How To: Permanently Root Your T-Mobile G2

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Thanks to the dedicated members of the Android community, we now have permanent root for the T-Mobile G2 and while many of you have been patiently waiting this milestone, you can find the instructions below. We’re sure that over time an easier method will be available, but for now take a look at the instructions below courtesy of XDA member, unforgiven512.

You’ll need these files here in order to free your device from sin.

WARNING: THIS COULD PERMENANTLY BRICK YOUR PHONE, INSTEAD OF ROOT IT IF YOU DO THE EVER-SO-SLIGHTEST THING WRONG. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED. I AM NOT LIABLE FOR YOUR STUPIDITY.

On that note, I would not recommend this on any phone other than the G2, as I have not personally tested it.

Credit goes out to scotty2, and all of the wonderful folks at #G2ROOT! WE LOVE YOU! <3

Firstly, run VISIONary to gain temp root.

Push the .ko file appropriate for your phone, and hboot-eng.img to /data/local/, then go ahead and open a terminal or adb shell

  • $ su
  • # insmod wpthis-[YOURVER].ko
It should give you some kind of error (I forget exactly what it says). That is good. In your terminal go ahead and...
  • # dd if=/data/local/hboot-eng.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p18
Wait a minute or two, and reboot. Congratulations, you are S-OFF!! Enjoy!!

There you have folks! Perm root for the T-Mobile G2, let us know in the comments what you think of perm root for the T-Mobile G2. Enjoy!

Via: XDA

About the Author

Alex Smith
I once served in the USMC from 02'-08' I purchased the G1 in 2008 and then watched the Android OS turn the mobile world upside down. I then got the Nexus One followed by the Samsung Vibrant. I also have the HD2 running Shubcraft CM6. I've been following the Android community for a while now and couldn't be happier doing anything else. "Go Green, get -C}[\][D[R[-][][D-"

  • E Friedman1992

    Hmmm… Now I may buy one of these to replace my nexus one

    • http://twitter.com/AllenMKiehl Allen Kiehl

      The G2 is a nice device, however I think the myTouch 4g has gave it a run for the money.

      • http://twitter.com/vipero07 Eitan Stadtlander-Mi

        Except the myTouch 4g doesn’t have a keyboard, so I wouldn’t compare the two. I’d compare it to the HTC incredible or the HTC Evo 4g or the iPhone, namely because it has a front facing camera.

        The G2 could be compared to the Epic 4g :-D

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Yudhistre-Vinni-Jonas/670515173 Yudhistre Vinni Jonas

        Yup, you never compare non keyboard phones to the keyboard ones, There are SOO many other non keyboard ones out there, its a joke…

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Yudhistre-Vinni-Jonas/670515173 Yudhistre Vinni Jonas

        Yup, you never compare non keyboard phones to the keyboard ones, There are SOO many other non keyboard ones out there, its a joke…

  • http://androidspin.com/ Stormy Beach

    this just in from twitter @koush: G2 got S-OFF. ClockworkMod recovery and ROM Manager are being ported now. <<< #WIN

  • http://androidspin.com/ Stormy Beach

    this just in from twitter @koush: G2 got S-OFF. ClockworkMod recovery and ROM Manager are being ported now. <<< #WIN

  • http://www.zaneperry.com Zane
  • http://twitter.com/vipero07 Eitan Stadtlander-Mi

    Supposedly its coming to VISIONary tomorrow, if you can wait and don’t want to risk bricking by mistype.

    http://twitter.com/#!/PaulOBrien/status/2056613548527617

  • Yourstupid

    to the writer. Your the stupid one, stupid. XD

  • Rev. Spaminator

    I was going to suggest blowing into the receiver with an old Cap’n Crunch whistle, but this seems to work so..

    Seriously, I’m glad to see this phone finally set free. Now it is a viable option for upgrading my old G1.

  • Rev. Spaminator

    I was going to suggest blowing into the receiver with an old Cap’n Crunch whistle, but this seems to work so..

    Seriously, I’m glad to see this phone finally set free. Now it is a viable option for upgrading my old G1.

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