Rooting the Motorola Admiral


  1. SanDiegoStevo

    SanDiegoStevo Member

    This procedure worked for me:
    How to get your phone back on the upgrade path...

    Now to find a WiFi Thethering app that works....

    Edit: On my Motorola Admiral

    Things I did to setup *before* following the link abaove.

    On my PC:
    Install Android SDK
    Install phone drivers. (The phone auto-ran a Moto Sync tool when I first plugged it in to my PC, which seemed to install these for me.)

    On my phone:
    Enable USB Debugging
    Enable Non-market apps
    Set USB connection to "None" when I plug it in to computer.

    On my PC, I then ran "adb devices" in a CMD prompt to verify the debugger could see my phone. attached to this post is a screen shot of this CMD showing my device after running that command.

    I then used the Windows-only 1-click-exploit in the link I posted above, from a CMD prompt. I'm not totally sure, but I think I may have had to run it twice. I think the first time it didn't find my phone, or had to restart the adb service or something.

    Disclaimer. I am not telling anybody what to do. I do not know what differences there me be that will make this not work for anybody else. I am not responsible if anything bad happens. I'm simply sharing my experience with the community. I am not an expert at this stuff. I just know enough to adapt and follow others' posts and report results. Questions should be directed to the source.

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  2. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Well-Known Member

  3. SanDiegoStevo

    SanDiegoStevo Member

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  4. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Well-Known Member

    gonna give it a go now. The first thing I see is that you must first go to settings-Applications-Development and put a check in USB debugging. Before you start. Good luck and if you try this and brick phone please contact the OP for help.
  5. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Well-Known Member

    No luck not even the guys at XDA can ROOT the Admiral. Question for you is if you rooted how can you tell you are rooted?
  6. ahecht

    ahecht New Member

    Have you tried Open Garden Wifi Tether (og.android.tether)? It works on the motorola photon as long as you don't enable security.
  7. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Well-Known Member

    I have a friend with a photon. What is the enable secruity setting you talk about????
  8. SanDiegoStevo

    SanDiegoStevo Member

    Yes. You have to enable USB debugging. Also may need to enable "allow installation of non-market apps". And when you plug your phone in, and the phone notification asks you how you want to connect, select "None". (Versus mounting a SD Card as a drive for example.) I also downloaded the Android SDK to test basic USB debugging first.

    Sorry I forgot that these steps were not in the link I posted. I spent so much time combing XDA Developers and following different things, I forgot where I learned what. When it finally worked, I was so happy I just wanted to share. :)

    Oh, and I used the windows "1 click"

    As to how I know it worked. An new app was installed called Superuser. When any app runs that requires superuser priveledges, it now pops up a dialog asking if you want to grant access. If you don't have the Superuser apps, these other apps will not work. (For example, the WiFi Tethering apps I've seen require superuser.) I tested Titanium Backup, which require superuser, and it seemed to work.
  9. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Well-Known Member

    did you try Open Garden Wifi Tether? It is a super user app?
  10. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Well-Known Member

    Ok I will try it again thanks for the fallow up.
  11. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Well-Known Member

    Ok I got the SU apk and it says ROOTED when complete but when I try to run the open garden app it will not work says the phone is not rooted. Also when you run the 1 click did you watch for errors I did see a few. I think you are on the right track. I just think it is not a true ROOT access or the open garden app would work I think.
  12. SanDiegoStevo

    SanDiegoStevo Member

    Interesting. I had no errors the time that worked.

    May consider trying another root-required app. Maybe AdFree Android. Or Titanium Backup.
  13. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Well-Known Member

    did you try Open Garden Wifi Tether ?
  14. SanDiegoStevo

    SanDiegoStevo Member

    I did. It doesn't work. But it doesn't say it's not rooted. Superuser popped up to ask if I should allow it. I clicked Allow. Open Garden starts up my WiFi radio... then my phone reboots itself.

    My guess is some combination of the radios (WiFi/Cell) and/or the CPU core (this is a Snapdragon v. the TIs most Motorola Androids use) is not compatible with some call that program is making.

    An alternate theory is that the stock OS is missing some needed parts of the kernel. I think this seems unlikely, because there is a WiFi internet sharing app built in that supposedly works with the right plan. (Assumption here is that they'd be implemented similarly.)
  15. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Well-Known Member

    Bummer. Well thanks for all the effort. I got free wifi thether for rooted users working on my Nexus S 4g and love it. To bad we can't get it working on this device.
  16. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Well-Known Member

    1 last thing might be a good idea to share what you have on XDA so others can build on it. Thanks Again for all the hard work.
  17. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    Are you using the phone's Direct Connect abilities? Work uses nextel and I just got the Duramax and I'm less than thrilled with the DC capability/clearity. Call setup is just as fast but voice quality through the speaker phone is downright terrible.

    How is it on the Admiral?
  18. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Well-Known Member

    Must be a bad phone we have started switching to the new Duramax and the admiral useing the new Sprint Direct Connect and we have over 400 phones and so far the switch has gone GREAT. Try turning down the speaker phone some times to much volume on a speaker phone can be a bad thing.
  19. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    Well comparing it to my old i576 (even the i305's beat this thing!) it's very static-y and just overall noisy no matter what the speakerphone volume is...so I may have a bad speaker I suppose. Either way it's going back. How is the sound on the admiral?
  20. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Well-Known Member

    Great. I have no problems. And yes it might be a bad speaker if it's that bad. What about when you make a cell call and put it on speaker?
  21. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    Still kind of sucks. Either way, I sent it back today and went back to my i576 for work. If the Admiral picks up a mod community I might grab that and nix my EvoShift.. we'll see.
  22. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Well-Known Member

    I got to say I'm really enjoying my Admiral for my work phone. I had the Blackberry 8350i and the i1 had the Titanium. But for sure the Admiral is the best of the bunch. When Sprint moves CDMA and LTE to the 800Mghz spectrum(Old IDEN spectrum)performance is really going to improve.
  23. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    Yeah i cant wait to see 800 mhz all over with sprint.. thats going to be very nice.
  24. rheller219

    rheller219 Member

    I dont have an issue with clarity of the speaker, my issue with the admiral is volume of the DC. I literally have to hold the phone to my ear to hear a dc. not anything like the old iden phones that were "walkie talkie" loud. If there is any background noise at all, using the DC feature on the admiral is almost impossible.
  25. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    Heh.. that's a shame...

    Come on Sprint, up with some real DC capable Androids... I'm tired of carrying two phones.
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