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This is a common question by those who have want to root their phones. How exactly do I root my Android device?

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Starting Jan 2012 we are going to allow one "How to root?" question per device. Just search for [rooting] and your device or refer to the index below. If the question doesn't exist yet, create one and add it to this index. – Flow Sep 2 '12 at 10:53
    
Does rooting have anything to do with Android version? Do different versions have different rooting methods on the same device? – hims056 Dec 9 '13 at 6:39
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@hims056 possibly, yes. Because the manufacturer could fix security holes that developers were exploiting in order to root a deviec. – Bryan Denny Dec 9 '13 at 13:50
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DISCLAIMER: ROOTING YOUR PHONE WILL PROBABLY VOID YOUR WARRANTY FROM BOTH THE CARRIER AND THE MANUFACTURER. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO ACCEPT FAULT FOR ANY ADVERSE EFFECTS OF ROOTING, THEN DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER. HERE BE DRAGONS.


Questions?

Before rooting, you might have some questions about it. Fortunately, they've already been answered! Refer to the handy list below:

How do I do root?

First, ensure you understand that you are assuming all risks and will void your warranty. We don't guarantee that any specific program or method will work. Once again:your warranties will be voided, you may screw up your phone, and there may also be other adverse effects. If you do not want to risk it, stop now.

There is no known method that will root all devices. The easiest way to root your phone is via "one click" methods, most of which are developed for more popular devices. Examples include applications (.apk) you can run on your phone, or software you have to run on a pc while connecting the phone with USB. Other methods may involve many steps or manual editing of files to achieve rooting.

Methods may vary between models and/or firmware versions. When checking compatibility with a rooting method, ensure you know what version of Android you have, your phone's firmware and hardware versions.

BE VERY CAREFUL IN MODIFYING ANY INSTRUCTIONS UNLESS YOU WANT AN EXPENSIVE PAPERWEIGHT. We can't guarantee that none of these methods will brick your phone, but trying to mess about on your own is even more dangerous unless you really know what you're doing.

Rooting Guides Index

These are links to questions on this site that have been asked for specific devices. If the question for your device hasn't been answered, don't post a duplicate — you can attract attention to the question by offering a bounty on it, sharing the link, posting in our chatroom, etc.

Acer

Amazon

Archos

Asus

HTC

Huawei

Karbonn

Lenovo

LG

Micromax

Motorola

Nook

Prestigio

Samsung

Sony

SpreadTrum

Xolo

ZTE

Other

Methods/apps

I've rooted my phone. Now what?

  • We have another question about that!
  • If you have another method or know how to root a device that's not listed, feel free to add it to the list! Just follow the same format.
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Feel free to edit the wiki if you see improvements that can be made instead of down voting :) – Bryan Denny Aug 9 '11 at 5:23
    
I've encountered a couple types of "lesser brand" Android tablets which came with ADB logging in as root already. Since these tablets are not rooted in the Android meaning of that word (they do not have any kind of usable su nor a Superuser app), but they are easily rootable (over ADB) following a very easy procedure without any exploit. Would we benefit from me putting these devices in this page and creating a page with the procedure explained? – matega Dec 28 '14 at 21:09
    
@matega Yes it would. Go ahead. – Rajat Toshniwal Jun 23 '15 at 20:03

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