recovery flasher, then install…I get application install unsuccessful..any sugesstions ?

  29. Jahri says:

    @UNLOCKR,

    I followed up to the linda file manager part,,when I try to install it says installation unsuccessful..I unrooted my g1 using your video and started fresh….are you sure this works for g1’s because you have a mytouch,,HELP PLEASEE!

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Jahri,

      Yes it does we tested it on a G1 as well. If you cant download linda file manager from the market then download a different file manager and make sure when you click on the FlashRec apk file you use Package Installer to install it. Not being able to install an apk is not a phone issue (g1 vs mytouch) as all apks will install on any android devices (just like how you can download any app from the market, not specific to what phone you have). Try redownloading it, it may have been corrupted when downloading…

  30. Frankie says:

    Look i did the unroot process updated to CRC1 and did the one button root proces. I then turned my g1 off and started by pressing home and power button it was good like in the video so after that i went on to add a rom by adding the mounting radio naming it update and turned off phone and then did power and home and it went to the Original screen that you get before it is rooted…..what am i doing wrong i did the one button root 100x and it happens the same way it work up untill i do update.zip for the Radio email me for answer or suggestions frankiedemetrius87(@)gmail.com

  31. Frankie says:

    i wonder is there something i should delete before i try and upload hero and what not?

  32. Guest says:

    Now I am really confused!! This is for the G1 and MyTouch but not for the HTC Dream… The G1 IS the HTC Dream is it not?????

    Don’t know whether to go ahead now..

    Somebody please put me right!!

  33. Guest says:

    @TheUnlockr: Yes, it stated that the “Amon Ra’s Recovery Image” installed successfully. I can’t run a recovery mode boot afterward. It just stays on the mytouch boot screen. I was able to do everything your tutorials provide except for apps2sd using the recovery image that came with FlashRec.apk.

    Maybe you have to flash the original recovery image first and then flash Amon Ra’s? I never tried it.

  34. Jahri says:

    I did the whole process over,but with OI file manager…still no success,any suggestions

  35. Frankie says:

    Jahri they are killen us with these no replies lol

  36. Frankie says:

    @Jahri i had the same problem and i also did what you did using the unroot process the only problem i saw was i couldnt get the file using linda because it is using firmware 1.0 and when i updated to cupcake it worked but then it doesnt stay rooted. Like for example at the end of the step when you supposed to restart phone and hold home and power i get the option like in the video but after i go to the next video to load hero my phone goes to the old screen (when your press home and power on an unrooted g1 you get the exclamation point and have to press alt L)

  37. Jahri says:

    I figured it was the firmware,so i have to somehow get cupcake but keep root so I can install the apk file?

  38. Justin says:

    Ok so I unrooted my phone and did what you said. Then I wiped formatted the SD card.I put the two files on my phone pressed the bottom button first and then entered exactly what’s written and all I get after pressing done is “Invalid Recovery Image?” I am using a Mytouch 3G.

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Justin,

      That happens when either you typed it in wrong or did not put the recovery image on the root of your sdcard (not in any folder, just on the card).

  39. CeCe says:

    Is the Flash Rec app the same one thats in the market? Cause its a flash recovery app that looks just like that app in the market

  40. Guest says:

    followed directions, but when I get to the linda file manager click on recovery flasher, then install…I get application install unsuccessful..any sugesstions ?

  41. Blarg says:

    I finally got it to install. It doesn’t work if you don’t have Cupcake…

  42. Blarg says:

    TheUnlockr, can you make a note that it works ONLY if you have Cupcake? I used two other G1s to verify if it needs Cupcake or not and it does need it.

  43. Guest says:

    My fault ..I didn’t read it properly…Sorry

  44. justin says:

    I entered it correctly sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.0g.img. I also transferd both files to my sd card and not in any folder. I am using the stock sd. Card that came with the mytouch 3g. Does that affect the process?

  45. justin says:

    I unrooted using your method before this is that sappimg.nbh cupcake?

  46. Justin says:

    Isn’t the root just dragging file on to your SD card with out putting it in a folder?

  47. Alex H says:

    for the G1 would i have to be on Rc29?

  48. Guest says:

    @UNLOCKR,

    I followed up to the linda file manager part,,when I try to install it says installation unsuccessful..I unrooted my g1 using your video and started fresh….are you sure this works for g1’s because you have a mytouch,,HELP PLEASEE!

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Jahri,

      Yes it does we tested it on a G1 as well. If you cant download linda file manager from the market then download a different file manager and make sure when you click on the FlashRec apk file you use Package Installer to install it. Not being able to install an apk is not a phone issue (g1 vs mytouch) as all apks will install on any android devices (just like how you can download any app from the market, not specific to what phone you have). Try redownloading it, it may have been corrupted when downloading…

  49. Guest says:

    Look i did the unroot process updated to CRC1 and did the one button root proces. I then turned my g1 off and started by pressing home and power button it was good like in the video so after that i went on to add a rom by adding the mounting radio naming it update and turned off phone and then did power and home and it went to the Original screen that you get before it is rooted…..what am i doing wrong i did the one button root 100x and it happens the same way it work up untill i do update.zip for the Radio email me for answer or suggestions frankiedemetrius87(@)gmail.com

  50. Guest says:

    i wonder is there something i should delete before i try and upload hero and what not?

  51. Alex H says:

    thanks also when i use the new recovery.img it only works for one time then it changes to stock img but in blue i redid it and touched cm1.4 recvery,img am i doing something wronge

  52. Guest says:

    I did the whole process over,but with OI file manager…still no success,any suggestions

  53. Paul Simpson says:

    I was finally able to get past the opening setup process by unlocking the phone and using an Orange UK sim out of a mates Blackberry. I added the APN and now have a home screen to work with.

    I then went through your rooting method and am stuck at the Flash Rec apk which is constantly unsuccessful.

    What do I do now?

  54. Alex H says:

    would i have to re unroot my G1 to get new recovery.img thats after i rooted it with one click root? cuz i did exatly what it shows and have done it 3 times and no luck please HELP!! 8(

  55. justin says:

    I still can’t root? It keeps giving me an error.I have tried.like 10 times already.

  56. Guest says:

    Jahri they are killen us with these no replies lol

  57. Guest says:

    @Jahri i had the same problem and i also did what you did using the unroot process the only problem i saw was i couldnt get the file using linda because it is using firmware 1.0 and when i updated to cupcake it worked but then it doesnt stay rooted. Like for example at the end of the step when you supposed to restart phone and hold home and power i get the option like in the video but after i go to the next video to load hero my phone goes to the old screen (when your press home and power on an unrooted g1 you get the exclamation point and have to press alt L)

  58. Guest says:

    I figured it was the firmware,so i have to somehow get cupcake but keep root so I can install the apk file?

  59. mark m says:

    i thought i successfully did the one click root method on my g1. i got the blackscreen with the text after rooting. I clicked on the roboot device from that menu. Then i went onto trying to install a custom rom. i’ve followed the directions about saving the update radio file. When i go to power on and hold home button, it goes to the screen with an exclamation point. please help, i don’t know where i went wrong. thanks

  60. mark m says:

    when i copy the radio file to my sd card due i first have to extract the zip file. then rename it update? thanks for any help you can give.

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Mark M,

      No do NOT unzip it. Just put it on the SDcard (not in any folder) and rename it update. Then boot up holding Home and Power (you should be at the recovery screen) then hit Wipe and then Apply Update.zip

  61. Guest says:

    Ok so I unrooted my phone and did what you said. Then I wiped formatted the SD card.I put the two files on my phone pressed the bottom button first and then entered exactly what’s written and all I get after pressing done is “Invalid Recovery Image?” I am using a Mytouch 3G.

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Justin,

      That happens when either you typed it in wrong or did not put the recovery image on the root of your sdcard (not in any folder, just on the card).

  62. Guest says:

    Is the Flash Rec app the same one thats in the market? Cause its a flash recovery app that looks just like that app in the market

  63. Frankie says:

    Yea i think in the begininng of the video something should say what firmware you need (or at least let us know which one your on) and what not because mine is only rooted temp and that was when i was using CRC1 and when i use the build 1.0 i cant even format the SD Card from my phone and in LInda the file doesnt stay

  64. Frankie says:

    for the people who got it to root which cupcake did you guys use?

  65. CeCe says:

    Can I use your UNroot method if I root this way?

  66. CeCe says:

    Theunlockr….I found out that it was the same app but the recovery flash was pulled off the market at googles request.

  67. Guest says:

    I finally got it to install. It doesn’t work if you don’t have Cupcake…

  68. Guest says:

    TheUnlockr, can you make a note that it works ONLY if you have Cupcake? I used two other G1s to verify if it needs Cupcake or not and it does need it.

  69. Guest says:

    I entered it correctly sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.0g.img. I also transferd both files to my sd card and not in any folder. I am using the stock sd. Card that came with the mytouch 3g. Does that affect the process?

  70. Guest says:

    I unrooted using your method before this is that sappimg.nbh cupcake?

  71. Guest says:

    Isn’t the root just dragging file on to your SD card with out putting it in a folder?

  72. Guest says:

    for the G1 would i have to be on Rc29?

  73. Matt says:

    I can confirm that you in fact do need cupcake contrary to popular belief

  74. Matt says:

    it still says “su: pression denied” after all this

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Matt,

      It will say Permission Denied because you need to install a custom ROM with Root built in now to get internal root access (you have root access to load ROMs after this process).

  75. Guest says:

    thanks also when i use the new recovery.img it only works for one time then it changes to stock img but in blue i redid it and touched cm1.4 recvery,img am i doing something wronge

  76. Guest says:

    would i have to re unroot my G1 to get new recovery.img thats after i rooted it with one click root? cuz i did exatly what it shows and have done it 3 times and no luck please HELP!! 8(

  77. Guest says:

    I still can’t root? It keeps giving me an error.I have tried.like 10 times already.

  78. Guest says:

    i thought i successfully did the one click root method on my g1. i got the blackscreen with the text after rooting. I clicked on the roboot device from that menu. Then i went onto trying to install a custom rom. i’ve followed the directions about saving the update radio file. When i go to power on and hold home button, it goes to the screen with an exclamation point. please help, i don’t know where i went wrong. thanks

  79. Guest says:

    when i copy the radio file to my sd card due i first have to extract the zip file. then rename it update? thanks for any help you can give.

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Mark M,

      No do NOT unzip it. Just put it on the SDcard (not in any folder) and rename it update. Then boot up holding Home and Power (you should be at the recovery screen) then hit Wipe and then Apply Update.zip

  80. mark m says:

    after copying the radio file, it still will not go to the recovery screen. its still the exclamation point screen. does this mean that i did not successfully 1 click root my phone. so i have to attempt it again??
    thanks for the assistance.

  81. Guest says:

    I was finally able to get past the opening setup process by unlocking the phone and using an Orange UK sim out of a mates Blackberry. I added the APN and now have a home screen to work with.

    I then went through your rooting method and am stuck at the Flash Rec apk which is constantly unsuccessful.

    What do I do now?

  82. Guest says:

    Yea i think in the begininng of the video something should say what firmware you need (or at least let us know which one your on) and what not because mine is only rooted temp and that was when i was using CRC1 and when i use the build 1.0 i cant even format the SD Card from my phone and in LInda the file doesnt stay

  83. Guest says:

    for the people who got it to root which cupcake did you guys use?

  84. Guest says:

    Can I use your UNroot method if I root this way?

  85. mark m says:

    i clicked apply sdcard.update.zip. it said installation aborted. please help with any suggestions of what i may have did wrong. thank you

  86. Guest says:

    Theunlockr….I found out that it was the same app but the recovery flash was pulled off the market at googles request.

  87. Guest says:

    I can confirm that you in fact do need cupcake contrary to popular belief

  88. Guest says:

    it still says “su: pression denied” after all this

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Matt,

      It will say Permission Denied because you need to install a custom ROM with Root built in now to get internal root access (you have root access to load ROMs after this process).

  89. Max says:

    Does one click root method not work with 1.5 firmware, CRC1 build on the G1?

  90. Guest says:

    after copying the radio file, it still will not go to the recovery screen. its still the exclamation point screen. does this mean that i did not successfully 1 click root my phone. so i have to attempt it again??
    thanks for the assistance.

  91. Guest says:

    i clicked apply sdcard.update.zip. it said installation aborted. please help with any suggestions of what i may have did wrong. thank you

  92. June Bug says:

    Please confirm if cupcake is required in order to proceed. I am stuck!!! Secondly, I un-rooted yesterday and still have not received cupcake ota from the mobile. Please help. Thanks!!

  93. PeDe says:

    ello unlockr

    i’ve had alot more success following your steps and vids than i ever did at xda’s forums and now the 1-click root exists, im eager to unroot my g1 and do this process but i have a q about the new recovery… does it automatically come from the files we need to download or do we get it elsewhere? im asking because i wanna know before i do this and the recovery wont work because i see some people are having difficulties with this… thanks in advance and keep up the amazing work

  94. Guest says:

    Does one click root method not work with 1.5 firmware, CRC1 build on the G1?

  95. Guest says:

    Please confirm if cupcake is required in order to proceed. I am stuck!!! Secondly, I un-rooted yesterday and still have not received cupcake ota from the mobile. Please help. Thanks!!

