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How To Root Your Android Phone Or Tablet

Android is based on Linux and comes locked with only standard user access given to its user. Root access – also known as Superuser access – is the access level on Linux-based devices that lets their users perform administrative tasks including writing to the system partition, installing Linux binaries and scripts at the core level, modifying protected system files and changing their permissions, and using several apps that require such privileges that aren’t possible without root access. We have been covering rooting procedures for several Android devices in the past and in this post, we aim to bring them all together. In the beginning, you might see just a few devices listed here but over time, we will be updating this guide with rooting procedures for all the devices we have already covered as well as those we will be covering in the future.

The procedure for rooting an Android phone or tablet varies from device to device, based on its version of Android as well as any manufacturer or carrier-specific restrictions placed in its firmware. Fortunately, we have already covered several universal rooting methods that should work on many Android phones and tablets. In addition, we have also written about specific rooting procedures for almost all popular Android phones and tablets, as well as for some relatively less popular ones.

So, all you have to do is try out the universal methods, and if they don’t work for your device, use the specific procedure for it from the list below. We shall be adding more devices here as they get released and their rooting methods become available.

Disclaimer: Rooting your device will void its warranty. In addition, performing the rooting procedure incorrectly may have unexpected consequences. Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.

Universal Rooting Methods

If one of these methods works for your device, you don’t need to go through any dedicated procedure. Just confirm that the method you are using supports your device, before trying it out. The methods listed first are for the latest versions of Android, but often support many earlier versions as well, so trying them first should do it for most users.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.1, 4.2 & 4.3 Jelly Bean, & Earlier

Framaroot
Kingo Android ROOT

Android 2.3 Gingerbread & Earlier

GingerBreak
SuperOneClick

Android 2.2 Froyo & Earlier

Universal Androot
Z4Root

Device-Specific Rooting Methods

Here are the device-specific methods for many popular Android phones and tablets that you can use if none of the universal methods listed above work for you.

Google Nexus Devices

Root Google Nexus OneRoot Google Nexus One from Ubuntu Linux
Root Google Nexus S
Root Google Galaxy Nexus on Android 4.0On Android 4.0.2 (CF-Root)On Android 4.1 to 4.2
Root Google Nexus 4 on Android 4.2
Root Google Nexus 4, 7, 10 & Galaxy Nexus on Android 4.3
Root Google Nexus 5 on Android 4.4
Root Google Nexus 7 (2012)
Root Google Nexus 7 (2013) on Android 4.3
Root Google Nexus 10 on Android 4.2 | Using Superboot

Acer

Root Acer Iconia A500

Advent

Root Advent Vega

Amazon

Root Amazon Kindle Fire

ASUS

Root Asus Eee Pad Transformer

Barnes & Noble

Root Nook Color
Root Nook Color running Honeycomb
Root Nook Tablet (Windows) | Root Nook Tablet (Linux & Mac)

Dell

Root Dell Venue
Root Dell Streak 7

HTC

Root HTC Aria
Root HTC Desire
Root HTC Desire HD | Root HTC Telus Desire HD
Root HTC Desire Z / T-Mobile G2
Root HTC Droid Incredible
Root HTC Droid Eris
Root HTC EVO 4G
Root HTC EVO Shift 4G
Root HTC Hero
Root HTC Incredible S (S-OFF devices only)
Root HTC Inspire 4G
Root HTC Legend
Root HTC myTouch 3G Slide
Root HTC myTouch 4G
Root HTC Tattoo
Root HTC ThunderboltRoot HTC Thunderbolt on Mac
Root HTC Wildfire
Root HTC One S
Root HTC One X
Root HTC One X+
Root HTC DROID DNA
Root HTC Butterfly X920D
Root HTC One (M7)

LG

Root LG Ally
Root LG T-Mobile G2XRoot LG T-Mobile G2X from Mac/Linux
Root LG / T-Mobile G-Slate from Linux
Root LG Optimus 2X
Root LG Optimus One
Root LG Optimus GT540
Root LG Optimus T
Root LG Optimus V

