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How to Root Almost Any Android Device in a Few Easy Steps

Posted January 18, 2014 12:00 AM by CR4 Guest Author
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No matter what kind of Android device you use, it can be rooted. You will see how below. Many of you probably think that rooting a device running Android is a very difficult task. We beg to differ. With the right method, even newbies can do this.

Especially since there's Unlock-Root to use. The latter is used in a method known as one-click root. Thanks to it, your Android tablet or handset will be rooted in no time at all.

Unrooting Your Device

But rooting your device has a drawback: the warranty that comes with it is going to become void. Thankfully, there is a method you could use to retrieve it; it consists in unrooting your phone or tablet.

Another method you can use to restore the lost warranty is this: update the device to official firmware. If that doesn't work, reboot the flash counter or restore the old ROM.

If you wonder what good will it do if your Android device is rooted, here's our answer: your handset or tablet will enjoy options to have its battery last more, you will get to flash root-only apps, install custom ROMs, personalize your device, underclock the CPU and much more. On the whole, you will notice a definite improvement of your device's performance.

Requirements for Rooting an Android Device

The rooting of your Android phone or tablet has a few requirements:

  • Your handset or tablet must run Android OS
  • You need to make a backup of the data on your device
  • Charge the battery if it shows signs of being weak
  • Use a laptop that uses Windows
  • Turn on USB Debugging on your gadget
  • Go to your computer and tablet/smartphone to make sure that their security software is disabled

Important Instructions

When you're done with the previous tasks, you should now concentrate on our rooting steps:

  1. The first of them asks you to download this on your notebook: Unlock-Root (the file is available on this page). This tool is available in these two versions: a free of charge one and a premium variant. It's always recommended to install the free one, because if you flash the premium one you may not like it (or it may work unsuccessfully on your device) and your money won't come back.
  2. After the Unlock-Root is installed, you have to do this: flash the file on the notebook and then execute it.
  3. Next up: download, on your laptop, the exact drivers which work on your device. After they're flashed on your laptop, you need to connect the gadget to notebook and go to the Unlock-Root. When you're there, you should tap Root.
  4. The display will then contain a list that will display all the Android devices which work with this tool. Look for the name of the device you own, then opt for it.
  5. The procedure will then begin and, after the tool is installed on your device, you will see a message confirming the end of the flashing. You can now end the guide by unplugging the gadget from the laptop and restarting the former.

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01/18/2014 10:39 PM

What, exactly, does it mean to 'root' a device? Perhaps if we started *there*?

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01/18/2014 11:08 PM

The process gives the user and applications access to the "root" directory of the phone's file system, which allow for making changes to core features of the software. The security concerns and time spent in the process are usually reasons people won't do this.

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01/19/2014 8:15 AM

It's very similar to giving administrator control in a Windows environment. It does void most warranties on devices and leaves you wide open to "bricking" your device. I ruined my Motorola tablet messing with upgraded and modified Roms and Kernels. Simply rooting a device gives you access to the root system but changes nothing else. It's up to you to be very careful with what you do with that additional privilege.

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01/19/2014 11:22 PM

Given the inability of the operator, my smart phone is already a quasi-brick.

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01/19/2014 9:38 PM

Look at the growing quantity of bricked(no longer works) phones and other devices available on the internet, and you will see why this is a bad idea for any novice...

http://lifehacker.com/5853519/how-do-i-fix-my-bricked-android-phone

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01/20/2014 8:33 AM

Root to Android must be the similar as Jailbreaking is to iPhone. I believe jailbreaking you phone, your provider frowns on this also.

I think that's asking for that's nothing but trouble.

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01/20/2014 10:00 AM

My phone is so top-heavy and hobbled with unwanted junk from my mobile provider that it's almost worth the risk. With every update they add more. Yesterday my clock had disappeared from the screen only to be replaced by what looks like the cover of People Magazine. At the same time they don't fix things that really do need attention. They've been promising 4G for two years, minimum - and charging for it, meanwhile - without delivering. Attempts to access the Internet through their 3G network *turns off* the 3G!

Thinking the phone was defective, I asked for it to be replaced. They sent a replacement: a used phone in an otherwise empty box. No packing material. None. It just banged around inside the box.

My carrier? Sprint.

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01/20/2014 10:14 AM

The issues I have, that one has to stream line it, just to save battery life. And you have to go through it just to turned the features off, so that it isn't draining your battery as its sitting around doing supposedly nothing..

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01/20/2014 3:30 PM

Yep!! I've heard a lot of negative comments about Sprint. But then, I've heard similar comments about ATT and the rest. That is the reason I wont invest in a Smart-phone.

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01/20/2014 6:48 PM

I rue the day I signed with Sprint. I'm with you on this. Next will be a simple, prepaid 'granny phone' with just voice and text only. I don't know about rest of the world, but the U.S. mobile providers have gone so OTT with their junk and high prices they're not even relevant anymore. In the twenty years I've had a mobile phone, Sprint's service and phone are the absolute, rock-bottom worst I'be had in all this time. Absolutely the worst. Who needs it?

