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Rooted - Acer Iconia Tab A500 HC v3.2.1

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  1. gabeyong

    gabeyong Well-Known Member

    Hi, It's been a while... just a quick update.

    XDA-Developers did it. Rooted my Iconia Tab A500, now rocking and rolling the way Android was intended... Super easy!

    Check your HC version.
    Honeycomb v3.0 you have to use Gingerbreak 1.20
    Honeycomb v3.1 you have to use Iconiaroot-1.3

    To upgrade to Honeycomb v3.2.1 you need to have a rooted device (any of the two HC versions as stated above) and use CWM to flash the pre-rooted/busyboxed stock version HC v3.2.1


    How To Root An Acer Iconia Tab A500 HC 3.0
    How To Root An Acer Iconia Tab A500 HC 3.1
    How to flash pre-rooted stock Acer Iconia Tab A500 HC v3.2.1

    cheers :)

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  2. alicia4065

    alicia4065 Well-Known Member

    Yeah I'm going to root mines and I still need to root my thuderbolt before my free wifi runs out.
  3. Geetarman

    Geetarman Well-Known Member

    Apologies if I'm being stupid by why are you running Gingerbread when the tab alreqdy has Honeycomb on it?

    Also keen to know what benefit you're getting from rooting this when there are no roms available yet? I rooted my htc desire so I could flash it with a Gingerbread rom just not sure I have any need to root this just yet.
  4. gabeyong

    gabeyong Well-Known Member

    sorry... I meant Honeycomb. heh.
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  5. dudeofrude

    dudeofrude Well-Known Member

    What does rooting actually do?? Is it like jailbreaking where you get all the apps for free etc? Sorry for being a noob lol
  6. michaelg1030

    michaelg1030 Well-Known Member

    Root gives you full access to the device. Right now there is not much you can do being Rooted but some things you can do are remove any pre installed app and you can install a new kernal that allows tethering to ad hoc phones like the D1.

    Eventually you will be able to install custom versions of HC and overclock the device to make it run faster.
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  7. dudeofrude

    dudeofrude Well-Known Member

    OK thanks, doesn't sound like anything I'd need to do. I'd probably just break it anyways haha
  8. HeadOffice

    HeadOffice Member

    What extra did you gain rooting it?

  9. gabeyong

    gabeyong Well-Known Member

    Root Explorer
    Exchange Active Sync

    Added Functions:
    Wifi Tether -> Xperia Arc
    NTFS support


    Docs To Go - bloatware (using Google Docs)
    AUPEO! - bloatware (don't listen to radio)
    LumiRead - bloatware (using Aldiko)
    clear.fi - bloatware (rubbish app)

    Freeze: (Resource/Batt hoggers)
    Photo Browser 3D
    Media Server
    My Location
    TegraZone Games
    Top HD Games

    I have regained 25% battery life each charge cycle...

    and... did a whole bunch of stuff that I cannot mention because it might incriminate me :)
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  10. Geetarman

    Geetarman Well-Known Member

    Now the freezing of unused apps sounds interesting is that easy enough to do once rooted?
  11. gabeyong

    gabeyong Well-Known Member

    Do not uninstall any app unless you really know it is useless bloatware... it is safe to uninstall LumiRead & Docs To Go.

    So far the stuff that can be safely removed from system/app are:


    For the rest of the apps (you may not want to remove) that are memory hoggers and/or battery sappers for example: Acer Sync (which I don't use) and Photo Browser 3D is always running in the background. So I froze them.

    Bloat Freezer – Root v0.9 - requires root!
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  12. HeadOffice

    HeadOffice Member

    Wifi Tether? How? the A500 doesn't have a cell connection.
    How does the Xperia fit in?:confused:

  13. xmr405o

    xmr405o Well-Known Member

    Ok, now you got my attention. If clockwork can be installed, let me know. :D
  14. gabeyong

    gabeyong Well-Known Member

    I just use my Xperia Arc as a wifi hotspot to tether 3G data to my Iconia Tab A500 so I can surf the net when I am out and/or without wifi.
  15. gabeyong

    gabeyong Well-Known Member

    ClockworkMod Recovery for the A500 is WIP... :)
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  16. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

    When CWM is released, I will root.
  17. jsevilla1

    jsevilla1 New Member

    Hi, I am new here, I am still planing to buy the a500 if I am able to tether with my blackberry 9780 phone, Does any one now if that is possible ?
    I Will really appreciate some help with this question

    Thanks to all

    John S.
  18. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

    It should work. Just test it out! Go to a Best Buy and try it with the demo :)
  19. jsevilla1

    jsevilla1 New Member

    I already did , But I couldn't , its very easy with android phones but not with blackberry's


    John S.
  20. Vmanisme

    Vmanisme Well-Known Member

    thanks for root method post. sticky :)
  21. daargoth

    daargoth New Member


    What did you do to add the Exchange active sync support?
  22. gabeyong

    gabeyong Well-Known Member


    Got it from XDA-Developers Website. I just followed the instructions for post #6 by id10terrordfw

    Exchange Active Sync Problem

    cheers :)
  23. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

    Rooted mine last night:

    1. Activated unknown sources
    2. Activated debugging
    3. Set the tablet in portrait mode and lock it
    4. Downloaded, installed and ran the 1.20 apk

    It is THAT simple.

    Rooted and then installed my Titanium Pro (put the pro liscense txt file in the sdcard root) & Busybox. All backed up now.

    Need CWM and nandroid backup now.
  24. Conure

    Conure Member

    Having a problem. When i d/l the file directly to my A500 and try to run it it says it can't open file. So, I tried d/l to my pc then transferring it to the A500 but after I do I can't find it. I put it in the download folder but I can't find it on the device. What am I doing wrong?
  25. BigFatCoward

    BigFatCoward New Member

    I have a noob question. If I root my Acer, can I 'unroot' it later? Basically can I restore it to factory settings?

    I decided to give Best Buy's "Buypack" program a go and intend to turn this puppy in sometime in the fall but of course I'd want to have it 'reset' before I did that.

    I'd love to nuke some of these pointless apps from the thing.

    Also do you think we'll manage to get Honeycomb 3.1 on a rooted system before an official upgrade arrives?

    Sorry for all the questions, I'm new to this whole scene.

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