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:

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 thoughts on “How To: Root the MyTouch 3G or G1 in One Click!”

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. 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?

  4. 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

    1. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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

  7. 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…

    1. Hello Blarg,

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

    1. 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…

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

    1. 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?

  11. 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?

  12. 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

    1. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. 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

  15. 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?

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

  17. 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?

  18. 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?

  19. 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!!

  20. @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.

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

  22. @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!

    1. 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…

  23. 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

  24. 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!!

  25. @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.

  26. @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)

  27. 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.

    1. 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).

  28. 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

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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?

  32. @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!

    1. 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…

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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?

  36. 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(

  37. @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)

  38. 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

  39. 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.

    1. 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

  40. 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.

    1. 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).

  41. 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

  42. 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

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

  44. 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.

  45. 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?

    1. 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).

  46. 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

  47. 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(

  48. 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

  49. 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.

    1. 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

  50. 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.

  51. 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?

  52. 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

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

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

    1. 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).

  55. 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.

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

  57. 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!!

  58. 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

  59. 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!!

  60. 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

  61. 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

  62. 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

  63. 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!

  64. 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

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

  66. 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

  67. 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

  68. 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!

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

  70. 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!

  71. 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?

    1. 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.

  72. 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

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

  74. 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?

  75. 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…

  76. 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!

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

  78. 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?

    1. 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.

  79. 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?

  80. 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…

  81. 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?

    1. 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!

  82. 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.

  83. 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

  84. 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?

    1. 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!

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

    1. 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).

  86. 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.

  87. 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.

  88. 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

  89. 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

  90. 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.

  91. 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?

    1. 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.

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

    1. 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).

  93. 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???

    1. 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.

  94. 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.

  95. 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

    1. 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.

  96. 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.

  97. 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!!

  98. 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

  99. 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.

  100. 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. ?????

    1. 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

  101. 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?

    1. 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.

  102. @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?

    1. 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).

    1. 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.

  103. 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

    1. 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!

  104. 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???

    1. 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.”

  105. 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

    1. 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.

  106. 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.

  107. 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!!

    1. 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

  108. 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.

    1. 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).

  109. 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. ?????

    1. 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

  110. @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?

    1. 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).

    1. 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.

  111. 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

    1. 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!

  112. 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.

    1. 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).

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

  114. 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.

    1. 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.

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

    1. 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.

  116. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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!

  117. 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

    1. 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!

  118. 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.

    1. 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!

  119. 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.

    1. 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!

  120. 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.

    1. 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!

  121. 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

    1. 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!

  122. 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!

    1. 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!

  123. 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.

    1. 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!

  124. 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.

    1. 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!

  125. 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.

  126. 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?

    1. 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.

  127. 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?

    1. 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.

  128. 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!

    1. 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!”

  129. 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?

    1. 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.

  130. 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?

    1. 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.

  131. 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

    1. 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.

  132. 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.

  133. 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

    1. 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).

  134. 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

    1. 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.

  135. 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.

  136. 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

    1. 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).

  137. 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).

  138. 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).

  139. 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

  140. 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.

  141. “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.

    1. 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?

  142. 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

  143. 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 ?

    1. 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

  144. 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.

  145. “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.

    1. 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.

  146. 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 ?

  147. 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

    1. 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?

  148. 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 ?

    1. 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

  149. 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 ?

  150. 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

  151. 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

  152. 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 ??

  153. 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…

  154. @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.

  155. 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 ???

  156. 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.

  157. 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

  158. 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

  159. 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 ??

  160. 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…

  161. @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.

  162. 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 ???

  163. 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

  164. 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

  165. 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.

  166. 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

  167. 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???

  168. 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.

  169. 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.

  170. 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???

  171. @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

  172. @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

  173. 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

  174. 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!

  175. 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

  176. 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!

  177. 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

  178. 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.

  179. 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?

  180. 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

  181. 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.

  182. 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?

  183. 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

  184. 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

  185. 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”.

    1. 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 🙂

  186. 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

    1. 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!

  187. 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.

  188. 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”.

  189. 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

  190. 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 ?

    1. 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 🙂

  191. 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

    1. 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!

  192. 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.

  193. 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

  194. 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

  195. 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

  196. 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…

  197. 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

  198. 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

  199. 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”.

    1. 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.

  200. 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…

  201. 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”.

    1. 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.

  202. 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?