Just a few days after the AT&T Inspire 4G was released, methods and solutions for rooting the device were quickly making their rounds around the Net. That was how quick the Android community’s response was, as far as rooting the AT&T Inspire 4G was concerned.
If your AT&T Inspire 4G hasn’t been rooted yet, this guide will be good news to you. By rooting your handset, you will unlock many of your phone’s hidden powers which would have otherwise been inaccessible to you if the phone remain non-rooted.
In this guide, ClockworkMod Recovery is used to enable the AT&T Inspire 4G to install custom ROMs or firmware. There are other similar applications, although we have little idea about their relative safety or reliability.
This guide also uses CyanogenMod as the example firmware to install on the handset. Again, there are other custom ROMs, mods, and firmware.
Both ClockworkMod Recovery and CyanogenMod are known to be reliable and safe, aside from having a large community of users and developers backing them up.
Don’t forget to back up your data. If you have synced the device with a Google account, then the contacts, calendar, Gmail, and other selected Google-related data will not be lost and will come back after the next sync.
However, you should backup anything you want to keep that is not stored on the SD card:
It would also be a good idea to back up everything stored on the SD card in the rare case the SD card must be formatted to resolve any major problems.
MyBackup Root, SMS Backup & Restore, and Call Backup and Restore are all free applications that can assist with backing up your data.
Rooting the Inspire 4G is easy. It takes only a few general steps, such as gaining temporary root access, and then, flashing the Engineering HBoot. After which, you need to install a custom recovery image and flash CyanogenMod on to your phone to complete the process.
*** WARNING: ROOTING THE AT&T INSPIRE 4G WILL VOID THE WARRANTY ***
To be able to use the rooting method for the AT&T Inspire 4G described in this guide, you will need to downgrade your handset’s current firmware down to firmware version 1.32.405.6. This is a copy of the firmware on the international (global) HTC Desire HD. The other steps in this guide will only work with that firmware.
To downgrade the AT&T Inspire 4G to the said firmware version, first create a goldcard. Follow the instructions for creating a goldcard right now before proceeding. Once your goldcard is ready, you can proceed with the following steps:
adb push psneuter /data/local/tmp
adb push misc_version /data/local/tmp
adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/tmp/psneuter
adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/tmp/misc_version
adb shell /data/local/tmp/psneuter
/data/local/tmp/misc_version -s 1.31.405.3
adb reboot bootloader
adb push busybox /data/local/tmp/
adb push gfree /data/local/tmp/
adb push hboot-eng.img /data/local/tmp/
adb push psneuter /data/local/tmp/
adb push recovery-clockwork-126.96.36.199-ace.img /data/local/tmp/recovery.img
adb push root_psn /data/local/tmp/
adb push su /sdcard/
adb push Superuser.apk /sdcard/
chmod 755 /data/local/tmp/*
./busybox md5sum /dev/block/mmcblk0p18
./gfree -f -b hboot-eng.img -y recovery.img
./busybox md5sum hboot-eng.img
CyanogenMod is an aftermarket Android-based mobile operating system wherein you can enjoy lots of features not found in the original versions of Android. Try it for yourself and experience Android like never before.
You can flash CyanogenMod in two ways. One way is via recovery and the other is via ROM manager.
adb reboot recovery
Congratulations! You now have your AT&T Inspire 4G rooted. You should now have the capability to install any apps you badly want that call for root access as well as any custom ROMs for this device.
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