Root ICS/JB with Bin4ry’s Restore Method: Xperia S/Ion/etc., LG Optimus G, Xperia Tablet & Many More

2013-10 UPDATE: Watch the latest rooting video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx7_S3t96sA&hd=1

2013-07 UPDATE: Another Jelly Bean root for (some) Xperia devices: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2327472

Before asking any questions, READ THIS DESCRIPTION and VISIT THE ORIGINAL THREAD: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1886460

What is rooting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_rooting

SEARCH the original thread if your model isn't listed. DO NOT ASK IF IT'LL WORK. If no one's attempted it, you can do so AT YOUR OWN RISK. Method #1 should NOT affect any data.

2012-06: Jelly Bean has been released for some Xperia devices. 2012/2011 devices CANNOT be rooted directly. You MUST install a pre-rooted ZIP from recovery while in ICS! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as8kSzThbSw&hd=1

If you do NOT have the Sony Backup & Restore app pre-installed, visit the original thread above.

2013-04 UPDATE: As of v20, the Mode #3 _may_ root the newer 2012 Q4/2013 Sony firmwares such as .2.55 or 6.1.1.B.1.54. If it doesn't work for your Sony device, root can still be achieved by downgrading the kernel, rooting, then upgrading the kernel again.

Xperia S: ICS .55 and above: /showthread.php?p=39498268

If you're on Jelly Bean, also try MotoChopper, a different root method just for Jelly Bean: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2252248

This video shows how to use Bin4ry's "Restore" Rooting Toolkit to root phones running either Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean. It works on multiple models from many different manufacturers.

Short list:
- HTC One S
- Sony Xperia S, T, P, Acro S, Ion, Tipo, Tablet S, Go, Sola, U
- LG: P705, P7510, Canadian Optimus G (E973 Bell/Telus, E971 Rogers) & AT&T Optimus G: http://www.lg.com/us/support-mobile/l... Bootloader unlock: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showt... / Updated root method: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showt...
- Kyocera Rise, Hydro
- etc.

All links start with: http://forum.xda-developers.com
Sola 6.1.1.B.1.54: /showthread.php?p=35024193#post35024193
Go, 6.1.1.B.1.54: /showthread.php?t=2216434
Tipo: /showthread.php?t=2085085
1st generation Tablet S: /showthread.php?t=1515720
U, 6.1.1.B.1.54: /showthread.php?t=2243368
Miro, 11.0.A.5.5: /showthread.php?t=2014188
Ion LT28i/LT28h, 6.1.E.3.7, pre-rooted, any bootloader:
P, 6.1.1.B.1.54: /showthread.php?t=2064881

Also, just because the rooting toolkit works on a similar/identical model but from another region DOESN'T mean it'll work on yours because the firmwares WILL be different.
e.g. LG Optimus G from Japan (not working as of 2012-11-01) versus Canadian [Bell] LG Optimus G (shown in this video).

This does NOT network/SIM unlock your phone.
This will NOT re-lock your phone if it is already network/SIM unlocked.
This does NOT unlock your bootloader.
This WILL work on ANY bootloader, IF your firmware is root-able.

To use the toolkit, your phone MUST be recognized by your computer in Device Manager in USB Debugging mode. This requires DRIVERS or SOFTWARE from your manufacturer.

Make sure conflicting programs such as FlashTool or BlueStacks are NOT running or else you'll get errors.

Sony phones require BOTH Update Service and PC Companion to be installed:
- http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/tools/update-service/
- http://www.sonymobile.com/gb/tools/pc-companion/

If all else fails, Google "ADB drivers [phone model]". I will NOT answer questions related to driver issues. Google, download, and install them. Also try different USB ports and cables as certain phones won't work with certain cables/ports/USB hubs/etc.

This toolkit shouldn't wipe/erase any data but as with any modification of your phone, it is advisable to ALWAYS BACKUP before modifying your phone.
- APN Backup: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.APNBackupRestore&hl=en
- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en
- App Backup: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=backup&c=apps
- etc.

Once you've rooted, you can install recovery through RecoverX: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1773227
NOTE: If you bootloader is locked, most custom ROMs will NOT work.

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  1. +Jeremy Phan hi i want to root my xperia s. i read some guides about rooting and i saw that i need to have CWM Recovery installed + unlocked phone. are these necessary to be done? and if yes how? plz answer asap

  2. "Could Not Restore !

    Reconnect external memory and try again"

    Tried with Memory card inserted and not inserted as well, i get the same message.

    Using Sony Xperia Sola(B/N : 6.1.1.B.1.54)

  3. Hi Jeremy.

    Motorola RaZR i XT890

    Android JellyBean 4.1.2

    Download the latest update of bin4ry, v36 and not it works that you recommend for rooting my phone.

    Sorry for my English 😀

  4. THANK YOU FOR THIS VIDEO!!!!! This Trio Tablet was annoying as hell and I was searching and reading comments and forums and even went to manufacturer(s) website(s) for answer and FINALLY, an answer worth a damn.

  5. I will put thumb up this video, because it's very good explained, but I think the method to Root my android (an xperia s) its a bit difficult and complicated, i will use DoomLord method i think it's most easy and faster.

    You made an exelent video!! Well done and continue on this way

  6. I got a xperia lt30at runing android 4.1.2 and everytime i get to the back up part, i choose the "ROOTME" file and it stays there until the backup app crashes… what am i doing wrong??? i mean i got all abd drivers, sony's pc companion softwares plus the update… do i need to do a factory reset on my phone?

  7. I have even tried Factory Reset on the phone, and the symbol for SuperSU (Yellow Diamond with the # symbol over top of it) is still there.  When I go to open it, to see if maybe some way of editing it from the inside, it tells me it isn't up to date and brings me to the same menu that i used to factory reset it when i click the option it gives me.  I need some serious help please..

  8. I ran everything, and it completed everything it needed to, (Option 1 on ZTE N861) but when i used an app to see if the root was right, it says that it is not..  I cannot find the file to delete it to start over, i cannot "UNROOT" it from the options  now all it keeps saying is that it isnt able to connect to a device when i run anything…  can anyone help me with this?

  9. backup and restore app is installed but won´t start on the device… always running the "normal" backup and restore mennu…
    but why? 🙁

  10. After typing "runme" I get to the screen letter and it asks me for device type. but it doesn't give me the option as 1) normal and 2) special. instead I get 7 options. 0) xperia root by cubeundcube 1) new standard-root (thx Ariel berkman) 3) old 4) old-special (for example: Sony Tablet S. Medion Lifetab) G) Google Glass Mode (thx Saurik for the ab file) x) Unroot. I have an android zte version 4.0.4 model number ZTE N9120

  11. Why can't I find the Bin4ry? When I click the link it sends me to site where I can't understand because it's not in English. Please explain me what to to when I'm directed to the site.

  12. im about to press restore (Alcatel OneTouch T10)
    but it shows administrative password something, and i just pressed restore but it just shuts down and when it opened again, its stuck in a boot loop. please help

  13. when i have to restore my device it asks for encryption password(during the rooting process)
    what is that? and how do i find mine?

  14. I am trying to run the .sh in ubuntu, but when i click 1 and push enter, it closes and nothing happens. Im trying to root the lg lucid.

  15. Hi Jeremy, 

    This is a very helpful feature, I have already rooted my LG Optimus g att version. Do you have any idea how to remove the secure boot block? I have tried with the rom manager and the TWRP and none of the seems to overpass the security. 

    Your help will be highly appreciated it and keep on doing this post but help yourself with a donate button so we can help you. 

    Hope to hear from you soon. 

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