Do you have the desire to be a super user? If yes then Android rooting is going to make this possible for you but it is not going to take any warranty of it. So before rooting your Android you will need complete knowledge about its advantages as well as the dangers.
Manufacturers and carriers discourage from rooting your android because the process of rooting can be dangerous. On the other hand it shows impressive benefit results and associated risk is being less for the attentive user. Here you will get the all necessary steps to root your phone. Some devices roots in minutes and some takes a little research. But one thing which is very clear from it is that rooting your phone can be one of the best ways to tap into the deep potential of your Android device.
What is rooting?
Rooting is jailbreaking for Androids and it permits user to go deeper into a phone’s sub-system. With this user can access its entire operating system and can also customize anything on their Android. Using root access you can get over any restrictions applied by your manufacturer or carrier. It also helps you to run more apps, overclock or underclock your processor, replace the firmware.
This process requires users to back up current software and installing a new custom modified version of Android ROM.
Why would you root?
The most probable reason for to root your Android device is to free yourself from the bloatware which is impossible to uninstall. You can also do wireless setting if it gets disabled by default. Main benefits included with this are ability to install special apps and flash custom ROMs, each of which can add extra features and streamline your phone or tablet’s performance. Numbers of people are attracted with the ability to completely customize the look of their phones. You can accept or regret the app permission.
You will surely find apps when you root like, some apps allow you to automatically backup all of your apps and all of their data, create secure tunnels to the Internet, completely block advertisements, make your device a wireless hotspot or overclock your processor.
Why wouldn’t you root?
There are three main consequences to rooting your Android.
- Voiding your warranty:
Some manufacturers or carriers make excuse of rooting to void your warranty. But it’s worth keeping in mind that you can always unroot. If you require sending your device for repair then simply flash the original backup ROM you made and no one will come to know that it was rooted.
- Bricking your phone:
Your too much interference can also lead to risk of bricking your device. To avoid such situation you need to carefully follow the instructions. And also be complete sure about the guide you are following works for your device and that any custom ROM you flash is designed specifically for it. If you do so and carefully pay attention to feedback get from others then bricking situation should never occurs.
- Security risks:
Rooting comes with some security risks but it’s mainly depends on the service or apps you are using on your device because according to that rooting could create a susceptible security. Such as Google doesn’t support the Google Wallet service for rooted devices.
How to root your Android
There are two rooting programs Towelroot and Kingo Root both programs are very capable to root your device within very less time but not compatible with every Android device.
If your phone is not compatible with these devices you will need to spend some time in researching ways to root on Android forums. You can start with XDA Developers Forum. Search thread in your specific device and search the method that has worked for other also. It is very value to spend some time in searching the correct method for your device.
Preparation for root
Keep the backup of every important thing before start with rooting process. Also keep the backup of your current ROM before you flash a new one.
Before staring this process be sure about your device that is it fully charged or not. Then turn on the USB debugging. For enabling USB debugging on Android 4.2 go to Settings>About Phone>Developer Options> and then check the box next to USB debugging.
In most of the Android rooting methods you require to install some software on your computer. You may need to install the Android SDK. If you require more software to install then follow the instructions on the XDA developers forum and install all of it before proceeding.
Unlock your bootloader
To start with this you will also need to unlock your bootloader. Bootloader is a program by which you can determines which applications will run in your phone’s startup process.
Unlocking your bootloader allows you to customize your device. Manufacturers demands for customization. On the website you can easily get methods that will help you to unlock the bootloader through they are easily provided for developers and they generally requires you to sign up or register an account first.
- Motorola bootloader unlock program.
- Sony’s unlocking the bootloader instructions.
- HTC unlock bootloader page
But some manufactures and carriers don’t allow you for bootloader unlocking, to find the solution for it through searching the XDA Developers forum.
For rooting you can also go with one of the easiest way that is Towelroot. On most of the Android devices, this method works wonderful but not for all such as some Motorola and HTC devices. On other rooting programs for rooting up the device it requires downloading and running a program on your system but in Towelroot you don’t need any system, you have to only download and run the app. To work properly with the devices Towelroot must have the kernel bill date earlier than June 3, 2014.
For using this Towelroot, you need to enable your device to install apps from unknown sources. You can access this by making a click on Settings>Security> Unknown Sources. Now you can also download this app from outside the Google Play store.
Now on your phone’s browser search for the Towelroot and click to the Lambda symbol.
Using Kingo Android Root
Kingo Android Root is the windows based easiest method to root your android device. First of all check that is your device is compatible with Kingo. On their site you will get the list of compatible devices. After that download Kingo Android Root and enable the USB debugging mode on your phone and then run the program on your PC by connecting your Android to your PC with a USB cord.
This program should detect your device and sends a message asking about do you like to root. Select “root” and within a minute Kingo will grant super user privileges.
No other mobile OS can compare with variety of Android OS. That is the reason for not having any universal method to root your device. If the above described method fails to do this then don’t get worried about it as you can take help of a guide from the XDA developers’ forum and Phandroid Forums.
When you found the perfect guide for your phone or tablet then it is very simple to work through as you have to only follow to the mentioned steps of it. This method can take in a minute to complete or either it can take a complicated procedure. Let’s take an example guide for rooting the Samsung Galaxy S4. It can threatening at first visit but after following its mentioned steps you can really solve out your problem and if you are facing problem in running it then you can also post questions in the XDA Developers forum
Download Root Checker
Download other app to be complete sure about successful rooting of your device. You can get many apps on the Google Play store that on downloading ask you for having super-rooter permission. Out of which Root Checker is most popular. You can simply download and run the app if your phone has super-user permissions.
Install a root management app
Rooting will make your phone more susceptible to security threats. Installing root management app will give you more relief to your mind. Generally the app which requires rooted privileges will ask for your approval. Here the root management apps like SuperSU comes in. this SuperSU accept or reject sites’ requests for super user permission. It keeps record of the permissible apps and automatically allows the permission when next time you use the app. It will also keep track of number of times an app requests to root.
Unrooting your Android
If you want to unroot your device then by using SuperSU you can do this, as it allows user to unroot phones by simply going into the app’s settings and choose the full unroot option.
To root or not to root
It is quiet exciting to get full root access to your Android device, especially when you want to play with settings and customization of your device. Your overall experience with this totally depends on the device you are working with. If you have device like a Kindle Fire tablet then you will really enjoy with the full Android experience.
All android users will get the potential benefit of improved battery life, root-only apps, custom ROMs, overclocking, an end to bloatware, improved performance, and can also upgrade the ability of their phone.
James Leak is a technology expert and lives in New York. Previously, he was working on Symbian OS and was trying to solve many issues related to it. From childhood, he was very much interested in technology field and loves to write blogs related to Android and other OS. So he maintained that and currently, James is working for androiddata-recovery.com where he contribute several articles about errors/issues or data loss situation related to Android. He keeps daily updates on news or rumors or what is happening in this new technology world. Apart from blogging, he loves to travel, play games and reading books.