How to Root Google Nexus S with Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) using SuperBoot

While rooting Nexus S isn’t that difficult via ADB, it isn’t the easiest thing to do either for the average joe. Luckily, PaulObrien, an Android developer/hacker has created a simple one click SuperBoot which is probably the easiest method to root your Nexus S on Android 2.3.3. It automatically flashes your Nexus S with the boot.img file which roots Android 2.3.3 as well as install SU and SuperUser.



You don’t have to anything at all except execute the file by double-clicking. (Make sure your Nexus S bootloader is unlocked by following the guide here first) Just download the appropriate superboot zip file for you Nexus S model and extract it.

Now reboot your Nexus S and put it in bootloader mode. This is done by holding the power and volume up buttons together. One it’s done, connect it to your computer and double-click ‘install-superboot-windows’.

superbootWhen your phone reboots, it will be rooted and you should have su and superuser installed.

For Mac users, the method is a bit more complicated as you have to use the terminal. Open it and navigate to the directory where you extracted SuperBoot and type in the following commands:

chmod +x


For Linux users, you need to type in the following commands after navigating to the SuperBoot directory:

chmod +x


That’s it. Enjoy your rooted Nexus S!

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