So you want to root your android phone? This guide will help you to root your android phone and understand what rooting is and what it is capable of. Before you jump on the process of rooting directly, please read the full guide especially if you are a newbie or not sure of any one of the rooting process. Here it is.
What is Rooting?
Most of the people have herd of rooting but never knew what it actually is and what it actually does. Rooting an Android device is effectively the same thing what people call as ‘jailbreaking’ an iPhone. The Android operating system is based on the Linux kernel so the structure is quite similar. Thus, there are certain operations or actions that require super user permissions or privileges that has to be executed to perform system-side process just like as seen in Linux.
So, after doing root on an Android phone, the user shall have the ability to alter or replace system applications and settings, run specialized applications that require administrator permissions, or perform other operations that normally would not be accessible to an Android user.
Why root a phone or tablet? What are the risks?
Android users have a good alternative to effect desired changes in files and folders from the system with root access. With it, you can enjoy more functions for certain applications, such as Titanium Backup, which makes automatic backup of everything on the phone. Likewise, you can delete it with native device applications, those pre-installed bloatware by the manufactures.
There is a risk and it can even damage the device, although if you follow this tutorial step by step carefully, it is possible for you and the novice users to do the trick.
Advantages of Root
- Rooting allows better battery and performance of your android phone.
- Allows you to remove system apps that comes standard or pre-installed with your smartphone.
- Allows customizations and installing custom ROMs on your smartphone.
- Allows you to free up internal storage, free up RAM, unlocking additional features and run special apps.
- Allows you to convert the file systems, the slow RFS to EXT4 fast.
- Allows you to apply various other customization.
Disadvantages of Root
- The only downside is that it voids the warranty, but it can be recovered if you undo the root.
- Rooting involves the risk of damaging to the devices or “bricking” your phone as well as security risk.
How To Root Your Android Phone Or Tablet
The process is fairly complex and is not suitable for novice users. The process of “root” can also vary greatly depending on the model of your Android phone.
NOTE: Please be aware what you are doing to your device. Techobook is not responsible for any kind of damage caused to your phone.
Things Required for Rooting process:
Step 1: Backup Your Data
Make a backup of your smartphone. You can use the manufacturer’s own systems, such as the Samsung Kies. There are some apps available too to back up your data to cloud storage and then restore. Why? Because just in case if something goes wrong, your data is safe and secured.
Step 2: Get a Rooting Software
Download programs that are capable for rooting your phone such as Unlock Root Pro or SuperOneClick. Please check if your model is supported by the chosen program. You can find them on their website.
Step 3: Install Device Drivers
Install the drivers of your phone on your pc. This can be done by connecting your phone to your pc via USB cable. Depending on your manufacture and model, it will automatically install or you may need to download from manufacture’s website.
Step 4: Enable USB Debugging
Enable USB Debugging on your android phone or device. To enable it, head to the settings on your phone, scroll to the last and find ‘Developer options’, you will see ‘USB Debugging’, tick mark on it to enable.
If you don’t have Developer Options listed, go to Settings -> About and find your Build number of your model. Once you find it, just tap it multiple times until you see a toast notification saying “You are now a developer” then you will have your Developer Options in settings menu.
Step 5: Connect Your Android Phone
Connect your android phone or your device to pc using USB cable. Make sure you have connected the cable and phone correctly or the process won’t work.
Step 6: Root Your Android Phone
Run the rooting software you have download (in this case Unlock Root Pro), you may choose either one of them you like. We will use Unlock Root but it is similar with the other software i.e. SuperOneClick. After running the desired program or software you will see a big size ROOT button, click on it.
The program may prompt you for selecting your phone which you are going to root. Select it and click continue.
Step 7: Sit Back And Be Patient
Now sit back and watch how the program will perform the rooting process. The process may involve several reboots of your phone and several minutes so be patient. If the process of rooting is successful, you will receive a notification on your PC that the process is completed.
NOTE: Do not touch or do anything while the process is running. This is where you can brick our device if you shut off the computer or remove phone cable by mistake.
To know your device is rooted, check the app drawer you will see ‘SuperSU’ app installed. This app grants super user permissions to the installed apps.
Your android phone has been rooted and you now have the root access to your device. Just enjoy all the benefits of having a customizing Android, installing new apps or deleting unnecessary ones coming from the factory.