Take Control Of Your Android By Rooting
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As you may already know, Android is a Linux Operating System created by Google. All Linux, have a “root” account, equivalent to the administer account on Windows. By default, Android phones do not have their root account enabled. The process of enabling the root account is coined as “rooting”.
But why would you want to root your phone?
Rooting your phone allows for much more control and allows you to do much more. Like – but not limited to – install anti-virus apps, backup apps and settings, change themes, over clock and unde clock your processor (which makes your phone faster or increases battery life), uninstall apps that come pre-installed, and much more!
Unfortunately, rooting voids your warranty – so continue at your own risk! Also – just to keep in practice – I am not responsible if you break your phone by rooting, however rooting is not very dangerous, so there’s nothing to be worried about.
If your not entirely convinced about rooting, there’s a one-click app, called Kingo Root, that can root/un-root your phone! Then after that that there’s an app that manages root privileges, called SuperSU, making your phone safer than before it was rooted!
Step 1 | Install Kingo Root and SuperSU
Go to kingoapp.com, download the computer version, then install it.
Then go to SuperSU on Google Play and install it for your phone.
Step 2 | Root Your Phone
Open Kingo Root, if you don’t have it open. Then plug in your phone to your computer. A message on your phone should appear, tap allow. Now Kingo Root on your computer should show your device name, and move on to the installation process.
When Kingo Root is done, then the phone should automatically reboot.
Now your phone is rooted!
Step 3 | Replace SuperUser with SuperSU
SuperUser is the app Kingo Root installs to manage root activities. But there’s a better, more secure, root manager out there! It’s called SuperSU.
To replace SuperUser with SuperSu, do the following:
- Uninstall SuperUser – you can also take the opportunity to get rid of “Kingo Root”, which is not needed anymore. And to get rid of “LetGo”, which is some sort of adware Kingo Root installs (it’s very sad that they’d do this, but you can easily uninstall it).
- Open SuperSU.
- SuperSU will ask you whether you want to update the su kernel, tap yes.
- Then, if your device is Samsung, it will ask you if you want to disable “KNOX”, tap yes.
Step 4 | Test it
The way I test if a Android is rooted, is by typing “su” into a terminal on the Android. You can get the terminal I use, from Google Play here.
If you see a SuperSU dialog come up, telling you that an app is asking for root permission… Then Congratulations! You are now officially rooted!
Rooting is a very easy process, it let’s you do advanced and cool stuff that you couldn’t have done before! Like backing up, fire walls, uninstall app from manufacturers, and much more.
If your interested in backing up your phone I made this this post, featuring the app Titanium.
In case you ever want to remove root from your phone – maybe for the purpose of updating – open SuperSu, go to the settings tab, then tap “Full Unroot”. After a reboot, your unrooted!
Alternatively, you can open Kingo Root (computer version), and unroot your phone by clicking “Unroot Phone”.