Acer has started rolling out the much-anticipated Android 4.0.3 (ICS) update to the Iconia Tab A500 tablet around the globe. I am sure no one would like to miss this update. Having said that, if you have your Iconia Tab rooted before the update, you will lose the root after the ICS update.


This is nothing new as the rooting functionality will be lost after performing a major update such as this one. Don’t worry, as usual we bring you step-by-step instructions on how to root the Acer Iconia Tab A500 after the ICS update.

The rooting procedure is reportedly working on A501 too, which we have not tested-so you are on your own. You have been warned. The rooting tool named ICS Root has a UI for Windows, and BASH script tool for Linux.

Disclaimer: All android mods and custom installations involve certain amount of risk. Proceed at your own risk. Android Total is not responsible if your device gets bricked or damaged during the process.


  • Download Rooting Tool:
  • On Windows machine, you should have .Net Framework 4 installed. You can download it from Microsoft site.
  • You need Acer drivers installed in your computer. If not grab it from here and install it.


  1. On your Iconia Tab, go to Settings > Applications > Development, and enable USB debugging mode.
  2. Connect the tablet to your computer via USB cable.
  3. Extract the contents of the downloaded file.

On Windows: Double-click on the ICS root executable file. Select your device from the ICS root interface and click on ROOT IT! button. I advice not to select any other options in the tool like the Install FaceLock or the CyanogenMod 9 Trebuchet launcher. Wait for the rooting to finish. After the process is complete, your device will reboot. Enjoy the rooted ICS!

On Linux: Launch terminal window and navigate to the extracted ICS Root directory. Run the following commands:

chmod +x ./

./ –d

./ –h

./ –h <your options> I advice you to only choose Root and proceed.

After the process is complete, your device will reboot. Enjoy the rooted ICS!

Did the rooting work for you? Do let us know in the comments below.

[Via TegraOwners]

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