Even Google have joined the Frey. On my previous phone I could access both my personal and business Gmail accounts. Not so today. One account locks in everything. I can't even sign out! According to Google, to change to my business Gmail account I now have to *uninstall* Gmail and then reinstall it using the alternate account.

THIS is progress? THIS??

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01/20/2014 6:55 PM

This is capitalism.

Capitalism is the branch of commerce where businesses purchase the needed political influence/Congressmen (votes) to allow them to screw the consumer while telling them they are giving them all the best features at "rock bottom" prices.

Never mind that all the infrastructure/development/marketing costs were long ago paid back. Now it's pure profit and lobbyist/influence purchasing.

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01/20/2014 7:01 PM

It would seem that George Washington is again president of this country, but this time with everyone carrying his portrait in their wallets. When does Unmitigated Greed become Capitalism? This country and its populace is being screwed literally to death.

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01/20/2014 9:09 PM

K. I've been reading this thread from the beginning, and haven't commented, though it is clear there is a lot of misinformation, and their are a lot of misconceptions. So I'll try to clear some of those up. Forgive me if I speak of that which you all already know, and I'll try to live up to the quality of discourse we all expect on CR4,

First, rooting a device gives the user more control over the device. We all see that. But rooting a device CAN brick it, unless the user doing the rooting is sufficiently careful. And if the user has NO experience with the root login on a system, the user probably is better off not having it. As a former UNIX and Windows NT administrator for the US Department of Defense, and for the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as a trainer of UNIX admins, I know the damage, first-hand, that an ill-advised command issued from ROOT can cause. Bad JuJu, for certain.

But, rooting a device offers all of the advantages of which you all have spoken, and best of all, allows one to take the BLOAT-WARE he or she will never use off the device, thus saving battery life, and improving system performance.

It also allows the user to render things like the camera inoperable except at the ROOT user's discretion. Since the ROOT user is currently the device provider, and rooting the device makes the owner the ROOT user, the advantage of that is probably obvious, especially in societies where the government, or other entities, think nothing of spying on one's activities.

More prosaic, perhaps, is that apps the provider wants to have running 24/7, maybe to be able to push advertisements to the user, or perhaps to be able to add new apps, or "updated" (often a retrograde enhancement, in my opinion. And yes, that IS an oxy-moron, deliberately) apps and OS'es, which you may dearly desire to never have gotten.

If you root the phone, and learn what you now control, you can turn those things off, and only upgrade them at your desire, if ever.

As far as Jail-Breaking, versus ROOTing, no, they are NOT the same thing.

As we've seen, a ROOTed phone is now in control of it's owner. But if it was a promo on signature of a contract with a provider, the phone is still locked to that provider, usually. This is because the lock is provided by the BOOT ROM, which is a different part of the system memory than that occupied by apps and the Operating System (OS).

That lock is what Jail-Breaking does away with, and simply rooting a phone will almost never accomplish the Jail-Break function. This is true for both Apple and Android phones, for both rooting and jail-breaking.

As far as the provider frowning on it, of course they do. It offers the user a degree of freedom from their economic control which they don't like to see.

And truthfully, if the device was delivered to the user at a discount, pursuant to a reduced price contract, there is a certain degree of "contract honoring" involved in the user NOT either rooting, or jail-breaking, the phone.

If on the other hand, you purchase the phone at full price, not part of a contract, or the contract period has been met (and you didn't take advantage of the "new every two" clause to get a newer device), I see nothing unethical in jail-breaking, or rooting, a device.

The provider will frown, but cannot currently do anything about it, nor do they have legal rights to do anything about it. If they did, after all, why would they spend untold legal moneys trying to get laws passed to make those actions illegal?

They could, I suppose, put your device on a "no fly" list, based on it's unique hardware address, but sooner or later that would backfire as they would lose customers, both because of banned devices, and because of support from those who, while they may not have rooted their device, would nonetheless boycott the provider who pursued such a course.

Simply put, freedom on your part as a user of a device means less opportunity to force you to at least read advertisements, and less advertising revenue. And THAT is what they frown on. But I doubt they'd willingly give up a customer entirely (who, after all, IS paying the monthly service fee) for the small additional revenue that customer would provide if he or she hadn't got smarter and more technically savvy.

Would I root, or jail-break a device? In a heart-beat. I haven't yet only because I currently LIKE my provider, and my current PHONE (not rooted) doesn't have apps I don't want, or bad habits that powering it off won't stop. And my data pad came rooted from the factory.

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01/21/2014 8:17 AM

Thank micahd02, that clears some of the things up.

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Welcome. Do what I can. You guys were doing pretty well without me, to a point. But I hoped it would help.

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