How to Root Android:
I am sure many of you have heard the term, ‘rooting an Android device’. Many of you also might have heard how you must be an ultra-computer nerd to successfully root a device. We assure you that that is not the case. With Android becoming so common, the barriers to unlocking the full potential of your device have never been lower. Here we present you a guide to root Android.
Let’s start with why you would want to root your Android smartphone. Sometimes apps require special permission that the Android OS, which is based on Linux doesn’t allow. These could be simple as taking a screenshot to higher level permissions to the core Android files. Rooting makes your phone faster, increases battery life, allows it to run more apps, custom software and ROMs which allow complete control over every aspect of your device by allowing superuser and admin level permission. Removing carrier bloatware is a particularly enticing application. Read on to see how you can root android.
However, rooting isn’t for everyone. If you don’t know what a command prompt is or you have trouble handling .zip files, please don’t root. The risk of bricking your expensive device to get speed gains and improvements only Android enthusiasts can appreciate is not worth it. Lastly, rooting can void your phone’s warranty so please make sure you follow instructions to the letter. Also, back up your data before you root android!
What You Need To Root:
First of all XDA is your friend. By far the finest community on the internet for everything related to Android. They have extremely detailed and clear instructions on pretty much any phone that can be rooted. The XDA community is often the first one to root Android so if you are stuck or need clear instructions, XDA is a good bet.
We will be using the Cyanogen Recovery Flasher tool so go ahead and download that. If you do not have an archiving software (WinZIP, WinRAR, 7zip), download that too.
- Make sure your device is fully charged. If you suffer loss of power during the root process, it can result in damage to software.
- Go to settings and allow installs from ‘Unknown Sources’. This prevents shady apps and software from messing with your phone but since we know what we are doing here, go ahead and check mark it.
- Unzip the file and run it. Select the ‘Backup Recovery Image’ and finally click ‘Flash Cyanogen Recovery’.
- Turn off your phone and restart it in recovery mode. This varies from model to model so look in your phone manual for exact instructions.
- Once your phone is in recovery mode, wait for the exclamation point to appear. When it does, press the physical capture button and the volume button together. Your phone is rooted. Voila!
There are other methods to root your phone as well. SuperOneClick is a software that makes the whole process easy. Follow this or this guide for a detailed look into how to root by using SuperOneClick. Another great script roots almost all devices running on Android 4.0 ICS and above. Check out the details from the XDA thread.
Have you rooted your Android phone? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments below!
Note: We are not responsible for any voided warranties or any damage to your device during the process.