Motorola

Root Motorola Atrix 4G
Root Motorola Backflip
Root Motorola Bravo
Root Motorola Defy
Root Motorola Devour
Root Motorola Droid
Root Motorola Droid 2
Root Motorola Droid X
Root Motorola Flipout
Root Motorola i1
Root Motorola Milestone
Root Motorola Milestone XT720
Root Motorola Moto X, Droid Ultra, Mini & Maxx
Root Motorola Moto X on Android 4.4 KitKat
Root Motorola XOOM | Root Motorola XOOM after Android 3.1 update

Notion Ink

Root Notion Ink Adam

Samsung

Root Samsung Captivate
Root Samsung Continuum
Root Samsung Epic 4G
Root Samsung Fascinate (Telus)
Root Samsung Galaxy 3
Root Samsung Galaxy S 4G
Root Samsung Galaxy S I9000 | Root Samsung Galaxy S I9000 running any stock ROM
Root Samsung Galaxy S II I9100 | Root Samsung Galaxy S II I9100 With Single Click
Root Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700
Root Samsung Intercept
Root Samsung Vibrant
Root Samsung Galaxy Note
Root Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Root Samsung Galaxy S III I9300 | Root Samsung Galaxy S III With CF-Root
Root Samsung Galaxy S4 19500 International Exynos 5 Version
Root Samsung Galaxy S4 19505
Root Samsung Galaxy Tab | Root Samsung Galaxy Tab running 2.3.3 Gingerbread
Root Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Root Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

Smartbook

Root Smartbook Surfer

Sony

Root Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
Root Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo
Root Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
Root Sony Ericsson Xperia X8
Root Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
Root Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini / Pro
Root Sony Xperia S On Gingerbread
Root Sony Xperia Z

Toshiba

Root Toshiba Folio 100

Viewsonic

Root Viewsonic G Tablet
Root Viewsonic Viewpad 7 Tablet

ZTE

Root ZTE Racer

If none of the universal procedures listed above worked for your device and you din’t see a dedicated method for your device listed here either, do a quick Google search for it and you will most likely find it. Also let us know about it in the comments and while we don’t guarantee it (especially for less popular devices), we will cover it for you here if possible.

Done with rooting and want to customize your device further? We have you covered, in our comprehensive Android customization series that covers custom ROMs, themes, apps, wallpapers, lock screens, boot screens, fonts, status bar tweaks and more. Ready for it? View our series on how to customize the looks of your Android phone or tablet.

423 Comments

  1. Please help me to give the method and process to root Galaxy s7 edge Verizon model in witch I ready installed G935U stock rom

  2. Hoping to root this brick i have stylo 2 7.0 nougat. Idk why it is but it seems tbis device formats itself and its a strugle to keep up with it. Help please

  3. Hello, forgive me but i’m dyslexic and as a consequence a little confused.., bare with me…

    I have an Alcatel Pixi 4 on 6.0.
    Could someone please send me a link to root the above?
    The bloatwear is a monster… 🙁

  4. I have been trying with no success to use framarooot and kingo but im failing. I have installed them in my xperia T- Lt30p. How can i root my phone? I want to remove some apps i feel are unnecessary to me.

  5. Hi, my brothers phone (HTC One M8S) became pretty much bricked (Can only load the screen pictured below) when the battery died on a stock auto update.. It was not tampered with in any way… Have found no solution online, if anyone has any ideas or help it would be very much appreciated.. Im new to this android stuff.
    Cheers

  6. Can anyone help with a link, pretty please sugar on top ?: )

    I have NOTE 4 (SM-N910FZDENEE)
    Euro model sim.
    Lollipop 5.01
    Thanks.

  7. Anyone try a root on an LG Escape 2? As far as I can tell, it is a very uncommon phone. But if anyone has any resources on how to root this device, it would be much appreciated. I attempted the one-click-root but it did not pan out, and my device is bricked on the bootup (Life is Good) screen. Thank you.

