Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. Techie WhizKid will not be liable if your Nexus S gets damaged or bricked during the process.
There is some great news for all Google Nexus S owners looking for an easier single-click type root for their devices. Paul O’ Brien, famous Android hacker and developer, is out with his latest Superboot that allows Google Nexus S users to simply flash the image and gain root access on their devices.
The benefit of this procedure is that even novice users can root their Nexus S without having to flash the system partition, using ADB, messing up with contents of data partition, overwriting the shipped ROM on your device, and so on.
Important Note: If you are using retail version of Nexus S, you will need to first unlock the bootloader using ‘./fastboot-windows-oem unlock’. If this does not unlock your bootloader, please read the steps to unlock Nexus S Bootloader here. Keep in mind that OEM unlock wipes your device (including the SD storage).
The only requirement for this super easy Superboot root for Google Nexus S is that you need to check your device’s homescreen to see what version of Superboot is compatible with it. You will also need to unlock your bootloader before commencing on this guide by using ADB with command:
/fastboot-windows oem unlock
Here is the step by step guide on rooting your Google Nexus S with easily with Super boot:
- The first step is to download the Superboot.zip file and save it on your desktop.
- Once done, boot your Nexus S in bootloader mode by turning it off and then turning it on by holding the power button with volume up key.
- Now extract the content of zip files you downloaded in step one and double click on Install-Superboot-windows.bat.
- Now wait for the process to complete.
- Once the process is complete, you will have root access on your Nexus S without undergoing any troubles with command line interface.
For rooting your Google Nexus S with Mac and Linux , please follow these instructions:
MAC – Open a terminal window to the directory containing the files, and type ‘chmod +x install-superboot-mac.sh’ followed by ‘./install-superboot-mac.sh’
LINUX – Open a terminal window to the directory containing the files, and type ‘chmod +x install-superboot-linux.sh’ followed by ‘./install-superboot-linux.sh’
Mac users: Open a terminal window and navigate to the directory containing the extracted files, and type ‘chmod +x install-superboot-mac.sh’ followed by ‘./install-superboot-mac.sh’
Linux users: Open a terminal window and navigate to the directory containing the extracted files, and type ‘chmod +x install-superboot-linux.sh’ followed by ‘./install-superboot-linux.sh’
Please consult the official thread on Android Modaco Forums for support, troubleshooting and further information.