If you’re a serial rooter and the owner of an Android device running 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich or 4.1.x Jelly bean we have great news for you. The clever team over at XDA Developers, namely a member who goes by the name of Bin4ry, has developed a tool that roots most Android devices known as the Android universal root.

Bin4ry’s Root Tool, as it is official labeled, is a fast yet simple way of doing an Android universal root for Androids ICS and Jelly Bean devices. We have the full guide below if you want to give rooting your Android phone or tablet a try.

Details of Note

  • You will also need to have USB debugging mode enabled in order to complete this guide. This helps to connect your Android phone with the PC.
  • You will need to make sure you have the USB drivers. This is necessary for when you connect the device to the computer. You have to connect it to the computer in order to root the device.

Before You Begin Please Note

  • It is important that this method only be used for Android devices running 4.0.x ICS and 4.4.x Jelly Bean.
  • This guide is designed for Window’s PCs who have either WinRAR or 7-Zip installed or Linux PC’s.
  • Windows users will need to ensure their devices USB drivers are installed on the PC.
  • Ensure USB debugging is Enabled. You will find this in ‘Settings’ > ‘Developer Options’.
  • Ensure all security software including firewalls, antivirus and any other software that accesses your device. It can interfere with the rooting procedure.
  • Make a full back up of your device
  • If you are using this guide for a Sony device running ICS you will first need to ensure you have Sony’s Backup & Restore custom app. It is generally pre-installed but you will need to double-check.

Rooting Android Devices Running Ice Cream Sandwich Or Jelly Bean – Android Universal Root Method

Step 1. You will first need to download the root tool below:

Bin4ry’s Root Tool

Step 2. Once the file is downloaded you will need to extract the ZIP file to your computer. Place it under a folder or directory and once open you should be able to see the following:




Step 3. Once you have double checked that USB debugging is enabled you will need to launch the tool by double clicking on the file corresponding to your PC.

Windows select – RunMe.bat file

Linux select – RunMe.sh file

Step 4. Once open you will be presented with the following options:

–          Normal

–          Special

–          Unroot

Select ‘Normal’ for all non-Sony devices. For any Sony devices such as the Medion Lifetab or TabletS, select ‘Special’.

Step 5. Once you have selected an option, simply connect your device to your PC via USB and follow the instructions on-screen.

Now that your device is rooted, you can instantly download rooted apps. Furthermore, you may be interested in checking our custom ROMs.