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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!

  • Mikehewittnyc

    is this a joke? im already stuck on the first step! when u click on the zip file it transfers you to xda developer page but you need to log in! doesnt say that anywere on any instructions……whats up?

  • Dy8tes

    Just did this and it works. Droid 1 FRG22D

  • Scea0512

    it doesnt work on the Droid X !!!

  • New_Guy

    Worked for my D1 running FRG22D. Had to start phone in recovery mode (power x). plugged the phone in and ran the SuperOneClick root process on my pc. once it starts to try and find the device, it will get stuck. That is when I powered the phone back on while plugged in. The root program started back up on its own and, wallah, a freshly rooted phone.

    Thanks DL!

  • Delwyn77

    The rooting method using adb only takes 5 minutes. Come on people.

    • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

      It's not really about how long it takes, it's about people feeling nervous monkeying around with anything command-line.

  • Will

    I was able to get my OG Droid running FRG22B.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chengguanhao Cheng Guan Hao 曾冠豪

    May i know if this works for Motorola CLIQ/DEXT?

  • Dave in Silver Springs

    Imagine that, even a cut and paste error on my first post. I'm actually xp 32. . I've installed MS net framework, etc. However, I get stuck after the last line below. Any suggestions?

    I've been reading this forum and have tried every solution put up so far. Has anyone found a solution to this program failure yet. It needs to be new. I've been working on this for a couple of hours now.

    Killing ADB Server…

    OK

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

    OK

    Waiting for device…

    And there it stops
    Please help a novice and by the way, I love my D1 2.2 frg22d

  • Dave in Silver Springs

    I've been reading this forum and have tried every solution put up so far. Has anyone found a solution to this program failure yet. It needs to be new. I've been working on this for a couple of hours now.

    Okay, Droid X and Vista Home Premium 64-bit here, and I'm following the directions to the T. I've installed MS net framework, etc. However, I get stuck after the last line below. Any suggestions?

    Killing ADB Server…

    OK

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

    OK

    Waiting for device…

    And there it stops
    Please help a novice and by the way, I love my D1 2.2 frg22d

    • Michael_NM

      Coincidentally, I am having EXACTLY the same problem… :)

  • Jay A

    sorry noob question… will I be able to install custom roms with this rooting method? I haven't rooted my phone and want to see what all the fuss is about in the modding community.

    • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

      If it roots successfully, it's no different than rooting any other way, so the answer is yes.

  • Christopherclaybern

    Has anyone used this on samsung fascinate yet

  • NMMI89

    What about the Incredible? Jeez, all this cool stuff for Droid, Droid 2, Droid X but barely anything for the INC….I'm beginning to feel like a red-headed step child.

  • Cupoftia

    This was the only method I could get to work. It was relatively easy to someone like me doing their first root. Had Droid X with unofficial FROYO. Had to use the steps in the “if it doesn't work” section. Specifically, Had to install PDA net software to get drivers and then it worked like a charm!

  • Yevgeniy

    my droid 1 stuck on waiting for your device…any idea…thanks

    • Noncon21

      Hey if you watch the video on the site it states to leave device plugged in, turn it off after its off turn on superoneclick root, then turn superoneclick back on then run root again, turn device back on and it should finish process, I had same issue but youll get root regardless.

      • Bildnerlawfirm

        I also had my installation hang at “Waiting for device”.  However, when I turned my phone off and then on again  WAS NOT rooted.  Any ideas?

        SuperOneClick v.1.9.0.0
        Computer: Windows XP sp3
        Phone: Droid 2, running 2.2

        Gets as far as running the ADB server on port 5037. :(

    • Movieaddct

      just what they said above!! do exactly as he says and it will get past getting mount path. it rooted it perfectly with no probs whatsoever

    • http://twitter.com/bishless Daniel Bishop

      Mine too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KHI4N5WM55UHS45NJ73T63DOF4 david

    Worked great for me droid x…. rooted and deodexed and running black glass… love it

    • Jhamby1980

      Killing ADB Server…

      OK

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

      OK

      Waiting for device…

      OK

      Pushing rageagainstthecage…
      1053 KB/s (5392 bytes in 0.005s)

      OK

      chmod rageagainstthecage…

      OK

      Running rageagainstthecage…

      This is what Im getting…just sits there? Any ideas? How long did it take on your X

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KHI4N5WM55UHS45NJ73T63DOF4 david

        Not long at all

  • http://www.facebook.com/amcloud Andy Cloud

    sorry for the jibberish, i couldnt figure out how to delete the post of accidental button pushed. new to forums too! (looking down in shame)

  • timarnette

    My computer will not let me down load the windows file because I have 64 bit and not 32 bit. What should I do?? Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/amcloud Andy Cloud

    asdfgfa

  • http://www.facebook.com/amcloud Andy Cloud

    Sorry if this is a stupid question(this is my first android phone), i would really like to root my droid x, so i am wondering if superoneclick has potential to brick my phone? or if it doesnt work its no big deal just try the process over.

    • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

      Technically, any of this has the potential to brick your phone and you do it all at your own risk.That being said, rooting doesn’t usually create a big problem. Even if it doesn’t work right, your phone will just be unrooted, not stuck on anything.

      Edit: I’m sure rooting doesn’t “crate” a problem either, but that wasn’t what I meant. :-)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KHI4N5WM55UHS45NJ73T63DOF4 david

      Ive been scared to try root my phone but dude this work great for me spool easy

  • Slagg3r

    Will this work with frg22d on the og droid? I really would like to root!

  • Rickyroo69

    trying to root my droid 1 and having trouble its says waiting for device and doesnt do anything else?

  • http://www.ericschuetz.com Eric Schuetz

    This is what I am seeing when I run the app. And that is where it stays. It doesn't finish, ever. What is going on?
    ******
    Killing ADB Server…

    OK

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

    OK

    Waiting for device…

    OK

    Pushing rageagainstthecage…
    38 KB/s (5392 bytes in 0.137s)

    OK

    chmod rageagainstthecage…

    OK

    Running rageagainstthecage…
    ROOTED

    Getting mount path…

  • timarnette

    Where is the page that the guy is using in the video. Maybe I am crazy but I can find it. Also when I try to down the like it takes me to a page in have to register. Any help. Thanks.

  • Dray654

    just did this on my d1 2.2 FRG22D and it worked great, pretty easy, ran into a small problem but found an answer real fast, took 5 minutes.

    • android junkie

      what was the problem i can’t get the damn thing to work

    • http://www.ericschuetz.com Eric Schuetz

      What was your problem and how did you fix it? I have tried for 45 minutes to get it to work and it won't take…

    • Charlie

      I and my D1 on FRG22D are getting ready to take the leap… but first, what was the “small problem” and the solution?

  • Twalker611

    I lost root with the FRG22D update a while back… and have hated it ever since. Can anyone confirm this works on that build?

    • Twalker611

      well… does not work on the D1 running FRG22D. confirmed… at least from my post and several others i’ve seen.

    • Twalker611

      well… does not work on the D1 running FRG22D. confirmed… at least from my post and several others i’ve seen.

    • Anonymous

      Just tried it and it worked on my D1 running FRG22D. It took less than a minute. :)

  • Jaustin1530

    can you post different link for file

  • Jaustin1530

    Can you

  • Loxford

    It worked flawlessly on my Droid 2. Now to figure out what to do.

  • Logan

    Figures, i root the hard way and 2-3 days later, this comes out…..

  • DroidFan

    Killing ADB Server…

    OK

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

    OK

    Waiting for device…

    OK

    Pushing rageagainstthecage…
    752 KB/s (5392 bytes in 0.007s)

    OK

    chmod rageagainstthecage…

    OK

    Running rageagainstthecage…
    OK

    Killing ADB Server…

    OK

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

    OK

    Waiting for device…
    error: more than one device and emulator

    FAILED
    ————————————————
    Anyone know how to fix this error?

    • Phillip818

      click on the unlockr link, follow the directions to a T, to include having the microsoft.net framework 2.0. when you plug your phone in, put it in charge only mode.

      thats what i did and it worked fine for me on my droid x!!

      • Michael_NM

        Okay, Droid X and Vista Home Premium 64-bit here, and I'm following the directions to the T. I've installed MS net framework, etc. However, I get stuck after the last line below. Any suggestions?

        Killing ADB Server…

        OK

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

        OK

        Waiting for device…

        • Behemoth

          I was stuck at the same spot. I downloaded the Motorola USB drivers from their website, and it proceeded past that step. It stopped again at ‘Waiting for Device’…. I rebooted the phone, and it finally went through. Superuser permission is now working.

          Droid X 2.2 OTA

          • bright2018

            I’ve tried this and still no luck. Did you do this in “charge only mode”?

        • Behemoth

          I was stuck at the same spot. I downloaded the Motorola USB drivers from their website, and it proceeded past that step. It stopped again at ‘Waiting for Device’…. I rebooted the phone, and it finally went through. Superuser permission is now working.

          Droid X 2.2 OTA

  • Deybwah116

    Doesn't work. -Droid X 2.2 OTA

  • tb2313

    Does anyone know if this will work with the Samsung Fascinate?

    • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

      In theory,yes.

  • Josh

    Awesome. Anything that helps grow the community of rooted users is good.

