New ways for rooting and unrooting Android devices are always welcome. You can find a lot of guides on how to root your phone or tablet through googling. You can even start with our huge list of rooting guides, or from the rooting section of Android Authority.
However, some rooting guides can be hard to follow or understand and would take forever to do. Because of this, XDA Developers member Bin4ry developed an easy and much faster way to root your Android device — nearly any Android device.
This powerful tool is called Bin4ry’s Root Tool. Although the tool was used on Sony Android devices and the Google Nexus 7, this tool is reportedly compatible with any Android phone or tablet. According to the dev, it exploits a remount timing issue in Android's “adb restore” service. Theoretically, the tool can root phones running either Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean. But, your mileage may vary.
This guide shows you how to root any Android device running ICS or Jelly Bean.
- The instructions in this guide are intended for use with any Android device running either Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
- The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
- Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
- Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.
- Any Android device with Android 4.0.x ICS or Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean.
- A computer running Windows (with either WinRAR or 7-Zip installed) or Linux
- If on Windows, install your handset's USB drivers on the PC.
- Enable USB debugging on your handset.
- Disable antivirus, firewall, and other security software. Also disable other software that accesses your phone. Such software can interfere with the procedure in this guide.
- Backup all personal data on your phone to make sure you have a copy of your personal data (e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.
- Download Bin4ry’s Root Tool (Root_with_Restore_by_Bin4ry_v14_2.7z, 1.9 MB) to your computer.
- [For Sony devices only] Since Sony handsets running ICS don't have the native adb restore service, Sony's custom Backup & Restore app needs to be present on your handset. If this app is not preinstalled on your handset, ask for help from this forum thread on XDA Developers.
Extract the Bin4ry’s Root Tool ZIP file into a folder/directory on your computer. You'll get a stuff subfolder and two script files named RunMe.bat and RunMe.sh.
Make sure to enable USB debugging on your phone/tablet. You can find this under Settings, and then the Developer Options menu.
Launch Bin4ry’s Root Tool by double-clicking the RunMe.bat (for Windows) or running RunMe.sh in a Linux terminal.
Once the application is fully launched, you can choose from the following options:
Normal (Choose this option for non-Sony devices)
Special (for example: Sony Tablet S, Medion Lifetab)
After choosing an option, connect your device to your computer. Just follow the on-screen instructions on how to root your device.
Good work! Those were just 5 easy steps for rooting your Android using Bin4ry’s Root Tool. Post a comment below if Bin4ry’s Root Tool works for you.
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