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Rooting Exagerate XZPAD700

I've just bought a device commercially known as "Zelig Pad", which reports to be "XZPAD700" in settings screen. The device looks made by Hamlet but distributed with Exagerate brand. It carries ...
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Obtaining some 4.0 functions on a 2.3 phone through rooting?

I'm thinking of maybe rooting my phone, for various reasons. But one of the main ones is that I find the current version of Calendar, amongst others, that I have, very lacking. And I'm almost sure the ...
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What kind of upgrade procedure can I expect after rooting my tablet?

I am considering rooting my Galaxy Tab 10.1, mainly to get rid of some obnoxious bloatware that really annoys me. I've read this post, and this one, and found these instructions which are nice and ...
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On device root for Pantech Crossover P8000

I want to be able to root my device, so I tried Gingerbreak. No success. Because my phone is, um, older, I want to root it to bring it a little more to life. Any ideas?
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Hacking HoneyTab

I found this strange "anonymous" device: HoneyTab. Never wishing to discuss whether it's worth to buy or not (it would be totally OT), my questions are simple and straight: does somebody know if this ...
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Rooting Xperia tipo

I've unlocked my bootloader. After all the set-up, I tried to root my Tipo using Bin4ry Root's package. It didn't work; it gave me an error like permission denied (are you root?). Later, it said ...
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How to check if a phone can be rooted? Can the Fujitsu Arrows 201F be rooted?

I want to have a phone that I can root. Today, I'm trying to purchase one. I want to know if my phone can be rooted in advance. The selections of phones from my provider, Softbank, is limited and ...
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Custom Kernels on Stock ROMs?

The General Question: Is it possible to install custom kernels on a Rooted Stock ROM? The Example: I have a Nexus 7 which I have rooted running 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean JRO03D) would it be possible to just ...
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rooting device stops usb-host-mode working

After I rooted a Nexus 10, the USB Host mode is no longer available. I have checked the original unrooted device with Chainfire's 'USB Host Diagnostics' tool and it recognises a plugged in Arduino ...
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Superuser does not show prompt

Firstly I need to say that I know this topic has been discussed many times but none of answers helped and I think this question is somewhat different than the others. I have tried to root my Android ...
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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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Is it possible to return back to jelly bean OS after upgraded to cyanogenmod?

I am using samsung galaxy Star Pro 7260 (rooted). I would like to install cyanogenmod on my phone. But, I want to know is it possible to return back to jelly bean OS after upgraded to cyanogenmod ? If ...
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SuperSU rooting issues

I just rooted my phone and after rooting there was a ap called superSU that came with the root, and I guessed this app allowed me to give other apps the root access, but everytime I try to open the ap ...
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I tried every method and failed to root my Asus MeMo Pad Me172v. Anyone know some other methods?

I have already tried SuperOneClick and Bin4ry tools to root my Asus MeMo Pad Me172v having 4.1.1 stock version, but failed to successfully root my device. When I run SuperOneClick, it successfully ...
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Is it possible to root my phone without installing a custom ROM?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Stellar on Verizon. Whenever I hear anything about rooting a phone, people always say that you have to install a custom ROM. How do I just use my current stock ROM and root my ...
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How do I root my Nexus 7?

I am wanting to gain root privileges on my Google Nexus 7 tablet, running Android 4.1-4.2.1. How can I do this?
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Trying to root Galaxy SIII Mini (Canadian) SM-G730W8 for additional language support

I bought an S3 Mini in Canada, but have noticed that I do not have a language option for Portuguese. I have done some research, and found that it is likely that the Portuguese language is included on ...
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Can't root Galaxy 5830i

A year ago I bought a Galaxy ACE GT-5830i which came with Gingerbread 2.3.6, recently I wanted to root it, I tried following the instructions in Root,Unroot,CWM,and how to Flash Galaxy Ace S5830i, ...
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How can I root my HTC One for T-Mobile using ADB?

I want to use ADB. FastBoot isn't working on my OS X machine. ./fastboot devices lists nothing. ./adb devices shows my device I downloaded SuperSu from the Google Play store but it says it I ...
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How can I root my Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S?

I tried using Flash Software, but it doesn't work for me. I may have used the wrong version or my process is wrong. Can anyone tell me the correct process? Android Version : 2.3.4 Model Number : ...
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How to recover “data/data” folder from HTC Desire before rooting

I've got an old HTC Desire with a bitcoin stuck on it. Trying to access "/data/data/de.schildbach.wallet/files" through ADB shell predictably gives me permission denied. I tried using unrevoked but ...
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How can I change the app for managing root access from SuperSU to Superuser?

I used a rooting package on my Galaxy S4 which installed SuperSU. Howvever, I preferred to use SuperUser, so I removed SuperSU and installed SuperUser. Now the apps that normally request root do not ...
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Stuck rooting HTC device

I am trying to root my HTC One S following the instructions on HTCDev I generated an Unlock_code and everything works well until Step 13. In Step 12, I typed fastboot flash unlocktoken ...
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Can I 'trick' my device into thinking it's unrooted?

