Root T-Mobile G2 Phone With TempRoot Albeit Temporarily; Click & Root For G2 With VISIONary

Written By Sam on 16 October 2010
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Developers at XDA forum has successful rooted the T-Mobile G2 phone. This is good news T-Mobile G2 users who have been looking eagerly for a root to make their device truly their own. Running at speeds, packed with Google Apps, and powered by Android 2.2, the T-Mobile G2 is touted as a super-fast smartphone. It sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7230 mobile processor and flaunts a 3.7-inch S-TFT WVGA display with QWERTY keyboard.

A new root will open up new vistas for those wanting to play with their G2. We may recall, T-Mobile has been missing the action for quite sometime. In fact, when the XDA Developers released SuperOneClick, their Free One-click Rooting Method meant to work on almost all Android devices, T-Mobile G2 turned out to be the only model that could not be rooted using either SuperOneClick or Unrevoked rooting method. While developers over at XDA forum rooted G2 phone, it’s a tethered root. So, every time your phone reboots, you have to re-root it.

Instructions to Root T-Mobile G2

  1. Ensure Android SDK is installed on your computer.
  2. Connect the G2 phone to the PC
  3. Download RageAgainstTheCage binary and extract tar file & past file content nto android adk->tools folder.
  4. Now on PC, open command prompt and go to android adk->tools folder and type below commands
    1. adb push rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin /data/local/tmp
    2. adb shell
    3. cd /data/local/tmp
    4. chmod 0755 rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin
    5. exit
  5. Now on G2 open terminal emulator and type
    1. cd /data/local/tmp
    2. ./rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin
  6. Wait a bit for it to say “Forked #### childs.” Then hit enter. Should have a $ prompt.
    Try running “ps” – should say cannot fork.
  7. Exit terminal emulator with back button, launch any app installed in your G2 Phone
  8. Launch Terminal Emulator again – it will force close, hit Force Close
  9. Launch Terminal Emulator a second time and you have a root shell
  10. You rooting is complete.

This process is available from XDA-Developers who tried the RageAgainstTheCage root method on the G2 and achieved the temporary root.

Instructions to Root T-Mobile G2 With VISIONary

Developers elsewhere are also feverishly working finding a full root solution for the G2. We heard of Temproot. And then there is Modaco’s VISIONary. VISIONary is an application you install on your device, which gives you an icon in your launcher. And this is what you need to do:

• Click the icon (or have it run on boot!)
• Rooted.

And that’s about it. “When the root is finished, VISIONary launches /data/local/visionary.sh (if it exists), so if you have any stuff you want to happen every time you root, put it in there!”

Here are the details about the root, straight from the developers:

You can download directly on your device by pointing at http://content.modaco.net/dropzone/com.modaco.visionary.runonboot.apk (run on boot version), http://content.modaco.net/dropzone/com.modaco.visionary.apk (manual run version) or to your PC using the link below.

•r3 run on boot DOWNLOAD (ROMraid Load Balancing) – MD5: 0396b33a70321cb33c4a9ac02c66769e
•r3 manual run DOWNLOAD (ROMraid Load Balancing) – MD5: 47e8261832f7b4e26df81f55ec589036

One important note: USB Debugging must be enabled for VISIONary to work.

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