In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows you how to root your Sony Xperia Z2. TK recently reviewed the Sony Xperia Z2 And while not readily available in the US yet, it’s still a popular phone in the international markets. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Sony Xperia Z2 is no exception!
TK presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Sony Xperia Z2 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straightforward. This process shows a firmware downgrade to a rootable image. So if you wanted to root your Sony Xperia Z2, take a moment and check this video out.
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan shows you how to root your LG G3. Jordan recently reviewed the LG G3, and it has been released on the major carriers in the use. So as usual here at XDA, we must root all the things, and the LG G3 is no exception!
Jordan presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your LG G3 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straight forward. In fact, you could even use TowelRoot as of the time of this writing, so now you have options. So if you wanted to root your LG G3, take a moment and check this video out.
June 12, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
At this year’s MWC, Taiwanese manufacturer HTC released a couple of new devices. The best known is undoubtedly the HTC One M8 (2014), but this flagship wasn’t the only smartphone that was revealed. There was also a much more affordable giant, the HTC Desire 816.
Packing a 5.5-inch HD display, a 1.6 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, and HTC Sense on board, it has become a popular and affordable choice for many XDA members. But despite its popularity, one thing was missing: root access. But now thanks to an easy guide by XDA Senior Member v_superuser, Desire 816 users can easily root their devices and install a custom recovery. The method described in the thread uses a CWM recovery port by XDA Senior Member kinghunki, which allows for the rooting process to take place, and good old SuperSU. The phone also needs to be unlocked using the HTCDev.
If you are a HTC Desire 816 owner, you can head over to the guide thread to get in on the rooting action.
May 18, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
It’s been a short while since Motorola, now owned by Lenovo, announced the Moto E. In many ways, the E is quite similar to the extremely popular Moto G thanks to its affordable price point and great user experience. This cheap, but capable good device may well become a big success.
The Moto E was launched with a near stock Android firmware and an unlockable bootloader. And soon, the custom ROM madness will arrive, since a system dump was just released by XDA Senior Member Saumitra Yadav. But the above isn’t the end of today’s good news for Moto E users. XDA Recognized Developer cybojenix managed to port TWRP to the “Condor,” which is the Moto E’s code name. And since a working TWRP build allows users to flash SuperSU or other root brokering applications, root has also been achieved.
It’s not entirely necessary to flash TWRP in order to gain root access. If you prefer to keep your stock recovery, just boot TWRP using fastboot and flash SuperSu. Since this TWRP build is an initial release and Motorola hasn’t yet released kernel source, some things don’t work. Luckily, the list is short and contains only two major issues. For starters, touch support while in recovery doesn’t work until the device is put to sleep and woken up again.
Also, you cannot write to the SD Card.
May 14, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows you how to root your Oppo Find 7a. We’ve covered the Find 7a a lot recently, from a full review to its XDA unboxing, but there is one more thing left to do. As is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Oppo prequel to the Find 7 is no exception!
TK presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Oppo Find 7a using tools from the XDA Developers Forums and, exceptionally, from Oppo themselves. The process is painless and straightforward and if you keep to Color ROM, and this won’t prevent you from getting OTAs from Oppo. So if you wanted to root your Oppo Find 7a, take a moment and check this video out.
March 26, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows you how to root your Samsung Galaxy Gear. The Galaxy Gear and smartwatches in general are hot news in the Android ecosystem. The Galaxy Gear is the device responsible for mainstreaming smartwatches. And as usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and our buddy the Galaxy Gear is no exception!
TK presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Galaxy Gear using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. First, TK shows you how to gain root access using XDA Forum Member photonicgeek’s guide. Then, he installs the Xposed framework, GravityBox and other modules. If you wanted to root your Galaxy Gear, take a moment and check this video out.
January 24, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.5, or the whatever next version of Android is, could break root app functionality! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact has been rooted and the release of Paranoid Android 4.0 Beta 3! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for SwypeBack, he compared the Omate TrueSmart smartwatch 2.0, the Samsung Galaxy Gear and the Pebble, and he gave us an Review of CyanogenMod on the Oppo N1. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
We all love rooting our devices, and we all have many different reasons as to why we root. But oddly enough, some companies don’t want you to have root access. Recently, T-Mobile’s app began warning users about the “dangers” of running a rooted device. Who knows what companies might do to their app if they don’t want you to have root?
Retuning to our normal programming with this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that hides root functionality from some apps. XDA Forum Member devadvance created the Root Cloak Xposed Module to allow you to hide your apparently “nefarious” rooting actions. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this module review.
December 4, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan shows you how to root your Oppo N1. The Oppo N1 is hot news in the Android ecosystem. It is the device that is pushing the limit of phone size, and some say even phablet size. This thing is huge. But as usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Oppo N1 is no exception!