  96. Guest says:

    ello unlockr

    i’ve had alot more success following your steps and vids than i ever did at xda’s forums and now the 1-click root exists, im eager to unroot my g1 and do this process but i have a q about the new recovery… does it automatically come from the files we need to download or do we get it elsewhere? im asking because i wanna know before i do this and the recovery wont work because i see some people are having difficulties with this… thanks in advance and keep up the amazing work

  97. brandon says:

    hey i just figured out that if u change the file extention to apk instead of zip it will come up with the andriod logo on your phone then it will work

  98. john says:

    How do i get into command promt to enter in

    adb shell

    mount -o rw /dev/block/mtdblock5 /data

    rm /data/misc/akmd* /data/misc/rild*

    to fix my orientation

  99. hassle says:

    blarg,

    did you wait for the ota or did you install jesusfreke rom?

  100. hassle says:

    for those of you who say you need cupcake, did you wait for the over the air update or did you apply one of the custom rom cupcake versions?

    nice of the unlockr to disclose this business about cupcake!

  101. PeDe says:

    everyone i figured out the issue… you do need cupcake to do all of this so just make sure you unrooted your fone, then open up the fone’s browser and type in g1upgrade.com/root.apk and run it. then click download img and hard spl files. then go to your home screen, open your keyboard, press enter twice with a pause in between, then type telnetd [should open your fone book but ignore it] and press enter again then open root again [it’ll be in the drawer like it’s an app] and click protect root. once it’s done turn yah fone off and turn it back on pressing home and power buttons then press alt+l then alt+s to apply update, then reboot and then download one of the jesusfreke’s cupcake roms on your comp. place the zipfile on your sd and rename it update. then press home and power buttons again on yah fone, alt+l and alt+s again so you have cupcake and then follow the instructions provided on the video on this page

  102. hassle says:

    pede,

    you had to root your phone to get all of that to happen to right?

  103. PeDe says:

    yeah you have to root then reroot with this process

  104. hassle says:

    worked thanks pede

  105. Promise says:

    I did every step described above, and I get an error message ” open parent folder of flash…” What is causing this ?? thanks in advance.

  106. scott says:

    why cant i down load amon?

  107. Guest says:

    hey i just figured out that if u change the file extention to apk instead of zip it will come up with the andriod logo on your phone then it will work

  108. scott says:

    it says unable to load,invailid torrent file. what the ….?

  109. Guest says:

    How do i get into command promt to enter in

    adb shell

    mount -o rw /dev/block/mtdblock5 /data

    rm /data/misc/akmd* /data/misc/rild*

    to fix my orientation

  110. Robin says:

    I had the same problem as Justin above. When I try to flash the “recovery-RAv1.2.0G.img” file I get a greyed out “invalid recovery image” button. I entered everything as required above and even tried renaming the file to something smaller. FlashRec does not seem to see it. Any advice? Thanks in advance!

  111. Robin says:

    Alright! I figured out the problem! Make sure there are no trailing spaces at the end of your recovery file entry.

  112. Guest says:

    blarg,

    did you wait for the ota or did you install jesusfreke rom?

  113. Guest says:

    for those of you who say you need cupcake, did you wait for the over the air update or did you apply one of the custom rom cupcake versions?

    nice of the unlockr to disclose this business about cupcake!

  114. BigLiquid530 says:

    I did everything you said and I assume everything went good, but I tried to use a wifi tether app and it said:

    not root” sorry but root privlages are needed to run this application”

    then says “kernel doesnt have necassary features for tethering?

    So is this an actual root?

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello BigLiquid530,

      It is root to load new ROMs not internal root. So to run internal root (what is required to load the Wifi Tether etc.) you need to goto the next step and download a new ROM first. The new ROM you download will have root access internally and you should be good to go.

  115. Guest says:

    everyone i figured out the issue… you do need cupcake to do all of this so just make sure you unrooted your fone, then open up the fone’s browser and type in g1upgrade.com/root.apk and run it. then click download img and hard spl files. then go to your home screen, open your keyboard, press enter twice with a pause in between, then type telnetd [should open your fone book but ignore it] and press enter again then open root again [it’ll be in the drawer like it’s an app] and click protect root. once it’s done turn yah fone off and turn it back on pressing home and power buttons then press alt+l then alt+s to apply update, then reboot and then download one of the jesusfreke’s cupcake roms on your comp. place the zipfile on your sd and rename it update. then press home and power buttons again on yah fone, alt+l and alt+s again so you have cupcake and then follow the instructions provided on the video on this page

  116. Guest says:

    pede,

    you had to root your phone to get all of that to happen to right?

  117. Guest says:

    yeah you have to root then reroot with this process

  118. Guest says:

    worked thanks pede

  119. Guest says:

    I did every step described above, and I get an error message ” open parent folder of flash…” What is causing this ?? thanks in advance.

  120. Vance says:

    So, i tried doing this and my screen won’t move from the T-Mobile G1 screen. Any suggestions? I followed the how-to to a T?

  121. Jay says:

    why does mytouch words become blurring wen i put Hero Roms and the palm pre rom?*

  122. Guillermo says:

    Good Day, how can I load the cupcake update, I haven’t recevit, my g1 was root and I unrooted with the unlucker video, and now I can’t not root again an I even try to go to the screen the you have to press home and end key, and it show this symbol “(!) and the phone” and don’t conect..!!!
    Please help,
    and thanks to all for the help…

  123. Guest says:

    why cant i down load amon?

  124. Guest says:

    it says unable to load,invailid torrent file. what the ….?

  125. Guest says:

    I had the same problem as Justin above. When I try to flash the “recovery-RAv1.2.0G.img” file I get a greyed out “invalid recovery image” button. I entered everything as required above and even tried renaming the file to something smaller. FlashRec does not seem to see it. Any advice? Thanks in advance!

  126. Guest says:

    Alright! I figured out the problem! Make sure there are no trailing spaces at the end of your recovery file entry.

  127. Guest says:

    I did everything you said and I assume everything went good, but I tried to use a wifi tether app and it said:

    not root” sorry but root privlages are needed to run this application”

    then says “kernel doesnt have necassary features for tethering?

    So is this an actual root?

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello BigLiquid530,

      It is root to load new ROMs not internal root. So to run internal root (what is required to load the Wifi Tether etc.) you need to goto the next step and download a new ROM first. The new ROM you download will have root access internally and you should be good to go.

  128. Guest says:

    So, i tried doing this and my screen won’t move from the T-Mobile G1 screen. Any suggestions? I followed the how-to to a T?

  129. Guest says:

    why does mytouch words become blurring wen i put Hero Roms and the palm pre rom?*

  130. Guest says:

    Good Day, how can I load the cupcake update, I haven’t recevit, my g1 was root and I unrooted with the unlucker video, and now I can’t not root again an I even try to go to the screen the you have to press home and end key, and it show this symbol “(!) and the phone” and don’t conect..!!!
    Please help,
    and thanks to all for the help…

  131. John says:

    Hi – I got everything working however it won’t let me register Google Email account so I can’t access apps from the Market. Also it won’t let me connect to facebook via web browser. It connected on the social network apps (facebook, twitter..) but I can’t connect to facebook. Overall I like the UI touchscreen functionality however I’m bummed out I can access the apps from market. Any suggestions?

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello John,

      Did you load a ROM on the phone yet? Goto the next video on How To Load a ROM etc. and load something, after that you should be good to go.
      If you already did load a ROM, then just go into recovery, Wipe the phone and then Apply the update.zip again and it should fix it.
      Good luck!

  132. reggie says:

    so i followed your video and it worked great the first time. after i clicked “reboot system now” on my g1, it went to the homescreen, but when i powered off and then tried to power on again holding the power and home button, i keep getting an image with an exclamation point inside a triangle with the G1 infront. i’m running CRC1 firmware 1.5.

    am i missing something? i’m trying to get the wifi tether app on your site to work.

  133. BigLiquid530 says:

    do i just do the rom, or do i do the radio part, spl part?

  134. Desbourne says:

    Hi..ok I have rc43 build G1 that is not rooted do i need to unroot to rc29? reason why i asked is when I do the 1click root it works fine an i get the 1.2.0g recvery.when i reboot an add the radio up date i get a blue screen after pressing alt+L..its not going back to the 1.2.0g recovery

  135. Guest says:

    Hi – I got everything working however it won’t let me register Google Email account so I can’t access apps from the Market. Also it won’t let me connect to facebook via web browser. It connected on the social network apps (facebook, twitter..) but I can’t connect to facebook. Overall I like the UI touchscreen functionality however I’m bummed out I can access the apps from market. Any suggestions?

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello John,

      Did you load a ROM on the phone yet? Goto the next video on How To Load a ROM etc. and load something, after that you should be good to go.
      If you already did load a ROM, then just go into recovery, Wipe the phone and then Apply the update.zip again and it should fix it.
      Good luck!

  136. JCH says:

    I dont have the format SD card option. any ideas on why? or can i just format it using my computer? please help asap.

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello JCH,

      That means you didn’t do the procedure correctly. You loaded the Cyanogen Recovery Image instead of the custom Amon Ra Image we have you load during the procedure. Start over and make sure to type sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1G.img in the text box of the flashrec program and hit flash customer recovery image (and make sure that the recovery-rav1.2.1G.img is on your SDcard before hand of course).

  137. Paul Simpson says:

    For anyone hitting a wall with the Triangle and Exclamation Mark you just press ALT L to get the menu.

  138. Paul Simpson says:

    I am in the UK am I was having the same problem as a lot of people on here with the RC-29 not being allowed. I used an RC8 image. It worked great and within 5 mins told me there was an update available. I am using a new Solo 20 sim only tariff and I had no access to the Market. It is locked as an child lock.. I had to provide Credit Card details and pay 2pounds to get the lock turned off. A Debit card will not be accepted. It is refunded back immediately. If anyone wants the image I have that works let me know and I will post the file online. I should also say that I did a quick format and capitalised filename just as it donwloaded.

  139. Guest says:

    so i followed your video and it worked great the first time. after i clicked “reboot system now” on my g1, it went to the homescreen, but when i powered off and then tried to power on again holding the power and home button, i keep getting an image with an exclamation point inside a triangle with the G1 infront. i’m running CRC1 firmware 1.5.

    am i missing something? i’m trying to get the wifi tether app on your site to work.

  140. Guest says:

    do i just do the rom, or do i do the radio part, spl part?

  141. Guest says:

    Hi..ok I have rc43 build G1 that is not rooted do i need to unroot to rc29? reason why i asked is when I do the 1click root it works fine an i get the 1.2.0g recvery.when i reboot an add the radio up date i get a blue screen after pressing alt+L..its not going back to the 1.2.0g recovery

  142. IKEY RO$$ says:

    IM HAVING PROBLEM IT KEEP TELLING ME APPLICATION INSTALL UNSUCCESSFUL IM FOLLOWING THE STEP I DONT KNOW Y IT KEEP SAYING THAT NEED SOME HELP HERE

  143. Promise says:

    The Unlockr….I did every step described above, and I get an error message ” open parent folder of flash…” What is causing this ?? thanks in advance.

  144. BigLiquid530 says:

    Do I just do the rom, or do i do the radio part, spl part? Also the only way to use tether is loading the roms the phone right? or can I just use my stock mytouch theme with the frog? Also can we get the multi-touch for the web-browser?

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello BigLiquid530,

      If you have a MyTouch, check your Radio version using the instructions, if it matches, skip the Radio section. Then in the instructions it says if you have a myTouch skip Section II as well, so just go to Section III (which assumes you did our 1 click root and have Amon Ras recovery image to do it).
      Then just download the Cyanogen ROM I link in our Downloads, Android, ROMs section of our site (very bottom). Everything you just mentioned is built in.

  145. Guest says:

    I dont have the format SD card option. any ideas on why? or can i just format it using my computer? please help asap.

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello JCH,

      That means you didn’t do the procedure correctly. You loaded the Cyanogen Recovery Image instead of the custom Amon Ra Image we have you load during the procedure. Start over and make sure to type sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1G.img in the text box of the flashrec program and hit flash customer recovery image (and make sure that the recovery-rav1.2.1G.img is on your SDcard before hand of course).

  146. Paul Simpson says:

    I went through the whole process and it worked like a charm the only problem I found was that it did not Root my G1.. i checked using a terminal emulator and this is what I should have seen if it was rooted
    $su
    # (this indicates that the root is working)

    But I got this instead
    $su
    su: permission denied
    $

    So is my phone rooted or not???

  147. Paul Simpson says:

    Sorry I missed out that I was using Terminal Emulator. The test is from a YouTube clip by G1Helper786

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Paul Simpson AND ANYONE ELSE ASKING ABOUT ROOT AND SU

      You need to download a custom ROM. Do the next procedure then you will have Wifi tether built in.
      This 1 click rooting process is external root as opposed to internal root (confusing I know). External just allows us to load ROMs and Radios etc internal (or superuser) allows you to do things with root on the phone itself. That feature is built in to most ROMs though so just do that and you’re all set.

  148. Guest says:

    For anyone hitting a wall with the Triangle and Exclamation Mark you just press ALT L to get the menu.

  149. Guest says:

    I am in the UK am I was having the same problem as a lot of people on here with the RC-29 not being allowed. I used an RC8 image. It worked great and within 5 mins told me there was an update available. I am using a new Solo 20 sim only tariff and I had no access to the Market. It is locked as an child lock.. I had to provide Credit Card details and pay 2pounds to get the lock turned off. A Debit card will not be accepted. It is refunded back immediately. If anyone wants the image I have that works let me know and I will post the file online. I should also say that I did a quick format and capitalised filename just as it donwloaded.

  150. play says:

    Hey man.
    so after doing this onc click method tried to install wireless teather on stock android, and when running it, got an error, no root permissions, however the recovery image is installed? any ideas

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Play,

      You need to download a custom ROM. Do the next procedure then you will have Wifi tether built in.
      This 1 click rooting process is external root as opposed to internal root (confusing I know). External just allows us to load ROMs and Radios etc internal (or superuser) allows you to do things with root on the phone itself. That feature is built in to most ROMs though so just do that and you’re all set.

