[Dropcaps] If you’ve seen my tutorial video on how to root your HTC Hero, then you already know how what this is all about. I finally got around to making an instructional video on how to root your Nexus S 4G from Sprint. It may be 17 minutes, but it’s only because I wanted to make sure that I went through all of the steps in detail in hopes to avoid any confusion. If you have any questions or problems, as always, leave them in the comments below the post and I’ll promptly respond as always :-). [/Dropcaps]
Video: How to Root Your Nexus S 4G
(click image above to play video)
You may not have time to watch the entire video, so here’s a synopsis of the process:
- Install PdaNet onto your computer as well onto your phone. This will install the drivers onto your computer so that your computer will recognize your Nexus S 4G.
- Download the Android SDK, Super User File and Recovery image.
- Unlock your phone by using the command prompt unlock your phone. This will erase everything on your phone previously, so make sure you have any pictures, music, etc. saved onto your computer.
- Plug your phone back up to your computer and place the Super User file onto the your phone.
- Use the command prompt to push the recovery image onto your phone. This will install clockworkmod recovery onto your device.
- Use the clockworkmod recovery menu to flash the super user file.
- Start your phone up and use the ROM Manager app to make a backup copy of your current system. You may need this one day, so just make it just in case. I keep a copy of mine on my computer as well as on my Nexus S 4G.
- Download ES File Explorer from the market
- Open the app
- Press the menu button on your phone > settings
- Scroll to root settings
- Put a check mark in the root explorer and mount file system boxes
- Grant super permissions when asked
- Press the back button
- At the top right tap the + sign to bring the menu down
- Press the button all the way at the right that looks like an SD card
- The top should now read Local instead of local/sdcard
- Click the system folder then the etc folder
- Press and hold the file named install-recovery.sh and rename it to install-recovery.sh.bak
- Reinstall Clockworkmod (it should remain permanent this time)