Rooting an Android phone is the best way to unlock your phone’s full features and utilize it to its full potential. However, improper rooting can lead to a high risk of destroying your phone. Moreover, your warranty will become void if you opt for rooting. Hence this is not recommended for beginners. However, experienced users who are looking for advanced features can try rooting their devices to get the best out of it.
How to Root
Rooting was earlier confined to android geeks and hackers as it required installation of Android Debug Bridge and use of command line. However, there are simple apps to make the process easier. Some of the steps required to root your device are given below:-
Step 1: Back up: Take a back-up of your phone to ensure restoration of settings in case something goes wrong.
Step 2: Find and Download App: Find a suitable rooting app that suits your phone model and download the installation files to your phone or SD card.
Step 3: Install App: Start the installation process by tapping the installation files and follow further instructions. Once this process ends your rooting app appears in the App Drawer.
Step 4: Rooting: Tap the root button to start running the rooting program. At the end of the program you will see a screen indicating you have root.
Step 5: Reboot: Restart the phone to enable new settings to take effect. This last step is important to ensure your phone is rooted.
Now you have a wonderful device with extensive capabilities and superior performance.
How to unroot an Android Device
For an Android user unrooting a phone can be as simple as rooting if one follows steps outlined below.
Step 1: Take a backup of data: Backup all your data to the SD memory card. If this is not possible try taking a backup on your personal computer or laptop.
Step 2: Check the Battery Level: Ensure that your phone is fully charged to avoid power going off during unrooting process. A minimum of 75% charge is required.
Step 3: Download Unroot File: You can find an appropriate unroot file for your device online and download it to your SD card.
Step 4: Open Unroot File and Install: Open up your SD card and open the unroot file you had downloaded. Now the installation will start and you can follow any instructions and wait for it to complete before moving to next step.
Step5: Reboot System: From your main screen select ‘Reboot System’ option to restart the phone and allow new settings to take effect.
Step 6: Check for Superuser icon in App Drawer: After rebooting open your app drawer and check if the Superuser icon exists. If it doesn’t exist, it means your phone has been successfully unrooted.
Many people have a misconception that rooting is permanent. If you are concerned about losing warranty or other issues, you can unroot your device anytime using the steps given above. While rooting provides limitless features and superior performance, you can still have the benefit of unrooting in case you change your mind.