1. Rooting your Vox (Expertise: Beginner, Importance: critical)
Prerequisite Tools, Apps or Tutorials
The only prerequisite for this tutorial is to enable USB debugging. To do this simply go into Settings > Applications > Development
and tick the USB debugging box
1. Open the web browser and download the GingerBreak program. I've hosted a version of it that I have confirmed works on the Vox. Just click here
if you're browsing from your Vox.
2. You'll now see the program (Android uses a .apk file format for apps) sitting in your downloads. You may have to open the downloads program or it may open automatically.
To start the install click on the gingerbreak-1.apk.
3. Pretty obvious what you got to do at this screen. Press install.
4. It will install.
5. Now click open.
6. You'll see a screen like the one below. You do not
need to have a microSD card, this message references the internal memory. If you're plugged into a computer and you've mounted the internal memory to the computer you must unmount it from the computer for now.
If you're unsure of all this, just make sure you're unplugged from the computer and that you device hasn't just
turned on (you'll see a "preparing sd card" message on your notification bar for a few seconds after booting your device, make sure that's not there). If you've got nothing along your notification bar other than the download symbol you see in the screenshot below, you're safe.
7. Close that warning and you'll see the following screen. Just tap Root Device!
8. You'll see this screen and within a couple minutes your device will reboot.
9. Once it's rebooted you'll now see an app called Superuser
in your app drawer. You're done! You've successfully rooted your Vox!
Remember to turn off USB debugging in your settings!
Superuser works by acting as a gatekeeper of root access. Other apps an request root access but you will get a notification from Superuser before they are allowed to gain root access. You can choose to accept or decline access and you can choose to have Superuser remember your choice for the future.
Generally you'll never need to open the Superuser app itself, unless you're changing settings or want to revoke access to an app you'd previously given access.
Within the Superuser app you'll see a list of programs you've allowed access. Some apps may have multiple entries, if they have multiple processes that require root access.
You'll also see a log of all root access granted through Superuser.
And a page with settings you can muck about with.