If you’re looking to root your phone but don’t want to pore over complicated instructions, a new program called Unlock Root claims to root some 250 different phones with ease.
The problem with Android rooting is that every phone is different, which means you need to find the right method for your particular device. But Unlock Root is about as simple as they come: install the USB drivers for your phone from the manufacturer’s website, plug in your phone, turn on USB debugging and hit the big green “Root” button. It claims to root around 250 devices from a load of manufacturers. It can also unroot them with the click of a button, which is something not a lot of other root apps do.
Obviously, this is a pretty hefty claim and we can’t possibly test all those phones, so your mileage may vary. People around the net seem to be having mixed results, but it worked on my Motorola Droid (though, for what it’s worth, that’s a very easy-to-root phone). There are some caveats with this app, however. Not only does it have some annoying advertising, not to mention it tries to install an extra, unrelated battery monitor app on your phone, but lots of sites are claiming the app contains stolen code — probably from the hardworking developers that found these root exploits in the first place.
As such, we don’t necessarily recommend it as a primary root method, but we’d be remiss not to mention its existence. We recommend checking out the methods presented in our guide first, but if you have trouble with those, this app could be worth a shot. If you do give it a try, please let us know how it works for you in the comments.