  • rizzet

    I want to UN-ROOT so I can send my phone back to Verizon for a replacement. Can someone point me to a link or something on the easiest way to go about UN-Rooting my Droid 1????? Thanks in advance!

    • digipimp

      Stock images in ROM Manager – gives you rooted/unrooted option.

  • 1bad69z28

    All we need know is a ONE STOP, ONE CLICK, ONE ROOT Method for ALL devices lol and can keep in synch with all of the builds

  • Mth2134

    So can anyone confirm this works on both the D1 FRG22D and the D2? Just for those who are going to be asking.

    • Asus73

      it did not work on my d1

      • Twalker611

        did not work on my D1 either.

        • SirZMan

          Didn’t work on my D1; tried all the suggestions for getting it to work, but no luck.

          • SirZMan

            For what it’s worth, I’m getting to the “Getting mount path…” then it locks up. Again on D1

          • asc1693

            Ya mine too.. & I followed everything the video said.

          • Jsn_whiteford

            i have the same problem. no one on here seems to have an answer for it…

          • Jsn_whiteford

            i have the same problem. no one on here seems to have an answer for it…

          • Guest

            I was getting this too. Once SuperOneClick got stuck on the “Getting Mount Path” I powered off my phone and killed SuperOneClick. Once the phone was off, I started SuperOneClick and clicked root. It will stop at the “Waiting for device” point. I powered on my phone, and SuperOneClick got passed the “Getting Mount Point” and successfully rooted the phone. I had USB debugging enabled the whole time. Hope this helps.

          • Itworks!!

            this method worked for my Moto Droid I, dunno why I never thought of that, thank you :) Also for some of you you may want to get the drivers for your phone from the motorola website as mine didn’t get past the first step before installing those either.

          • Hyduke

            Same here can’t even get past “waiting for device” Followed all the the steps to correct on the website but nothing.. D1

      • Twalker611

        did not work on my D1 either.

    • Asus73

      it did not work on my d1

    • Mth2134

      Check that, FRG22B. It's been so long since I have been stock I forgot the OTA build! :P

      • CV

        Second that first question. I've been holding off on the FRG22D update so that I don't lose the EasyRoot option. Will this work if I do the update first?

    • Anonymous

      Works on D1 running FRG22D.

    • Noncon21

      Yes my device is fr22d works fine.

  • M1ghtysauc3

    Question….what exactly am I supposed to do next after I'm rooted?

    • Timoh

      Slay dragons!

    • http://twitter.com/Dark_Helmet_ Dark Helmet

      You don't have to do anything, but you can do everything.

    • M1ghtysauc3

      Ok seriously. My phone looks the way it did when I bought it. Not sure I like this.

      • Mth2134

        U may need more info than what u r going to get in the comments of this post. Click on the forums for more detailed help. But u r gonna be ok.

      • http://twitter.com/Dark_Helmet_ Dark Helmet

        Rooting won't change the look of your phone. It will allow you to install custom roms that will. You should do some more reading about rooting and what it allows you to do. Go over to the DL forum and read some posts and ask some questions in the rooting section before you do anything else. You'll get the info and answers you need from the there, not the comments section.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Janacek/1087230071 Mike Janacek

      Stare At That Really Cool Lookin Ninja Dude =)

  • Xeneize480

    I have my Rooted already =) not using this app but its rooted =) good luck to those that try this one.

  • jparness

    This seems pretty easy. Any way to do a a one-click un-root? I know it's crazy talk, but I may need to unroot if I want to stay within my employer's IT security policies and use my Droid to get corporate e-mail. Right now I have to carry a Blackberry for work e-mail and calendar, and the Droid for everything else, which is a big pain…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=717199571 Jason Lassourreille

    <looks around=”” sheepishly=””> Sorry about the e-mail. :-) I think I am going to try this on my wife's droid X. She wants a couple features from Root but doesn't want to know about it. I appreciate the write-up!</looks>

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JWDX2VDA2HTCPVXYRRM5LLKN3I nicholas devito

    will this work with droid 1 running the FRG22B update that no other one click roots seem to work with?

    • JAE

      Just Did My Droid 1 Yesterday, It’s Running 2.2, Works Like A Charm ! JAE

      • JAE

        We downloaded exactly 1 zip file last week . This one.
        Guess what, got the nice Trojan, Password Stealing,
        Bandwidth Gobbling Surprise . Beware Here . Root works
        so, does the attached surprise !! We doubt the developers
        even know about it. We encourage all, including the
        developer to Scan For Virus Before Installing ……. We
        even sent in a donation. – Jae -

        • Ivansword420

          yeah, programs that allow access such as this, are typically false negatives, i sincerely doubt there is a virus; it was likely viewed as a false positive, happens more often than you think

  • Jtwildman1

    So if you root using this method, what else would I need to do to overclock my Droid? The custom Roms look kewl, but I'm really just interested in speeding mine up a bit.