  8. Hi!

    Mine is a Gionee Gpad_G2 with JB 4.1.2 (Kernel version – 3.4.5). I’m unable to read Malayalam (regional) font on my phone!!! However, this works perfectly well on several other Gionee models, though!

    Upon googling, I came across a post saying that I’d need to root my phone and then I’d be able to read Malayalam font on it. I tried doing so using Mobogenie and then it said that my phone was successfully rooted. But still, I’m unable to read this font. I’m a non-techie person and I’m stuck with this process. I don’t understand where and how am I going wrong here!!!

    Last day, I came across this post and wanted to check my chance here. It’d be of great help if someone here could explain me the detailed procedure by which I can solve this issue?

    Thanks

  9. hi i have done root to my micromax canvas a111 then by mistake i have deleted some system apps. now my phone is not working properly any solution????

  10. I have HTC Explorer and want to Root this phone.

    I am new to rooting phones, please send the guide and instructions for rooting my phone.

    Waiting for your reply

  11. Linsay F-7HD, new to the android with 4.1.1 but only 4G flash and only 1.98G free. Does come Google certified with Google services. Cortex A-9 processor and not a bad Tablet at all for $99.00. Just need root to try and change vold.fstab to swap internal and external. Thanks for any info.

  12. sir can u guide me to root my samsung galaxy music duos (ICS 4.0.4) device ? i have searched thru internet and couldn’t find any method universal root method that could do the job ? waiting patiently for ur positive repose. plz HELP !

  13. I have a myphone A818 duo, I’m not sure if I should root it cause I might brick my phone. Are there any info on having rooted this phone before? ; A ;

  14. hello! i want to root my tablet-prestigio multipad PMP5197D ultra… i have never root any of my android devices but i realy want to update my tablet to android 4.1.1- witch requests root. i have alredy downloaded superoneclick on my pc and on my tablet,but i dont know how to work with it… i reaaaly want to root it so if any1 is interested to help me, plzz send answer on my email- Tadej.selena@gmail.com… plz some1 answer my coment i would love to see that 🙂 thanx!

  15. Root application for Micromax A75

    Model Number

    Micromax A75

    Android Version

    2.3.4

    Baseband Version

    MAUI.11AMD.W11.37.SP.V2.F1.P1,

    2011/11/22

    Kernel Version

    2.6.35.7

    Build Number

    [SW VERSION] A75_0201_V3021
    [HW VERSION] A75_Mainboard_P3

    Plzzzzzzzz Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Hi. I have a new (at least in Brazil) Motorola device (XT 389) and nothing worked until now, no method seemed to do the job. I could root 3 other devices different from this one, but this one simply doesn’t want to be rooted :/ Any help is welcome. Tks

  17. htc vivid, i couldnt find it on the net anywhere, and so is yours, my htc is PH39100, HTC Vivid, Android 4.0.3, software number: 3.26.502.56 710RD, need help asap.

  18. My chinese android mobile reads nte a copycat i was told of HTC.
    I am not able to run android market cause it reads only chinese.
    rest of language is english, but most apps are chinese & not useful.
    will it help if I attach photo of mobile.
    kindly help.
    yash
    yasharma@hotmail.com

  19. Hi,

    There is no rooting process tht can root a Samsung S5830T running 2.3.4 and GINGERBREAD.DVKQ3.
    I’ve tied everything with no success as has many others.

  20. Hello.. Is the method of rooting ‘HTC Wildfire’ that provided here is suitable for ‘HTC Wildfire S’? And also I would like to ask for the rooting method of ‘Samsung Galaxy Wonder’..
    Thank you so much

  21. How do i root a HTC EVO 3 g design ( Sprint ) and if I’m not CPU savvy will I be able to do this without screwing my phone up?

  22. I have a samsung SCH-R720 “vitality”/admire from cricket w/Muve Music application pre- installed running on a 2.3 Gingerbread. Iz it possible for me to root my phone? What are the benefits/drawbacks? What is the procedure for doing so?

