Rooting a $20 tablet: Azpen A727

I just picked up a little 7″ tablet (really more like 6″) for $20 on a special. It normally sells for $50, which is still really damn cheap. It is a totally workable Android 4.2 tablet, definitely worth $50 if you want a tablet, or a little extra thing to kick around.

But being me, I of course must have root on every device I own. Turns out it was dead simple, really, it came rooted. Here’s how I installed Superuser on it so I can use apps that use root.

  1. first download this: http://download.clockworkmod.com/superuser/superuser.zip
  2. unzip superuser.zip
  3. adb root (to run adb as root user on the emulator)
  4. adb remount
  5. adb push Superuser.apk /system/app/
  6. adb push armeabi/su /system/xbin/su
  7. adb shell chmod 6755 /system/xbin/su
  8. adb shell ln -s /system/xbin/su /system/bin/su
  9. wget https://github.com/koush/Superuser/raw/master/init.superuser.rc
  10. adb push init.superuser.rc /

And for those who want to live on the bleeding edge, try out the new system app mode of the F-Droid app store, which makes the install process smoother:

Then go into the FDroid preferences, and check off “Install using system permissions”.


4 responses to “Rooting a $20 tablet: Azpen A727

  • wbmiller3

    Thanks for posting this. It was the perfect guide to rooting this little tablet. I followed it exactly and it worked perfectly. I think I understand what everything does except for init.superuser.rc. Does it run when the user asks to run the superuser app, and take the appropriate action based on the tablet’s rooting status? Thanks again.

  • surfer108

    Hi! I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind going on to Google Play with this device and checking if Hitman Sniper is compatible with it please? I’m thinking of buying this and would love to know if it works. Thanks if you’re able to! Kind Regards, James

  • wb8nbs

    This worked on my A727 but I had to do all steps from root on my Ubuntu 16.04 machine.

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