Rooted Honeycomb 3.2.1 Stock ROM for the Acer Iconia A500


The festive season for the Acer Iconia A500 seems to be continuing with ROMs continuing to be released at regular intervals. Sure, “Ice Cream Sandwiches” seem to be the flavor of the season, despite the cold weather ─ and with good reason, but there is always room for a nice, rooted, stock HoneyComb ROM for those who tasted some ICS goodness, and decided to go back to HC till a really stable (everything works) build is out.

XDA developer civato has released a Rooted Stock ROM for the Iconia A500. It is based on pure stock A500 but is pre-rooted, so that you don’t have to go through the rooting process again. If you are currently running a custom ROM, and have Clockworkmod recovery installed on your tab, you know the drill, and I won’t bore you any more of my ramblings.

If you are still unrooted [I would urge you to root soon and liberate your Iconia Tab 🙂], You can refer to this particularly nice, detailed, step-by-step guide for rooting and other related processes.

You can download the ROM from the developer’s thread here.

To flash the ROM, you can follow these simple steps given below:

  1. Download the ROM from the link posted above and transfer it to your External SD card
  2. Power off your device and boot into recovery mode (Hold Volume Down & Power button together, and release both when you see text at the top of the screen)
  3. Perform a full backup of your existing ROM as a precautionary measure
  4. Perform a full wipe (Wipe Data, Wipe Cache partition & Wipe Dalvik Cache in Advanced Options)
  5. Install zip from SD card/Choose zip from SD card ( here, select the zip file you copied to your sd card in Step 1)
  6. Once the installation is complete, reboot.

Thats it!! Your’e done, and should now be running Stock Honeycomb version 3.2.1 with root.

In case you have any questions, or comments, do feel free to add them in the comments below, and I’d be happy to answer them for you.

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  1. Jack says: Reply

    Hello thanks for your well article, I have a question. There is spanish language in the ROM?nnThanks A Lot

  2. Jack says: Reply

    Hello when I try to put iconia a500 in recovery mode a symbol admiration inside of android. And nothing happend. What can I do? Thanks

  3. Kleanthis says: Reply

    Please respond to a rookie acer a500 user. I have it in stock 3.0.1. Son1. I gain root access and install gingerbreak.n2.Install CWM 1.5n3.Backup recovery image to sd card.n4.Download the rooted 3.2.1 and put it zipped in the sd card (thebackup image is still there)n5.Get the iconia to recovery mode.n6. Full backup again to sd card.n7.When completes — wipe data/factory reset ->nu00a0navigate to “Yes – delete all user data”nn- wipe cache partition -> navigate to “Yes – wipe cache”nn- Advanced -> Wipe Dalvik Cache -> navigate to “Yes – Wipe Dalvik Cache”n8. Go back to CWM menu and – Install zip from sdcard -> choose zip from sdcard.nnNavigate to your zip on the SD card and install it – choose “Yes” again nto install. Wait untill installation is complete, return to the main CWMn menu and choose “reboot system now”.nIs that all I do? Please correct me if I forgot something or wrote something wrong.nOr just email me on

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Yes. That’s all you need to do. You’ve got it right.

  4. Kleanthis says: Reply

    An other rookie question. I am reading and reading before I do anything to my iconia and brick it. n1.So I saw that there are regional roms? Will this work on any acer iconia device?n2.Also, flashing the kernel is another thing?nu00a0What are the advantages of that?n3. After flashing with this 3.2.1 stock pre rooted, everything works or do I have to apply patches?n4. If I brick it, can I revive it?nThanks… and sorry for asking.

  5. sridhar says: Reply

    Why is it so hard and complicated to download this ROM?

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