  23. I was attempting to root my android device from china using z4. i did an unroot first to remove the settings that came on device to root for my using. did i make a mistake

  24. My device is Micromax A75 with Gingerbread 2.3.4 version this is not found in the list given above could you help me in rooting as I very much know about the consequences and ready to face it. my email is sebsonik@gmail.com please help thank you in advance………….

  25. I don’t know what model my phone is. My box says its a samsung showcase galaxy s. What do I do to get it rooted. Or is it listed on here already?

  26. Hi! I’ve got a question…

    Will the superoneclick v2.3 work on my Samsung Galaxy Wonder smart phone with Gingerbread v2.3.5? if not what should I use?

    Thank You!

    Brother Mark

  27. Is there something specific to the Bionic? I have tried rooting several times, but my bionic will not root. Please help.

  28. Is there a way to backup a device before rooting? Just in case? I have LG Vortex, and i got it cause it was cheap (bad idea) and i want to root it….

  29. so i have a boost mobile Samsung prevail  and i tried every thing you offer i did z4 and all that did was make the phone freeze on reboot and when i do a battery pull its still the same i also tried androot and super one click so please help me cuz i really what me to have my phone rooted but i just dont want to brick it so please help me

  30. Would it be possible to provide a guide for a tablet, MID 7 in. With A7 processor running 2.3.4. Tried ginger break, cant find anything. Tried super oneclick and it cant find drivers. Universal androot doesnt work for anything 2.3 and above so im stuck. Thry gave me a tab that has a 1.5 processor but i cant use to full potential as i need root to modify cpu as mine stops at 1008 mghz. Any help would be awesome, and greatly appreciated. I am not new to rooting at all, all my android devices are running clockwork recovery and rom manager for all. So i do know what iam doing i just cant find drivers for this thing andbdont know how to develop a way.

    Thanks for the help

  31. I have a android Samsung sgh-t589 and I’ve searched everywhere and cant seem to find a rooting system to work with my phone

  32. I have a android Samsung sgh-t589 and I’ve searched everywhere and cant seem to find a rooting system to work with my phone

  33. I have the android optimus q v 2.3.4 its the straight talk new androids I’ve serched and didn’t have any luck plz help. Me with a guide as I’m new to ths I know a little just need step by step so I don’t brick (my phone) ??? Or whatever plz help me

  34. I have a phone with Android 2.1 called – GHT Maestro

    Please provide me the guide for this phone.. It will be very helpful for me

  35. can this be rooted?
    hardware: at&t_A9293_MP
    software: A9293_4g_at&t_V1.08
    build:FRG83G
    Kernel: 2.6.35.7-perf root@scm #3
    baseband: Iris_d7_4g_V1.08
    android: 2.3.9
    running with  cyanogenmod 7

    tnx

    H

  36. Hi

    I took a tablet phone from China. It is unbranded. However it runs Android 2.2
    When i go to Setting > About Device I see the below given Data:

    Status
    Battery Use

    Legal Information
    Model Number : msm7227_ffa

    Android Version: 2.2.2

    Baseband Version: Unknown

    Kernel version: 2.6.32.9-perf

    Build Number: I700T_P6_T02_AC01_FT4_H44_R_0_02_110923

    Can you please guide me what procedure I should adopt to root this device ?

    Awaiting your reply

    Thanks
    dev

  37. I just got a Toshiba Thrive and was wondering if there is a root for it available yet? Other then voiding the warranty are there any other issues that I need to worry about?

  38. Hello friends i really need help for my MID 7″ gsm,gprs,3G, and android 2.2v1.5.2 suported wondermedia wm8650 device.

    Android OS 2.2
    Kernal 2.6.32
    Build Number V1.5.2
    Model number: Wondermedia WM8650
    Build no: generic-eng 2.2 Froyo v1.5.2

    I Need a ROM for my device….i tried most of the ROM…all are working but cant activate gsm support.

  39. Could someone contact me to guide me through rooting my samsung prevail my cell # is 310-4281198, i give guitar lessons in exchange!

