Root your Android phone and tablet. What is root?

Hexamob 10/31/2012

What is Root?

Android rooting, also known as "root your android device", is the process of allowing users of Android smartphones, tablets, and other devices to gain root access to your device.

It means users can access with superuser permissions to their android devices. Rooting is often performed with the goal of overcoming limitations that carriers and hardware manufacturers put on some devices.

So, after to root an Android device, users have the ability to alter or replace system applications and settings, run specialized apps that require administrator-level permissions, or perform other operations that are otherwise inaccessible to a normal Android user.
On Android, rooting can let many users the complete removal and replacement of the device's operating system version, usually with a more recent release of its current operating system (known as custom ROM).

So, after to root an Android device, third party applications as well as the user can access to the system level files which otherwise are not provided with the access, so that the required amount of customizations can be made with the System which are generally done by the custom ROM installations.

Steps about how to use this guide

If you want to become root or superuser in your Android phone or tablet the first step is to click the blue button with the name “Select your Android” of this page.
This button will load a new page with a wizard and it will allow you to select your Android device after to select the manufacturer, model name and version of Android phone or tablet

Once you have selected your Android device you will get the different rooting methods specific for your terminal. If you need to install the drivers for your device you have some links available in this table.

If you don’t get any rooting guide from our database for your specific Android phone or tablet, you can send us an email with the manufacturer (trade mark), model and Android version of your Android device, using the form available with blue button link "Add new Android device" or in the upper menu, and we will include it in the list as quickly as possible.

Preparing your Android smartphone or tablet to be rooted

  • The first step before runnig a rooting method is to ensure that your device is fully charged.
  • You’ll also need to turn USB debugging on. Yo can make it by Menu -> Settings -> Developer options and then check the box next to USB debugging (old android version have this option in Menu -> Settings -> Applications -> Developer options).
  • Plug in your device into your computer in order to root it.
  • Depending on the rooting method selected to root your device you will need to install some software on your computer. For example, you may need to install the Android SDK.
    If other software is required, follow the steps of the guide selected and make sure you follow the instructions and install all of it before proceeding.

Advantages of Rooting

  • First and foremost, rooting allows the customizations since like it allows the installation of Custom ROMs in the phone.
  • Allows you to convert file systems from the laggy RFS to the speedy EXT4.
  • Allows you to remove the system apps which come by default with the phone.
  • Allows you to apply lots of other customizations.

Disadvantages of Rooting

The only disadvantage of rooting is that it voids the warranty but it can be reclaimed if you up.