  151. sanibar says:

    I unrooted my phone downloaded the cupcake update and now its saying my build number is crb43 and I don’t have 3g what did I do wrong.

  152. John says:

    Unlockr.. thanks I got it to work after wiping it again and loading the Qtek Hero Rom update… Thanks Man… now hopefully we can get the adobe flash working on my touch 3g.. I love it…

    A++ for Unluckr!!

  153. Guest says:

    IM HAVING PROBLEM IT KEEP TELLING ME APPLICATION INSTALL UNSUCCESSFUL IM FOLLOWING THE STEP I DONT KNOW Y IT KEEP SAYING THAT NEED SOME HELP HERE

  154. Guest says:

    The Unlockr….I did every step described above, and I get an error message ” open parent folder of flash…” What is causing this ?? thanks in advance.

  155. CeCe says:

    which one do I type sdcard/recovery-RAv1.2.1G.img orsdcard/recovery-RAv1.2.0G.img cause the video says on thing and the instructions say another. ?????

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Cece,

      Use the written instructions, there is a new recovery image right after I did the video. Use the 1.2.1G.img not the 1.2.0G.img.
      But you would have figured it out quickly anyway, when the .0G didnt do anything and you changed it to .1G and it worked lol

  156. Guest says:

    Do I just do the rom, or do i do the radio part, spl part? Also the only way to use tether is loading the roms the phone right? or can I just use my stock mytouch theme with the frog? Also can we get the multi-touch for the web-browser?

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello BigLiquid530,

      If you have a MyTouch, check your Radio version using the instructions, if it matches, skip the Radio section. Then in the instructions it says if you have a myTouch skip Section II as well, so just go to Section III (which assumes you did our 1 click root and have Amon Ras recovery image to do it).
      Then just download the Cyanogen ROM I link in our Downloads, Android, ROMs section of our site (very bottom). Everything you just mentioned is built in.

  157. Max says:

    @Unlockr, I can do the root procedure fine and get to the recovery screen on the first try. when I restart my phone on 2nd time, I can’t get to the recovery screen anymore. Do you know why that is? Anybody know this answer, shouldn’t i be able to go into recovery screen anytime i start my phone holding the power and home buttons?

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Max,

      Yes, you should.
      Only thing I can recommend is Unrooting using our procedure (and make sure to do the part about getting back to cupcake) and then starting again (doesn’t take long).

  158. sanibar says:

    i tryed over and over and it wont let me load your custom rav1.2.1g.img

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Sanibar,

      Make sure the custom image is on the SDCard and NOT in any folder at all.
      Then type the following into the text box EXACTLY:

      sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1g.img

      and the button should appear, click it and all set.

  159. kevin says:

    i dont have data plan so i wont have internet to register again, i just wnat to ask, if you root the phone, when u wipe it, u’ll need to register again rite? do u need data plan for that? and when you unroot it do u need data plan for register again

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Kevin,

      You definitely need an internet plan (at least for the beginning of the procedure), so either borrow a friends SIM card that has internet or add the internet to your account for a day or two while you do all the procedures. Once you get to a Hero ROM you won’t need internet anymore.
      Good luck!

  160. Guest says:

    I went through the whole process and it worked like a charm the only problem I found was that it did not Root my G1.. i checked using a terminal emulator and this is what I should have seen if it was rooted
    $su
    # (this indicates that the root is working)

    But I got this instead
    $su
    su: permission denied
    $

    So is my phone rooted or not???

  161. BigLiquid530 says:

    Does anyone have an answer for my questions?

  162. Guest says:

    Sorry I missed out that I was using Terminal Emulator. The test is from a YouTube clip by G1Helper786

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Paul Simpson AND ANYONE ELSE ASKING ABOUT ROOT AND SU

      “You need to download a custom ROM. Do the next procedure then you will have Wifi tether built in.
      This 1 click rooting process is external root as opposed to internal root (confusing I know). External just allows us to load ROMs and Radios etc internal (or superuser) allows you to do things with root on the phone itself. That feature is built in to most ROMs though so just do that and you’re all set.”

  163. Guest says:

    Hey man.
    so after doing this onc click method tried to install wireless teather on stock android, and when running it, got an error, no root permissions, however the recovery image is installed? any ideas

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Play,

      You need to download a custom ROM. Do the next procedure then you will have Wifi tether built in.
      This 1 click rooting process is external root as opposed to internal root (confusing I know). External just allows us to load ROMs and Radios etc internal (or superuser) allows you to do things with root on the phone itself. That feature is built in to most ROMs though so just do that and you’re all set.

  164. Guest says:

    I unrooted my phone downloaded the cupcake update and now its saying my build number is crb43 and I don’t have 3g what did I do wrong.

  165. Guest says:

    Unlockr.. thanks I got it to work after wiping it again and loading the Qtek Hero Rom update… Thanks Man… now hopefully we can get the adobe flash working on my touch 3g.. I love it…

    A++ for Unluckr!!

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello John,

      Thanks!! Glad its working!
      Flash works, just kinda slowly but I have a real HTC Hero and it isn’t much better lol

  166. David says:

    Hey before i start this for the mytouch, am i suppose to downgrade to rc29? or do i just start and when im done flash cyanogens rom. all of these guides are so confusing.

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello David,

      Nope, just follow the steps in the procedure and you are all set. Then goto our How to Load a Custom ROM, etc. (best method) video and you are all set (just do sections III and IV of that procedure and your all set, skip sections I and II).

  167. Guest says:

    which one do I type sdcard/recovery-RAv1.2.1G.img orsdcard/recovery-RAv1.2.0G.img cause the video says on thing and the instructions say another. ?????

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Cece,

      Use the written instructions, there is a new recovery image right after I did the video. Use the 1.2.1G.img not the 1.2.0G.img.
      But you would have figured it out quickly anyway, when the .0G didnt do anything and you changed it to .1G and it worked lol

  168. Guest says:

    @Unlockr, I can do the root procedure fine and get to the recovery screen on the first try. when I restart my phone on 2nd time, I can’t get to the recovery screen anymore. Do you know why that is? Anybody know this answer, shouldn’t i be able to go into recovery screen anytime i start my phone holding the power and home buttons?

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Max,

      Yes, you should.
      Only thing I can recommend is Unrooting using our procedure (and make sure to do the part about getting back to cupcake) and then starting again (doesn’t take long).

  169. Guest says:

    i tryed over and over and it wont let me load your custom rav1.2.1g.img

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Sanibar,

      Make sure the custom image is on the SDCard and NOT in any folder at all.
      Then type the following into the text box EXACTLY:

      sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1g.img

      and the button should appear, click it and all set.

  170. Guest says:

    i dont have data plan so i wont have internet to register again, i just wnat to ask, if you root the phone, when u wipe it, u’ll need to register again rite? do u need data plan for that? and when you unroot it do u need data plan for register again

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Kevin,

      You definitely need an internet plan (at least for the beginning of the procedure), so either borrow a friends SIM card that has internet or add the internet to your account for a day or two while you do all the procedures. Once you get to a Hero ROM you won’t need internet anymore.
      Good luck!

  171. Guest says:

    Does anyone have an answer for my questions?

  172. Guest says:

    Hey before i start this for the mytouch, am i suppose to downgrade to rc29? or do i just start and when im done flash cyanogens rom. all of these guides are so confusing.

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello David,

      Nope, just follow the steps in the procedure and you are all set. Then goto our How to Load a Custom ROM, etc. (best method) video and you are all set (just do sections III and IV of that procedure and your all set, skip sections I and II).

  173. mario says:

    if u root the mytouch, u can use it anywhere in the world right? with an appropriate sim card for that country of course

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Mario,

      No, you are thinking of unlocking the MyTouch. That is different. Rooting lets you alter the phone, unlocking lets you use a different SIM card.

  174. BL says:

    Hello, Mamy thatks for all info on this site.
    I have a question and hope someone will advise.
    I need to root my HTC Magic (Vodafone UK branded) but I just want to leave the frimware or everything as is.
    I need to root it only to put WiFi teether. Is that possible? Thanks.

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello BL,

      Thanks!
      You would just do the root procedure on our site for the Magic (this procedure is for the MyTouch, if you want to try it you can, it MAY work since the Vodafone version has the same motherboard). After that you would need to load a 32B ROM, if all you want is the Wifi Tether then I would recommend using the Cyanogen ROM below (follow the procedure and you’ll know what to do with this file):

      (v4.0.2 – stable version, updated 8/22):
      Download: http://n0rp.chemlab.org/android/upda…0.2-signed.zip
      MD5Sum: 9c316180ca61d5cb8728ad3c4f43bc97

      This ROM will give you the Wifi Tether program and a bunch of other features as well. It is much easier to do this than to try and gain root access manually to be honest.

  175. Guest says:

    if u root the mytouch, u can use it anywhere in the world right? with an appropriate sim card for that country of course

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Mario,

      No, you are thinking of unlocking the MyTouch. That is different. Rooting lets you alter the phone, unlocking lets you use a different SIM card.

  176. Guest says:

    Hello, Mamy thatks for all info on this site.
    I have a question and hope someone will advise.
    I need to root my HTC Magic (Vodafone UK branded) but I just want to leave the frimware or everything as is.
    I need to root it only to put WiFi teether. Is that possible? Thanks.

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello BL,

      Thanks!
      You would just do the root procedure on our site for the Magic (this procedure is for the MyTouch, if you want to try it you can, it MAY work since the Vodafone version has the same motherboard). After that you would need to load a 32B ROM, if all you want is the Wifi Tether then I would recommend using the Cyanogen ROM below (follow the procedure and you’ll know what to do with this file):

      (v4.0.2 – stable version, updated 8/22):
      Download: http://n0rp.chemlab.org/android/upda…0.2-signed.zip
      MD5Sum: 9c316180ca61d5cb8728ad3c4f43bc97

      This ROM will give you the Wifi Tether program and a bunch of other features as well. It is much easier to do this than to try and gain root access manually to be honest.

  177. CeCe says:

    Is the new root video going up today??

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Cece,

      There is no new video, this process works for the G1 and the myTouch, the problem was that you guys needed to be on Cupcake before proceeding. Checkout the Unroot video for how to unroot and get back to cupcake (its best to start fresh) and changes I made to the Root procedure. Good luck!

  178. Gordon says:

    Hi Unlockr,
    i am trying to figure what “cupcake” mean.
    besides that question, i did all the steps and on the 12th step when i press and hold the power and home key the screen shows a phone and orange exclamation mark with white triangle border around it. i was wondering if you know what i did wrong. thank you

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Gordon,

      Cupcake is the name Google gave the 1.5 version of Android (the Operating system they created for the G1 and MyTouch).
      Go to our How To Unroot procedure and do it first (including the part about getting back to cupcake). THEN come back to this and follow the instructions and you should be good to go.
      Good luck!

  179. sanibar says:

    Unlockr did you fix the custom img yet because I tryed like 10 times and it don’t work. Its only giving me the standard option. Can you give me some advise.

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Sanibar,

      We never needed to fix it, it’s worked fine for a lot of people.
      I did put an updated one up though.
      Download it, put it on your SD card (NOT in any folders on the card), then run the FlashRec program.
      Backup the recovery, then in the text box type:

      sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1g.img

      After you type that into the text box, you should see the greyed out button turn into a Flash Custom Recovery Image button. Click it. Done.

      Good luck!

  180. matt says:

    unlockr…thanks for all your work on these rooting videos. the directions seem straightforward and easy to use. one question though. is this method foolproof, or is there a chance i brick my phone? some forums i’ve read about rooting talk about having a backup, so that if something goes wrong, you can backup to what you had and start again. would that essentially be your unroot method using the sappimg.nbh file? I want to unlock the powers of rooting and all the new roms but can’t afford to brick my phone. thanks.

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Matt,

      I have yet to see a phone that could not be fixed… so I wouldn’t worry too much.
      The 1 click method is also very straight forward (its as simple as loading a program onto the phone) so it is hard to mess up. Once you’ve done that and have the custom recovery image we give you then you can actually hold Home and Power to get to the recovery screen and then select Nandroid backup and save a backup to your memory card, that way if something does go wrong, you can get back into recovery mode and Restore it.
      Just a precaution though as the procedure is pretty easy.
      Good luck!

  181. Gordon says:

    my phone is a g1 by the way

  182. sanibar says:

    Unlockr I tryed to do that over and over again and it keeps saying invalid. Do I have to keep deleting both and start from scratch every time.

  183. Guest says:

    Is the new root video going up today??

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Cece,

      There is no new video, this process works for the G1 and the myTouch, the problem was that you guys needed to be on Cupcake before proceeding. Checkout the Unroot video for how to unroot and get back to cupcake (its best to start fresh) and changes I made to the Root procedure. Good luck!

  184. Guest says:

    Hi Unlockr,
    i am trying to figure what “cupcake” mean.
    besides that question, i did all the steps and on the 12th step when i press and hold the power and home key the screen shows a phone and orange exclamation mark with white triangle border around it. i was wondering if you know what i did wrong. thank you

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Gordon,

      Cupcake is the name Google gave the 1.5 version of Android (the Operating system they created for the G1 and MyTouch).
      Go to our How To Unroot procedure and do it first (including the part about getting back to cupcake). THEN come back to this and follow the instructions and you should be good to go.
      Good luck!

  185. Victor says:

    I did everything right, steps 1 – 12 and it even loaded the screen after holding home+power. But u didnt say what to do after so i rebooted and then just to make sure i turned off my g1 again and repeated the same steps but then it showed a g1 icon and an arrow, what happened? i did everything right but im still not getting root acess! its driving me crazy!

