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Root Newbie Friendly How To's w/ Instructional Videos


Oct 1, 2009

Thought I'd share the updated How To's we have up on the site. All complete with easy to follow videos for newbies.

How To Root the G2 (Temporarily)-

How To: Overclock the G2 (Up to 1.42Ghz) -

How To Setup ADB -

How To Backup/Restore Your Android Phone -

Hope these help people! Enjoy!
For a list of all our How To's (w Videos) sorted by Phone go here -
While we all work on a full root solution for the G2, temproot is very useful, but a bit of a faff. Enter VISIONary.

VISIONary (so named since we're playing with the HTC Vision here right? ) is an application you install on your device which gives you an icon in your launcher.

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

Handy eh?

There is another little nicety in there too, in that 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!

The application is now ONLY available from the Android Market. Note that the new release allows you to toggle whether on not the application runs on startup!




Thanks to paulobrien over at XDA-Devs

Here's one more.....I dont think a video is necessary for this one....
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When are some of the big names in phones going to realize that we love to root?

Germany-Based Synapse Offering Custom-Built Android 2.2 Handsets, Possibly [Update: It's Working Off and On] | Android Phone Fans

Phones that come rooted...what a concept!

Until that day is realized (probably never)...be sure to thank (donate) the people that bring you the rooted goodness! They work harder than they should have to, but they do work hard for the Android community!

Just yesterday I was saying I'd come out with a phone like this. I'd do something amazing that us die-hard peeps want.....well.....this definitely looks to fit the description. I'm gonna check it out....
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I would just like to see the different phones come out and you choose the OS that goes on to it, with or with out the different shells, IE: Mobar, droid, what ever the hell HTC offers

It was like that when Sense UI was on the Eris on VZW. You could turn off the Sense UI, which was a nice option. I know MotoBlur and TW you can't turn off the interface, which sucks beyond just be horrible. They're slowly taking away the openess that Google supports. I wish they would step in and do something to allow us the option of keeping or turning off the UIs that overlay Android.

Stock Android is the best Android hands down.....I think the manufacturers are trying to change that. But when Gingerbread is released, I hope it lives up to the hype of cutting back on the need for UIs.
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ok so i got my phone rooted.... that was actually very easy. but being a dummy what can i do now? since im a bit of a visual person can i used this to load themes?

Generally yes; themes, ROMs, kernels to overlock, wifi and wired tethering (free) and a few more things. The problem with the G2 right now is that developers can't do much...YET, because root is only temporary on the G2, it's not permanent yet. If you restart your phone, you'll have to root your phone again. There are a few people that are soooo close to getting permanent root for us G2 users. Everyday there's some sort of progress. Lately the steps to getting closer have been a lot bigger, so in the next week or two, I'm pretty confident we'll have permanent root. The you can expect all the things I stated above.

Be mindful though, rooting does void your warranty. So be careful with your phone. ;-)
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