  40. Thank you so much for compiling and creating a list of this information. Here is another tablet to research and add when time permits: Nextbook, distributed by E Fun, manufactured in China, Android OS 2.1 and later; website: http://www.nextbookusa.com Looking forward to what you find out about this device. Thanks and regards.

  41. Hello 🙂
    I wanna ask you something, after we rooted our phone, will the applications in internal memory deleted or disappeared?
    Thanks 😀

  42. Hi I have bought HTC desire s from t.mobile. is it ok to root it using one of z universal methods mentioned above or u may recommend something else. Thx

  43. I’m convinced I want to root my Huwaei android, however seeing as I am a beginner with the Android technology, I don’t want to simply—fuck it up?

  44. Could u help me in rooting my samsung galaxy pop (5570). Since i am new to these android kinds of stuff i request u to guide me for an error free rooting procedures and the common mistakes comitted by the new users

  45. Please do a guide for Samsung Galaxy Ace. I’ve followed the steps of other websites, but they don’t seem to work. May I seek your help?

  46. wat r d disadvantages of rooting an android device….???? i know i will lose my warranty but other than dat…???? i heard from my frnds dat it wil hang a lot after rooting…???? i want my android device 2 b safe after rooting….so wil it b safe after rooting…???

    after rooting i hav heard dat i wont b able 2 use the original apps which i wil download frm android market….is dat true…??? wil i b able 2 root samsung galaxy s2..???? n hav acces 2 millions of apps for free…???

    PLZZZ DO REPLY AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE…….

    • dude the funny thing is that you spelled grammar wrong in your reply to his bad spelling and worse…. “GRAMMAR” hahaha

    • yea whazup maan, yo y root y talkie with zbu. lol my frind. omg lol again.
      lmafo word, yo.

      Maybe if you first finish your 2nd grade in school and learn to write. After you able to read and write, you can try to root your phone. a-hole, yo, got it?

  47. Can the milestone x be rooted? I was wondering, I didn’t see the link for it above. I’m running Android version 2.2.1 is there any upgrades or hop ups for this phone?

    • Are you able to customise alot with your phone? I have the infuse as well and it actually doensnt do anything special… it is kind of agrivating!!

  48. My phone is Sharp SH-12C which is not in your list for root. Of course, I have tried the ways you mention above for rooting it. However they all can not work for it. Do you have any ways to root it? Your kindly help would be appreciated. Thanks a lot.

  49. sr plz knw me how to root my samsumg galaxy Fit GT S5670 I had updated it to the latest gingerbread firmware 2.3.4 I hd also done ginger break process bt can’t takes lots of time I hd wait abt an hour bt nthng hppnd plz help me….. how can I root my device…..

  50. how can i change the gmail account to another gmail accoumt in micromax a60 andriod mobile without reset the mobile

  51. Hi,

    I appreciate that has been an inundation of requests, but I didn’t see a link to rrot the Samsung Galaxy Mini. I took a look on Google and it didn’t turn anything useful… Do you think you could lend me a hand?

    Cheers,

    Cirel

  52. what about the “MID” 7″ EPADWonder Media Table WM8650 android 2.2 generic-eng 2.2 froyo ver. 1.3.0-20110418.122309

    cpu type: VIA VT8650 ARM926 600-800 MHz

    800X400 res

    0.3m pixels

    any root/flash/upgrade????

  53. I just read your “top 10 reasons to root an android” and I agree with it completely. We can customize our computers so why not our phones, which are basically mini-computers anyways! I was hoping you could include a guide for the Samsung Moment. I’ll be doing a google search for it until then. Thanks!

  54. Hello.i have samsung infuse froyo 2.2 .i did. Use one click. i rooted and its work i want to make it arabic android.any help

  55. Wow. Thank you for sharing the knowledge after going through all the learning process yourselves. This is a great example of what communities in the real world should be like. It all starts somwhere, right? 😉

    reminds me of wikipedia: “Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That’s our commitment.”