    • Anonymous

      thanks for your help… now i guess the only question is will this method work with FRG22B…

    • mikeD

      You would need to install an overclocked kernel. There are a few different types out there, check out the droid forums.

    • http://twitter.com/Dark_Helmet_ Dark Helmet

      You could download SetCPU from the market to over clock. If you want to go over 800mhz you would need to install a custom OC kernel. If you don't want to pay for SetCPU, you could install a custom ROM with built in over clocking. Get Rom Manager from the market for free and install Sapphire. Sapphire has built in over clocking on boot and comes with custom kernels. You can pick which kernel you want when installing from Rom Manager.

      • jason6g

        I second this, great idea. I’ve been using sapphire for a few months now and I couldn’t be happier. There are others out there with more themes, but its an excellent rom & kernal set to start with. Make sure you also grab the google apps, they include gmail, the market, etc – I didn’t my first time because I assumed it was a complete rom.

  • http://www.mydigitalwhiteboard.wordpress.com anim

    So is this better than Universal AndRoot ( on D1 2.2) I am thinking to root my Droid, just worried I don't brick it. As I am no pro. Any advices?

  • Chilldress

    Has anybody used this to root Droid 2

  • Timoh

    What does everyone hate about the SDK? ADB commands are really simple, even if you aren't sure what to type just copy and paste from the writeup.

    Definitely cool though to get rooting to those who are unsure or unfamiliar with a command prompt.

    • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

      Culturally speaking, Windows has spent a long time teaching people to be afraid of the command line. It’s not that hard, and as a Linux user, I feel more comfortable with it (though I still don’t always understand what I’m typing in, which sends me off to research it), but the vast majority of people just want the end result (ie not even root, but wifi tether or overclocking or whatever it is they actualy want, for which root is only a step in the process) and feel intimidated by the process.

  • Mth2134

    I'm gonna say it…
    Remember way back when(donut, eclair) the rooting process? +1 to these guys.
    Now is the time to root if you haven't done so! :)

  • http://matt4542.net Matt4542

    Would save me time haha. Too bad I use Ubuntu. LINUX FTW! :D

    • manicpop

      agreed. i only got interested in android because i'm a linux user, so it's disappointing to see these “windows only” utilities.

      • http://matt4542.net Matt4542

        Agreed. I don't get why most people use windows in the first place. it is slow, bug stricken and just poor overall.

        • Mth2134

          Good marketing by Microsoft. Familiarity. People (common end users) are comfortable with the name and what you and I see as bugs, they may see as normal because they haven’t seen any different.

          • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

            My dad managed to gunk up his Windows computer with viruses and crapware enough times that I gave up and slapped Linux Mint on his computer. I doubt he could have installed it himself, but his whole computer experience is much smoother and more importantly SAFER now.

            He’s fairly typical for “the average person” in terms of computer savvy-ness. He can get to the things he needs and doesn’t care or know about anything else. So Windows is the default, because yes, they were smart enough to have amazing marketing and get their OS shipped on virtually every computer in production. People have to actively CHOOSE not to have Windows, and most of them just can’t be bothered to care.

  • Dman27

    so i should be fine with this on my Droid X 2.2 OTA ? i tried the sdk method a few times and it didn't work, couldn't find anything wrong…

    • Phillip818

      i just did it on my droid x 2.2 ota update and it worked fine for me.

    • Xeneize480

      Try this method worked for me, http://alldroid.org/default.aspx?g=posts&t=967

      • Dman27

        thanks I'll give a try. Any one with this method and my version that works let me know, thanks

        • Anonymous

          No Prob! =)

        • Anonymous

          I liked the one I showed you since it was a button for unroot just in case

  • Mikehewittnyc

    sorry newbie…whats the benefit of rooting then? to get to 1 ghz speed? any other goodies?
    thanks for the insight..might try this….sick of my slow 500 ghz :(

    • http://parker-cs.com/MediaManager.aspx Kwparker80

      WOW, 500GHZ and it doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket?

      Oh, Wait, you did start with ‘Newbie’. That is 500MHZ, friend (actually 550 if it is a Droid 1, but who’s counting) not GigaHertz.

      Oh what I would pay for a 50GHZ PC, much less 500GHZ !!! Would have to connect a window A/C to it to keep it cool !

    • kellex

      If you want to know about rooting, check out this poll we ran: http://www.droid-life.com/2010/04/14/wednesday-poll-why-root-your-motorola-droid/

      Gives you a pretty good reason as to why people are doing it. :)

  • Stephen D

    First! Aw yeah!

    Meh. Most phones get their own one click roots nowadays. They're a little late.