How To Root Android Phone: Things To Know Before You Root Your Android Smartphone
When Android and iOS fanboys go head to head, one of the pros often quoted by the former group is that Android is much easier to root and mod.
Now, that seems like it’s probably a complex process but, with a little guidance, it can be a pretty straightforward undertaking. So here’s everything you need to know before you get started.
Rooting your Android phone? Say what?
In case you’re in the dark, rooting a smartphone simply refers to a process that gains you access to system files and folders that are usually locked off. It’s no different than gaining access to the administrator profile on your work PC. You can do whatever you want, even if that involves completely bricking the device.
Rooting lets you install custom ROMs that change the look and working of your OS, remove bloatware the smartphone shipped with, and install apps from places other than the Google Play Store.
To be clear, the rooting process can differ between various smartphone models, as well as OS versions. Instead, we’ll just be going over some best practices you need to keep in mind. Also, keep in mind that rooting a smartphone voids its warranty for most manufacturers.
So here are some keywords you need to keep in mind
Bootloader: This is the lowest level software on your phone that’s responsible for starting up the device. It also initiates recoveries when instructed.
Recovery: The bootloader creates backups every so often and can restore your smartphone to that earlier state when instructed..
ADB (Android Debug Bridge): This is the command line tool that lets a computer and an Android communicate.
Also remember, updating your OS version will likely get rid of your rooting permissions, so you’ll need to do it all over again. But sometimes an update will block old root methods and your phone will refuse to install updates. If that’s the case you’ll need to restore to factory settings. Additionally, if you need to send in your phone in for repairs, it’s probably better to revert it to stock OS if you can (how the smartphone shipped).
The final major point to be aware of is that of security. With a greater level of control comes a greater level of risk, and rooting your phone can open up your device to more dangerous pieces of malware. This is where governor applications come in, which monitor and control which processes are given root permissions. You may be familiar with SuperSU or other similar apps.
These are very straightforward to use and simply display a pop-up whenever an app or process wants root access, which you can either deny or allow and save your preference if you trust the app. But most of the time, if you avoid shady APKs and app stores, you should be fine.
Join us next time and we’ll cover the basic processes on how to root your Android phone.