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SuperOneClick Should Root Most Devices, No SDK Required?

Say hello to SuperOneClick, the latest 1-click rooting method.  I know what you’re thinking, “Here we go again with the 1-click root thing,” right?  Before you get too down, understand that this method, while appearing to use adb commands, should work without actually having the Android SDK installed.  I know from past rooting writeups, many have expressed their dislikes towards the SDK, but this should change that opinion a little.  

We’ve been following SuperOneClick all week and are under the impression that it isn’t all that different from the semi-1-click method we posted a few weeks back for rooting the Droid X on official 2.2.  Really the only difference from an outside non-technical perspective is that anyone on Windows can run this and root very quickly without even mentioning the words “Android SDK.” (Yay! Right?)  Well almost anyone.  Most HTC devices including the Incredible and EVO are out of luck with this method, but don’t worry, you still have unrevoked.  It should work on the Droid 1, Droid 2 and Droid X. I have not tested it myself, but I’ve used similar methods to root all of my devices.

So why post this now?  Because it’s been through enough testing and versions, plus our inboxes can’t take anymore questions about it.  (Kidding!  Keep sending in your questions!)

Basic Instructions:

1.  Download the latest SuperOneClick.zip file to your Windows computer.  Find it here.
2.  Extract the files from the .zip file into a new folder on your PC.
3.  Plug your phone in to your PC and turn on USB debugging.

Settings>Applications>Development>USB Debugging

4.  Open the folder with the SuperOneClick contents and double click “SuperOneClick.exe”.
5.  Allow the process to run and enjoy being rooted.

The Unlockr also put together this nice video tutorial:

Full support thread can be found at XDA Forums.

Cheers to everyone who sent this in this week!

  • Kat Sweat

    I get to rooting device step #5 and then nothing. No superuser or anything….Anyone?

  • Zizou

    Will this work on a motorola defy ? 

  • I have a Droid 1 running FRG83G. Will this rooting method work for me?

  • Anonymous

    Excellent, just rooted today and now I’m posting this thanks to my Barnacle wifi tether ^.^

  • …awesome app, worked excellent on O.G. DROID/FRG83D…thanx DROID LIFE & XDA Forums!!!! You all ROCK! 🙂

  • CPOR

    all i’m getting when i click the SuperOneClick.exe is “the application failed to intialize. =[

    can anyone help? trying to get back in the rooting game on my Droid

  • NWMoMike

    I have USB debugging turned on. But also get the USB connection notification. I get as far as:
    Waiting for device….
    I left it there an no response.
    I’ve even tried to tell the USB to use for Data and then tried for just charging. My next step is reboot the phone and start it all again and see.

  • Mrmomoto

    Droid 1 w/FRG83d hung on “waiting for device”: SuperOneClick Works using “Guest”'s trick:

    1. Run SOC
    2. Gets stuck on “waiting for device…”
    3. ;Unplug and power down phone
    4. Start SOC again and click root
    5. Plug in phone – might just start up on it's own if it has battery power left, otherwise start phone
    6. Let SOC finish it's work

    Remember to leave debugging enabled throughout. GOTS ME ROOT BACK!!!

    • Sjsharks_12

      But, when i turn the phone back on, it goes to the bootloader! And how do I reclick root?!

  • AZRealtorDave

    I just tried it (FRG83D) and it gets stuck at “Getting mount path…”
    What now??

  • Aaron Vail

    YES! I successfully rooted my Droid1 again after installing the latest update (FRG83D)

  • i used it on my d1 a few weeks ago and it works great loving cyanogen now

  • Trey

    I plugged in my droid1, went to settings SD card and phone storage, unmounted it, went back and selected USB debugging, ran program by hitting root and it said i was rooted. GL

  • wolfdale

    It did work for my original Droid running FRG22D..

  • It would be really great if I could get my activation email from xda developers site so I can actually download the program…it's taking forever.

  • used it the other day on my droid 1 running frg22d now im flashed with cm 6 works great 1 tip though my kaspersky internet security kept blocking RATC on download so it is a good idea to turn off security download the file then turn it back on after you root your phone.

  • erocetc

    btw, this didn't work at all for my Droid 2. It said it was successful several times after I ran it, but all the apps still said I had no root. And it wouldn't unroot at all. The z4root app worked great for me.

  • azpilot

    So just got the wifes D1 with FRG22D on it. First ran the program it would not work it would not get past rageagainstthecage file. I loaded up the Motorolla USB v4.2 drivers, reran the program and it took about 30-45 seconds to root the device and it working great,

  • Kelly

    after just over one year of owning my original droid, I finally got the guts to join the world of the rooted using this method. worked great. originally had a hang up on “getting mount path” but found a workaround on another site. if that happens, close the superoneclick utility, make sure usb debugging is enabled, then turn off you phone. Next, open the superoneclick app again and click root, it will then say waiting for device (since it isn't on yet). When it gets there, turn on your device and viola, the root process finishes 🙂

    • Kelly

      may have spoke too soon, I cannot get it to boot into clockworkmod recovery (via rom manager) and I even tried installing a few different versions. In super user, rom manager is listed as having super user permissions. I tried different versions of CWM and also SPRecovery and no dice, any ideas?

