Exploid Root Method for Xperia X10 [Tutorial]

by X10 on August 9, 2010

in Applications, Featured Content, Firmware, Tips & Tricks, X10 mini & X10 mini pro

Android RootDespite flagging the one-click root method for the Xperia X10 family over the weekend, there are still users that couldn’t get it to work. To help them out we’ve expanded on the original Exploid tutorial to make it easy for complete newbies to get root on their Xperia X10 handsets.

This method will work for any of the Xperia X10 family and is very easy to apply (take our word for it). The instructions are included below, please make sure you follow each step carefully. As always, this is done entirely at your own risk and we take no responsibility if anything goes wrong.

Exploid Root Method for Xperia X10

Preparatory steps

1) On your phone Settings –> Applications –> Development –> Make sure ‘USB debugging’ and ‘Stay awake’ are ticked.

2) Make sure that the ‘Quick Settings’ widget is installed somewhere on one of your homescreens. Use the icon to switch the Wi-Fi on.

3) Make sure that either PC Companion or Sony Ericsson Update Service (SEUS) is installed on your PC.

4) Download the Exploid file. Extract the zip file and move the ‘exploid_x10′ folder to the C:\ directory.

Apply Root Method

5) Plug the Xperia X10 into the PC. You should see two icons appear in the notification bar (the USB key and hazard key denoting you are in debugging mode). Scroll the notification bar down and connect the USB (DO NOT mount the card).

6) Now go to the PC: Start –> Run –> Type ‘cmd’ and a DOS prompt should appear.

7) Now you will need to enter the following red text into the DOS prompt. The easiest way to do this is copy/paste the text using your mouse. [Note: Ctrl C and Ctrl V will not work here.] I have included the output after each command below to give you an idea of what you should be seeing after each step.

cd c:\exploid_x10

C:\exploid_x10>adb push Superuser.apk /sdcard/Superuser.apk
1213 KB/s (0 bytes in 38823.000s)

C:\exploid_x10>adb push su /sdcard/su
1382 KB/s (0 bytes in 22120.000s)

C:\exploid_x10>adb push exploid /sqlite_stmt_journals/exploid
604 KB/s (0 bytes in 9672.000s)

C:\exploid_x10>adb push busybox /sqlite_stmt_journals/busybox
2016 KB/s (0 bytes in 1709832.000s)

C:\exploid_x10>adb shell
$ cd sqlite_stmt_journals
cd sqlite_stmt_journals
$ chmod 755 exploid
chmod 755 exploid
$ chmod 755 busybox
chmod 755 busybox
$ ./exploid
[*] Android local root exploid (C) The Android Exploid Crew
[*] Modified by birdman for the DroidX
[+] Using basedir=/sqlite_stmt_journals, path=/sqlite_stmt_journals/exploid
[+] opening NETLINK_KOBJECT_UEVENT socket
[+] sending add message …
[*] Try to invoke hotplug now, clicking at the wireless
[*] settings, plugin USB key etc.
[*] You succeeded if you find /system/bin/rootshell.
[*] GUI might hang/restart meanwhile so be patient.

8 ) Disable and enable Wi-Fi using the Quick Settings widget on your Xperia X10.

$ rootshell
Password (echoed):rootnow

9) The phone has now been rooted. However, you will still need to type the following commands.

./busybox cp /sdcard/Superuser.apk /system/app/
./busybox cp /sdcard/su /system/bin/
./busybox cp busybox /system/bin/
chmod 4755 /system/bin/su
rm /system/bin/rootshell

10) You have now exited out of rootshell.


11) You have now exited out of adb shell. Root complete.

Verify Root

Type the following commands:

adb shell

Look at the display of your Xperia X10. Superuser.apk will ask whether to allow the root permission. Click ‘Allow’. You have confirmed that your phone is indeed rooted.

Install Apps that require Root

Barnacle Wifi Tether - Turns your phone into a wireless hotspot/router.

To get it working: Install from Android Market and launch. Press Settings –> Interfaces –> LAN. Type athwlan0 in the pop-up box.

Titanium Backup - One of the most powerful backup/restore tools on Android.

To get it working: Install from Android Market and launch. Click ‘Problems’ in titanium and let it download the latest version of busybox.

Remove Root

1) Disable USB Debugging mode: Settings –> Applications –> Development –> Untick ‘USB debugging’.

2) Now run the Sony Ericsson Update Service or PC Companion.

3) When prompted connect the phone to the USB cable. Under Software Update, click on Start.

5) Let the software download and reinstall the latest update. Once finished your phone will be unrooted.

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