Sunday, July 03, 2011

Rooting Nexus S on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread

After I unlock my Nexus S, I need to start rooting it in order to get full permission to the filesystem.

Here's the steps that I followed:
  • Reboot Nexus S into bootloader mode. To do so, use the following command at terminal or press the Volume Up + Power key simultaneously.
adb reboot bootloader
  • Unlock the bootloader using the following command:
fastboot oem unlock
  • Download recovery-clockwork-herring.img from here.
  • Now install Clockwork recovery image on Nexus S by using the following command:
fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-herring.img
  • Reboot into recovery mode by using the following command at terminal or choose recovery from fastboot menu
adb reboot recovery
  • Download Koush's unsecure boot image (rootboot.img) from here and put it in your /sdk/tools/ folder
  • Now boot into fastboot and use the following command to install the rooted boot image:
fastboot flash boot rootboot.img
  • Download CHainsDD's Superuser zip ( from here.
  • Open the zip file, place the su binary and Superuser.apk in your sdk/tools/ folder.
  • Now use the following set of commands at terminal to install Superuser app
adb remount
adb push su /system/bin/
adb push Superuser.apk /system/app/
adb shell
chmod 6755 /system/bin/su
adb reboot