      • Kelly

        I also tried renaming / deleting the flash recovery file /system/recovery-from-boot.p as other forums have suggested but I still cannot get it to work

  • Joe Smith

    Does not work on Droid 1 running FRG22B. I just attempted to do this, and it kept getting stuck on “getting mount path…” Until the dev fixes this, no money from me 🙂

    • Kelly

      I got stuck there also, but found help in another forum.

      1. turn on usb debugging

      2. turn off phone & plug into usb

      3. start SuperOneClick

      4. when it says waiting for device, turn phone on and let SOC finish

      5. enjoy root!

  • Debrihmi

    Worked on my Moto Droid 1.
    It froze on executing the “cage” routine, I re-booted (leaving it plugged in and the program running)
    – Then it froze on “Installing SuperUser” – trried to re-ran the program and it told me that it was already rooted.
    – Checked my drawer and sure enough, it's a go on FRG22D
    – Installed Tether, SetCPU and DroCap2, we're good to go!

  • That was nice and painless….

  • Michael_NM

    My 830th comment, and I can finally say I've rooted my own phone. The key to success for me was upgrading to Windows 7. Once I did, this process worked as advertised on my Droid X.

    Now, I feel like a real Droid Lifer! Time to start playing the ROM game. 🙂

  • Bordeaux

    Can you build a version for all fo Motorola plz …

  • tomNasty

    Killing ADB Server…


    Starting ADB Server…
    * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 *
    * daemon started successfully *


    Waiting for device…

  • tomNasty

    i wish mine would work….OG Droid i cant get it to work

  • R Safarian100

    hello i have a droid x with 2.2 ota and windows 7 home premium my phone is set to charge only and have net framework 2.0 and everytime i click root i get stuck at Killing ADB Server…


    Starting ADB Server…

    * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 *

    * daemon started successfully *


    Waiting for device…


    Pushing rageagainstthecage…

    526 KB/s (5392 bytes in 0.010s)


    chmod rageagainstthecage…


    Running rageagainstthecage…

    and thats it nothing happens ive let it sit for a while and nothing happens any help would be greatly appricated

  • ChuckDz3

    Worked perfectly! Had to download and install PDANet but after that it worked right away!

  • TOB

    This works flawlessly. I did it with two different D1's. Couldn't have been easier!!!

  • Mike

    how do i download this?!

  • Fos351

    Worked for my Droid 1 FRG22B

  • Jsn_whiteford

    WHAT THE CRAP IS “Getting mount path??? Ive tried everything on here and the same thing pops up and stays there! no root…no superuser. but super frustrating

  • Bigsike

    I really can't believe it but this worked on my Droid X ota.

  • android eric

    If you are already rooted and ever need to unroot for any reason would this be able to do it?

  • So it says that I am rooted but I am not. Root applications can not get root access. Tried rebooting and still no affect. Ran this app again on phone and it says I am rooted. Any ideas on why this is happening?

  • alken2626

    This work prefect for me had trouble with sdk adb never could get it to work thank you droid life , unlockr, greatest thanks go to( clshort fuse) who made this possible also i donated i,m rooted love it every one please donate .

  • to everyone using the Droid X who cant get this to work. you have to set your phone to Windows Media Sync mode and it should work fine.

    • When I try that it says waiting. I was able to get it done with USB Mass Storage. Well it says its rooted but its not.

    • Doug Stanton

      This was a great bit of information mine started running as soon as I changed it. Wish the developer had mentioned this.

  • Les

    Worked great on my Droid 2 just be patient, it takes around 10 mins. Now I just need some cool ROMS and maybe some kernels. Missed my Droid 1 but now I finally got the courage to root my Droid 2 and it was simple. Was just waiting for the SBF file which I found just in case. :>)

  • mfinlay04

    This one failed to work on my OTA droid X. I was able to root with fairly easy process from XDA called DoRootWin_2.1.4


  • Zionnyc

    doesnt find device…..stops at that line….its connected by usb, debugging on….wtf?

  • Jimmy81jh

    It worked on my D1 frg22d

  • thedoctor2012

    worked fine droid x

  • jerbush91

    Worked on my Droid 2.

  • Noncon21

    I have used this on my device build fr22d works great, takes about five minutes and the list of devices it does not support is very low compared to some options. The bonus is even a novice user can use it and get root permissions.