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Victor,

      You need to go immediately to the next video once you get the Recovery screen to come up (not the ! point screen). Then do Section II and continue with III and IV until you load a ROM. Once that is done, you will be all set and have Root (plus other features built in).
      See the Reported Issues for more information under the How To Load a Custom ROM, etc… procedure:

      Issue: I get the ! screen when I hold Home and Power instead of the recovery screen with the writing…

      Solution: Go back and redo the 1 click rooting procedure. Make sure you flash the custom Amon Ra recovery image we give you to download and NOT the cyanogen image. Also make sure it says Flashed Successfully or whatever before turning off the phone.
      Once it does, then turn off the phone and turn it back on holding down Home and Power. You should eventually see the custom recovery screen, if you don’t and you get the ! screen, then it didn’t work start over.

      If you are using a G1, then once you get the recovery screen, leave it on the recovery screen.
      Take out the memory card and put it into your computer, do Section II and load the SPL onto the memory card and rename it to update.zip.
      Then put the memory card back in and while still on the recovery image, hit Wipe then hit Apply Update.zip and wait for it to finish. Once done, reboot the phone and wait until it goes back to the recovery image or gets stuck on the logo.
      Once that happens take out the memory card, put it into the computer and put a ROM on it and rename it to update.zip like before. Put it back into the phone and on the recovery screen hit Wipe then Apply Update.zip. Once it is done, reboot and let it boot back to the home screen. All done!

  186. Guest says:

    Unlockr did you fix the custom img yet because I tryed like 10 times and it don’t work. Its only giving me the standard option. Can you give me some advise.

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Sanibar,

      We never needed to fix it, it’s worked fine for a lot of people.
      I did put an updated one up though.
      Download it, put it on your SD card (NOT in any folders on the card), then run the FlashRec program.
      Backup the recovery, then in the text box type:

      sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1g.img

      After you type that into the text box, you should see the greyed out button turn into a Flash Custom Recovery Image button. Click it. Done.

      Good luck!

  187. Guest says:

    unlockr…thanks for all your work on these rooting videos. the directions seem straightforward and easy to use. one question though. is this method foolproof, or is there a chance i brick my phone? some forums i’ve read about rooting talk about having a backup, so that if something goes wrong, you can backup to what you had and start again. would that essentially be your unroot method using the sappimg.nbh file? I want to unlock the powers of rooting and all the new roms but can’t afford to brick my phone. thanks.

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Matt,

      I have yet to see a phone that could not be fixed… so I wouldn’t worry too much.
      The 1 click method is also very straight forward (its as simple as loading a program onto the phone) so it is hard to mess up. Once you’ve done that and have the custom recovery image we give you then you can actually hold Home and Power to get to the recovery screen and then select Nandroid backup and save a backup to your memory card, that way if something does go wrong, you can get back into recovery mode and Restore it.
      Just a precaution though as the procedure is pretty easy.
      Good luck!

  188. Guest says:

    my phone is a g1 by the way

  189. Guest says:

    Unlockr I tryed to do that over and over again and it keeps saying invalid. Do I have to keep deleting both and start from scratch every time.

  190. david says:

    Okay, thx alot unlockr 😀

  191. unk2009 says:

    I have a mytouch, but when i tried to dl the new recovery image, it doesn’t load…

  192. unk2009 says:

    I dont get the ” flash custom recovery image”

  193. unk2009 says:

    It says invalid recovery image and under that, back up recovery image ? why is that ?

  194. kevin says:

    unlockr thanks for your quick reply,
    1 more question, if u mess up when u do this, you can just wipe it, unroot it and use it at normal g1 anytime you want rite?, will it leave any thing left that the tmobile person will know that i have rooted my phone?

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Kevin,

      That is correct, you can unroot and send it in for warranty if you need to.

      I have actually had my speaker go and keyboard go on two separate occasions on a G1 and sent it in two different times for warranty repair without any issue after I unrooted it both times.

  195. Paul Simpson says:

    Is it recommended to update the recovery image with the newer version recovery-RAv1.2.1G.img? And when you mention External root and internal root: When I install the next rom that is rooted will it be the internal root?

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Paul Simpson,

      You can update the recovery image by downloading the FlashRec apk file again. Saving the NEW recovery image to your SD card like before and then opening the Flash Rec program and flashing it (remember to type sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1G.img
      And that’s it.
      As for internal root, you need to load a custom ROM for that. If you want something similar to the normal MyTouch feel, then use the Cyanogen ROM at the bottom of the Downloads, ROMs section of our site.

  196. Guest says:

    I did everything right, steps 1 – 12 and it even loaded the screen after holding home+power. But u didnt say what to do after so i rebooted and then just to make sure i turned off my g1 again and repeated the same steps but then it showed a g1 icon and an arrow, what happened? i did everything right but im still not getting root acess! its driving me crazy!

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Victor,

      You need to go immediately to the next video once you get the Recovery screen to come up (not the ! point screen). Then do Section II and continue with III and IV until you load a ROM. Once that is done, you will be all set and have Root (plus other features built in).
      See the Reported Issues for more information under the How To Load a Custom ROM, etc… procedure:

      “Issue: I get the ! screen when I hold Home and Power instead of the recovery screen with the writing…

      Solution: Go back and redo the 1 click rooting procedure. Make sure you flash the custom Amon Ra recovery image we give you to download and NOT the cyanogen image. Also make sure it says Flashed Successfully or whatever before turning off the phone.
      Once it does, then turn off the phone and turn it back on holding down Home and Power. You should eventually see the custom recovery screen, if you don’t and you get the ! screen, then it didn’t work start over.

      If you are using a G1, then once you get the recovery screen, leave it on the recovery screen.
      Take out the memory card and put it into your computer, do Section II and load the SPL onto the memory card and rename it to update.zip.
      Then put the memory card back in and while still on the recovery image, hit Wipe then hit Apply Update.zip and wait for it to finish. Once done, reboot the phone and wait until it goes back to the recovery image or gets stuck on the logo.
      Once that happens take out the memory card, put it into the computer and put a ROM on it and rename it to update.zip like before. Put it back into the phone and on the recovery screen hit Wipe then Apply Update.zip. Once it is done, reboot and let it boot back to the home screen. All done!”

  197. CeCe says:

    Should I partition the sdcard b4 loadin the rom?

  198. Guest says:

    Okay, thx alot unlockr 😀

  199. Guest says:

    I have a mytouch, but when i tried to dl the new recovery image, it doesn’t load…

  200. Guest says:

    I dont get the ” flash custom recovery image”

  201. Guest says:

    It says invalid recovery image and under that, back up recovery image ? why is that ?

  202. Guest says:

    unlockr thanks for your quick reply,
    1 more question, if u mess up when u do this, you can just wipe it, unroot it and use it at normal g1 anytime you want rite?, will it leave any thing left that the tmobile person will know that i have rooted my phone?

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Kevin,

      That is correct, you can unroot and send it in for warranty if you need to.

      I have actually had my speaker go and keyboard go on two separate occasions on a G1 and sent it in two different times for warranty repair without any issue after I unrooted it both times.

  203. Guest says:

    Should I partition the sdcard b4 loadin the rom?

  204. Guest says:

    Is it recommended to update the recovery image with the newer version recovery-RAv1.2.1G.img? And when you mention External root and internal root: When I install the next rom that is rooted will it be the internal root?

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Paul Simpson,

      You can update the recovery image by downloading the FlashRec apk file again. Saving the NEW recovery image to your SD card like before and then opening the Flash Rec program and flashing it (remember to type sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1G.img
      And that’s it.
      As for internal root, you need to load a custom ROM for that. If you want something similar to the normal MyTouch feel, then use the Cyanogen ROM at the bottom of the Downloads, ROMs section of our site.

  205. CeCe says:

    when i partition my sd card i get error: run sdtools.sh via adb!…PLEASE HELP

  206. CeCe says:

    lol nevermind!!!

  207. Conley says:

    Ok, I have done all the steps correctly but when I get onto step 11 and type in teh sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1Gimg All I get is a dark Invalid Recovery Image and under that a Restore Backup Recovery Image, I have downloaded these several times and typed in the correct words EXACTLY I have spent about 5 hours trying to get this to load and it does not do anything past this. Please help

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Conley,

      You have to make sure that you downloaded the image from our site and put it on the sdcard and NOT in any folder, just on the sdcard itself.
      Then make sure you put a period (.) in between the G and img (you didn’t when you typed on here, not sure if that was a typo). Then you should be fine.

  208. Conley says:

    I don’t have them in any folders and i did put a . between the G and the img, I even tried typing
    it is RAv1.2.1G.img, rav1.2.1G.img, rav1.2.1g.img
    I am not sure why it is not working, it is very frustrating and I did download it again from your website and it still doesn’t recognize it.

  209. Conley says:

    In the center of the screen aabove where you are typing in the sdcard thing it states Backed up?? Does that help any? I already when thru this whole process a few days ago and I had Hero running on it, but I could not get wifi to work or the screen to turn so I was told to try and root the long way instead of the one click way, so I unrooted my phone but found out later that you need a pc to do it the long way and I have a mac so I am trying to redo the one step way and running into this roadblock.
    please help

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Conley,

      I would recommend downloading a program like Linda File Manager from the market and then use it to access the SDCard and see if you can see the recovery image there and see how it is named exactly (also check to make sure that your Mac is not putting a weird extension, after the .img, and making it not a disc image accidentally. I’ve seen some PCs and Macs do that).

  210. Conley says:

    I amusing linda file manager and It does see the extension and I am typing it exactly what it says.

  211. Guest says:

    when i partition my sd card i get error: run sdtools.sh via adb!…PLEASE HELP

  212. Guest says:

    lol nevermind!!!

  213. Guest says:

    Ok, I have done all the steps correctly but when I get onto step 11 and type in teh sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1Gimg All I get is a dark Invalid Recovery Image and under that a Restore Backup Recovery Image, I have downloaded these several times and typed in the correct words EXACTLY I have spent about 5 hours trying to get this to load and it does not do anything past this. Please help

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Conley,

      You have to make sure that you downloaded the image from our site and put it on the sdcard and NOT in any folder, just on the sdcard itself.
      Then make sure you put a period (.) in between the G and img (you didn’t when you typed on here, not sure if that was a typo). Then you should be fine.

  214. Guest says:

    I don’t have them in any folders and i did put a . between the G and the img, I even tried typing
    it is RAv1.2.1G.img, rav1.2.1G.img, rav1.2.1g.img
    I am not sure why it is not working, it is very frustrating and I did download it again from your website and it still doesn’t recognize it.

  215. Guest says:

    In the center of the screen aabove where you are typing in the sdcard thing it states Backed up?? Does that help any? I already when thru this whole process a few days ago and I had Hero running on it, but I could not get wifi to work or the screen to turn so I was told to try and root the long way instead of the one click way, so I unrooted my phone but found out later that you need a pc to do it the long way and I have a mac so I am trying to redo the one step way and running into this roadblock.
    please help

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Conley,

      I would recommend downloading a program like Linda File Manager from the market and then use it to access the SDCard and see if you can see the recovery image there and see how it is named exactly (also check to make sure that your Mac is not putting a weird extension, after the .img, and making it not a disc image accidentally. I’ve seen some PCs and Macs do that).

  216. Guest says:

    I amusing linda file manager and It does see the extension and I am typing it exactly what it says.

  217. Phreeq says:

    I’m having the same problem as Conley. I’ve gone through all of the recommended fixes for the problem (even checking to make sure there is no trailing space).

  218. Guest says:

    I’m having the same problem as Conley. I’ve gone through all of the recommended fixes for the problem (even checking to make sure there is no trailing space).

  219. Paul Simpson says:

    It just a thought, but make sure there are no spaces and typed in lowercase. The other possibility is that you have used the Tilde (wavey line) instead of Hyphen or even commas insted of period.. only a suggestion

  220. Paul Simpson says:

    At the risk of anyone thinking I am labouring a point. Could I please ask if you would include the internal root process in your tutorial because to be honest that is what everyone thought they were doing. You will probably say to update the Rom but I am a noob and that does not mean a lot. I am just trying to pick it all up and I’m confused to say the least.

  221. Afirejar says:

    “Reported Issues

    Issue: G1’s are erasing the recovery image before we can load a Radio, SPL, or ROM.

    Solution: We are getting a G1 in today to try and duplicate this issue and find a solution. Check back tomorrow.”

    Probably not much to look into here, the G1 firmware automatically reflashes recovery from a backup image when it boots. Just flash everything in one go or redo step 11 as needed. Radio and SPL updates should stay even if the phone reverts to the original recovery image.

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Afirejar,

      Thought I already fixed that solution… must not have hit save, crap. lol
      Thanks for the insight! I’m going to fix the solution again now.

  222. Al says:

    Hey Im stuck on step 6 When I download the flashrec-20090815 It is a zip and not a .apk What do i do?

  223. Al says:

    My bad never mind its working now!

  224. Christopher says:

    Is there a way to increase the Linux Swap? It is recommended to have a large one when running HERO.

    Thanks,
    C

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Christopher,

      Most people believe that anything higher than 32mb is pointless I thought? Better off just getting a faster card (class 6) for better performance than a larger swap size I thought? But I haven’t looked into it in a while, did they come up with a new theory?

