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How do I root the Android emulator?

How do I root the Android emulator? I need root to install an .apk file on the emulator.
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Why can't I connect my Samsung Galaxy 3 to my PC after installing the z4root app?

I have a problem connecting my Samsung i5800 Galaxy 3 to a PC. First, I could connect to the PC. I had installed the z4root app in order to root my phone and then after installing it, I could not ...
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Rooting HTC Hero GSM 2.1-update-1 (3.41.61.31)

So I've been trying to root my HTC (Hero GSM 2.1-update-1 (3.41.61.31), originally Orange Spain, but unlocked by code) for few hours now, haven't managed yet. All the articles I've found about rooting ...
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How to root HTC Desire (Froyo 2.2) without putting in a custom ROM (flashing)?

for research purposes I'd need to root a HTC Desire phone without flashing it. I did it already on the HTC Hero, where it was quite simple. Basically all I would need is to get r/w access to the ...
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Open source / trusted rooting app for Android / Motorola Defy?

I found a lot of compiled rooting exploits for Android, but not a lot of source code. So, how can I trust an exploit able to take SU rights on my mobile device? How can I be sure there is no ...
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Is there any benefit to rooting the new T-Mobile G2, and what are the legal issues? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I've rooted my phone. Now what? Are there any risks to rooting a device? Given that the new T-Mobile G2 based on Android 2.2 (and so called 4G network) attempts to ...
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Samsung Galaxy 5 (five) - Custom ROM [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I root my phone? Any one tried to root their Samsung Galaxy 5 (five) device? If so, what is the procedure? And also what are the advantages of doing this? Thanks ...
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If I root my Android phone, will I lose all of my data?

As the question title implies, if I root my Droid Incredible (or any Android phone), will I lose all of my data? I'm not interested in installing a custom ROM right now so will rooting cause me to ...
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I saw the 'z4root' application on the Droid market just now. Is it safe to use on my Samsung Galaxy S?

Anybody used the Z4ROOT program to root/unroot his device ? Can I use it on my Samsung Galaxy S phone ? Is it a real root / unroot process ? I am a developer myself and know how much damage you can ...
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What can I expect if I unroot my Droid?

I am thinking about rooting my Moto Droid but I don't know much about the subject, I've been doing some reading, but I'd like to know: If I were to root and then wanted to unroot later on for some ...
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What is the difference between: Rooting, Jailbreak, ROM, Mod, etc.?

What is the difference between: Unlocking the bootloader (prerequisite for doing many, though not all, other things below) Rooting Jailbreaking ROM NAND and Nandroid Operating System Mod (e.g. ...
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Rooting a regularly used Droid Incredible

I remember when I jailbroke an iPhone one time I had to use iTunes to restore the default system because there were a lot of applications installed on the phone already (which apparently increases the ...
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How to get root access on Android 2.2 with HTC Magic?

I'm using an HTC Magic and upgraded the OS to 2.2. Build number of the phone is FRF91. How can I get root access to the phone?
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HTC Desire: why not to root and install Froyo (no-porting)?

I've bought an HTC Desire a quite ago and, since now, works fine for me (except for this). Now I'm waiting for Android 2.3, or 3.0, or whatever, and I'm thinking: is it possible to install the ...
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How can I root my Droid X with Ubuntu Linux?

My sanity is at stake here. I need root but I don't have access to any fancy proprietary OS. I'd appreciate any help.
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Do I need root to use NewzDroid?

I would like to use NewzDroid for usenet, but I'm not sure if I need root for it to work.
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How do I root my Chinavasion TechPad 7" Tablet android tablet?

I have a TechPad 7" Tablet from Chinavasion, S3C6410 Android 1.6; None of the generic rooting methods work. Any ideas?
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How do I root my Android device?

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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What does “to root a phone” mean?

I heard this phrase or the variants (rooted phone, rooting, etc.) in android forums but I don't know what it means. Can you explain it in simple terms?
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Are there any risks to rooting a device?

I see lots of tutorials telling me how to root my phone (Motorola Droid), but none of them mention any potential "side effects." Aside from a few relatively minor issues that seem to require rooting ...
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How to root a Samsung Spica

How do I go about rooting my Samsung Spica?
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I've rooted my phone. Now what? What do I gain from rooting?

This is a common question by those who have just rooted their phones. What apps, ROMs, benefits, etc. do I get from rooting? What should I be doing now?
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How can I root my device? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I root my device? What is involved in rooting an Android phone? I am thinking of rooting my Motorola Droid.
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Is it possible to completely brick your Android phone by using a Custom ROM?

I understand that you can completely "brick" (render unusuable) your iPhone by attempting to Jailbreak incorrectly. Whether or not this is actually the case, is it possible to do the same with your ...
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What is the difference between jailbreaking and unlocking an Android? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between: Rooting, Jailbreak, ROM, Mod, etc Is either possible, legal, contractually legit and does either damage the phone?
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Backup/Restore Android [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I perform a full pre-rooting backup of an Android phone? I am considering rooting my Motorola Droid, and I am wondering if it is possible to revert back to the ...
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How do I root my HTC Hero?

I'm tired of waiting for my Android 2.1 update to arrive, so I've decided to root my HTC Hero. Any direction as to how I should do this? Note: I actually have a T-Mobile branded version, so I do ...
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Gaining root acces/installing custom rom on G1 with build number CRC1

Could you please share your knowledge about how to flash the latest update of stock Android OS on G1 (aka HTC Dream). I would like to try out some custom roms but most information I was able to find ...