How to Root Any Device

Welcome to the XDA-Developers Root Directory. Here, you can find root tutorials for most devices that are on the XDA Forums. Learn how to root any Android device! If you don’t see your device listed or you see a misplaced link, send a PM to PG101, with the device details and a link to the root thread on XDA.

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For those new to the world of rooting, acquiring root access essentially grants you elevated permissions. With root access, you are able to access and modify files that would normally be inaccessible, such as files stored on the /data and /system partitions. Having root access also allows you to run an entirely different class of third-party applications and apply deep, system-level modifications. And by proxy, you may also be able to access certain device features that would otherwise be inaccessible or use existing features in new ways.

Having root access isn’t the end all-be all of device modification–that title is usually reserved for fully unlocked bootloaders and S-Off. That said, root access is generally the first step on your journey to device modification. As such, root access is often used to install custom recoveries, which then can be used to flash custom ROMs, kernels, and other device modifications. Root access also enables users to install the powerful and versatile Xposed Framework, which itself acts as a gateway to easy, non-destructive device modification.

Due to its inherent power, having root access is often dangerous. Thankfully, there are root brokering applications such as SuperSU that only grant root access to applications of your choosing. There are also various root-enabled utilities available to help you restore in the event that something goes wrong. For starters, you can use any number of root-enabled application backup tools to backup your applications and their data to your local storage, your PC, and even online cloud storage. And in conjunction with a custom recovery, rooted users are able to perform a full, system-wide Nandroid backup that essentially takes a snapshot of your current smartphone or tablet at any particular time.

We can go on about the virtues of root access ad infinitum, but we’ll stop for now because we sense you salivating at the prospect of root access and what you can do with your device once root is achieved. Head to the links below to begin the journey.

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Framaroot

Many devices can be rooted using this application. Check your device for compatibility.

Towelroot

Created by XDA Recognized Developer geohotTowelroot is another root exploit app that is compatible with a large range of devices. The root exploit itself is built around Linux kernel CVE-2014-3153 discovered by hacker Pinkie Pie, and it involves an issue in the Futex subsystem that in turn allows for privilege escalation. Although specifically designed for certain variants of the Galaxy S5, it is compatible with the majority of devices running unpatched kernels.

CF-Auto-Root

Created by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire, CF-Auto-Root is a root for “rooting beginners” and those who want to keep as close to stock as possible. CF-Root is meant to be used in combination with stock Samsung firmwares as well as Nexus devices, and be the quickest and easiest way for your first root. In essence, it does nothing but install and enable SuperSU on your system, so apps can gain root access.

 

Samsung

Galaxy Ace

Galaxy S Advance

Galaxy S Relay

Galaxy W

Galaxy Y

Galaxy Y Duos (GT-S5360)

Galaxy Nexus

Galaxy S II (JellyBean)

Galaxy SII Plus (4.1.2 | 4.2.2)

Galaxy S III (International | Verizon 4.3 – 4.1.2 | Sprint | AT&T | T-Mobile)

Galaxy S4 (International Exynos – Snapdragon | Verizon | Sprint | AT&T | T-Mobile | Canadian)

Galaxy S4 Active

Galaxy S5 (International Qualcomm/Exynos | Sprint | T-Mobile | Verizon | AT&T)

Galaxy Note (International | Verizon | Sprint | T-Mobile AT&T)

Galaxy Note 2 (International | Verizon | Sprint | AT&T | T-Mobile)

Galaxy Note 3 (International | Verizon | Sprint | AT&T | T-Mobile)

Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Galaxy Gear

Gear 2

Gear 2 Neo

Tab Pro (12.2, 10.1, 8.4)

Tab S (8.4 | 10.5)

Tab 3

Tab 4

 

HTC

HTC Butterfly

HTC Desire

HTC Desire 500

HTC Desire 610

HTC Desire 816

HTC Desire X

HTC Desire Z

HTC Desire HD

HTC Evo 3D

HTC Flyer/Evo View 4G

HTC Incredible

HTC Incredible S

HTC One S

HTC One V

HTC One X | One X+

HTC Sensation

HTC One M7 (International | Verizon | Sprint | AT&T | T-Mobile)

HTC One Mini

HTC One Max

HTC One M8 (International | Verizon | Sprint | AT&T | T-Mobile)

 

Google

Chromecast

Nexus One

Nexus 4

Nexus 5

Nexus 7 (Tablet)

Nexus 10 (Tablet)

 

Motorola

Moto E

Moto G

Moto X

Droid X (MB810), Droid 2 (a955), Droid 2 Global (a956), R2D2 (a957)

Droid X2 (MB870)

Droid 3 (XT862)

Droid 4 (XT894)

Droid Razr

Droid Razr HD

XOOM

 

Sony

Xperia Line (Cross Development) (Link 1 | Link 2)

Xperia T/V/TX

Xperia Z (For FW 10.3.1.A.0.244)

Xperia Z Ultra

Xperia Z Ultra GPe

Xperia Z1

Xperia Z2

Xperia Z2 (Tablet)

Xperia Z1 Compact

Xperia S

Xperia SP (For FW 12.0.A.2.245/254)

Xperia U

 

LG

G Flex

G2 (International | Verizon | Sprint | AT&T | T-Mobile)

G2 Mini

G3 (International/Unlocked Only/AT&T)

Pro 2

Lucid 2

G Watch

 

Oppo

N1

R819

Find 5

Find 7 | 7a

 

OnePlus

OnePlus One

 

Amazon

Kindle Fire 1 (original)
Kindle Fire 2

 

Others

ZTE Blade

Nvidia Tegra Note 7

HP Slate 7 (2800)

NVidia Shield Tablet

Dell Venue / Acer Iconia A1-830

 

Updated: 21 Oct 2014

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