Acer Iconia A500 Root: Full root for A500 ICS 4.0.3
According the the Acer Tablet Forum, the XDA developers have been able to root the Acer Iconia A500, and have shared the details. He mentions that, “The root is not without its hiccups, so make sure you read the full thread to get all the ins and outs before trying. It could save you an hour or two.” Here’s some instructions and a download link:
How to Root Acer Iconia A500:
1. The tablet should be already upgraded to ICS 4.0.3[LEAK] for A500.
2. Download this archive. Unpack it to any place.
3, On a tablet: “Settings” -> “Applications” -> “Development” -> “USB debugging” switch on.
4. Сonnect the tablet to the computer.
5. Open the directory with the unpacked archive. Execute file: for windows – runit-win.bat; for Linux – runit-linux.sh.
The root is received!
6. Now you will have to install the following programms:
Don’t install Busybox! It is already installed and established! If you reinstall it, some programs will become unable to access root permissions!
This method uses the ‘mempodroid’ exploit and some workings out by ZeroNull and vdsirotkin (4pda.ru).
PS: Command “mount -o remount,rw /system” for directory /system (partition) – works perfectly!
Why Root Acer Iconia A500?
Rooting gives you root access to areas you don’t have access to in the stock version. You can also invert custom boot animations, back up your files in case you need to factory reset for easy retrieval, use apps that need root access to work, or install custom themes.
Wi-Fi Issues with Rooting
If the tablet has a weak Wi-Fi signal after rooting, try a factory reset before rooting it again. After you reset to factory, install Acer Iconia Tab Enhancement Tool off the Play Store before updating, then update ICS. After ICS update, do another factory reset to put you on fresh, ICS stock ROM.
Thanks to RobKort, dgstorm, and LordZilo for the tips. This is said to also work with stock ROM.