Am I rootedIt's a question get all the time: "Is my phone rooted? How can I tell?"  Maybe you picked up your new Android phone second-hand (it's a great way to save some cash, and there are a lot of great used Android phones out there!), or the cryptic directions for rooting your particular phone seemed to forget an easy way to check if it was successful, or maybe your crazy brother was messing with it while you were in the shower.

No matter the reason, checking if your rooted is easy as pie, and is a quick introduction to a tool you might very well be using now that you've switched to the dark side and rooted your phone.

Open the Android Market and search for a terminal client.  There's several free ones, and they all work great.  If I was forced to recommend one, I would choose Connectbot, but any of them will work. 

Open the terminal app, read through the instructions (if any) you see, and you'll be faced with a text entry prompt.  If your prompt is the pound sign ( # ) -- you're rooted.  If you see a dollar sign ( $ ), try entering the command "su" (without the quote marks).  You might see a dialog asking for permission from the SuperUser app, which you can safely grant.  If the prompt changes to the pound sign, you're rooted.

Remember, root is the boss.  You can do anything while you're root, including many things that can "break" the OS and cause all sorts of trouble.  Read all the guides and warnings before you try anything, and by all means ask questions in the Android Central forums!

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mjneid says:

nice little put together, but Term Emulator is the easiest one to use by far. None of the SSH/Local stuff. just straight forward Term Access. and the font system on connectbot is weird.

wormeyman says:

The font system on connectbot is weird but it works for ssh for me, the blue terminal emulator is my favorite.

tomh1979 says:

Not too point out the obvious, but couldn't one just look in their app list for the SU app, and or if its missing, just download it from the market along with a root required app to open and see if it ask for root permission, or boot to bootloader and select recovery to see if they can boot into a custom recovery.

sushiguy732 says:

supposedly I am rooted (I have the superuser icon as well as Titanium Backup installed) but when I try the above suggestion I still see a $. So am I rooted or not? Honestly I am not sure since I am trying to rename some files and they all say access denied.

SkySoldier says:

I'm on a mission to become a Droid user, so I'm shopping for a used phone. Can I tell if the phone has been rooted, bricked, and patched up while sitting at a coffee house negotiating a price? This is my first question in this forum, so I aplogize in advance if I have posted in the wrong place. Thanks, any help will be appreciated. I'm looking forward to my first android phone!

skopff says:

hi i'm new with this "root" thing, i download Connectbot just to know if my phone(xperia X10a)is rooted, and since i've been trying to switch to android 2.1 (my crap X10a firmware is 1.6)
the things is this app is asking me to connect to a host(username@hostname:port) what can i do what hos do i need to connect?

suggestions?

jman13183 says:

I'm no Expert either but if ya tap on the box to the left of the block for user name it gives you an option for local. select that one and give yourself a name.

http://www.xda-developers.com/
This Forum will help you root to 2.1.1 or even Gingerbread 2.3.1

gordies.swc says:

i took my droid eris to a shop & supposedly got it rooted.its flashed to cricket and was working fine up until the other day when i took it off the charger and i noticed my clock didnt say the weather only current location.so i checked my internet and nothing! also something pops up a SU REQUEST but doesnt say anything else or give me any options just a black screen. rather then taking it back to the shop i rather just learn how to do rooting and flashing my self so that i know what my phone really has or not.any suggestions of to what might be going on? or how i can go about fixing this? i.ve read thread and threads but have not found anything yet about this.

peterbilt379 says:

I would greatly appreciate if someone can give me the pros and cons of rooting. Is it a good thing to do? Is it necessary with the upcoming Gingerbread update? Im using a HTC Thunderbolt and am new and clueless on this rooting of the phone. Kenspeterbilt@gmail.com thanks

yb says:

So it's correct to assume new phones from carriers (Verizon, ATT, etc) are not rooted?

jasimmay says:

now checking device is rooted or not is a bit easier as i found from yahoo answer that an app named root checker is available on the google app store and within seconds it results whether the device is properly rooted or not. I personally tried this and found the app was perfectly working on my samsung galaxy.

source:-
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AopmLQRjSSzlGolR4JUQNCKDHQx...

sja533 says:

I took your ;intructions. I don't know if I'm rooted

sja533 says:

How can I tell if I'm rooted?

HighPointPC says:

Just suggest check SuperUser App that all!

my phone is ROOTED today by ODIN!

Sam Iam says:

My Nexus 7 is rooted ... I have Titanium Backup installed, and it reports status as rooted. But the prompt sign for Connectbot is a $ ... So unclear whether this approach works.