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How to root or jailbreak all Android and iOS devices [Ultimate Guide]

Is your phone feeling a bit boring? Does your tablet need more customization? Sometimes, your devices don’t feel personal enough. Other times, it can be bogged down by needless bloatware and other cruft. Free it with one of several free tools for iOS, Android, Windows RT, and webOS!

Jailbreaking, on iOS devices, allows you to install apps, tweaks, and themes that Apple hasn’t approved. You can add a fifth (or sixth, or seventh) icon to your dock; you can make the entire system bright red. Although Apple tries hard to not let people jailbreak, the worst they can do is void your warranty; and rest assured, Apple will void your warranty if you jailbreak. (Jailbreaking is 100% legal, although pirating apps is not!)

Rooting, which is for Android devices, allows you to modify crucial system files that would otherwise be locked away. This lets you do things like block ads. remove/freeze bloatware. use a firewall. and much more. Due to the thousands dozens of devices available, there are dozens and dozens of rooting methods; however, there are also some rooters that are fairly universal. Take note although rooting is 100% legal, it may void your warranty .

Disclaimer: Please proceed with caution. Although the art of rooting, jailbreaking, and homebrewing has been been turned into a science, all after-market software modifications have the risk of bricking your device. By proceeding below and rooting/jailbreaking/homebrewing your device, you recognize and accept the risks of these processes. Locutus, Ashraf, dotTech and anyone else except yourself are not responsible for any gain, loss, or harm done to you, your device, or your data. If you brick your device and come whine here, Ashraf will probably laugh at you.

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Android Rooting

Do you like HTC’s Sense skin? What about Motoblur? More like Motoblah! By rooting your Android device, you can get more customizability along with more apps .

Android is a unique beast among mobile OSes. Unlike iOS or WebOS, which are made exclusively by one company and only have a few software releases, Android has thousands dozens (maybe hundreds) of devices and many different software versions. As such, it is extremely difficult to make one rooting program work on all devices. However some programs, like SuperOneClick, have managed to get fairly close to the end goal of a universal rooting program, and some others, like z4root, even allow rooting from the comfort of your hand (no computer required).

Rooting Android with z4root

Have Android 2.2 Froyo or below? That means you can root your phone, from the convenient location of your phone! All you’ll need is a small bit of time. No computer is required. (If you have above Android 2.2, skip down below to SuperOneClick. Framaroot. or device-specific rooting . )

First, you’ll need to make sure that non-Market app installs are allowed; this is called sideloading apps. To do this, go to Menu > Settings > Applications (or Security) and check “Unknown Sources”. (If it’s greyed out, that means that your carrier has decided to be mean and block sideloading. To remove this restriction, try rooting with SuperOneClick. Framaroot. or device-specific rooting below.)

Now that your phone allows sideloading, download z4root onto your phone. Once it has been downloaded, use a file manager to navigate to the APK installer (it will probably be in the download folder) and install z4root. After it is installed, launch z4root from your app tray open it up from your launcher:

Once z4root has been launched, you are half-way finished. Now all you have to do is decide if you want a permanent root, or just a root until you reboot your phone (temporary root). If you want a permanent root, be aware that it won’t work on every phone (try SuperOneClick. Framaroot. or device-specific rooting if z4root doesn’t work for you).

Once you select what type of root you want, just follow on-screen instructions and you will be rooted within minutes. You know you are rooted if you have a “SuperUser” app in your app tray. You may have to reboot your device for this to appear. If the “SuperUser” app appears, congrats! Your Android 2.2 phone is now rooted.

Te following is the list of known phones compatible/incompatible with the permanent root:

(Click on the list to view it in full size.)

If your phone is not in the list shown above, it may or may not be compatible with z4root. The only way to find out is try it out. If your phone is on the incompatible list, you can only use the temporary root option.

Rooting with SuperOneClick

Rooting with SuperOneClick is a fairly easy affair, but requires a bit of setup first. The first thing you need to do is make sure your device will work with SuperOneClick. SuperOneClick only works for devices on Android Gingerbread (2.3.x) and lower. See Framaroot or device-specific rooting if your device is not compatible with SuperOneClick.

It is most likely compatible if it is not one of these (the following are incompatible devices)

  • Sprint EVO 4G (HTC Supersonic)
  • Droid Incredible (HTC Incredible)
  • HTC Desire GSM
  • HTC Desire CDMA (HTC BravoC)
  • HTC Aria
  • Droid Eris (HTC DesireC)
  • HTC Wildfire (HTC Buzz)

These phones have locked NAND chips. In order to remove this lock, you must use unrevoked. a NAND unlocker.