  225. Guest says:

    It just a thought, but make sure there are no spaces and typed in lowercase. The other possibility is that you have used the Tilde (wavey line) instead of Hyphen or even commas insted of period.. only a suggestion

  226. BRAND1SH says:

    Unlockr,

    I just set myself up with the qtek hero.. amazing but i do get the pixels after sleep mode.. sucks.. so the only way to fix it/get around it is to reboot everytime ? ouch. i take it redoing it doesnt help huh.. guess i might have to go back to cyanogen, or might another hero rom work ?

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Brand1sh,

      Darn, hate that. We need to figure out why that happens.
      You can try a different Hero ROM, might have better luck (if you do let us know on here so we can recommend the different ROM).
      You can do a ghetto fix but just turning off sleep mode lol

  227. Guest says:

    At the risk of anyone thinking I am labouring a point. Could I please ask if you would include the internal root process in your tutorial because to be honest that is what everyone thought they were doing. You will probably say to update the Rom but I am a noob and that does not mean a lot. I am just trying to pick it all up and I’m confused to say the least.

  228. Guest says:

    “Reported Issues

    Issue: G1’s are erasing the recovery image before we can load a Radio, SPL, or ROM.

    Solution: We are getting a G1 in today to try and duplicate this issue and find a solution. Check back tomorrow.”

    Probably not much to look into here, the G1 firmware automatically reflashes recovery from a backup image when it boots. Just flash everything in one go or redo step 11 as needed. Radio and SPL updates should stay even if the phone reverts to the original recovery image.

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Afirejar,

      Thought I already fixed that solution… must not have hit save, crap. lol
      Thanks for the insight! I’m going to fix the solution again now.

  229. Guest says:

    Hey Im stuck on step 6 When I download the flashrec-20090815 It is a zip and not a .apk What do i do?

  230. Guest says:

    My bad never mind its working now!

  231. BRAND1SH says:

    if i turn off sleep mode i cant hold it in my pocket! lol,, have you have success using a diff rom after one already went fuzzy ?

  232. BRAND1SH says:

    also where can i get the jacx heroski or drizzy for 32b ? the xda forums are pretty congested lol

  233. Jason says:

    11. Once done, click on the empty text box in the FlashRec program and type:

    sdcard/recovery-RAv1.2.1G.img

    after typing this in and pressing DONE, nothing happens
    the orange field box is still there but nothing else happens

    my phone – Magic-t-mobile

  234. Guest says:

    Is there a way to increase the Linux Swap? It is recommended to have a large one when running HERO.

    Thanks,
    C

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Christopher,

      Most people believe that anything higher than 32mb is pointless I thought? Better off just getting a faster card (class 6) for better performance than a larger swap size I thought? But I haven’t looked into it in a while, did they come up with a new theory?

  235. Guest says:

    Unlockr,

    I just set myself up with the qtek hero.. amazing but i do get the pixels after sleep mode.. sucks.. so the only way to fix it/get around it is to reboot everytime ? ouch. i take it redoing it doesnt help huh.. guess i might have to go back to cyanogen, or might another hero rom work ?

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Brand1sh,

      Darn, hate that. We need to figure out why that happens.
      You can try a different Hero ROM, might have better luck (if you do let us know on here so we can recommend the different ROM).
      You can do a ghetto fix but just turning off sleep mode lol

  236. Guest says:

    if i turn off sleep mode i cant hold it in my pocket! lol,, have you have success using a diff rom after one already went fuzzy ?

  237. Guest says:

    also where can i get the jacx heroski or drizzy for 32b ? the xda forums are pretty congested lol

  238. Guest says:

    11. Once done, click on the empty text box in the FlashRec program and type:

    sdcard/recovery-RAv1.2.1G.img

    after typing this in and pressing DONE, nothing happens
    the orange field box is still there but nothing else happens

    my phone – Magic-t-mobile

  239. Christopher says:

    http://androidcommunity.com/forums/showthread.php?p=243560#post243560

    Start reading at page 28 and work your way backwards. I am so confused between swap, swapiness, ect. A tutorial on how to adjust this using your recovery console would be most appreciated.

  240. Paul Simpson says:

    Hi AL…The apk file is a zip file, an android zip file

  241. Guest says:

    http://androidcommunity.com/forums/showthread.php?p=243560#post243560

    Start reading at page 28 and work your way backwards. I am so confused between swap, swapiness, ect. A tutorial on how to adjust this using your recovery console would be most appreciated.

  242. Reg says:

    does this work with rogers magic 32a( those of us that installed the HTC update that now have perfect spl) I used your guide before when i had old rogers rom.. im just curious if this will work for those of us that did the htc rom update

  243. Cris says:

    so im trying this out for my first time, when i dwnload the flash do i need to extract that file ? cuz when i pull it up in linda file it shows as a folder i dont get the android icon…does anyone know when i mean ??

  244. JCH says:

    I have completed all the steps and now i am on the green on black recovery screen. What now??? What option should i choose if i want to load a custom rom and how do I go about loading it if you dont recomend us turning the phone off once we reach the recovery screen…

  245. JCH says:

    @Cris

    Just long press the APK file and u should get a menu with the “Open with…” option. Select that option and scroll down until u reach “package installer” then follow the the steps exactly.

  246. Guest says:

    Hi AL…The apk file is a zip file, an android zip file

  247. Cris says:

    Thanks JCH,

    so now im at the same step you are im at the green and black screen, so from here it said dont turn off phone but next video starts out diffrent where do i move on from here ???

  248. Paul Simpson says:

    Jason When you type in sdcard/recovery-rav.1.2.1g.img you press the FLash Custom image under the text line. Note no capital letters.

  249. newrave says:

    ok so i have a g1 never rooted and does not have cupcake on it so let me understand in order to do your rooting proses i have to first root it with another sites then unroot with your site and then root it once more but this time i have to use your method.second telnet is not working.plz help

  250. Guest says:

    does this work with rogers magic 32a( those of us that installed the HTC update that now have perfect spl) I used your guide before when i had old rogers rom.. im just curious if this will work for those of us that did the htc rom update

  251. Guest says:

    so im trying this out for my first time, when i dwnload the flash do i need to extract that file ? cuz when i pull it up in linda file it shows as a folder i dont get the android icon…does anyone know when i mean ??

  252. Guest says:

    I have completed all the steps and now i am on the green on black recovery screen. What now??? What option should i choose if i want to load a custom rom and how do I go about loading it if you dont recomend us turning the phone off once we reach the recovery screen…

  253. Guest says:

    @Cris

    Just long press the APK file and u should get a menu with the “Open with…” option. Select that option and scroll down until u reach “package installer” then follow the the steps exactly.

  254. Guest says:

    Thanks JCH,

    so now im at the same step you are im at the green and black screen, so from here it said dont turn off phone but next video starts out diffrent where do i move on from here ???

  255. yazman666 says:

    hey guys im really new at this ..for the one click root do u need a special micro sd card or u need the “golden card” im just confused..i already have my touch 3g but i havent rot it yet because i dont know if my micro sd card 16 gigs will work…pls any coment on my stuped question thanks a lot

  256. Guest says:

    ok so i have a g1 never rooted and does not have cupcake on it so let me understand in order to do your rooting proses i have to first root it with another sites then unroot with your site and then root it once more but this time i have to use your method.second telnet is not working.plz help

  257. Guest says:

    Jason When you type in sdcard/recovery-rav.1.2.1g.img you press the FLash Custom image under the text line. Note no capital letters.

  258. Guest says:

    hey guys im really new at this ..for the one click root do u need a special micro sd card or u need the “golden card” im just confused..i already have my touch 3g but i havent rot it yet because i dont know if my micro sd card 16 gigs will work…pls any coment on my stuped question thanks a lot

  259. Paul Simpson says:

    I have had an interesting development. I decided to go back to the sart and unrooted my G1 to RC7 and let it update to cupcake CRC37. I then started the 1Click method and installed Linda. When it came to installing FlashRec I got an “Parse Error” There is a problem parsing the package???

  260. Paul Simpson says:

    Is there any time during Unroot or Rooting that the Sim Card should be removed?

  261. Nacron says:

    Everyone having problems loading the image, try this: open the link with internet explorer. I clicked on the link in firefox and it downloaded a 13k file. Didn’t want to load that file in the flash recovery. I opened the link in IE and it brought me to the rapidshare site instead of downloading a file. Firefox was downloading the rapidshare website as the file instead of going to the site to download the file. The image file should be around 3mb. After doing this, it flashed correctly.

  262. legacy says:

    guys I keep downloading the flash file but is a zip file help please

  263. legacy says:

    ok I did put it keep saying install unsuccessful

  264. Guest says:

    Everyone having problems loading the image, try this: open the link with internet explorer. I clicked on the link in firefox and it downloaded a 13k file. Didn’t want to load that file in the flash recovery. I opened the link in IE and it brought me to the rapidshare site instead of downloading a file. Firefox was downloading the rapidshare website as the file instead of going to the site to download the file. The image file should be around 3mb. After doing this, it flashed correctly.

  265. Guest says:

    I have had an interesting development. I decided to go back to the sart and unrooted my G1 to RC7 and let it update to cupcake CRC37. I then started the 1Click method and installed Linda. When it came to installing FlashRec I got an “Parse Error” There is a problem parsing the package???

  266. Guest says:

    Is there any time during Unroot or Rooting that the Sim Card should be removed?

  267. Guest says:

    guys I keep downloading the flash file but is a zip file help please

  268. Guest says:

    ok I did put it keep saying install unsuccessful

  269. Sam says:

    @the unlockr

    Please help me…i did everything you said but once i do step 11 it doesnt recognize the file…i typed it in correctly but it hasn’t found it….its not in any folder either …it doesnt load…sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1g.img

  270. Guest says:

    @the unlockr

    Please help me…i did everything you said but once i do step 11 it doesnt recognize the file…i typed it in correctly but it hasn’t found it….its not in any folder either …it doesnt load…sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1g.img

  271. Dan says:

    I tried the whole procedure, i got to the screen where i type in the sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1g.img and i get “Invalid Recovery Image”. I know I typed it correctly, i triple checked it but nothing is working….How to I reset this thing to start all over?….do I just restoore the phone thru the normal settings on the phone?….When I press Home and power button I get a yellow triangle….How do I start over?

    thanks

  272. Dan says:

    also the files are on the sd card and not in any folders….there the only 2 things on the whole card, there is no folders on it but those two. Im pretty confused, need help!

  273. Rommel says:

    hey thenlockr i got stuck on the g1 logo i wont do anything what should i do

  274. Guest says:

    I tried the whole procedure, i got to the screen where i type in the sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1g.img and i get “Invalid Recovery Image”. I know I typed it correctly, i triple checked it but nothing is working….How to I reset this thing to start all over?….do I just restoore the phone thru the normal settings on the phone?….When I press Home and power button I get a yellow triangle….How do I start over?

    thanks

  275. Guest says:

    also the files are on the sd card and not in any folders….there the only 2 things on the whole card, there is no folders on it but those two. Im pretty confused, need help!

  276. Guest says:

    hey thenlockr i got stuck on the g1 logo i wont do anything what should i do

  277. danny says:

    i did everything this video says step bye step but wghen i get to the recovery image part it keeps saying invalid recovery imagei dont know why its getting me agrivated

  278. Paul Simpson says:

    Dan: When you get to the triangle screen open the keypad and press ALT L to get the menu

  279. Paul Simpson says:

    Legacy, which flash file are you talking about. I suspect it might be a zip file that you leave zipped and just rename to update without the dot zip.

  280. Paul Simpson says:

    I am trying to load the android usb driver but it wont run on my Vista Error Code 10.. My problem is that when I plug in the USB on my G1 I do not get any mount option and my PC wont see it?

  281. Guest says:

    i did everything this video says step bye step but wghen i get to the recovery image part it keeps saying invalid recovery imagei dont know why its getting me agrivated

  282. Guest says:

    Dan: When you get to the triangle screen open the keypad and press ALT L to get the menu

  283. Guest says:

    Legacy, which flash file are you talking about. I suspect it might be a zip file that you leave zipped and just rename to update without the dot zip.

  284. Guest says:

    I am trying to load the android usb driver but it wont run on my Vista Error Code 10.. My problem is that when I plug in the USB on my G1 I do not get any mount option and my PC wont see it?

  285. Dan says:

    I tried the whole procedure, i got to the screen where i type in the sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1g.img and i get “Invalid Recovery Image”. I know I typed it correctly, i triple checked it but nothing is working….How to I reset this thing to start all over?….do I just restoore the phone thru the normal settings on the phone?….When I press Home and power button I get a yellow triangle….How do I start over?

    thanks

  286. Guest says:

    I tried the whole procedure, i got to the screen where i type in the sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1g.img and i get “Invalid Recovery Image”. I know I typed it correctly, i triple checked it but nothing is working….How to I reset this thing to start all over?….do I just restoore the phone thru the normal settings on the phone?….When I press Home and power button I get a yellow triangle….How do I start over?

    thanks

  287. DreamHero says:

    Hey there,
    great work. Everything works like charm.

    You mentioned this is just for US Users, and you don’t know what happens with NON US Users.

    I’m a german T-Mobile G1 User and it worked without any problem. Only thing was I had to add the SPL directly with the .apk and the .img on the sdcard.

    Great work and keep on “rooting”.

  288. delayne says:

    So rooting it this way, has the same exact effect on rooting it the other way ? A rooted g1 is a rooted g1 no matter how you do it right ?

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Delayne,

      After you do this procedure then do the How To Load a Custom ROM etc.. procedure and you will have a rooted G1. This way is just faster and easier than the old way, essentially doing the same thing with the same result 🙂

  289. James Bishop says:

    I got everything done just adzactly as in the video, put the correspnoding sd location flash custome recovery image goes through fine, however when i reboot the phone it goes to the red blue green white screen, then very quikly pops up no image! and goes back to the red green blue white screen. any help will be greatly appreciated. and i have wully wiped device and formated sd card several times and repeated.

