How to Root a Cell Phone

By Leanne Canirs

Rooting a cell phone refers to gaining complete control of your Android phone. A rooted phone will allow you to download restricted apps, choose from an assortment of widgets otherwise unavailable, and modify the system to your liking. Always proceed with caution while rooting a cell phone. If you do not follow the proper steps, you risk breaking your phone permanently.

Things You'll Need

  • Android cell phone

Step 1

Open your cell phone's browser and navigate to Google. Search for the file "" Download the file from any of the many options available online.

Step 2

Repeat the following step, this time with the file ""

Step 3

Append the two files together by copying "" and pasting it at the end of "". The new file name should be ""

Step 4

Save the update to your secure digital, or SD, card. Do this by pressing down on the file until the "Menu" button pops up, then select "Save to SD card."

Step 5

Start your phone in recovery mode. This process varies depending on your cell phone model, so be sure to check your phone manual if you're unsure how to do this.

Step 6

Wait for a triangle with an exclamation mark inside of it to appear on your cell phone screen. This should only take a few seconds once the phone is in recovery mode. This is the update you want to install.

Step 7

Install the update by pressing down on the volume and the camera button at the same time. After installing the update, your phone will be rooted and you can customize it to your liking.

Tips & Warnings

  • Rooting a cellphone means to hack. If not done properly, this hack can destroy your phone forever. Always be careful and follow the steps exactly.

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