This is a common question asked by those who want to root their phones. How exactly do I root my Android device? Are there risks involved?

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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 DEVICE 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?

Note there is no known method that will root all devices, nor is there any guarantee that any mentioned program or method will actually work. This is because there are many variables at play and device OEMs have no incentive to make the process easy.

A final caution: Your warranties may be voided, you may screw up your device, and there may also be other adverse effects. If you do not want to risk it, stop now. If you are not confident in what you are doing, please do not deviate from the guides and read carefully.

The easiest way to root your device is via "one click" methods, most of which are developed for more popular devices. Examples include applications (.apk files) you can run on your device, or software you have to run on a PC while connecting the device with USB. Other methods may involve many steps or manual editing of files.

Methods typically vary between models and even between firmware versions of the same model. Check your rooting method is compatible with:

  • Your device model/brand (e.g. Samsung Note)
  • Your Android version (e.g. 4.4 KitKat vs 5.1 Lollipop)
  • Your firmware version (e.g. European vs. USA vs. Verizon telecom provider)
  • Your hardware version (e.g. 32GB model with antenna vs. 16GB without one)

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

OnePlus

Prestigio

Samsung

Sony

SpreadTrum

Xolo

ZTE

Other

Methods/Apps

I've rooted my device. 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
  • Nothing about Lenovo's Vibe series :/ – Saharsh Dec 31 '16 at 17:26
  • It seems that everyon can edit! I could add another phone. – Bebs Jan 19 '17 at 16:21
  • Any app that can able to root Android One(presently run android 6.0)?? – Aashish Nov 10 '17 at 14:06
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    Google's Nexus 6P ? (Huawei) – SherylHohman Dec 21 '17 at 22:29

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