So far the known phones that are compatible with SuperOneClick are:

  • Acer Liquid Metal
  • Dell Streak
  • HTC Magic (Sapphire) 32B
  • HTC Bee
  • LG Ally
  • Motorola Atrix 4G
  • Motorola Charm
  • Motorola Cliq
  • Motorola Droid
  • Motorola Flipside
  • Motorola Flipout
  • Motorola Milestone
  • Nexus One
  • Samsung Captivate
  • Samsung Galaxy 551 (GT-I5510)
  • Samsung Galaxy Portal/Spica I5700
  • Samsung Galaxy S 4G
  • Samsung Galaxy S I9000
  • Samsung Galaxy S SCH-I500
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab
  • Samsung Transform M920
  • Samsung Vibrant
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia E51i X8
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
  • Sprint Hero
  • Telus Fascinate
  • Toshiba Folio 100

The key thing to note is just because your phone is not on the above list does not mean SuperOneClick won’t work with your phone. As long as your phone is not listed on the incompatible list (first list shown above), then your phone may still work with SuperOneClick. The only way you will know for sure is to give it a try; if you are on Android 2.3 Gingerbread or lower, SuperOneClick will likely work for your device. See Framaroot or device-specific rooting if your device is not compatible with SuperOneClick.

After verifying your phone is rootable, there still remain couple of prerequisites to rooting your device:

  • You NEED to put your phone on USB Debugging mode
  • You NEED to install make sure the Android drivers for your phone are installed
  • Make sure you DO NOT mount your SD card
  • If you still can’t get something to run, try doing it in recovery mode

To put your device into USB Debugging mode, go to Settings > Applications > Development and check the “USB Debugging” box. After enabling debugging, install drivers for your phone on your computer and plug in your phone.

After installing the drivers, you’ll need to download SuperOneClick. Note that, due to the exploit used in the rooting program, it may be detected as a virus; this is to be expected and the program is clean as

far as we know. Extract the program and open SuperOneClick.exe (Vista + 7: right click -> run as administrator):

The beauty of SuperOneClick is its rooting method is universal, allowing for all Android devices to be rooted at any version number. So, just hit Root to root your device.

(Sidenote: After rooting, if your device did not allow for sideloading, you can enable sideloading on your device by hitting the Allow Non-Market Apps buttons.)

Once the root procedure has finished, go back to your device. Open your app launcher and you should a new app called “Superuser”. This verifies your device has been rooted; if you don’t see it, try rebooting your device.

Congratulations. You’ve successfully rooted your Android device. Now go have fun theming, de-bloating, and modding.

Rooting With Framaroot

You can think of Framaroot as an updated, modern version of z4root. Like z4root, Framaroot is an Android app that lets you root you root almost any Android smartphone or tablet directly from within the app itself — download the app (you need to sideload, since it isn’t available for Google Play Store), run it, select the relevant options, and Framaroot roots your devices and installs SuperUser. The difference between z4root and Framaroot is, Framaroot is a newer app and supports more newer devices than z4root, thanks to the use of multiple exploits.

As already mentioned, Framaroot works with dozens of devices (noteably, it supports many devices on Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean) but not all devices. So far, the known supported devices are:

Compatibility for Qualcomm devices (Gandalf exploit only) :

  • Asus Padfone 1/2
  • Asus Padfone Infinity
  • Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700KL
  • BW T18+ (Fortis Evo)
  • Cloudfone Thrill 430x
  • Disgo 8400g
  • DNS S4504/S4503/S4502
  • FAEA F1
  • Gigabyte GSmart G1315 Skate
  • Gigabyte GSmart Rio R1
  • Google Nexus 4
  • Highscreen Spark/OMEGA Q/Blast/Strike/Boost
  • HTC One S
  • Huawei Honor Pro (U8950-1)
  • Huawei U8815/U8816 Ascend G300/G301
  • Huawei U8825D Ascend G330D
  • Karbonn Titanium S5
  • Kyocera Torque
  • Lenovo S870E
  • LG Nitro HD
  • LG L7 II P710/P714/P715
  • LG Optimus F5 (P875)
  • LG Optimus G E970/E975
  • LG Optimus L3 II E425
  • LG Optimus L5 E610/612/615
  • LG Optimus L7 II P710/P713/ P714/P715
  • LG Optimus L7 P700/?705
  • LG Optimus LTE 2
  • Micromax A111 Canvas Doodle
  • Oppo Find 5
  • Orange Nivo
  • Pantech Discover
  • Pantech IM-A840S Vega S5
  • Samsung Galaxy Win I8552
  • Sharp Aquos Phone SH930W
  • Sony Xperia E C1505/Dual C1605
  • Sony Xperia L C210X
  • teXet TM-3204R
  • teXet TM-4677
  • Xiaomi Mi-2S
  • ZTE V880G/ZTE V955
  • Waiting feedbacks …

Compatibility for MTK devices (Boromir exploit only) :

