How to root Android easily without PC Each carrier / hardware manufacturer places certain limitations on what you can do on your Android smartphone / tablet as an ordinary user. These privileges are either reserved for future use or limted for branding purposes. Rooting is the process of gaining root access (privileged control) to an Android smartphone / tablet's operating system; thereby lifting limitations placed on the smartphone / tablet by its carrier or hardware manufacturer.
What are the benefits / advantages of rooting Android smartphones / tablets ?
Rooting has some really cool pluses like:
- Ability to run special apps: Rooting enables you run an app called Superuser. This app enables you control which apps can have access to the root system. Rooting Android also enables you run some very sophisticated apps on your smartphone / tablet.
- Tethering: Rooting Android allows you tether a laptop / desktop PC to your Android smartphone / tablet so the PC can access the internet via your Android's internet connection.
- Memory management: When you install Android applications, they are stored on your Android device's phone memory. Rooting enables you move the installation location to your SD card; helping your Android smartphone / tablet run faster.
- Custom ROMS: Custom ROMS (tweaked versions of an Android firmware) come with much added functionality to your Android smartphone / tablet, like a total customization of your device's look and feel. Rooting lifts the limitation on installing custom ROMS.
- Delete Bloatware: These are space occupying apps that your carrier or hardware manufacturer has installed on your Android device without giving you an option to delete. Rooting allows you delete such apps and free phone memory.
- Improve battery life / performance: Rooting Android allows you install customized kernels (software which enables your Android OS communicate with your smartphone's / tablet's hardware) which can optimize your Android device's hardware performance and do some overclocking ( maximize CPU usage) / underclocking (minimize CPU usage).
- Latest Android OS updates: Even if your carrier / hardware manufacturer has not yet released their official version of an Android OS you so desperately wish to enjoy, rooting enables you install that OS... and enjoy it!
- Deeper backup: Rooting allows you backup your entire Android smartphone / tablet (files, apps, app data, settings...) so you can easily get your important stuff back in the event of your Android getting bricked or lost.
....... and many more amazing features.
Are there any disadvantages of rooting Android or problems associated with rooting Android ?
Yes, there are some drawbacks associated with rooting Android smartphones / tablets:
- Automatically voided warranty: Upon rooting your Android smartphone / tablet, you have automatically terminated your warranty / rendered it void so if anything happens to your smartphone / tablet within the stipulated warranty period, don't waste your time trying to return it. In layman's terms, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.
- The risk of Bricking your Android device: If you attempt rooting with the wrong technique, you just might end up with a bricked Android smartphone / tablet.
- Lower performance: Rooting allows you make global changes. In the wrong hands, a rooted Android device could become a time bomb. If the wrong settings are tampered with, you might end up far worse off than before rooting.
- Exposure to viruses: Whenever you install a custom ROM after rooting Android, you run the risk of importing viruses into your Android smartphone / tablet. This is because you are not certain for sure that the ROM developer has not embedded malware.
What does it mean for an Android smartphone / tablet to get bricked ?
'Brick' (when used in respect to Android) refers to an Android device not being able to function due to a serious misconfiguration, corrupted firmware or hardware problem. A Bricked Android can be fixed except it experiences a fatal hardware problem.
Can i still enjoy my Android smartphone / tablet without rooting ?
Oh yes, you can. If you are not crazy about customizations and your Android smartphone / tablet is meeting your demands just fine, then you don't have to bother rooting Android devices of yours.
Why do some Android smartphones / tablets have different rooting techniques ?
With each new smartphone / tablet release, carriers / manufacturers might integrate some security features which are targeted at mitigating attempts to root such devices. The rooting technique for such a device will thus depend on its flaws which can be exploited.
How do you root an Android smartphone / tablet ?
As i mentioned earlier, each device might require a different rooting technique, so i shall explain some rooting techniques and keep adding to the list.How to root Android smartphones / devices using Universal Androot
Supported Android devices for Universal Androot are:
- Google Nexus One (2.2)
- Google G1 (1.6)
- HTC Hero (2.1)
- HTC Magic (1.5) (Select Do not install Superuser)
- HTC Tattoo (1.6)
- Dell Streak (2.1)
- Motorola Milestone (2.1)
- Motorola XT701
- Motorola XT800 (2.1)
- Motorola ME511
- Motorola Charm
- Motorola Droid (2.01/2.1/2.2 with FRG01B)
- Sony Ericsson X10 (1.6)
- Sony Ericsson X10 Mini (1.6)
- Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro (1.6)
- Acer Liquid (2.1)
- Acer beTouch E400 (2.1)
- Samsung Galaxy Beam
- Samsung galaxy 5 (gt-i5500)
- Vibo A688 (1.6)
- Lenovo Lephone (1.6)
- LG GT540 (1.6)
- Gigabyte GSmart G1305
Universal Androot roots most Android smartphones / tablets. Universal Androot will root a large number of Android devices with just a few taps, no PC or troublesome hacking necessary. Whether you're stuck with a samrtphone / tablet that requires the long, scary root method or you have a one-click-from-your-PC method available, Universal Androot is the best new way to root your phone. All you need to do is:
- Download Universal Androot to your phone
- Navigate to Menu > Settings > Applications on your Android device and make sure you check (tick) "Unknown Sources" .
- Install it using the package manager
- launch it
- Tap "Go Root".
- You'll need to select your Android version
After rooting, you'll be able to download root-only apps like Wireless Tether, SetCPU, and even install custom ROMs with ROM Manager.
How to root Android smartphones / devices using Z4root .
Z4root has some limitations like:
- It doesn't support permanent root to NAND locked phones
- It is not compatable with some phones like Desire, Desire HD, Magic, Evo, G2, Archos 70, myTouch 3G, Wildfire and Droid Incredible.
Using Z4root is simple:
- Download Z4root
- Navigate to Settings > Applications on your Android device and make sure you check (tick) "Unknown Sources" .
- Install it from your phone.
- Choose your desired root option.
How to root Android device using Framaroot
Framatoor is another great one click rooting app for android. to use it:
- Download framaroot
- Launch and Install Framaroot
- Click on Install Supersu
- Click on Boromir
- Reboot your Android device
- Check your list of apps, you should see Supersu