How to Root the Echo
File browser -- if you don't have one, I suggest Astro. There are many others, but Astro is very simple to use and I highly recommend it to those who might be new to the Android platform. Search for "Astro file manager" in the Android Market, and install it on your phone.
Then it's a few easy steps to root:
On your computer, visit the z4root developer's thread at XDA-Developers. Read the first post in the thread carefully, and download the file that's attached. Also, notice the donation link if you feel like passing a few dollars to Ryan.
Attach your phone to your computer, and just like you would drag a music file or picture to your phone, copy the z4root.apk file to your SD card. You can put it in any folder you like, just remember where you put it
Unmount your SDcard from your computer, and unplug it.
Go to menu>settings>applications. Make sure the "unknown sources" box is checked. Then go into the development settings, and make sure USB debugging is checked.
Now open your file manager, and find the z4root.apk on your SD card. Press it, and choose Open App Manager (Astro gives this choice), then press the install button.
Once installed, find the z4root app in your app drawer, and run it. Decide if you need a temporary root, or permanent. Select your choice, and go.
One last step you may want to do if you have chosen to permanently root is install busybox. Search the Android Market for "Busybox by Stephen (Stericson)" and install it. Busybox provides commands like copy and paste to the shell (the inner workings) of your OS.
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I think if the phone retained it's current specs, but was half as thick OR if the phone was it's current size, but had one of the latest processors in it, people on the forums would look on the Echo more favorably. Since it's neither 'sleek and cool' or 'a processing beast' it's immediately dismissed. Which is really too bad, because it's been a great phone in the two weeks that I have had it so far.
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The XDA developers link to the file would not directly download to my Kyocera Echo (at the time I had no PC access) so I had to download z4root.apk from 4shared.com - free file sharing and storage .
Once I opened it from there, however, it was super easy!
However, without the information in this article, I would never have found my way to that solution!
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Thx a bunch. This phone just improvedcause of this topic. It great to have a full size touch screen keyboard with swype. If this just had 4G it would be top notch.why would they opt out of that market with such a new phone. all androids can run multi apps at once. But when I can open two at once.3d is all missing
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Re: How to Root the Echo
Soo I kinda sound like a phone noob and I guess I am because the echo is my first android phone. I just wanted to ask what exactly does rooting do for the phone and the pros and cons of it, and how hard is it to root a phone. Thanks a lot whoever can help me
- 07-31-2011, 02:23 AM #24
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Re: How to Root the Echo
Only con is it voids your warranty and insurance(if you have it) but it's undetectable if you break/brick your phone or unroot before taking it to sprint.
For us it's just pressing 1 button on 1 app and your done, same process to unroot.
- 08-01-2011, 11:35 PM #25