I rooted my Nexus 4 in order to install a custom ROM, which I'm quite happy with. However, there are a couple of apps that I want to use but refuse to work because the device is rooted. Is there a ...
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Rooting a Wynncom G1 Android Phone [ Spreadtrum SP8810 ]

I have a new Indian Android variant i.e Wynncom g1 [ spreadtrum sp8810 ] I have gotten ADB to work with PDANet application and got USB drivers and adb to work. I tried many ways like adb root and all, ...
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Xperia sola rooting help

Can I root my Xperia Sola (MT27i) on Android 4.04 without flashing it's stock rom? If yes: how to do that? My bootloader is unlocked. How to do CWM recovery: must it be done after or before rooting?
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nexus s in bootloader mode does not appear in lsusb

I have a Nexus S, and I'm trying to root it. The bootloader is already unlocked. (I got it from a friend, he unlocked it so I don't know any details on how that was done.) When I start it and plug it ...
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how to root Galaxy SL GT i9003 for DDLF2

I am running official Samsung ROM build version 2.6.3 DDLF2. I wish to root it for reverse tethering and few other utilities. Need a trusted link for rooting tutorial or a rooting package for the ...
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Running a program as root on Android

I have followed the guide at XDA Developers for a Samsung Galaxy Note II, and used "option 2" and flashed the firmware using heimdall flash --RECOVERY recovery.img --CACHE cache.img in Linux. This ...
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How to root LG Optimus P500

I have no experience and I would like to root my LG Optimus One (P500). I have checked some guides online but got more confused. Is there an easy way to do it? I want to install Cyanogenmod.
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How to re install rom on blank htc desire?

I have installed rom in the memory card of my htc desire bt unfortunately i have lost my memory card. Now my ph is not working; everytime it just shows "HTC" and then restart. Can anyone please ...
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How to root Samsung Galaxy S4 SCH-I545

I would like to root my Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4 SCH-I545. It is currently running Android 4.2.2 and has Build number ending in VRUAME7. How do I root my Galaxy S4?
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Rooting A Nexus 5 and Concerns Regarding Over The Air Updates?

I am planning on buying a Nexus 5 for Christmas, to which I intend to Root it, so that I can use Rooted Apps eg Titanium Backup which would otherwise be unavailable to me. If I root the device, but ...
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How can I root unknown device

I have a Turkish device named General Mobile e-Tab 7 B and I want to root it , How can I do that ? I tried SuperOneClickRoot and it didn't work for me
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How to gain Root access on Sony Xperia Ray? [duplicate]

I recently rooted my phone. It did not give any root access. So i used root checker to check the root status. It said "your device is not properly rooted" what does this mean?. I am using xperia ...
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Why can't the su binary simply be copied (techical response please)

I have rooted several Samsung devices and the underlying "goal" so to speak seems to be to get the su binary in /system/xbinand install Superuser.apk. My question is why does one have to jump through ...
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I've rooted my Galaxy Nexus phone, but “/data/data” is empty

As a follow up question, I rooted my Galaxy Nexus phone using Kingo, but when I tried to explore my phone using an application like ASTRO, I found out that the /data/data directory is empty. Why is it ...
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Does the phone have to be rooted to develop mobile apps? [closed]

Hi I am going through a phase of recovering data. I want to know if it's a must to root the phone if one wants to develop mobile apps using the the phone? I read that rooted phones are prone to ...
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Stuck on downloading boot.img when trying to flash

With the Acer Smart Display DA220HQL, I found a few threads mentioning that it can (and has been successfully) rooted. For example: ...
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How can I root my Nexus S?

I recently unlocked the bootloader on my Nexus S, and I am looking at ways to finish rooting it. Every reference I find seems to be written assuming non-Google hardware, but the Nexus S is supposed ...
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Can a screen-locked Android phone be rooted?

By locked I mean a phone that has been locked with a standard PIN code, password or pattern. I'm not meaning to break into somebody's phone, merely wondering to what extent applying any of the ...
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I want to root my phone [duplicate]

Can anyone tell me what is the easiest way to root my phone. I have a Samsung galaxy note 2. And what does it mean to flash a new Rom?
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rooting android 4.4 on nexus 7 2012

I have just updated my rooted nexus 7 2012 running android 4.3 to android 4.4. How do I root the new version? Thanks in advance.
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Can I root my Nexus 5 without a custom image?

Is it possible ? So far I've found 2 images that would allow me to get root, either cloudfire or team win recovery project (twrp). I'm a little uneasy loading an unknown bootloader to my device. Or ...
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fastboot doesn't see device

I've read a lot of articles about this problem but I can't resolve it. I decided to install my developer application on phone using wifi. To do this I need to do some things with my phone. The first ...
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Access the real /sdcard

I flash my HTC One with a custom rom, then I access my sd card in my computer all of the files are gone. But when go to clockworkmod recovery and select install zip on /sdcard I can see all my files ...
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Prs t2 not recognized in pc

I tried to root my Sony PRS-T2 using this guide (which is in Spanish). I tried installing rupor-enable-asec, and the command prompt said it was successful. I restarted as I was asked to do – but then ...
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How do I root my Nook HD?

I checked The Master List of Rooting Techniques, and found nothing. This XDA thread looked promising.
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rooting Samsung Galaxy Note 2

How to root Samsung Galaxy Note 2? I have no experience with rooting. Model number is GT-N7100. Android-version 4.1.1.
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I cant find my kernel number anywhere

First off I'm not very experienced with phones, but while trying to root my phone I need the kernel number. I've looked where the instructions told me to look, in my about phone section. Under the ...