Do I need to root my Fairphone 2 to install Ubuntu Touch?



  • Hi.

    I know the UBports installer says to enable Developer Mode – but that's different to rooting right? Sorry if this is a silly query.

    Thanks.


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    Hi,

    you need to unlock the bootloader if it is still locked, and you need to enable developer mode in android, and authorize the adb access the first time you are connecting to the PC - do you need more infos on that?

    BR Florian



  • @Flohack said in Do I need to root my Fairphone 2 to install Ubuntu Touch?:

    Hi,

    you need to unlock the bootloader if it is still locked, and you need to enable developer mode in android, and authorize the adb access the first time you are connecting to the PC - do you need more infos on that?

    BR Florian

    Hi Florian.
    Is unlocking the bootloader the same as rooting?
    Could you clarify 'authorize the adb access'? Is that simply: "sudo apt install adb fastboot"?



  • @Opolork said in Do I need to root my Fairphone 2 to install Ubuntu Touch?:

    @Flohack said in Do I need to root my Fairphone 2 to install Ubuntu Touch?:

    Hi,

    you need to unlock the bootloader if it is still locked, and you need to enable developer mode in android, and authorize the adb access the first time you are connecting to the PC - do you need more infos on that?

    BR Florian

    Hi Florian.
    Is unlocking the bootloader the same as rooting?
    Could you clarify 'authorize the adb access'? Is that simply: "sudo apt install adb fastboot"?

    Unlocking the bootloader is a separate process that allows you to flash (install) OS software onto your phone via fastboot. When you first connect your phone to your computer with ADB running and developer mode on, a dialog will appear on your phone asking if you want to allow the computer to affect your device. IIRC neither of these require rooting, and are often prerequisites themselves for rooting.



  • Enable developer mode on your device. There may be a menu option for this if not tapping the device build number 7-8 times should do it. There should then be the option to enable usb debugging,mdt and possibly unlocking the bootloader.
    Then install ADB and fastboot on your pc/laptop. When thats done run in a terminal

    adb devices

    You should see a pop up window on the device to allow the connection (adb permisson). Your device should then be listed. If you did not have the menu option to unlock the bootloader now run

    sudo fastboot oem unlock

    that should unlock the bootloader and you can run the UBports installer. Any issues please come back or visit https://t.me/WelcomePlus our Telegram Welcome and install group.



  • @Flohack said in Do I need to root my Fairphone 2 to install Ubuntu Touch?:

    you need to unlock the bootloader if it is still locked

    The FP2 bootloader is always unlocked AFAIK. Sure, it does no harm to unlock it, but it isn't necessary.



  • I appreciate the advice, guys. 🙏



  • UT installed fine as it was. I didn't have to mess with any rooting stuff. 👍🏻


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