  • Alcatel OT 4030D S’POP
  • Alcatel OT 8008D Scribe HD
  • Alcatel OT 997D
  • Alcatel OT Idol 6030X/6030D/6030H
  • Amoi N828
  • ASUS Memo Pad HD 7
  • Chinese Star S7589
  • Explay HD Quad
  • Explay infinity II
  • Explay Polo
  • Explay Surfer 7.32 3G
  • Explay Surfer 8.31 3G
  • Fly IQ440 Energie
  • Fly IQ441 Radiance
  • Fly IQ442 Miracle
  • Fly IQ443 Trend
  • Fly IQ446 Magic
  • Fly IQ450 Quattro Horizon 2
  • Fly IQ451
  • GoClever Fone 570Q
  • Haipai I9389
  • Highscreen Alpha GTX
  • HKC Q79 3G
  • Huawei U8836D G500 Pro
  • IconBIT NetTAB Space 3G Duo
  • iOcean X7
  • Jiayu G2
  • Jiayu G3S
  • Jiayu G4
  • KENEKSI Beta
  • Lava iris 405
  • Lenovo IdeaPhone P700i
  • Lenovo IdeaPhone S720
  • Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
  • Lenovo IdeaTab S6000-H
  • Lenovo P770
  • Lenovo S820, S920, A390
  • Micromax Canvas HD
  • Motorola RAZR D3
  • Newman N1
  • Oppo findway U7015
  • OUMEI X5
  • Philips W536
  • Philips W736
  • Prestigio MultiPhone 4055
  • Prestigio MultiPhone PAP 4505DUO
  • Sharp AQUOS SH837W
  • Star S5 Butterfly
  • TeXet NaviPad TM-7055HD
  • Texet TM-5277
  • THL V12
  • THL W100 (130711)
  • THL W200
  • ZOPO C2 Platinum
  • ZOPO ZP 910
  • ZOPO ZP300+
  • ZOPO ZP900 Leader
  • ZTE V880G/H
  • ZTE V987 Grand X Quad
  • Waiting feedbacks …

Compatibility for Huawei K3V2 devices (Pippin exploit only) :

  • Waiting feedbacks …

Compatibility for Samsung devices (Legolas and Aragorn exploits only) :

  • Samsung Galaxy Core GT-I8262
  • Samsung Galaxy Proclaim S720C
  • Samsung Galaxy Young GT-S6312/GT-S6310
  • Samsung Lightray SCH-R940
  • Waiting feedbacks …

Compatibility for Exynos devices (Sam, Frodo, Legolas and Aragorn exploits only) :

  • AT&T Galaxy Note 2 SGH-I317
  • Highscreen Explosion
  • Hyundai T7s
  • Impression 9702 (Exynos 4412)
  • Lenovo K860/?860i
  • Newman N2
  • Meizu MX2
  • Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC100
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000, GT-N8010, GT-N8013, GT-N8020
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE GT-N7105
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000
  • Samsung Galaxy S GT-i9000
  • Samsung Galaxy S2 AT&T SGH-I777
  • Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch – SPH-D710
  • Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus GT-P6200/GT-P6210
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 GT-P6800/GT-P6810
  • Samsung SGH-i997 Infuse 4G
  • T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 T-889
  • Verizon Galaxy Note 2 SCH-I605
  • iBerry Auxus CoreX2 3G and CoreX4 3G

Compatibility for Omap36XX devices (Gimli exploit only) :

  • Archos Gen8
  • Cliq 2 MB611
  • Coolpad Quattro 4G
  • Droid 2 (a955)
  • Droid 2 Global (a956)
  • Droid X (MB810)
  • LG Marquee LS855
  • LG P970 Optimus Black
  • Motorola DEFY+ (MB525 / MB526)
  • Motorola Droid PRO
  • Motorola Droid X
  • Motorola XPRT
  • Parrot ASTEROID Smart
  • R2D2 (a957)

However, just because your device isn’t on the list doesn’t mean it won’t work — the only way to find out if Framaroot will work on your device is to try it. If Framaroot doesn’t work, rooting will fail and no harm will be done to your device and you should read our device-specific rooting section for a specialized guide on how to root your device. If Framaroot does work… then you are golden.

So ready to give it a try? Head over to Framaroot’s homepage at XDA-Developers to grab it. You will first need to sideload the app onto your smartphone or tablet, meaning you need to first enable Unknown Sources by going to Menu > Settings > Applications (or Security) and checking “Unknown Sources”. Then download the app onto your smartphone or tablet (you can download the app APK onto your computer then transfer it to smartphone or tablet using a USB wire) and install it. Once installed, run it and follow on-screen instructions to have a rooted device in no time!

Other One-Click Tools

If none of the one-click, universal tools we’ve mentioned above work for you, there are a couple of other ones you can try. If you are interested, see Kingo One-Click Tool or Cydia Impactor. Both are one-click rooting tools for Android that works with many different smartphones and tablets — learn more about them to see if they will work for your Android smartphone or tablet.

Device-specific Rooting

dotTech has a section on how-to root guides for individual Android devices; you can read the guides from the links below:

Google devices

Samsung devices

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