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The Samsung Behold 2 is one of the original smartphones to come out of the Samsung range featuring an operating system version of Android 1.6 back in its day.

Even back then rooting methods were possible and if you still have this phone as a secondary, the good news is you can use it to flash custom ROMS and check out other applications from the Google Play Store.

BEFORE WE BEGIN

  • You will need the up to date USB Drivers on your device.
  • You should also have the ADB installed by following our guide here.
  • Moreover, go and enable the USB Debugging Mode from the Settings > Development > USB Debugging and tick the box, so it’s working.

HOW TO ROOT THE SAMSUNG BEHOLD 2 FOR T-MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS

1. Setup the Android SDK on your computer.

2. Download the following folder here and place it in the Android SDK folder.

3. Connect the phone to the computer with the USB cable.

4. Transfer the file to the internal memory SD card.

5. Unplug from the computer and enable the USB Debugging Mode.

6. Connect the device to the computer again and open the command prompt.

7. Type each of the following commands one at a time and hitting the enter key in between each line.

cd\

cd androidsdk\tools

adb push try3.dat /data/local

adb shell chmod 0755 /data/local/try3

adb shell

/data/local/try3 /system/bin/sh

mount -o rw,remount /dev/st9 /system

chmod 04755 /system/bin/sh

cat /sdcard/su.dat > /system/bin/su1

cat /sdcard/su.dat > /system/bin/su

chmod 04755 /system/bin/su

su

cat /system/bin/playlogo > /system/bin/playlogo_real
/system/bin/chmod 0755 /system/bin/playlogo_real
echo “#!/system/bin/sh
/data/local/try3.dat /system/bin/sh
mount -o rw,remount /dev/st9 /system
chmod 04755 /system/bin/sh
cat /system/bin/su1 > /system/bin/su
chmod 04755 /system/bin/su
/system/bin/playlogo_real” > /system/bin/playlogo
exit
exit
exit

adb install Superuser.apk
adb shell reboot

8. The device will reboot by itself. Open the command prompt once more and type the following commands:
adb shell
su

9. You should now have root access on your smartphone after you see the hash tag come up on the Command Prompt.

The Samsung Behold 2 smartphone now has root access which means the user account you are automatically given has full administrative access granted and any applications you install can take advantage of that should they wish. There are many applications out there that don’t care about root access but there are also a few hundred that do, and those are the ones we call root applications. The root applications can offer anything from better ways to backup your data, to giving you quick access to a custom ROM of your choice.

The Google Play Store doesn’t make it easy to understand what the root applications are and which ones are popular, though it has no problem in allowing most of them to be hosted on the Play Store. In other words, there is nothing wrong with installing root applications, but you’ll need to do your own research to find out the names of them and the ones you want to use. If you do end up installing any root applications from outside the Google Play Store in the future, which is possible given that sometimes you’ll come across a few that weren’t allowed there, you need to be especially careful that you are installing a legit app and not malware. With root access, the malware can jump over and read another app’s data, and that’s precisely why Android developers don’t like allowing root access with services like Android Pay at the same time.

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