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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Rooting the MyTouch 3G
Ok, so after debating in my head if I would or not, I went ahead and rooted my MyTouch with the help of the Recovery Flasher app from the market. It actually took longer to read the instructions than to do the process.
For those of you who have not done it, here are the instructions:
- Run the recovery flasher app, do a backup, flash recovery 1.4 (these are all on screen instructions step by step -you need to highlight each selection with your trackball)
- Then power off, boot into recovery mode by holding the keys home + power down until you see the recovery screen.
- Do a nandroid backup, wipe, flash new ROM, reboot(these are also on screen instructions)
When you flash new ROM, you have to select apply any zip from SD card (also on screen instructions that you highlight with the trackball)
When you select this, it will show the ROM you downloaded. No need to rename it to update.zip or anything.
That is it. You are rooted and now running the Cyanogen 4.0.1 ROM. You can also go to the Dream Themes section of XDA and download themes for your ROM.
One of the TMO forum members has succesfully flashed a Hero ROM without having to update the SPL and Radio images. I am not that brave yet. LOL
This would be a good time to do the following disclaimer:
WARNING: T-Mobile does not support "rooting", manual operating system upgrades and manual installations. Neither T-Mobile nor myself will assume responsibility for any device problems or failures that occur from following procedures in this blog. You risk damaging your phone and voiding your phones warranty. These instructions are provided as a courtesy.
*NOTICE: This can be a risky procedure, and if you make a mistake and brick your phone: T-Mobile, me, nor any party, company, corporate entity, individual, or estate; living or dead, associated or otherwise connected with the above shall not be held liable for any damage you do to your device, others devices, your person, other people/living things, or property belonging to you any other entity in the known universe should you attempt this procedure. You take full responsibility and liability for any action you choose to take to attempt to manually update your phone. Do this at your own risk. Thanks
Many thanks and credit go to Cyanogen, RyeBrye (http://www.ryebrye.com/blog/2009/08/16/android-rooting-in-1-click-in-progress/), the XDA developers community, and the many users and members of the TMO forums for their help.