Easily Root T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S2 Hercules SGH-T989, installs Busybox and SuperUser App too!

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ROOT PACKAGE INFO
Name Flashable Zip Package
Warranty Voids Warranty.
Stability Stable without any issues.
Root Manager App SuperUser. It manages root permissions for apps on the device.
Credits Teo032

  WARNING!

Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page.

You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

  GUIDE: ROOT T-MOBILE SAMSUNG GALAXY S2 HERCULES SGH-T989

Before you begin with guide instructions below, make sure your android device is adequately charged — at least 50% battery of the device.

  STEP 0: CHECK DEVICE MODEL NO.

To make sure your device is eligible with this, you must first confirm its model no. in ‘About device’ option under Settings.Another way to confirm model no. is by looking for it on the packaging box of your device. It must be SGH-T989!

Please know that this page is meant only for Samsung Galaxy S2 Hercules. Please DO NOT try the procedures given here on any other device of Samsung or any other company. You have been Warned!

  STEP 1: BACKUP YOUR DEVICE

Back up important data and stuff before you start playing around here as there are chances you might lose your apps and app-data (app settings, game progress, etc.), and in rare case, files on the internal memory, too.

For help on Backup and Restore, check out our exclusive page on that linked right below.

 ANDROID BACK UP AND RESTORE GUIDE: APPS AND TIPS

   STEP 2: INSTALL THE LATEST CWM/TWRP RECOVERY

 Skip this step if you already have latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery installed on your device.

Make sure that you’ve latest version of the recovery installed on your device.

For help on installing recovery on your Samsung Galaxy S2, check our exclusive page on CWM recovery for Samsung Galaxy S2 Hercules.

 GET CWM RECOVERY FOR T-MOBILE SAMSUNG GALAXY S2 HERCULES

   STEP 3: INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

  DOWNLOADS

Download the file given below and transfer it to a separate folder on your phone and remember the location.

  ROOT FILE

DOWNLOAD LINK | File name: CWM_Root_Superuser_3.1.3_Busybox_1.20.2.zip (1.74 MB)

Be sure to transfer the Rootkit file you downloaded above to your phone and remember the location of the files.

You will need to flash it now on your device using either of ClockworkMod (CWM) or TWRP recovery.

We’ve got separate guide for CWM and TWRP recovery, so use the guide relevant to the recovery you have installed on your device.

  GUIDE FOR CWM RECOVERY USERS

  Example video: If you haven’t used CWM recovery before to install a .zip file of a ROM or anything else, then we suggest you first watch a video of that to get familiar with the process. Click here to watch the video

  1. Boot into recovery mode. For this:
    • Power off your device and wait for 5-10 seconds until the device is fully switched off.
    • Press and hold  Volume Up + Home + Power buttons together and release them as soon as you see the Galaxy S2 logo.
      └ In Recovery mode, use Volume buttons to navigate Up and Down between options and use Power button to select an option.
      (For help, check out our Galaxy S2 Recovery Mode page).
  2. Create a Nandroid Backup from recovery. It’s optional but very important to do, so that in case something goes wrong you can restore to current status easily. For making a Nandroid Backup, go to Backup And Restore » Backup.
  3. Install the Zip file:
    • Select Install zip » Choose zip from sdcard (or external sdcard, you know where your files are) » browse to the location where you saved the file and select the CWM_Root_Superuser_3.1.3_Busybox_1.20.2.zip file. How to Flash File in CWM Recovery
  4. Reboot your device. For this, go back to the main menu of recovery and select reboot system now.

That’s all. Your phone will now reboot. On rebooting your phone will have proper root access.

GUIDE FOR TWRP RECOVERY USERS
  1. Boot into recovery mode. For this:
    • Power off your device and wait for 5-10 seconds until the device is fully switched off.
    • Press and hold  Volume Up + Home + Power buttons together and release them as soon as you see the Galaxy S2 logo.
      (For help, check out our Galaxy S2 Recovery Mode page).
  2. Create a Nandroid Backup from recovery. It’s optional but very important to do, so that in case something goes wrong you can restore to current status easily. For making a Nandroid Backup, go to Backup » and select all check boxes and swipe on the Swipe to confirm option at the bottom of the screen to confirm backup.
  3. Install the Zip file:
    • Tap on Install » browse to the location where you saved the files and tap on the CWM_Root_Superuser_3.1.3_Busybox_1.20.2.zip file. Now at the bottom of the screen, do a swipe on the Swipe to confirm flash option to begin flashing.
      How to Flash File in CWM Recovery
  4. Reboot your device. Go back to the main menu of recovery and tap on Reboot » then, tap on System to reboot your phone.

That’s all. Your phone will now reboot. On rebooting your phone will have proper root access.

FEEDBACK US!

It was easy to root your Samsung Galaxy S2 Hercules, right? Let us know how you plan to use root privileges on your Galaxy S2.

Your suggestions and queries, if any, are most welcomed!

3 Comment

  1. Cesar Toral says: Reply

    Sorry, I have a s2 hercules and wanted to update android (2.3) but my USB port does not work, I want to be root and have CWM! I can via SD?? No odin!

  2. swampfox says: Reply

    perhaps i missed it but i don’t see anywhere were you mention to activate debugging in developers mode or to allow third parties? Did I miss that on one of your pages?

  3. swampfox says: Reply

    another issue is the constant bouncing in and out of web page to follow up on downloads. Much simpler to have all on one page

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