How to root Android
Although the Android operating system offers us enough freedom to do everything, we can always find some restrictions. These limits can be eliminated if we get super-user access or, as best known in Android, Root. But how to root Android?
Many of the tools that offer us the possibility of Rooting our Android device are for PC, but there are also applications that will allow us to get root access from our smartphone or tablet.
In this article we will try to explain part of what is related to Root and Root Android . We will explain a bit above what Root is for and we will talk about some applications to root our devices, both tools that force us to use the PC, as is the case of Root Master, and others that will allow us to perform the task without it.
What is the use of Root in Android?
As I mentioned earlier, although in Android we have the freedom to do almost anything, we always have some limits. As a Linux-based operating system that is, to perform some actions we will need to have special permission . For example, the Cerberus application that serves to control our device remotely in case of theft, can only work if the device is rooted. As in the case of Cerberus, if we want to be able to use all the possible functions, however dangerous, of an Android device, we will need to root it.
Being Root we can also :
- Remove the customization layer of a brand.
- Remove preinstalled applications (bloatware).
- Improve the speed of the system.
- Improve autonomy
- Personalize the device even more.
- Perform Wi-Fi operations that are not available without Root (such as recovering passwords).
- Make more comprehensive backups (using tools such as Titanium Backup ).
Best applications to make Root on Android
There are dozens of applications that will allow us to root our Android device , but I would highlight the following ones.
- VRoot . One of the most famous and most used is VRoot. Like other of the best applications to root our Android devices, it is very easy to use, but it is available only for PC. In addition, it also serves to make the way back and works for virtually any version of Android (from 2.2 to the most current versions).
- Kingo ROOT . This is an application as effective as the previous one, but it is said that VRoot has a higher percentage of success. It also serves to make the way back (what is known as unroot) and works with most Android phones and tablets.
- FramaRoot . As an application that does not require a computer, it does not work on as many devices or brands as the previous tools, but it is also an option to consider.
- KingRoot . Another application that allows us to root our Android device without having to depend on a PC. On its website they say it works on 103,790 different devices. Will yours be among one of them?
Surely with any of these app, you learn how to root your Android phone or tablet. If you want to root Samsung , these apps are also compatible with the phones and tablets of the Korean company.
How to root Android with Root Master
Before going on to explain how to root Android with Root Master, I recommend you read the post Existential Android Doubts; Rooting or not rooting? That is the question that my partner Francisco published in his day. I think it is important to warn that Root to an Android device, a brand can refuse to repair it if we want to use its warranty, although it is not the most usual. On the other hand, in the same way that we get access to all the hiding places of our device, we also open a door for malicious software to do its own, as long as we execute it and give it permission (something we would do without knowing it) ).
If you have already read the post mentioned and you have it clear, the first thing you need to know is that to use Root Master you need to have a device that is between versions 1.5 and 5.x of Android . It must also be borne in mind that this method is only recommended for those terminals that do not have a specific tool to be Rooted, such as Framaroot or Odin , the second for Samsung. If you meet the requirements, these are the steps to follow:
- Download the Root Master .apk from THIS LINK .
- If we do not have the permissions enabled to install applications from unknown sources, we enable them.
- We installed the Root Master .apk.
- We execute the application. We will see a screen like the first of the screenshots. Here we do not have to do anything, just wait for you to check the compatibility with our device.
- If our device is compatible with Root Master, we will see another screen like the one in which we will see three buttons. We have to touch the button that says “Root”.
- We wait for the application to analyze the device and another screen appears in which we will also see the word “Root”.
- We play in “Root”.
- We wait.
- When the process is finished, all that remains is to touch the purple button and we will have our device Rooted.
- But one more thing is missing: when we finish Rooting our device with Root Master, we will see a new application with the name of SuperSu. The bad thing is that it is possible that this application is in Chinese. If the cao happens, it’s worth going to the Google Play and download SuperSu or Superuser in Spanish.
Another similar option that allows us to root Android without relying on a PC is iRoot . It is a more modern application than Root Master and you have a tutorial that explains how to use it in our iRoot post , Rooting a lot of Android terminals without the need of a PC. Also, as explained in that post, doing a search on Androidsis of the type “how to root the [device]”, without the quotes and replacing “[device]” with the device that we want to root, you will find information to root almost any Android device.
Do you already know how to root Android with this or other methods? Do not hesitate to leave your experience in the comments.
How to know if I’m root or not
You may have doubts about whether you have rooted your Android phone or not. Something that is possible if you bought the phone from someone else. Therefore, if you want to know, there are very simple ways to know it. The best way to verify this is to use an application. This application is called Root Checker.
