Last Updated: October 16th, 2010

Update: As Artation has pointed out in the comments below, Universal Androot has since been removed from the Market for unknown reasons. If you're still heartbent on using it though, you can download it it from here.

If you can think back to the time Universal Androot was released, you'll recall the then small xda-developers startup that allowed for one-click rooting of a very limited number of phones, all of which had to be running Android 2.1 Eclair or lower.

Now, the app has hit the Market and is ready for prime time with support for a multitude phones, including devices running Android 2.2 FroYo (though, only limited to Nexus One before 2.2.1 and an older FRG01B Droid build), 2.1 Eclair, 1.6 Donut, and even phones stuck on 1.5 Cupcake, like the HTC Magic. Unfortunately, some phones, like the HTC EVO 4G and handsets running the FRG22D version of FroYo, are still left out of the fun.

Here's the full list of supported phones, as of today, 10/7/2010:

  • Google Nexus One (2.2)
  • Google G1 (1.6)
  • HTC Hero (2.1)
  • HTC Magic (1.5) (Select Do not install Superuser)
  • HTC Tattoo (1.6)
  • Dell Streak (2.1)
  • Motorola Milestone (2.1)
  • Motorola XT701
  • Motorola XT800 (2.1)
  • Motorola ME511
  • Motorola XT720
  • Motorola Droid (2.01/2.1/2.2 with FRG01B)
  • Sony Ericsson X10 (1.6)
  • Sony Ericsson X10 Mini (1.6)
  • Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro (1.6)
  • Acer Liquid (2.1)
  • Acer beTouch E400 (2.1)
  • Samsung Galaxy Beam
  • Vibo A688 (1.6)
  • Lenovo Lephone (1.6)
  • LG GT540 (1.6)
  • Gigabyte GSmart G1305
  • Mytouch Slide

As well as the ones that Androot isn't (yet) compatible with:

  • Samsung i9000 / i6500U / i7500 / i5700
  • Motorola ME600 / ME501 / MB300 / CLIQ XT
  • Motorola 2.2 FRG22D
  • Archos 5
  • HuaWei U8220
  • HTC Desire / Legend / Wildfire
  • HTC EVO 4G / Aria
  • SonyEricsson X10i R2BA020

Universal Androot can be downloaded from the Market by clicking or scanning the barcode below... if you dare.

Update: Market URL changed - the new one is below.

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.uabeta

Sources: AppBrain, Crazy Droid ROMs

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • baal

    for some reason, some of the apps i try to DL, that aparently the url points to the market, simply don't work. could it be because i'm in venezuela?

  • Artation

    Link doesn't work, and no search hits for UNIVERSAL ANDROOT in the Market. It seems Big Brother is onto us.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

      Correct you are. Updated the post.

      • spyder

        that one doesnt' work either

  • yrdito

    please will this work for android 2.2.1

  • Aspen

    Is it possible to root 'Garminfone' with this?

  • dabija

    Motorola Defy - which fit this phone model ?
    list of supported phones ... or not ???