    Thanks in advance
    James Bishop

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello James Bishop,

      You need to hold down Home and Power to reboot and get to the recovery screen, then goto the next step.
      If you are using a G1 then you may have to flash the recovery again, then turn off and turn the phone on by holding down home and power. Once the recovery screen comes up then goto the next step without leaving the recovery screen (see reported issues for more information).
      Good luck!

  290. Julio Cruz says:

    Wanted to thank you for all the valuble info and tutorials. My G1 was rooted the old way so last night I unrooted and re-rooted and partitioned my sd as well then uploaded a Hero rom. And yes it runs much
    smoother then when I was rooted the old way. Thank you very much. Cant wait for the new HTC update I read about on the home page. Thanks again.

  291. Guest says:

    Hey there,
    great work. Everything works like charm.

    You mentioned this is just for US Users, and you don’t know what happens with NON US Users.

    I’m a german T-Mobile G1 User and it worked without any problem. Only thing was I had to add the SPL directly with the .apk and the .img on the sdcard.

    Great work and keep on “rooting”.

  292. Domo says:

    i figured out how to do all the steps but every time i go to the recovery mode it only does it for one time then wen i do it more times it doesnt keep bringing up that screen i tried to wipe it but is that the installing thing? please write back and give me advice

  293. Guest says:

    So rooting it this way, has the same exact effect on rooting it the other way ? A rooted g1 is a rooted g1 no matter how you do it right ?

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Delayne,

      After you do this procedure then do the How To Load a Custom ROM etc.. procedure and you will have a rooted G1. This way is just faster and easier than the old way, essentially doing the same thing with the same result 🙂

  294. Guest says:

    I got everything done just adzactly as in the video, put the correspnoding sd location flash custome recovery image goes through fine, however when i reboot the phone it goes to the red blue green white screen, then very quikly pops up no image! and goes back to the red green blue white screen. any help will be greatly appreciated. and i have wully wiped device and formated sd card several times and repeated.

    Thanks in advance
    James Bishop

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello James Bishop,

      You need to hold down Home and Power to reboot and get to the recovery screen, then goto the next step.
      If you are using a G1 then you may have to flash the recovery again, then turn off and turn the phone on by holding down home and power. Once the recovery screen comes up then goto the next step without leaving the recovery screen (see reported issues for more information).
      Good luck!

  295. Guest says:

    Wanted to thank you for all the valuble info and tutorials. My G1 was rooted the old way so last night I unrooted and re-rooted and partitioned my sd as well then uploaded a Hero rom. And yes it runs much
    smoother then when I was rooted the old way. Thank you very much. Cant wait for the new HTC update I read about on the home page. Thanks again.

  296. Guest says:

    i figured out how to do all the steps but every time i go to the recovery mode it only does it for one time then wen i do it more times it doesnt keep bringing up that screen i tried to wipe it but is that the installing thing? please write back and give me advice

  297. Dan says:

    tried the whole procedure, i got to the screen where i type in the sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1g.img and i get “Invalid Recovery Image”. I know I typed it correctly, i triple checked it but nothing is working….How to I reset this thing to start all over?….do I just restoore the phone thru the normal settings on the phone?….When I press Home and power button I get a yellow triangle….How do I start over?

    thanks

  298. Paul Simpson says:

    Having finally succeeding I have a few points that might help. Using Fast format is fine. Low case Dreaimg.nbh is fine. If any update file does not shown a package icon after renaming to update it will not work so use update.zip

  299. Big-O says:

    If your like me who initially used cm-recovery-1.4.img which comes with the “Recovery Flasher” app but still wants the new: “Amon Ra’s Recovery Image” after you have rooted, here’s the step by step script

    I downloaded “Amon Ra’s Recovery Image”, and used this script, and it worked perfectly:

    flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1g.img
    ——————————————————————
    make sure you Remount as Read/Write (I used DroidSans Tweak Tools to Remount):

    Su
    (enter)
    flash_image(space)recovery(space)/sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1g.img
    (enter)
    Exit
    (enter)
    Exit
    (enter)

    then turn off your phone, turn it back on holding home+power, and FLASH AWAY……. I hope this helps some who are new to root.

    P.S. don’t include the (space), I know it might seem obvious to most, but I’m sure not to all. Good luck…

  300. Guest says:

    tried the whole procedure, i got to the screen where i type in the sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1g.img and i get “Invalid Recovery Image”. I know I typed it correctly, i triple checked it but nothing is working….How to I reset this thing to start all over?….do I just restoore the phone thru the normal settings on the phone?….When I press Home and power button I get a yellow triangle….How do I start over?

    thanks

  301. Guest says:

    Having finally succeeding I have a few points that might help. Using Fast format is fine. Low case Dreaimg.nbh is fine. If any update file does not shown a package icon after renaming to update it will not work so use update.zip

  302. Dave says:

    I am getting the same thing as Dan. Can’t get it to go past the last step w/out a greyed out “Invalid Recovery Image”.

    • TheUnlockr says:

      EVERYONE GETTING INVALID RECOVERY IMAGE,

      Make sure that the spell correction and auto completion are OFF in the Text Settings (Settings > Locale and Text > Touch Input > Text Input then turn off Prediction, spell correction, and word completion) of your phone. If not then it may put in spaces where they do not belong. (I had it put a space after .img and couldn’t see it so couldn’t figure out why it kept saying invalid recovery image, like you guys).
      Other than that, just make sure it is on the root of the SD card (not in any folder) and that you are typing in:

      sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1G.img

      and it should show Flash Custom Recovery Image.

  303. Guest says:

    If your like me who initially used cm-recovery-1.4.img which comes with the “Recovery Flasher” app but still wants the new: “Amon Ra’s Recovery Image” after you have rooted, here’s the step by step script

    I downloaded “Amon Ra’s Recovery Image”, and used this script, and it worked perfectly:

    flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1g.img
    ——————————————————————
    make sure you Remount as Read/Write (I used DroidSans Tweak Tools to Remount):

    Su
    (enter)
    flash_image(space)recovery(space)/sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1g.img
    (enter)
    Exit
    (enter)
    Exit
    (enter)

    then turn off your phone, turn it back on holding home+power, and FLASH AWAY……. I hope this helps some who are new to root.

    P.S. don’t include the (space), I know it might seem obvious to most, but I’m sure not to all. Good luck…

  304. Guest says:

    I am getting the same thing as Dan. Can’t get it to go past the last step w/out a greyed out “Invalid Recovery Image”.

    • David Cogen says:

      EVERYONE GETTING INVALID RECOVERY IMAGE,

      Make sure that the spell correction and auto completion are OFF in the Text Settings (Settings > Locale and Text > Touch Input > Text Input then turn off Prediction, spell correction, and word completion) of your phone. If not then it may put in spaces where they do not belong. (I had it put a space after .img and couldn’t see it so couldn’t figure out why it kept saying invalid recovery image, like you guys).
      Other than that, just make sure it is on the root of the SD card (not in any folder) and that you are typing in:

      sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1G.img

      and it should show Flash Custom Recovery Image.

  305. Dave says:

    When you say: just make sure it is on the root of the SD card (not in any folder) and that you are typing in: What do you mean? There is no root of the SD card to copy anything to. It shows up as one of my drives. Removable Disk D drive.

    My phone says Backed up at the top

    Then I have typed in: sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1G.img

    Then under that is a greyed out section that says Invalid Recovery Image

    Finally below it says: Restore Backup Recovery Image.

    What do I do?

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Dave,

      The root of the sd card means putting the file in the topmost directory on the sd card. So when your computer opens the sd card as D: just drag and drop the file there, and make sure the path of the file is then sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1g.img make sense?
      Also make sure that when you type into the program you have predictive text etc OFF and make sure there isn’t a space at the end of the line.
      Good luck!

  306. Guest says:

    When you say: just make sure it is on the root of the SD card (not in any folder) and that you are typing in: What do you mean? There is no root of the SD card to copy anything to. It shows up as one of my drives. Removable Disk D drive.

    My phone says Backed up at the top

    Then I have typed in: sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1G.img

    Then under that is a greyed out section that says Invalid Recovery Image

    Finally below it says: Restore Backup Recovery Image.

    What do I do?

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Dave,

      The root of the sd card means putting the file in the topmost directory on the sd card. So when your computer opens the sd card as D: just drag and drop the file there, and make sure the path of the file is then sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.1g.img make sense?
      Also make sure that when you type into the program you have predictive text etc OFF and make sure there isn’t a space at the end of the line.
      Good luck!

  307. kurt says:

    i downloaded the FlashRec.apk
    it was a .zip file i unzipped it but there is no .apk file in it what is wrong?
    thanks for any help
    p.s can i still do it the old way?

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Kurt,

      Certain browsers make the .apk a .zip. Just find the file and do NOT open it or extract it. Just change the .zip to .apk and you should be good to continue.

  308. Dave says:

    Well, I’ve done it numerous times… Just NOT working. Does having a SanDisk memory card have anything to do with this problem?

  309. josh says:

    ok well it work the first time cuz it went to the recovery page but i didnt read that i had to go str8 to step 12

    do i need to unroot my phone n do it over again??

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Josh,

      No, just open the Flashrec program and type in the box and flash the custom recovery again. Then this time turn off the phone and turn it back on into recovery mode and leave it there and go on to the next procedure.

  310. jerzy says:

    im all the way thru the process rooted and everything have jf rom but dont see the difference it looks just like the regular g1 any help on getting the rom to run will b greatly appreciated

  311. jerzy says:

    to all who are having problems i couldnt get it to work at first then i tried this after getting 2 step 12 and turning the phone off i took the memory card out put it into the computer loaded the spl and then went into recovery worked fine after that

  312. jerzy says:

    hello unlockr

    i would like to say thanx for helping me get root im rooted but dont no if my jf rom is working. after installing it nothing seems to change. it looks the same any help with getting it to work would be greatly appreciated

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Jerzy,

      First off, thank you for helping out others!

      Secondly, JF usually tries to keep things looking the same so you might not notice a difference in look. But go into your menu and see if you have Wifi Tether or a similar program and use that… If it works then you have root access.
      Also he optimizes stuff, so it should run smoother.

      If you want it to look different, check out some themes (you load them the same way you load a ROM, rename to update.zip put on SDcard and then just Apply update.zip without wiping first).

  313. Guest says:

    i downloaded the FlashRec.apk
    it was a .zip file i unzipped it but there is no .apk file in it what is wrong?
    thanks for any help
    p.s can i still do it the old way?

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Kurt,

      Certain browsers make the .apk a .zip. Just find the file and do NOT open it or extract it. Just change the .zip to .apk and you should be good to continue.

  314. Guest says:

    Well, I’ve done it numerous times… Just NOT working. Does having a SanDisk memory card have anything to do with this problem?

  315. Guest says:

    ok well it work the first time cuz it went to the recovery page but i didnt read that i had to go str8 to step 12

    do i need to unroot my phone n do it over again??

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Josh,

      No, just open the Flashrec program and type in the box and flash the custom recovery again. Then this time turn off the phone and turn it back on into recovery mode and leave it there and go on to the next procedure.

  316. Guest says:

    im all the way thru the process rooted and everything have jf rom but dont see the difference it looks just like the regular g1 any help on getting the rom to run will b greatly appreciated

  317. Guest says:

    to all who are having problems i couldnt get it to work at first then i tried this after getting 2 step 12 and turning the phone off i took the memory card out put it into the computer loaded the spl and then went into recovery worked fine after that

  318. Guest says:

    hello unlockr

    i would like to say thanx for helping me get root im rooted but dont no if my jf rom is working. after installing it nothing seems to change. it looks the same any help with getting it to work would be greatly appreciated

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Jerzy,

      First off, thank you for helping out others!

      Secondly, JF usually tries to keep things looking the same so you might not notice a difference in look. But go into your menu and see if you have Wifi Tether or a similar program and use that… If it works then you have root access.
      Also he optimizes stuff, so it should run smoother.

      If you want it to look different, check out some themes (you load them the same way you load a ROM, rename to update.zip put on SDcard and then just Apply update.zip without wiping first).

  319. Paul Simpson says:

    Dave: I found that when installing the recovery image that the Custom Flash option would not work until I have done a backup.

  320. Guest says:

    Dave: I found that when installing the recovery image that the Custom Flash option would not work until I have done a backup.

  321. kurt says:

    i have the cyanogen recovery 1.4 do i need to unroot my phone and start the one click rooting again? i get back up failed when trying to backup recovery image and the flash custom image button is grayed out
    thank for all the help.

  322. Guest says:

    i have the cyanogen recovery 1.4 do i need to unroot my phone and start the one click rooting again? i get back up failed when trying to backup recovery image and the flash custom image button is grayed out
    thank for all the help.

  323. Ian says:

    jus a really quick question. cyanogen mentioned on his twitter about a new rooting app

    http://bit.ly/va2pU

    its named flashrec-1.1-20090904.zip

    would using that as opposed to the one provided here offer any problems or benefits?

    thx

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Ian,

      Looks like a newer version of the exact same app. I will check it out and see if there is a difference, if there is I will redo the procedures to include it instead.
      Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  324. Luke says:

    i have the exact same problem as kurt here

  325. ianflo says:

    jus a really quick question. cyanogen mentioned on his twitter about a new rooting app

    http://bit.ly/va2pU

    its named flashrec-1.1-20090904.zip

    would using that as opposed to the one provided here offer any problems or benefits?

    thx

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Ian,

      Looks like a newer version of the exact same app. I will check it out and see if there is a difference, if there is I will redo the procedures to include it instead.
      Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  326. Guest says:

    i have the exact same problem as kurt here

  327. Distressed person says:

    i download is not a apk file it is a zip file an entirely file what do i do i cant install a zip file!