This application, which you can download in this link , is the best option to check whether you are root or not. All you have to do is install the app on your Android phone. Within it you will find a button that allows you to analyze your device. Then, it will tell you if you are root or not. It’s as simple as that to be able to know, and it takes little time.
What happens if I’m not root
If we are not a root user, we assume that we do not have access to superuser permissions. Users who are root in Android have access to the root directory in which the operating system is installed. This therefore allows us to manipulate these files at our whim. So many changes can be made in this regard.
Therefore, if you are not root, you will not have these possibilities. You will simply be able to make normal use of your Android phone, without having access to these files that allow you to modify some aspects of your Android phone.
Is it dangerous to root your mobile?
Rooter your mobile is something that can give you many advantages and additional functions. Although there are also a number of dangers that can not be ignored. First of all, if you install an application on your phone, some permissions are requested, in order to install it on the device.
If you are a root user, you give access to all the files in the system to an application. This means that the application does not have an action limit and they have access to everything. Something that can be very dangerous, especially if you have a malicious application installed. Since you will be able to do everything you want on our device.
On the other hand, the process of making Android root is complicated. This is why it is not recommended for users with little experience to do so. Since it is easy to make some mistake, which can have fatal consequences for our device. Also once you are root, you have to be very careful with what you install, the permissions or the files that you manage.
Therefore, to root on your Android phone is something that you have to think carefully before doing. Because if at some point you regret it, although it is possible to reverse the process, it is not easy to achieve it.
Is the warranty voided when root?
Probably you have heard about this topic. It is one of the most complex issues when it comes to root. Since it is possible that you lose the warranty of your Android phone, but it is not 100% safe. That is why it generates many doubts among consumers.
It is partly true, but if you know the directives of the European Union, this may no longer be a hindrance. If you are a resident of a European Union country and you have bought the phone in one of the countries, the situation is somewhat complex. In addition, it usually depends on each manufacturer.
Although the trend in recent years has been that manufacturers have become less permissive in this regard. For example, in case you have a problem with a Samsung phone, the first thing you look at is whether you are root or not. If so, the repair would not go under warranty. Something that can be a huge cost to the user. But, any manufacturer will be able to detect in a simple way if you are root.
But, as we have told you, it depends on the manufacturer. While it is a real risk, that when you are rooted you will lose the guarantee. At the moment there is no clear policy in this regard. In case of doubt, you can always check the manufacturer’s website, where there is usually some information about it.
You can also hide root in case some application gives you problems because you are a super user.
What do I do if after root android I can not update?
Another of the main problems that we can face when making root. When you do this on your phone, the update warnings usually disappear. Although it depends a lot on each manufacturer. Therefore, OTA updates, which are what we normally receive on the phone, we stop receiving them.
This forces us to have to look for updates on our own. We have pages where you can download this update manually, in the form of an APK, for example. But, this can pose several dangers. First of all we do not know if it is a secure update like Android’s. Also, when you install it, it will most likely eliminate the rooted phone.
Therefore, once you have installed an update, it is likely that you will have to root again. So you have to go through the process again. So in this sense there are many drawbacks that make it difficult to get updates or install them.
Tips to keep in mind before rooting
If you have made the decision to root your Android phone, there are a number of aspects that you have to take into account before starting the process. In this way, in the case that you are going to start the process, you will not have problems during it.
Before you start, you have to make sure you have at least 60% battery in the phone. It is a process that can be long and consumes a lot. Therefore, you should never do it with a low battery. Since this may cause problems or you may not be able to complete it.
If you are going to do rooting with the computer, it is better to use a laptop. Since in this way you do not depend on the current. In case the computer is turned off, because the power goes out, you can cause irreparable damage to the phone. Therefore, a laptop is safer in this case.
When you root, the data stored in the phone is not deleted. Neither those that you have in the internal memory nor those that exist in the SD. If you want to make a copy it’s fine, for security, but they’re not going to be deleted in any way.
How do I remove the root
If you have been a root user on your Android phone, but do not see advantages and want to reverse it, we have the possibility to do so. In this sense, there are several possibilities, which depend in part on the ROM that you have used when it comes to root on your phone.
There are some ROMs that allow you to remove the root directly. They have a function that helps you reverse the change and the phone to return to its original state. It is a function called Unroot. But it’s not something that we have available in all the custom ROMs there are.
In addition to this, we can make use of other applications. File scanners such as ES Explorer help us to eliminate root folders, so that once done, when we restart the phone, we have the phone back in its original state. There is also another app in the Play Store, which allows you to reverse the root of all phones. You can download it here.
If the one you have installed does not give you this possibility, you can remove it manually. What you should do is reinstall the original firmware. Some manufacturers give users tools to reinstall the firmware they had, so root is completely removed.