Jordan presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Oppo N1 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. First, Jordan shows you how to gain root access using XDA Senior Recognized Developer Jcase’s APK root exploit. Then, he installs TWRP and OmniROM. If you wanted to root your Oppo N1, take a moment and check this video out.
November 25, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
For the most part, there aren’t too many Intel-powered Android smartphones on the market. There’s nothing inherently wrong with them, although things are a bit tricky for older NDK-produced apps that haven’t been cross-compiled. However, there is one relatively popular model that featured Intel’s Atom Z2460 chip, and that’s the Motorola RAZR i.
Recently, we talked about how Motorola was doing the right thing and reinstating warranties on developer edition devices that have had their bootloaders unlocked via Motorola’s unlocking service. Unfortunately though, this only applies to developer edition devices. Standard Motorola devices that are unlocked will have their warranties void, just as before. And previously on the RAZR i, this was the only way to obtain root access.
Now thanks to XDA Senior Recognized Developer jcase, you no longer have to unlock your bootloader in order to root your device. Jcase developed a seven-step root exploit method that will get you rooted without a bootloader unlock. The method involves a few adb push and adb shell commands, and they’re clearly laid out by the developer.
If you were holding off on rooting your RAZR i because you didn’t want to void your warranty, you may want to give Jcase’s method a shot. To get started, simply head over to the original thread and follow the seven easy steps. Developers interested in viewing the source code behind the exploit can do so by making your way over to Jcase’s GitHub.
[Many thanks to reader Dagonban for the tip!]
Earlier today, we covered a relatively simple root method for the Oppo N1. Unfortunately, however, that root method wasn’t exactly ideal, as it used the kingoroot root method to do the heavy lifting. And in addition to the potential hazards of that approach, it offered no real advantages over installing TWRP by Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy and then flashing Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire‘s SuperSU.
Now, however, XDA Senior Recognized Developer jcase presents a simple exploit-based root method based on research conducted by Saurik and Giantpune. The tool lets you achieve root on your N1 by simply installing and executing the provided APK. Once that is done, you wait one minute, install SuperSU from Google Play, and uninstall the APK using ADB (or a terminal emulator).
If simple root access is what you’re after and you don’t need to have the power and versatility of a custom recovery, jcase’s root exploit is your best bet for achieving root on the Oppo N1 simply and easily. Make your way over to the original thread to get started.
You really need to hold the Oppo N1 in your hands to fully understand the detail and design that Oppo crafted into this 5.9″ device. Aside from the sheer size, the device features a unique camera system, as well as a very healthy corporate policy on aftermarket development. While obtaining the device in many countries is still somewhat of a challenge, XDA Senior Member Harfainx shared simple and easy tool capable of rooting the N1. The process so simple that all you need to do is connect your device to your computer with USB Debugging enabled, and it’ll pretty much take care of the rest. The process is for Windows computers only, and requires ADB drivers to be installed, but other than that, there’s not much to it. Head over to the original thread, located within our newly created Oppo N1 Forum, to learn more. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out TWRP for the N1 courtesy of Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy!
November 23, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
After a fortuitous change of heart no doubt due to the influence of its new parent company, Motorola is now becoming one of the good guys. Along with their newly found acceptance of third-party developers, the company has also been pumping out KitKat updates for its flagship Moto X at an impressive pace. We were first shocked to see the Verizon model receive the first non-Nexus KitKat OTA update. Not too long after, we saw the T-Mobile and AT&T variants follow suit.
One thing is always a bit troublesome when upgrading Android firmwares, though, and that’s reacquiring root access. Thankfully, this has proven no major challenge for XDA Senior Recognized Developer jcase, who has managed to root the Android 4.4 update on the Moto X using what he is calling SlapMyMoto. SlapMyMoto is essentially a modified version of the previously covered RockMyMoto, an exploit package that was originally created to root the Moto X after it had received the 4.2.2 camera update.
It is important to note that SlapMyMoto is currently in a BETA release. What this means to end users is that while the root method works, it involves a rather convoluted procedure. In other words, non-techy users would be best served by holding off for now, while jcase readies a more permanent solution. But if you try this and you run into problems, jcase recommends flashing back to the 4.2.2 camera update. That said, this process is more risky than previous versions. And of course, don’t accept any OTAs after using this root method.
If you’ve been eagerly awaiting root access on your newly KitKat-laden Moto X, head over to the development thread to get started! Again, please keep in mind that this root method isn’t for the faint of heart. But if you follow the steps properly, you’ll be rewarded with a freshly rooted piece of that KitKat bar.
[Many thanks to jcase for the heads up!]