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Distressed person,

      Some browsers like to turn APKs into ZIPs (not going to get into why for the 5th time lol) but all you have to do is rename the file from “.zip” to”.apk” then put it on the memory card. (Do NOT extract anything out of the .zip).

  328. Evelyn says:

    Ok I need to root my phone so that I can tether my G1 to my laptop. How do I know when my g1 been rooted. I did all the steps on this page then it says follow the next step on How to load a Rom video. Do I need to load a ROM to root my phone? I am not computer literate so I need basic step by step. What are all the programs I need to root my g1. There’s so many things written that it’s confusing. Do I need to load the SPL to root my g1? I’m sorry if I am asking alot of questions.

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Evelyn,

      Just do this procedure here (How to Root). At the end you will be on the recovery screen, leave the phone on that screen!
      Then goto the How to Load a Custom ROM. Do section I, II, and IV (and for IV just download and use the Cyanogen ROM for G1 in our downloads section) and you will already have the Wifi Tethering program on the phone. After that just click it and done.
      Good luck!

  329. Guest says:

    i download is not a apk file it is a zip file an entirely file what do i do i cant install a zip file!

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Distressed person,

      Some browsers like to turn APKs into ZIPs (not going to get into why for the 5th time lol) but all you have to do is rename the file from “.zip” to”.apk” then put it on the memory card. (Do NOT extract anything out of the .zip).

  330. Guest says:

    Ok I need to root my phone so that I can tether my G1 to my laptop. How do I know when my g1 been rooted. I did all the steps on this page then it says follow the next step on How to load a Rom video. Do I need to load a ROM to root my phone? I am not computer literate so I need basic step by step. What are all the programs I need to root my g1. There’s so many things written that it’s confusing. Do I need to load the SPL to root my g1? I’m sorry if I am asking alot of questions.

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Evelyn,

      Just do this procedure here (How to Root). At the end you will be on the recovery screen, leave the phone on that screen!
      Then goto the How to Load a Custom ROM. Do section I, II, and IV (and for IV just download and use the Cyanogen ROM for G1 in our downloads section) and you will already have the Wifi Tethering program on the phone. After that just click it and done.
      Good luck!

  331. Ian says:

    thanks for lookin into it. tryin to root my phone again, so will look fwd to ur response.

  332. Evelyn says:

    If I stay on the recovery screen how can I do the rest of the steps? Do I reboot? I did and continue to the nest step. I skip Step I because my phone had the proper custom radio. I went on to do Step II. I renamed it update but when I turn my phone off and on holding the home button I get the screen with the ! In a triangle and phone. I deleted the Flas Rec file from the sd card and tried it again but I continue to get the same error screen.

  333. Evelyn says:

    Ok I didn’t know I had to take out the sd card and put it in the computer. I don’t have an sd adapter. My sd card came in my phone. I’m using usb. Is there a way where it would work with the usb?

  334. ianflo says:

    thanks for lookin into it. tryin to root my phone again, so will look fwd to ur response.

  335. Guest says:

    If I stay on the recovery screen how can I do the rest of the steps? Do I reboot? I did and continue to the nest step. I skip Step I because my phone had the proper custom radio. I went on to do Step II. I renamed it update but when I turn my phone off and on holding the home button I get the screen with the ! In a triangle and phone. I deleted the Flas Rec file from the sd card and tried it again but I continue to get the same error screen.

  336. Guest says:

    Ok I didn’t know I had to take out the sd card and put it in the computer. I don’t have an sd adapter. My sd card came in my phone. I’m using usb. Is there a way where it would work with the usb?

  337. PapaMidNight says:

    Hey Unlockr…….which htc hero rom is really good tuse on my MyTouch 3G……i am using the jac v 1.5 right now and notice that if I stay in a program too long and then close it or push the home button….it goes to a HTC screen and then pops up a little loading window and then goes back to the ui……did I do something wrong when putting it on the phone?…or is this common?……

    thanks
    MidNight

  338. Guest says:

    Hey Unlockr…….which htc hero rom is really good tuse on my MyTouch 3G……i am using the jac v 1.5 right now and notice that if I stay in a program too long and then close it or push the home button….it goes to a HTC screen and then pops up a little loading window and then goes back to the ui……did I do something wrong when putting it on the phone?…or is this common?……

    thanks
    MidNight

  339. richpaul says:

    I followed all of the steps and rooted my mytouch 3g. When I go to recovery mode and try to install a custom rom it says that they installation aborted and could not be installed. When I launch the internet tether it says that i am not rooted. did i do something wrong.

  340. Guest says:

    I followed all of the steps and rooted my mytouch 3g. When I go to recovery mode and try to install a custom rom it says that they installation aborted and could not be installed. When I launch the internet tether it says that i am not rooted. did i do something wrong.

  341. kevin says:

    Hey Unlockr,
    I keep trying to select the flashrec through linda file manager but i get a message that says to open with the parent folder. I also get it as a zip on the phone after renaming it to apk. what can i do to fix

  342. janel says:

    Ok i noticed an error in the vid that most people might not catch!
    In the video when youre flashing the custom recovery image youre typing in “sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.0g.img”

    the download i have is recovery-rav1.2.1g.img…

    YOU NEED TO REPLACE THE “0” WITH A “1” BECAUSE IT’S A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FILE! am i right? when i put the “0” in there it didnt read anything but when i put the “1” in there it read it!!!! Woohoo! Maybe mention this to people not paying close attention. Thank soooooo much for the tutorials!

  343. Bob says:

    hey Unlockr im a beginner at all this computer stuff and im not sure if this is safe. im afraid that my phone will be bricked and my dad will kill me if it is. then again i also want to get access to all that stuff.
    r u 100% positive this is safe?

  344. Guest says:

    Hey Unlockr,
    I keep trying to select the flashrec through linda file manager but i get a message that says to open with the parent folder. I also get it as a zip on the phone after renaming it to apk. what can i do to fix

  345. Guest says:

    Ok i noticed an error in the vid that most people might not catch!
    In the video when youre flashing the custom recovery image youre typing in “sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.0g.img”

    the download i have is recovery-rav1.2.1g.img…

    YOU NEED TO REPLACE THE “0” WITH A “1” BECAUSE IT’S A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FILE! am i right? when i put the “0” in there it didnt read anything but when i put the “1” in there it read it!!!! Woohoo! Maybe mention this to people not paying close attention. Thank soooooo much for the tutorials!

  346. Guest says:

    hey Unlockr im a beginner at all this computer stuff and im not sure if this is safe. im afraid that my phone will be bricked and my dad will kill me if it is. then again i also want to get access to all that stuff.
    r u 100% positive this is safe?

  347. kevin says:

    Hey Unlockr,
    Im having trouble rootimg my mytouch 3g. when i try to install the flashrec apk. it informs me to open a parent folder first. i also dont get the option to use the package intaller. i need help on how to pass this step! I am also using the Linda File Manager.

  348. Guest says:

    Hey Unlockr,
    Im having trouble rootimg my mytouch 3g. when i try to install the flashrec apk. it informs me to open a parent folder first. i also dont get the option to use the package intaller. i need help on how to pass this step! I am also using the Linda File Manager.

  349. crash_landin says:

    Hey Unlockr or anybody that can help I’m having trouble rooting my g1 i followed all the steps provided and after i was done i check the recovery screen i had all the options show but when i went to the recovery screen again it doesn’t show all the options (it only shows 3 options) that where shown the video. please help

  350. Guest says:

    Hey Unlockr or anybody that can help I’m having trouble rooting my g1 i followed all the steps provided and after i was done i check the recovery screen i had all the options show but when i went to the recovery screen again it doesn’t show all the options (it only shows 3 options) that where shown the video. please help

  351. Sigma47 says:

    Hey thanks a boodle guys this kix the ol gold card method to the curb… how easy was this? You got my vote thanks to the hacks and devs involved with this!!!

  352. david says:

    will this work on g1 crc1 ?

  353. Guest says:

    Hey thanks a boodle guys this kix the ol gold card method to the curb… how easy was this? You got my vote thanks to the hacks and devs involved with this!!!

  354. yazman666 says:

    Hey unlockr dis you fing out any news regarding the newest version of the file you haveon the video…recovery-RAv1.2.1G or we should keep the same number when we type it in …any updates please…thanks.

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Yazman666,

      Just follow the instructions listed (type what is in the written procedure instead of the what is in the video). The videos are just meant as a visual aid, you should always follow the written instructions more than the video.

  355. Guest says:

    will this work on g1 crc1 ?

  356. yazman666 says:

    Thanks man im knd of embarrased because im new with this android thing and sometimes i feel stuped asking some questions…but thanks to guys like u is posible…the only reason i really want to root mt3g is because i want speed and i wish i could run apps from the sd card after u root is there another step ..not for the roms im not really interested in roms (for now)i just want to keep my phone memory frre to speed up and run the apps from the sd card.

  357. Guest says:

    Hey unlockr dis you fing out any news regarding the newest version of the file you haveon the video…recovery-RAv1.2.1G or we should keep the same number when we type it in …any updates please…thanks.

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Yazman666,

      Just follow the instructions listed (type what is in the written procedure instead of the what is in the video). The videos are just meant as a visual aid, you should always follow the written instructions more than the video.

  358. Guest says:

    Thanks man im knd of embarrased because im new with this android thing and sometimes i feel stuped asking some questions…but thanks to guys like u is posible…the only reason i really want to root mt3g is because i want speed and i wish i could run apps from the sd card after u root is there another step ..not for the roms im not really interested in roms (for now)i just want to keep my phone memory frre to speed up and run the apps from the sd card.

  359. yazman666 says:

    so after i root with the one click procedure what else do i need to do to run apps from the sd card??? thanks a lot. btw i would like to donate to the websit is being a great help for me thanks again.

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Yazman666,

      Follow the next procedure and partition your memory card then load a Custom ROM from our Downloads section and it will automatically set up Apps2SD. I would suggest Cyanogens ROM if you don’t want Hero.

  360. Guest says:

    so after i root with the one click procedure what else do i need to do to run apps from the sd card??? thanks a lot. btw i would like to donate to the websit is being a great help for me thanks again.

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Yazman666,

      Follow the next procedure and partition your memory card then load a Custom ROM from our Downloads section and it will automatically set up Apps2SD. I would suggest Cyanogens ROM if you don’t want Hero.

  361. Vance says:

    How do i get RAv1.2.1G.img if I have RAv1.2.0G.img already on my phone
    thanks

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Vance,

      There is no need to, but if you really want to just open the FlashRec program with the new recovery image on the SD card and flash it using the text box in the FlashRec program like before. Just make sure to change the .0 to .1 of course.

  362. Guest says:

    How do i get RAv1.2.1G.img if I have RAv1.2.0G.img already on my phone
    thanks

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Vance,

      There is no need to, but if you really want to just open the FlashRec program with the new recovery image on the SD card and flash it using the text box in the FlashRec program like before. Just make sure to change the .0 to .1 of course.

  363. Vance says:

    Unlockr thank you boys very much for everything you are doing for the android world.

  364. Guest says:

    Unlockr thank you boys very much for everything you are doing for the android world.

  365. david says:

    how could i just flash this recovery image? i wanna updated to this version what could i do? my phone is already rooted

  366. Guest says:

    how could i just flash this recovery image? i wanna updated to this version what could i do? my phone is already rooted

  367. VR says:

    @Unlockr

    hi im using a MAC. when i download the apk file, it comes up a zip. i extract it and put it to the SD, but when i open it in FILE MANAGER it doesnt show the android, but comes up as a file. when i click on it, it says “no exits. can you please help.

  368. Guest says:

    @Unlockr

    hi im using a MAC. when i download the apk file, it comes up a zip. i extract it and put it to the SD, but when i open it in FILE MANAGER it doesnt show the android, but comes up as a file. when i click on it, it says “no exits. can you please help.

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello VR,

      Some computers (MACs especially) like to turn APKs into ZIPs. Do NOT extract it, just rename the .zip to .apk and then put it on your SDCard.

  369. VR says:

    @Unlockr

    okay. so i did as you said. now the file is just coming up as a .apk.zip file when i open up “linda file manager”. the only thing that i can think of that is different is that my SD is formatted to fat32. im sorry for the constant nagging, but i really need help. i fell like such a noob

    thanks,
    VR

  370. Guest says:

    @Unlockr

    okay. so i did as you said. now the file is just coming up as a .apk.zip file when i open up “linda file manager”. the only thing that i can think of that is different is that my SD is formatted to fat32. im sorry for the constant nagging, but i really need help. i fell like such a noob

    thanks,
    VR

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello VR,

      You need to look at the file on your computer and change the .zip to .apk (all you did was add .apk to the end of the name and that is why it says .apk.zip).

  371. vr says:

    @Unlockr

    that’s exactly what I have been doing, it downloads as a folder. So I compress it to a .zip then I chang it to .apk … … …when I go to file manager its a .apk.zip file. I think I’m just going to try it on a PC and see if it works.

  372. Guest says:

    @Unlockr

    that’s exactly what I have been doing, it downloads as a folder. So I compress it to a .zip then I chang it to .apk … … …when I go to file manager its a .apk.zip file. I think I’m just going to try it on a PC and see if it works.

