How to Root Google Glass

Rooting Google Glass really isn’t that hard and gives you access to everything. Rooting your Google Glass device removes every limitation that it might have while unrooted.

Before you start tinkering with things, you should know that rooting your device will void your warranty and you will have to install updates manually.

Another thing you should know is that you can brick your device if you do something wrong, so be extremely careful.

How to Root Google Glass

glasspictureFirst you need to download the Android Debug Bridge your computer. You can find Android Debug Bridge in the Android SDK on the Android Developers site. Once you have downloaded the files, you need to install Android Debug Bridge. You can learn how to install ADB in a post we published previously.

Once you have installed the Android Debug Bridge, you are going to need to download the latest boot.img from the Google Developers site. Once you’ve downloaded the boot.img make sure to copy and paste it into the same location that you installed ADB. If you followed our ADB install tutorial, then you need to copy and paste it into: C:\Android-adb

Next you need to enable debug mode on your Google Glass by going to Settings > About Device > Turn on Debug.

After you have done that, make sure that your Google Glass is on and connected to your computer.

Once you have connected your Glass to your computer, enter the following adb commands into your systems command prompt:

adb devices

adb reboot-bootloader

fastboot devices

fastboot oem unlock

fastboot oem unlock

fastboot flash boot boot.img

fastboot reboot

adb root

If you followed the tutorial correctly, then your Google Glass should now be rooted.

Now what?

Now that you have officially voided your warranty, there’s no reason to hold back.  While there isn’t much out right now for those rooting their device, if you have the appropriate knowledge or friends, then you can do some amazing things. One group managed to install Ubuntu on their set of Google glass.


Really though, it might be a while before things are like an Android phone where there are tons of reasons for you to root your device. Currently, Im not sure if it’s worth it. I’d say right now that rooting your Google Glass is a thing you do for “bragging rights”.

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this short how to. If you have any questions or comments, then feel free to post them in the comments below!