Everything you need to know about Android Rooting is here with the new Ultimate Android Rooting Guide especially optimize for beginners.
Android is the most popular operating system for Mobile phones. Nowadays, most people use Android enabled smartphones for multiple usages. Android offers a huge range of apps to its users.
For a section of people, these are sufficient. But for a large number of people, going beyond those apps is not permissible. However, if you want to get the full potential of an Android app, you must use it in maximum possible ways.
As a normal user, your movement is restricted in Android. Rooting is a process that enables a user to overcome that limitation for exploring the true capacity of an app.
Here is the detailed Ultimate Android Rooting Guide discussion on Android rooting technology, its drawbacks and how to overcome difficulties to root your smartphone.
Ultimate Android Rooting Guide
What is Root?
The word “Root” or “Android Rooting” is nothing new, it is related to Unix/Linux for long. In Unix/Linux you need a superuser who can have all access, unlike the normal user who has restricted access.
In Android too, the same concept is being followed. Rooting a phone opens up a new world, one can tweak any app as per its choice. The full capacity of the apps is explored if you can successfully root the phone. But for first timers, it carries a tag of risk, too.
If the root is not successful or stopped in midway, then there is ample chance of finding a non-working phone. The smartphone can really become un-responsive if the root is not done properly as it uses a script that has the power to change the internal architecture. This can be done in an experimental way to take complete control over the smartphone.
All about Warranty
On a straight note, rooting your Android device will void all warranty involved with that smartphone. Barring a few devices (like Google’s Nexus), none will encourage you to root your phone for full access.
If you ask, is rooting legal? There is no direct answer. One needs to know where do you live. Based on your geographical location, the legal aspects are defined.
For example, if you are a resident of US, then under DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act), it is completely illegal. There are a few exemptions, but hardly to the facilities involved. If you stay in Europe, then there is some good news for you.
As per FSFE (Free Software Foundation Europe), even after rooting and installing custom ROM’s, the warranty can be claimed for two years regarding the hardware of the phone. If found that software malfunction has done the damage, then you won’t get any sort of privilege.
Root Checking App
It is important to check if your smartphone is rooted or not. If you are not sure, you can take help of a very easy and free to install Android app known as Root Checker. This app is the most popular root checking app in the Play Store.
There is another app named Root Check which does the same thing as Root Checker. This unique app not only mentions whether your device is rooted or not but also gives a glossary of terms for user’s benefit.
With root access, you can do manifold things without any effort. There are several apps which run only on rooted devices; you can use them to increase the productivity of the device. Often bloatware is pre-installed on the device and you can’t remove them from the system. Only on rooted devices, you can have full control over this bloatware that unnecessarily occupies your internal memory and RAM.
There are some important backup applications like Titanium Backup that needs root permission to take a complete backup of the device at a regular interval. Several custom ROMs can be installed on a rooted device to tweak the CPU clock or audio settings. The ad blockers are also removed if the system is rooted.
Another important reason for doing root is to increase the battery life of the smartphone. In a rooted condition, one can work out with the battery given so that it can give a longer duration of support. There are several other benefits of a rooted device and you can’t expect these things will happen in a normal phone which has not been rooted.
The biggest disadvantage of a rooted device is that your phone will not be covered under any kind of warranty. It is risky in that aspect that if any problem arises, the concerned manufacturer will not take any responsibility to repair or replace the phone.
There are several instances where rooted devices are unable to receive any kind of automatic OTA (Over the Air) updates which are helpful for the system. You need to have manual update only in such cases. Once rooted, any malicious app can take full control of your phone and can make a huge damage.
Despite all such odds, people used to root their phone to explore the hidden quality.
How to root a smartphone
Despite knowing all the disadvantages of a rooted device, if you are still interested in taking a risk, then you are welcome to a new world. As a root user, you will get several privileges that you were denied as a normal user.
You can unearth several new aspects as a root user and a new dimension will be opened up in front of you. Although the basic policy and procedure of rooting a device are more or less same, still it varies as per OEM hardware architecture.
Here are some quick glimpses of some leading smartphone manufacturers where you can root the device accordingly.
Rooting Samsung devices are relatively easy as it supports Odin tool. Just download the Odin software and flash the latest auto root tool to root the device.
For Samsung Galaxy devices, CF Auto Root is the ideal choice to root the device. But there is a catch, as usual. After rooting a Samsung Galaxy device and you flash anything after that, then Samsung can refuse your device if you send it to the service station for any kind of repair. This will not be covered under warranty.
Rooting an LG device is simpler as it does not require any third-party tool like Odin. Using some ADB commands in your laptop, one can easily root an LG phone. Those who are scared of running commands can use a tool named One Click Root for the same.
Sony Xperia devices can be rooted with a tool named TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) which can be useful for rooting.
Follow this guide on XDA on how to install TWRP on your device.
Google Nexus devices can be rooted by enabling the OEM unlocking option under Developer Settings. The device needs to be connected to a computer using a USB cable and needs to apply a simple Fastboot to root the device.
Apart from these known devices, there are several quality companies who are into smartphone manufacturing. To root those devices, you can use the above-mentioned applications or can do a bit research of what others did in the same condition. The official website & forums will be a great help to root your device.
How to unroot safely
Like rooting, unrooting any Android device is an art. Although there is statutory warning involved with rooting any device. Once rooted, if anyone wishes to un-root the device, he can use a few options. There is no such assurance that the unrooting will bring back the Android phone to its earlier state, but people still go for this option for research and development.
Unroot by using Android Apps
SuperSU is a popular tool that manages rooted devices. It is a common and popular tool to unroot your device. The process is also very simple. After installing the SuperSU app on your phone, go to the Settings tab and select “Full Unroot” from the list. Abide by the instructions given and after restarting, you are into normal mode.
Root Uninstaller is another popular app which can help you to unroot the device. Although this is a widely used app, sometimes it does not work with Samsung and LG devices.
Unroot by File Manager
Apart from apps, one can use file managers even to unroot your system. ES File Explorer is the best example in this case. After accessing your drive, go for the system and choose bin. Then you have to delete busybox and su if they are present. Then move to xbin under the system and delete both the busybox & su.
Further, you have to delete the superuser.apk from the app folder and restart the device. Your device will be unrooted.
Apart from that, if any OTA updates comes in the meantime, then there are chances to unroot your device. Further, unrooting can be done by installing stock firmware. But this is a tough process and also involves great accuracy. As the firmware differs based on device, ROM and kernel; hence each and every step is unique in the case of different manufacturers. One needs to download the latest specific firmware and using USB debugging tool, one can unroot the device.