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How To Root Your Samsung Nexus S

Posted by techhackz-admin Monday, December 20, 2010


Well it didn’t take long for the newly released Google Nexus S to be rooted! We could expect it though as Google usually doesn’t do much to protect their own devices. The Samsung Nexus S for T-Mobile comes with a 4 inch AMOLED screen, a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, a dedicated GPU and of course Android 2.3 (aka Gingerbread). See how to root or jailbreak your Samsung Nexus S after the break.

As I said Google made it quite easy to root the Samsung Nexus S as you can see below. All the credits for this root / jailbreak procedure go to Koush @ XDA.

Note that we will not be responsible if you end up bricking your device, rooting your phone or tablet can be risky. If you follow the instructions carefully you will be fine!

Follow these instructions to root your Google Nexus S:

  1. Download the recovery image @
  2. Download the superuser zip file from
  3. Connect your Nexus S to your computer using the USB cable
  4. On your computer, open up a command prompt and navigate to your Android SDK tools folder (cd …/Android SDK/tools)
  5. Reboot your Nexus S in bootloader mode: press Volume Up and Power buttons or using adb: adb reboot bootloader
  6. Then type: fastboot oem unlock
  7. Install the recovery image you just downloaded: fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-herring.img
  8. Type: adb reboot recovery to reboot into recovery mode
  9. Install the superuser application

Et voila! You have root privileges on your Google Nexus S.

Some users reported some issues with su not being there. To fix this, check if su is there (system/bin) and if not push it using adb and apply the right permissions (chmod 6755) and you should be fine.

You can get more information about the Nexus S phone @ You can get it at Best Buy in the US.

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