Saturday, April 28, 2012

How to Keep Root when OTA Updating your Galaxy Nexus

DISCLAIMER! The instructions provided below are for educational and informative purposes only! You follow them at your own risk! The author of the article can not be held responsible for any damages or trouble you get into! Rooting your phone opens up many security holes in your device and make it easier for hackers to get access to your private information stored on your device like passwords, contact lists, etc. At the time of the post, Google stores all your email passwords and credit card information as clear text on your device (no encryption). A simple root access is enough for someone to steal them. 

As a lot of you guys know that ICS 4.0.4 just came out for your Galaxy Nexus. I was hesitant this morning to update as I didn't want to loose my root. After talking to my friend (he runs his own blog here), he told me that I can keep my root by installing an app from the Android Market (I prefer the old name), I immediately went and tried. To my surprise, it works! So let me tell you how it works.

I have to first tell you that this does not work with all Android devices. Just some. I only tested it on my Galaxy Nexus. Read about the compatibility on the application page. This application does not root your phone, it just protects you from loosing your root! First of all, you need to download OTA RootKeeper from the Android Market here. You can also scan the following QR code.

After you install it, open up the app, and press protect SU. Then run the OTA update. After the update finishes, open back up the app and press restore SU or restore root (I forgot what the button said). There you go! You have root again! :) I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

ICS 4.0.4 is out for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

If you are a lucky owner of a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, you probably saw a small system update icon in the notification area. That's right! ICS 4.0.4 is finally out for the Galaxy Nexus!

The update includes slight UI changes and bug fixes. According to users, their device has been running slightly faster since the update. The update also brings you the Google Wallet app, something everyone has been waiting for. Google Wallet is great, and with the update, you no longer need to run an unauthorized app.  So go ahead and grab yourself the update and try out the new ICS!

If you are rooted, the update will unroot your phone. Simply reroot your phone after the update and everything will be the same again. For instructions on how to protect your root during the update, please see my tutorial here.