  56. This is an amazing list. the best I have seen. I am working on writing up a post on rooting phones and I will refer traffic here for specific device links. Great work.
    -Charlie (opensourcepalm.com)

  57. can you provide a guide for Archos 70b Reader ?

    I rooted my Device bye z4root but after root i cant copy font files to /system/fonts , this files are r/o pemission.

    I want to copy any fonts in this folder but I cant …

    Please help me .. Thanks

  58. how about for Samsung galaxy mini s5570.. i know it would be just a few steps to root but it would love to follow your tutorial on how to do it.. Thanks..

  59. How about the Lt8025 KLU tablet by Curtis? It’s dirt cheap and has USB and Wired NIC. But just OS2.1 and no market.

    if I could get it to 2.2 and get market on there, I’t would be one SWEET peice of kit, and only $149.00

  60. Hi,

    Any guidance please

    Rooted SAMSUNG Galaxy 551with z4root and now back is not working. Event tried Button Saviour, but it also doesn’t work. So it means not problem with hardware but some soft piece got interrupted while rooted the phone.

    Any suggestions as now warranty is void and I am left on community help.

    Thanks in advance 🙂

  61. I rooted am micromax a60 with univeesal androot . I am so happy now I can install As many apps as I want using link2sd.

    • please tell me what is “link2sd” and is it really possible to install app to sd in micromax a60? if yes, then how.. would you mind telling me how did you do that step by step …..

  62. Greetings:

    I’m a complte newbie as it pertains to Android. I got a Viewsonic ViewPad 10 – the one with dual boot Android and Windows 7. It’s a cool device but my issue is that it’s running Android 1.6. I found what I think is a ROM for it on code.google.com, but I am SO nervous about actually doing the root! And isnt the ROM for upgrading the OS – not rooting? If someone could post rooting procedures for the Viewsonic Viewpad 10 I would be most grateful! Thanks!

    • Hello there, can you tell me which guide to root Samsung Galaxy Ace? I didn’t see it above. Thanks.. 🙂

  63. Hello,
    I have an optimus one. Which has a v10c firmware.
    I’m not able to root my device by any of the conventional methods.
    I’ve also tried z4root and other one click root apps. Nothing works.
    Plz suggest me a method to root my device.

  64. I noticed that the Dell Streak 5 was not on the list. Is there a way to root this phone successfully? I have been trying everything lately and can’t find a suitable method for my unlocked Dell Streak 5 running Froyo 2.2. If you could help out that would be amazing. Thanks

  65. i am unable to change the source in my sony xperia x10a at&t mobile
    plz tell me how to change source setting…………so that i can easily install apps from system
    and also third party apps

  66. Can you please provide information for :
    Model No. Micromax Andro A60
    Firmware Version : 2.1-update1
    Baseband & Build Version : A60_I-TSACD044
    Kernel Version : 2.6.29-perf
    Kernel@Micromax
    Thanx

    • uni android root works fine for A60 …wifi tether for root also works with some tweaking settings…glk.

  67. Do the universal methods support rooting Micromax A60 (which actually is rebranded ZTE penguin)?

    Or will the ZTE Racer way work?

    A60 comes with the stock 2.1 (update1 or whatever it means).

    I want it to enable wireless tethering.

    • I am not sure whether the universal method supports it or not but I wouldn’t recommend trying a method that is specific to one device, with another one.
      I’ll just try finding a dedicated method for the ZTE Penguin and feature it here when (if) I find one.

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    • The procedure for rooting an Android phone or tablet varies from device to device, based on its version of Android as well as any manufacturer or carrier-specific restrictions placed in its firmware. Fortunately, we have already covered several universal rooting methods that should work on many Android phones and tablets. In addition, we have also written about specific rooting procedures for almost all popular Android phones and tablets, as well as for some relatively less popular ones.

    • Could you upload a guide to rooting the new Live with Walkman? 🙁 can’t seem to get it done through any of these methods.. 🙁

    • any of this work on a alcatel 2.1 android phone this got about 5 apps that i cant kill that are not android !!!!!

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