Getting root on your new Nexus One Android Google Phone

The Nexus one was rooted before it even got released. Paul at modaco forums showed us how to perform this hack. I’ll try to simplify the method here.

1. First unlock your bootloader if you have a T-mobile Nexus One (this voids the warranty) or get an unlocked version from Google for like $550:

a. download fastboot
b. open terminal or command line and type
– Windows fastboot-windows oem unlock
– Mac ./fastboot-mac oem unlock
– Linux ./fastboot-linux oem unlock

2. Rewrite the Bootloader to obtain root privileges:

a. Download either SuperBoot or InsecureBoot and extract. (The difference is that with the insecure boot you won’t make any changes to the system and you would have to launch su manually)
b. Put the device in bootloader mode:
– Turn off the phone and restart holding the trackball.

c. Flash the bootloader:
– Windows = double click the windows bat file
– Mac = open terminal and cd to the directory containing the file. type
chmod +x install-superboot-mac.sh
./install-superboot-mac.sh

– Linux = open terminal and cd to the directory containing the file. type
chmod +x install-superboot-linux.sh
./install-superboot-linux.sh

Now you should have root!

Rooted Nexus One Google Phone
Pic courtesy of Stericson.

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4 thoughts on “Getting root on your new Nexus One Android Google Phone”

  1. I just got my Nexus phone and it is awesome. The battery life sucks and I am looking for ways to preserve it.

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  3. A new root has been developed for the Nexus one that keeps the bootloader locked – essentially keeping your warranty in tact. This is a must see for any user that was previously forced to choose between keeping their warranty and receiving the benefits of rooting their device. You can read more here: http://eugeneorourke.com/blog/nexus-one-rooted-again/

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