  373. gongo787 says:

    Hi everyone
    Im New on this about rooted phone but i have a my touch and i whant to know what is the difference betwen a rooted mytouch and another that is not and what applications have the one that is rooted

    and the one click root is the same that the one with the Gold Card???
    What is the difference??
    Thanck you to all

  374. Guest says:

    Hi everyone
    Im New on this about rooted phone but i have a my touch and i whant to know what is the difference betwen a rooted mytouch and another that is not and what applications have the one that is rooted

    and the one click root is the same that the one with the Gold Card???
    What is the difference??
    Thanck you to all

  375. PeDe says:

    there’s a new amon ra recovery image, can i do the same process to flash it?? or do i have to do anything lese

  376. PeDe says:

    i tried flashing the new rav image but when both times i tried, it rebooted my fone whenever i’d press the backup button

  377. Guest says:

    there’s a new amon ra recovery image, can i do the same process to flash it?? or do i have to do anything lese

  378. Chicago says:

    Hey I just unlocked a mytouch 3g by following all the steps above but I can only gain access to the internet via wifi. I am using a ATT sim card and was told to change the APN but it will not let me. Any suggestions? I want to use the internet where ever I go not just in wifi spots.

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Chicago,

      This procedure does not unlock the phone. Can you make phone calls with your AT&T sim card in the phone? Did you already unlock it before doing this?
      You also need to go to the next procedure to finish, How to Load a Custom ROM on Your MyTouch… then you can click Menu in the APN section of your settings and click Add.

  379. Guest says:

    i tried flashing the new rav image but when both times i tried, it rebooted my fone whenever i’d press the backup button

  380. Guest says:

    Hey I just unlocked a mytouch 3g by following all the steps above but I can only gain access to the internet via wifi. I am using a ATT sim card and was told to change the APN but it will not let me. Any suggestions? I want to use the internet where ever I go not just in wifi spots.

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Chicago,

      This procedure does not unlock the phone. Can you make phone calls with your AT&T sim card in the phone? Did you already unlock it before doing this?
      You also need to go to the next procedure to finish, How to Load a Custom ROM on Your MyTouch… then you can click Menu in the APN section of your settings and click Add.

  381. Chicago says:

    Yes I am able to make calls and recieve and send text messages. And I did load the custom rom already from the next video. A Hero Rom from your link. And when I go to wireless settings and click the access point it just comes up with a blank screen and wont let me add anything.

  382. Chicago says:

    O ok I got the APN menu to come up. If I’m using an att sim card what would I enter to be able to get internett without a wifi spot?

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Chicago,

      Figure out how to push Menu did you? Lol
      I plan to add a repository to the site with a bunch of APN settings for different carriers, but until then just call ATT and ask for them or Google ATT APN settings.

  383. Chicago says:

    From my understanding when you root the phone you are unlocking it. You said this does not unlock the phone but I did this procedure and loaded the rom and was able to make, and recieve calls and text messages. So how is that not unlocking the phone? Just wondering. Confused about the terminology. And I was able to change the APN to get internet service without wifi.

  384. Guest says:

    Yes I am able to make calls and recieve and send text messages. And I did load the custom rom already from the next video. A Hero Rom from your link. And when I go to wireless settings and click the access point it just comes up with a blank screen and wont let me add anything.

  385. Guest says:

    O ok I got the APN menu to come up. If I’m using an att sim card what would I enter to be able to get internett without a wifi spot?

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Chicago,

      Figure out how to push Menu did you? Lol
      I plan to add a repository to the site with a bunch of APN settings for different carriers, but until then just call ATT and ask for them or Google ATT APN settings.

  386. Guest says:

    From my understanding when you root the phone you are unlocking it. You said this does not unlock the phone but I did this procedure and loaded the rom and was able to make, and recieve calls and text messages. So how is that not unlocking the phone? Just wondering. Confused about the terminology. And I was able to change the APN to get internet service without wifi.

  387. DRAE says:

    When i type in sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.0.img nothing happens! please help.

  388. DRAE says:

    it says invalid recovery image

  389. Guest says:

    When i type in sdcard/recovery-rav1.2.0.img nothing happens! please help.

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Drae,

      Do NOT follow the video, always follow the written instructions and just use the video as a visual aid. It is rav.1.2.1.img

  390. Guest says:

    it says invalid recovery image

  391. drae says:

    Even when i do that the button doesnt show up.

  392. drae says:

    i tried redownloading but it still didnt work

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Drae,

      Read the reported issues at the bottom of this post.
      Make sure that predictive text etc is off, it sometimes puts spaces where they don’t belong. Then try again and make sure the writing is EXACT.

  393. VR says:

    @Unlockr

    so i finally tried this on a PC and it worked. haha i guess android and mac dont mix. 🙁 sadly. thank you for all your help

  394. Guest says:

    Even when i do that the button doesnt show up.

  395. Guest says:

    i tried redownloading but it still didnt work

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Drae,

      Read the reported issues at the bottom of this post.
      Make sure that predictive text etc is off, it sometimes puts spaces where they don’t belong. Then try again and make sure the writing is EXACT.

  396. Guest says:

    @Unlockr

    so i finally tried this on a PC and it worked. haha i guess android and mac dont mix. 🙁 sadly. thank you for all your help

  397. gongo787 says:

    Hi everyone
    Im New on this about rooted phone but i have a my touch and i whant to know what is the difference betwen a rooted mytouch and another that is not and what applications have the one that is rooted

    and the one click root is the same that the one with the Gold Card???
    What is the difference??
    Thanks to all

  398. Guest says:

    Hi everyone
    Im New on this about rooted phone but i have a my touch and i whant to know what is the difference betwen a rooted mytouch and another that is not and what applications have the one that is rooted

    and the one click root is the same that the one with the Gold Card???
    What is the difference??
    Thanks to all

  399. Arbor33 says:

    Will this process work with my ADP1?
    I just don’t know what I’d be risking if I were to try…

    If not, is there a recommended way to get root on a Dev Phone running cupcake 1.5?

    Thanks in advance!!

  400. Guest says:

    Will this process work with my ADP1?
    I just don’t know what I’d be risking if I were to try…

    If not, is there a recommended way to get root on a Dev Phone running cupcake 1.5?

    Thanks in advance!!

  401. Drew says:

    Hey one question. When you go into your file manager it shows a lil android looking guy as the icon for the flashrec folder. Mine just shows a lil white looking piece of paper with the corner folded and a mailbox for the recovery image. Is that ok?

  402. Guest says:

    Hey one question. When you go into your file manager it shows a lil android looking guy as the icon for the flashrec folder. Mine just shows a lil white looking piece of paper with the corner folded and a mailbox for the recovery image. Is that ok?

  403. Nick says:

    I am having issues completing the rooting process on my g1. I went ahead and downloaded both the FlashRec.apk
    Amon Ra’s Recovery Image, and when I use Linda’s file manager, it won’t even start the instalation process.

    I have followed both the steps and the video on your site. When I watch the video it shows an Android image for the FlashRec.apk, which does not appear when I download and transfer to my sd card? It looks like a zipped file?

    Nonetheless I have had issues before attempting to update my phone. My ultimate goal is to get the JacHero on it. Frustrating but hopefully you can help?

    Sincerely,
    Nick

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Nick,

      That means your computer changed the extension of the FlashRec.apk to .zip or some other extension.
      View it on your computer and make sure it is .apk If it isn’t, then just change it from .zip or whatever to .apk and put it back on the SD card (you might be able to do this in the Linda File Manager on the phone instead).
      Good luck!

  404. Guest says:

    I am having issues completing the rooting process on my g1. I went ahead and downloaded both the FlashRec.apk
    Amon Ra’s Recovery Image, and when I use Linda’s file manager, it won’t even start the instalation process.

    I have followed both the steps and the video on your site. When I watch the video it shows an Android image for the FlashRec.apk, which does not appear when I download and transfer to my sd card? It looks like a zipped file?

    Nonetheless I have had issues before attempting to update my phone. My ultimate goal is to get the JacHero on it. Frustrating but hopefully you can help?

    Sincerely,
    Nick

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Nick,

      That means your computer changed the extension of the FlashRec.apk to .zip or some other extension.
      View it on your computer and make sure it is .apk If it isn’t, then just change it from .zip or whatever to .apk and put it back on the SD card (you might be able to do this in the Linda File Manager on the phone instead).
      Good luck!

  405. billy says:

    Unlockr sir.Can i teether my 3g to my laptop with anetshare with this method of rooting?

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Billy,

      Yes you definitely can 🙂 Do the rooting process then the how to load a ROM process and then most of them have Wifi tethering built in, so all you have to do then is just click on it 🙂

  406. billy says:

    Will the wifi tethering, tether my 3G also, like when I’m driving down the road.

  407. Nick says:

    Not quite sure how to change the file to apk?

    • TheUnlockr says:

      Hello Nick,

      You just click on it and take the .zip part and replace it with .apk
      If your computer wont let you do it that easily then try going into the properties of the file (right click > properties)

  408. Guest says:

    Unlockr sir.Can i teether my 3g to my laptop with anetshare with this method of rooting?

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Billy,

      Yes you definitely can 🙂 Do the rooting process then the how to load a ROM process and then most of them have Wifi tethering built in, so all you have to do then is just click on it 🙂

  409. Guest says:

    Will the wifi tethering, tether my 3G also, like when I’m driving down the road.

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Billy,

      So long as you have a 3G connection on the phone, you can share it even if you were in the desert (with a cell antenna somewhere in the area) 🙂

  410. Guest says:

    Not quite sure how to change the file to apk?

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello Nick,

      You just click on it and take the .zip part and replace it with .apk
      If your computer wont let you do it that easily then try going into the properties of the file (right click > properties)

  411. Big-O says:

    Just for kicks I just watched the How To: Root with the GoldCard Method video, and I got a new/greater appreciation for the One Click Method, (which I used to root my G1) In the spirit of contributing: There is a new free app called “Instant Root”. It automatically roots (jail break) your phone just by installing the app. Google took it off the market after half a day of being on. Anyway I managed to find the developers website where u can download and he talks more about it, But in all good conscience I should mention that it’s root access on your stock CRC1 build… although you’ll be able to use some root apps, Terminal Emulator to name one. you’ll still need to Flash the Amon Ra’s Recovery Image, and get a custom rom otherwise when T-Mobile pushes out a OTA new update you will loose root… Read up on any and all exploits before installing.

    http://neilandtheresa.co.uk/Android/

  412. Guest says:

    Just for kicks I just watched the How To: Root with the GoldCard Method video, and I got a new/greater appreciation for the One Click Method, (which I used to root my G1) In the spirit of contributing: There is a new free app called “Instant Root”. It automatically roots (jail break) your phone just by installing the app. Google took it off the market after half a day of being on. Anyway I managed to find the developers website where u can download and he talks more about it, But in all good conscience I should mention that it’s root access on your stock CRC1 build… although you’ll be able to use some root apps, Terminal Emulator to name one. you’ll still need to Flash the Amon Ra’s Recovery Image, and get a custom rom otherwise when T-Mobile pushes out a OTA new update you will loose root… Read up on any and all exploits before installing.

    http://neilandtheresa.co.uk/Android/

  413. KidA says:

    I see your 1click rooting method on here will only partition the SD card to ext2. Is there a way to update the partition to ext3? I’ve searched a lot on the internet, and all I see is that the easiest way to do it is to use Cyanogen Image Recovery 1.4, b/c it’s all included in there. But since this method uses Aman Ra’s, how would I be able to do that? I think another way I see is to manually partition the SD card using Android SPK and Windows Command Prompt.

  414. Guest says:

    I see your 1click rooting method on here will only partition the SD card to ext2. Is there a way to update the partition to ext3? I’ve searched a lot on the internet, and all I see is that the easiest way to do it is to use Cyanogen Image Recovery 1.4, b/c it’s all included in there. But since this method uses Aman Ra’s, how would I be able to do that? I think another way I see is to manually partition the SD card using Android SPK and Windows Command Prompt.

    • David Cogen says:

      Hello KidA,

      You can use our method and then goto the How To Speed Up your Hero ROM post and it tells you how to convert ext2 to ext3 really easily.

  415. Jess says:

    TheUnlockr,

    I see a lot of people having trouble getting the ‘recovery-RAv1.2.1G.img’ file to run, saying they typed it in exactly as shown and ‘TheUnlockr’ replying back to type it in exactly as show in the instructions for Step 11.

    What the syntax is missing is a forward slash before the sdcard, the syntax should be like this;

    /sdcard/recovery-RAv1.2.1G.img

    You should update the syntax in the step and reported issues.

  416. Guest says:

    TheUnlockr,

    I see a lot of people having trouble getting the ‘recovery-RAv1.2.1G.img’ file to run, saying they typed it in exactly as shown and ‘TheUnlockr’ replying back to type it in exactly as show in the instructions for Step 11.

    What the syntax is missing is a forward slash before the sdcard, the syntax should be like this;

    /sdcard/recovery-RAv1.2.1G.img

    You should update the syntax in the step and reported issues.

  417. Paul Simpson says:

    I am using the RAv1.2.1G.img and Cyanogen’s Rom 4.04 after doing the 1Click Method and wanted to try changing the standard fonts. When I booted into recovery mode I could not get to the console using ALT-X as Nothing happened can anyone offer any help please? Could I use a terminal to instruct the system to use my new ttf fonts?

  418. Bob Garon says:

    This still does not work no matter how I type it in for a TMO MyTouch3G.

    Please advise.

  419. Guest says:

    I am using the RAv1.2.1G.img and Cyanogen’s Rom 4.04 after doing the 1Click Method and wanted to try changing the standard fonts. When I booted into recovery mode I could not get to the console using ALT-X as Nothing happened can anyone offer any help please? Could I use a terminal to instruct the system to use my new ttf fonts?

  420. Guest says: