How to Root Google Glass

Jay Freeman Google Glass

Google Glass, a head-mounted computer that runs Android and is controlled by voice, has only been in the hands of a select few for a couple weeks now. To get your own, you either had to be lucky enough to win a Twitter contest that Google held, with the hashtag #IfIHadGlass, or pre-order a pair as an attendee at last year’s Google I/O conference. Jay Freeman, the renowned jailbreak developer and Cydia founder, fell into the latter group.

Just moments after picking up Glass at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Freeman discovered a debug mode and was able to exploit a bug that allowed for him to gain root access to the device. Essentially, Freeman discovered a so-called “jailbreak” for Google Glass. A few days later, the technology consultant was courteous enough to share detailed instructions on how to root Google Glass, for the lucky individuals that have the Explorer Edition pair.

Follow our condensed version of the step-by-step instructions on how to root Google Glass, or read the blog post by Freeman for further details.