I got one of these phones when they first came out – they were pretty awesome back then, however over time they have been orphaned on older, vulnerable iterations of Android and they simply don’t have what it takes to be a primary device any longer.
Because of this – I’m currently looking to root the phone and install upon it a modified ROM which will give me *just* what I need to turn this into a useful device for sitting in the car.
Step #1 – Hard Reset to Factory Defaults.
- Turn the phone OFF
- While holding the volume UP button, press and HOLD the power button
- Keep holding the buttons until ‘Clear User Data’ is displayed in text on the phone’s screen.
The phone will continue to boot after factory resetting the device (note, items on the Micro SD card will NOT be affected – you would need to reformat that independently yourself.
Step #2 – Find a ROM.
- The new firmware needs to enable the more recent features of Android without overtaxing the processing power or battery capacity of the aging device…