Like jailbreaking on the iPhone, rooting Android gives you more power and control over your smartphone, offering endless possibilities for customization. Taking a step back makes the system more attractive than competitors’ mobile operating systems. We explain everything about rooting Android, with, as a bonus, tutorials targeted for Samsung, Sony, HTC, etc.
What Does “Root” Mean?
the “root” translates as “root.” As its name suggests, the “root” allows you to elevate the user rights of an Android terminal as “Super User,” also known as “superuser.” Thanks to this, the user can access the files located at the smartphone’s root, that is to say, its system. After validating the authorization request (temporary or permanent), the user can modify system files that normally cannot be altered and authorize third-party applications to do so.
Why Does A “New” Android Mobile Not Have Root Access?
Google does not want to offer a so-called “strainer” system. Logic. Imagine if a malicious application had root automatically, it would be able to cause significant damage to the system, only under normal conditions, by accessing sensitive parts of the system. Google has therefore preferred to opt for a system of conditions that is valid for all manufacturers who want to have the Google Play Store preinstalled in their product when it is on sale. If you didn’t know, mobile devices from the Google Nexus range (and Pixel, later now) are among those that are the easiest to root under Android.
What Are The Risks Of Rooting On Android?
Here we are talking about the risks associated with the procedure following the root. Indeed, we will “flash” a file dedicated to the source of the Android smartphone, as well as a custom recovery which will allow for enlarging the field of possibilities, if necessary. To access the heart, the developers exploit a flaw in the system. That is to say. A breach left open by the manufacturer or by Android that allows permanent access to system files at the root of the device.
Depending on Android versions, device model numbers, and other specific conditions, you should know that flashing a bad image may brick your Android device. More concretely, the term “brick an Android” is used when the mobile has become unusable following crap handling. Thus, it is then inert like a brick. If it is a “soft brick,” the blockage can be corrected by reinstalling the original system, while the “hard brick” means permanently blocking the device.
Does Root Invalidate The Warranty On Android?
This question is both simple and very complicated. Rooting does not void the warranty. Period. If you are not in metropolitan France, then it depends on the legislation of your country of residence. To take an example from Canada, rooting a smartphone on its soil voids the manufacturer’s warranty without notice. To return to the Old Continent, which declares that “the modification of the software part, including the root, does not in any way cancel the minimum guarantee of two years of the material part, which the manufacturer must provide to the buyer.” However, “if the manufacturer can prove that the root has damaged the hardware part, then the warranty is invalidated.” As it stands, we could think of overclocking, which can heat the processor to the point of “grilling” it. Still, evidence due to abnormal hardware wear and tear due to rooting, in this case, can sometimes take time to find.
How To Root Your Android Device?
We will answer this fateful question: it all depends on the smartphone model you want to root for. In a few words, let’s take stock of some general truths, well not so prevalent after all:
- Samsung mobiles are rooted using suitable software. Called Odin, it is available in different versions depending on the device: root Android: download Odin 1.85, 3.04, 3.07, 3.09 (all versions).
- HTC, Sony, and LG smartphones require unlocking the bootloader, according to official procedures, but which void the warranty. That being said, some methods allow rooting without unlocking the bootloader for certain devices.
- Nexus/Pixel smartphones are particularly easy to unlock, and the community surrounding them provides relatively simple and regular rooting methods with each new version of the OS.
- Chinese models are generally easy to root, but the relative rules related to confidentiality are sometimes a hindrance. As a result, community developers pay less attention to it.
Fortunately for other users, fewer geeks and some developers regularly offer small programs that grant root rights in one click or almost from Windows.
How To Root My Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, And so forth.?
There is a wealth of information on the web, including tutorials and other practical aids. On our side, we also regularly publish a new tutorial targeting a fairly popular product. Whether on the blog or the forum, we offer many tutorials. If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to do a search or ask your questions. Before thinking about rooting, there are fundamental rules to follow: each time, it is important to check the Android version, the model number, and possibly other information such as the build number, etc.