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 One | Root Google Nexus One from Ubuntu Linux
Root Google Nexus S
Root Google Galaxy Nexus on Android 4.0 | On 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 Thunderbolt | Root 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 G2X | Root 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.

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About Alyse Kalish

Alyse Kalish
As an Associate Editor for The SalesJobInfo, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.

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