How To Root An Acer Iconia A500

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Jrocker23

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To root under 3.2, you can use timmyDean's method from XDA.
Probably better to wait for ICS at this point.

I used timmys, method and it worked great. I had all the latest updates on my tab and was losing hope anyone would find root so I even downloaded the newest maintenance fixes thinking I would be stuck at stock.

When i did timmys method it seemed to me that at worst I would be downgraded to 3.1 then I would have to flash the latest 3.2 rom but to my great surprise, when all was said and done, my tab was fully up to date running on the latest gen 2 and honeycomb software that I had installed & have full root.

Awesome & thank you for posting the link to timmys work...
 
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AndrewASB

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Is it work?

Is it work really???

https://market.android.com/details?...m9yZy5wcm9qZWN0dm9vZG9vLm90YXJvb3RrZWVwZXIiXQ..

This application makes a backup or a protected backup of your device's root.
This device must already be rooted: OTA RootKeeper doesn't have the ability to root devices.

If several conditions are matched, OTA RootKeeper will make root survive OTAs and... pretty much well anything :) − except /system partition formatting.

Requirement:
- /system partition as Ext2, Ext3 or Ext4
- Upgrades not formatting or overwriting completely the /system partition.

Typical systems where its perfectly effective:
- Nexus S
- Galaxy Nexus
- Every Honeycomb tablet
 
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bdubs4200

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I'm really close to buying one tonight, quick question though, 501 and 500- what is the difference between the 2? Can I flash 501 roms on the 500??

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FloatingFatMan

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I'm really close to buying one tonight, quick question though, 501 and 500- what is the difference between the 2? Can I flash 501 roms on the 500??

Sent from my Nexus S 4G using xda premium

The A501 model has a built-in 3G radio, so you can fit a SIM and access the cell data network (no voice). Other than that, the hardware is identical to the A500.

A500 ROMs WILL work, but you'll lose the 3G radio capability.
 

drharisis

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the first post for rooting is ok for iconia with honeycomb 3.2...I just want rooting it for installing battery saver...or in 3.2 version it is not needed???
 

t-dkp

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Hello
Still no solution to find our A500 UID?
The solution of ADB DEVICES is not good
for me that gives me the serial number

Thank you

François :p
 

vizzzy

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Yes "TABOONAY"
and I'm looking everywhere without solution.

Sorry my English is bad :p

oh so you have root?

edit :- So if finding the UID is your only problem then do this.
1.Open your terminal on tablet
2.Type dmesg > /mnt/sdcard/dmesg.txt
3.in dmesg search for for androidboot.serialno=. that will be your UID

note - this should be done within few seconds after you reboot your tablet.
 
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t-dkp

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oh so you have root?

edit :- So if finding the UID is your only problem then do this.
1.Open your terminal on tablet
2.Type dmesg > /mnt/sdcard/dmesg.txt
3.in dmesg search for for androidboot.serialno=. that will be your UID

note - this should be done within few seconds after you reboot your tablet.

Unfortunately in ICS when it publishes dmesg there is not androidboot.serialno
And this is the problem

Edit:
I am not the only one in this case.... look here http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1522384&page=3
 
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Jsunn

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How do I return to Stock....unrooted?

I can't find a thread on how to return to bone stock?


I am going to be selling my A500, just got an A510 so I am going to be putting ym A500 on Ebay.


Thanks!

-Jason
 

dincdoes.me

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Just download vanches not Ota 3.1 and get the root app 3.1 and then unroot then... ota update to 3.2.1 that what I had to do cuz I'm sending unit it for repairs

Edit if youbare confused I'm putting going to stock in a500 Dev forum

Sent from my A500 using Tapatalk 2
 

nifterific

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It doesn't answer that question. I didn't see anything about rooting ic this in thread. I'd also like to know.

If iconiaroot doesn't work above 3.1, what do you think? I swear, every time we get a group of new kids on this board we have to spoon feed all of you. Read the freaking board, everything you need to know is here. These threads are around so we DON'T have to constantly hold your hand through it.
 

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    Good Evening from the uk

    earlier on today a bunch of devs managed to actually root this tablet using a modified version of gingerbreak

    below is the walkthrough of how to root this device

    1. make sure usb debugging is turned on and unknown sources is selected
    2. have a micro sd card inserted and turn the tablet on portrait and lock it with the switch to fix it in portrait
    3. download and execute the attached apk. (i had to download from my comp and transfer to the tablet for it to work)
    4. once the apk is installed run the root procedure within the app which was installed
    5. wait and you will receive full root access

    Edit to add original dev and thread

    A BIG BIG thank you to monki-magic who provided the modified apk and the original thread is

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1046277
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    To root under 3.2, you can use timmyDean's method from XDA.
    Probably better to wait for ICS at this point.
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    Acer Iconia A500 Rooted
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    How to Root Acer Iconia A500

    How to Root Acer Iconia A500

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9srwjuAF6w
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    I have to go cut the grass before I start playing with my A5 again. Can you guys tell the benefits of rooting so far? another forum mentioned deleting bloatware and freezing apps that hog resources/battery life.

    From http://android-dls.com/wiki/index.php?title=Why_Root

    What Does Root Give Me?

    1. Full control over your system
    2. Ability to alter system files. You can replace many parts of the "Android Core" with this including:
    o Themes
    o Core apps (maps, calendar, clock etc)
    o Recovery image
    o Bootloader
    o Toolbox (linux binary that lets you execute simple linux commands like "ls") can be replaced with Busybox (slightly better option)
    o Boot images
    o Add linux binaries
    3. Run special apps that need more control over the system
    o SuperUser (lets you approve or deny the use of root access to any program)
    o Task Manager For Root (Lets you kill apps that you otherwise could not kill)
    o Tether apps (like the one found at [android-wifi-tether.googlecode.com])
    <there are more but I cannot think of any right now>
    4. Backup your system
    o You can make a folder on your sdcard and backup all of your .apk files to your sdcard (helps if an author decides to "upgrade" you to a version that requires you to pay to use the version you just had)
    5. Relocate your (browser/maps/market) cache to your /sdcard
    6. Relocate your installed applications to your /sdcard
    7. Reboot your phone from the terminal app easily (su <enter> reboot <enter>)