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How to Root the Acer Iconia Tab A500 with Gingerbreak

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The Acer Iconia Tab A500 Android Honeycomb 10.1″ tablet that I am reviewing is easy incredibly easy to root thanks to the Gingerbreak app which can root or unroot the device with the tap of a finger

Here are the steps and applications needed to root the Acer Iconia Tab A500.

GingerBreak Roots Acer Iconia Tab A500

  1. Turn on USB debugging – from Settings, Applications, Development – by placing a check mark in the box.
  2. Insert a micro-SD card in the slot on the top of the device.
  3. Put the tablet in portrait mode and lock it using the orientation lock next to the volume buttons.
  4. Download the APK file from XDA Developer’s forum – you may need to download the file to the SD card via your notebook and then insert it the card back into the tablet.
  5. Enable the installation of apps from outside the Android Market by going to Settings, Applications and putting a check mark in the box next to Unknown sources.
  6. Open a file explorer like ES File Explorer available in the Android Market for free.
  7. Find the directory /mnt/external_sd and run the APK file by tapping it and it will install an app called GingerBreak.
  8. Run GingerBreak and hit OK (see above).
  9. Tap on “Root Device” to root it (see below).
  10. Give it permission to root the device when it asks.

Rooting Acer Iconia Tab A500 as simple as Tapping Root Device

Rooting the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is as simple as tapping Root Device

The A500 will reboot after a couple of minutes, at which point your Acer Iconia Tab A500 is rooted.

We had some trouble running certain apps that require root access until after another reboot, so go ahead and reboot again right away to avoid this. We also had a couple of apps that required an app called BusyBox to be installed. It should have been installed when you rooted the device, but if not you can download the app BusyBox Installer from the Android Market to this problem.

While rooting is easy to accomplish on the Iconia Tab A500 it is worth noting that you could potentially break your device and or void your warranty. Please make sure you read and follow these directions carefully.

Kevin loves notebooks, tablets, gadgets and photography. He grew up with computers starting out on a Vic 20 and Commodore 64. The first computer he owned himself was an 8086 Compaq Deskpro. His foray into tablet computing began when he bought a Samsung Q1 Ultra. The smartphone market opened up for him with his Palm Treo 600.

6 Comments

  1. Spidertattoos Jw

    02/03/2012 at 7:10 am

    I tried this and after 20 minutes or so I gave up it just stays on rooting device….running exploit…..
    And never actually does anything!

    • Belaire_57

      02/17/2012 at 11:04 pm

      i have had the same out come from a different process, using gingerbreak, got the app installed onto my device but it doesnt do anything, just sits on rooting device, tried it with 2 different sd cards, tried restoring the device back to factory settings, deleting the app, using different .apk files downloaded from different sites, running it off the sd card and off /data/local/GingerBreak-v1.20.apk   … cant seem to win. any one have any other ideas?

  2. Jgill

    03/05/2012 at 2:00 pm

    My virus checker says that there is a virus on the .apk file.

  3. ExPatInPA

    03/31/2012 at 10:59 am

    Just tried to root my new A500 and have the same problem. Tried downloading to the SD card and also running it through DropBox.  It never installs, just keeps running the ‘rooting device’

    Anyone have the solution?

  4. bob

    05/02/2012 at 1:05 pm

    The .apk file has malware

  5. Dasousa

    10/29/2012 at 1:30 pm

    I have the same issues rooting my A500 i left the process ran all night long and my device still not root can someone or the forum give an answer pls i would be greatfull.

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