What is Rooting? Should I Root My Android Phone?

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Rooting is the process of opening up the Android operating system so you have total freedom over what it does, how it works and what works with it. Android is very open as it is but rooting takes away any limitations of the operating system and allows you complete control over how the device operates.

You might ask why bother seeing as Android is an open platform. Android is open, but not completely. It still has restrictions on certain parameters and not all apps will work seamlessly on it. It’s also a neat project to try out if you’re that way inclined. Personally, I do it because I can, no other reason.

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What do I need to know about rooting?

The main consideration when rooting an Android phone is a reduction in security. Android has worked tirelessly over the past few years to deliver a much more secure platform than ever before. Rooting undoes all that and can open your phone up to exploitation. You will need to either install security software or be exceptionally careful how you use your rooted phone.

Some apps that require rooting can be unstable too. The quality of apps available for rooted phones varies a lot. Many apps work perfectly and will not present any problem. Some however are not so well coded and may cause crashes, instabilities or other problems.

Rooting will also void your warranty. It can also go wrong and brick your phone. Although it shouldn’t if you follow these instructions. You have been warned.

What is rooting?

As the title says, what is rooting and what can it do for me? The clue is in the name. Rooting gives you root access to your phone which is full control over how it works. If you’re familiar with Unix or Linux, root access is full admin access over the entire operating system and hardware. The same will be true for your Android device.

So what can it do for you? Ever wanted to remove the network’s bloatware from your phone? Ever wondered how fast your phone could be if you overclocked it? Wanted to choose your own network instead of being locked to your contracted one? All those things and more are possible with a rooted phone.

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How to root an Android device

Now we have covered the what and why, let’s get to the how. There are dozens of ways to root an Android device but by far the easiest is to use Kingo Root. It comes as either an .apk that installed directly onto the device or as a PC app that you use with the device connected to the PC.

Rooting used to be a process that took over an hour and utilized several files that you had to compile in a program and then load onto your device. ROMs are still a popular way to root a device but using an app is by far the easiest.

Using the .apk file method works best as all the work is done on the phone itself.

  1. Download Kingo Root from the website.
  2. Navigate to Settings, Security and enable Unknown sources on your Android device.
  3. Navigate within Settings and Security to Verify apps and turn it off.
  4. Make sure your cell data or Wi-Fi is turned on.
  5. Install the Kingo Root apk click OK to the harmful file notification.
  6. Tap One Click Root when the window appears.
  7. Let the process download files and complete installation. There is a progress indicator to keep you apprised of what is happening.
  8. You should then see a window saying ‘Root Succeeded’.

You can also root via your Windows PC.

  1. Download the Windows app from Kingo Root and install it.
  2. Ensure you have plenty of battery and cell data or Wi-Fi enabled on the device.
  3. Navigate to Settings, Security and enable Unknown sources on your Android device.
  4. Navigate within Settings and Security to Verify apps and turn it off.
  5. Start the Kingo Root app.
  6. Plug your Android device into the PC using a USB cable.
  7. Navigate to Settings, Applications, Development and enable USB debugging.
  8. Select ‘Always allow from this computer’ when it appears.
  9. A new window should appear with your device type on it and a big button that says Root. Hit the button.
  10. Let the process complete and you should then see a window saying ‘Root succeeded’.

Your device should now be rooted, offering you complete control over how the phone works, what it does and how it does it. Where you go from here is entirely up to you. Now you be careful out there!

Posted by Jamie on January 4, 2017

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