How To Root Your Android Phone

If you own an Android phone, rooting it is a possibility that you should definitely consider. This possibility allows you to gain full access to the smartphone’s system and use special apps that require root access. Using such special apps you will be able to disable bloatware, enable tethering and more. Those possibilities are opened by rooting because the Android platform is based on Linux and under Linux the root user is the equivalent of the Administrator under Windows. By default, you aren’t the root user of your Android smartphone, so you can’t control the hidden processes of your device. If you want to be able to do that you will have to seriously consider rooting your device.

Rooting sounds good from many points of view (most of them listed above) but it’s not risk-free. There are actually smartphone manufacturers that consider rooting an action that voids the device’s warranty. That’s a bit far fetched because rooting doesn’t damage the hardware of a smartphone. In addition, a rooted smartphone can be as easily unrooted, so if you need to benefit from the warranty’s services the smartphone’s manufacturer will never know that at some point the device was actually rooted. Besides these warranty issues there are also some security issues related to rooted smartphones. That’s because certain apps tend to become vulnerable on rooted devices. An example is Google Wallet that actually lets you know of the dangers of using it on a rooted Android smartphone via a warning message. So, considering that this app is supposed to store valuable PIN and wallet information, if you are interested in using it, you should reconsider rooting your smartphone. Last, but not least I must also let you know that although rooting is considered to be a safe process it does come with a few challenges meaning that you can end ruining your smartphone. In order to minimize those inevitable risks you should do a little research before attempting to root your device and see if others have been successful rooting Android smartphones using the same procedure that you are just about to use.

About the “how to” part I must tell you that as long as the right tools and conditions are in place it’s as complicated as clicking once. To make sure the process lacks challenges you should start by downloading and installing on your computer the Java SDK and then the Android SDK. You should then enable USB debugging on your Android smartphone. To do that you will have to go to Settings, tap Applications, choose Development and check the USB debugging box. You can then connect the smartphone to the targeted computer via a USB cable. What you shouldn’t do is mount the smartphone’s SD card on the computer. You might also have to download and install some USB drivers on your computer in order to make it capable of recognizing your smartphone.

After you complete all the steps listed above you can switch to the actual rooting process that can be easily handled with tools like SuperOneClick. This tool can be easily located and downloaded using a Google search and is built to support a wide variety of Android smartphones. If you discover that it doesn’t support the smartphone model you own, you will have to check out the work of XDA developers and forums in order to see if other owners of the same smartphone model have managed to root their device using a different tool. If SuperOneClick proves to be the right rooting tool, you will have to launch it on the computer to which you have connected your Android smartphone by double clicking the SuperOneClick.exe file. What you will have to do next is click the large Root button displayed as part of the interface that will greet you. After you click that button you can lay back and relax because SuperOneClick will automatically take care of all the steps that need to be completed. The entire process shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. If the process is affected by a problem, you shouldn’t freak out until you check the XDA Developers forum and run a Google search. The problem might be a common issue that can be easily solved. After the message that lets you know the root install has completed is displayed you will have to restart the smartphone in order to start benefiting from all the advantages of rooting.

After the restart you will notice the addition of a SuperUser icon. Although SuperOneClick is designed to automatically install this binary, you should know that you can also download it from Google Play. Because of this binary, when an app that requires root permissions is installed on your system, you will be able to deny or allow its request to gain root access. The list of useful apps that require such access is long. An example is Titanium Backup. This wonderful app is designed to help you create complete backups of your A