The technology is advancing at a rapid pace and with that, the overall proportion of smartphone users to is increasing rapidly in which nonetheless Android smartphone users have the biggest say. Anybody who is using an Android smartphone these days has certainly read and heard about the term ‘Root‘.
This as a term had always been feared the most due to several reasons like unnecessary wastage of data and battery life ultimately resulting in giving the users an overall bad experience. Though, in reality, Rooting an Android smartphone is quite easy, but it does require a lot of reading with a handful of practical knowledge on the subject.
Before we continue in the lower levels of understanding the process of How to Root an Android smartphone? let’s just brief us with some of the basic terms and terminologies that define the basic structure of the topic:
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The sole benefit of Rooting the smartphone is that it allows the user obtain complete control of its handset further allowing him to add/remove anything and gain access to functions on the gadget that were out-of-bounds before.
The answer to this question differs from user to user. Rooting is a personal choice and must be exercised with utmost precaution. It is the first step to device modification. Root access allows a user to install custom recoveries, and flash custom ROM, kernels etc alongside.
NOTE: Rooting the phone has its own set of advantages, however, it does void the warranty of the gadget, something which is not to the liking of everyone.
There is no doubt on the benefits of Rooting Android, however just like everything has a flip side, even Rooting has its own set of negative aspects that a user must keep in check before he/she begins the process cycle:
The process of Rooting isn’t that difficult as tech-geeks portray it. However, it just needs a little knowledge and some basic software’s to accomplish it in an orderly fashion.
NOTE: The process of unlocking the bootloader is different for different smartphones, so it is advisable to follow the official vendor developer pages. Follow the links below to visit the official pages.
Familiar with the basic terms involved in Rooting? Let’s proceed on to the next section that answers HOW TO ROOT? The process differs as per the smartphone involved.
Before I divulge into details of How to root a Samsung smartphone, let’s understand what is KNOX.
KNOX: It’s a part of Samsung security feature that enables business and personal content to coexist on the same handset.
Most Samsung devices encounter issues due to the presence of KNOX on them, so it’s important to first disable it and then make use of ODIN program (a firmware flashing tool) to flash the device. In general, ODIN simply pushes ROM image file on the internal storage of the device replacing the pre-existing image files. To Root the device successfully, Windows OS user must have proper USB drivers installed on her/his system.
NOTE: As ODIN is to Windows, Heimdall is to Mac or Linux.
Rooting an HTC device involves unlocking of the bootloader. One can find more details by visiting the official HTC developer page. The user must register himself as an HTC Developer to proceed further. However, some users find unlocking of bootloader a tough task, so, they can also try rooting HTC through Android SDK.
Just like other vendors, even LG products have different ways to install files required for Rooting. Some devices need pushing of image files through a custom recovery. Some, on the other hand, prefer using special tricks to bypass the complex security.
Lenovo recently became the rightful owner of Motorola. Rooting a Motorola gadget follows the same rule as mentioned in above two device categories. The users must follow instructions given on official developer website to avoid any kind of accident. The users can also make use of standard Android SDK tools to achieve ROOT on their Motorola devices.
Tip: The company never lists all products on its developer website. In that case, users can rely on applications like OneClickRoot or even MOFOROOT.
The Nexus devices are the best in Android smartphones industry. It is because Nexus smartphones are the first ones to get latest updates of Google.
Google knows the importance of unlocking a bootloader. So, it provides step-wise instructions to install ROM images and videos on its support forums. The guides prove beneficial to any Nexus user who wants to step back in case something goes wrong.
Tip: A user must have a Nexus phone in case he/she is fond of tinkering with the Android software platform.
Finishing this post, I would just say – learning the art of Rooting an Android smartphone isn’t that tough. It just needs practice and more of practical implementation. Keeping a backup handy helps just in case something goes wrong with your device.
Visit this simple guide to know more about the process to Root Android. I am sure it would enlighten you more on the topic.
I hope even this guide proves useful for you. Comments and suggestions are as always welcome. . .