Unlike iPhone, rooting your Android phone is not an easy task, at least it is not for the faint-hearted. To make it worse, there are different model of Android phones in the market, each comes with its own customization. This make it difficult to develop a universal rooting tool that can work on all models.
With the UniversalAndRoot app, rooting becomes a simple task that any person can do.
Personally, I own a Nexus One. To root it, I have to unlock the bootloader and that voids my warranty. With UniversalAndRoot, I am able to root my phone without having to unlock the bootloader. The best thing is, I can even unroot my phone and get it back to the original state. Isn’t that great.
While UniversalAndRoot is extremely easy to use, it only works on selected phones for now. Phones that are supported include:
- Google Nexus One (running 2.2)
- HTC Hero (2.1)
- HTC Magic (1.5)
- Dell Streak (2.1)
- Motorola Milestone (2.1)
- Motorola XT701
- Motorola XT800 (2.1)
- Motorola ME511
- Sony Ericsson X10 (1.6)
- Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro (1.6)
- Acer Liquid (2.1)
- Vibo A688 (1.6)
- LG1 1.6
- Mytouch 3G Slide
- LG Ally
- HTC Tattoo
- More to come
Note: Sorry to all Samsung Galaxy S users, the UniversalAndRoot does not support your device yet.
Go to http://blog.23corner.com/tag/universalandroot/ and download the latest version (the latest version as of this post is 1.6.1). Before you install, make sure your phone is supported by the application (else it will brick your phone).
Once you have installed the app, open the UniversalAndroot app and you will see a dropdown field and two buttons.
In the dropdown field, select your current Android version.
Tap on the Root button. Wait for about 5 seconds.
That’s it. Your phone is now rooted.
To unroot, simply tap the Unroot button.
and you have once again become the slave of the evil device.
What can you do after rooting?
Rooted phone also allows you to install custom ROM. If you are planning to do so, you can install the ROM manager app (Appbrain link) in the market and use it to flash the recovery image, backup your current ROM, download the popular ROM around and automate the wiping/installing process.
Now that you have rooted (or have a reason to root) your phone What other stuff do you want to do on your rooted phone?
Disclaimer: I have only tried the above app on Nexus one and it worked flawlessly. I have also installed cyanogenmod ROM without any issue or having to unlock the bootloader. Your mileage might differ.
Image credit: Andrew Mason