android-rooting
Rooting is the word that is heard quite often these days on all the tech blogs while discussing about any Android Device. Questions like, what is Android rooting? What are the benefits of Rooting? How to Root? Why should I Root my Android Device? Are most searched terms on the search engines. Well! today I am going to answer all these questions in detail. I will try to explain you everything in simple language so that even Non-Technical people can also understand this, this post might be Bit long but, this will clear all your doubts regarding ANDROID ROOTING. I will cover the Following Topics in this Article
1. What is Rooting – Basic definition
2. Advantages / Benefits of Rooting in Android
3. How to Root Android Devices?
4. Disadvantage/demerits of Android Rooting
5. Frequently asked Questions related to Android Rooting
So, let’s get started!!
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What is Rooting – basic Definition

So, what is rooting?

Rooting is nothing but of gaining “Super User Access” or “Root Access “on any Android device. By default Android devices will have some hardware and software restrictions, and we can overcome these restrictions by Rooting the Android Device. So that we can have complete access to that Android Device, Which is called as SUPERUSER ACCESS or ROOT ACCESS.
In simple language, if your device is not Rooted then you are just treated as a Guest, accessing that device, but after rooting your mobile you will have all the Admin rights, who will have total control over hardware and software of that Android device. You can even delete the system files and Default apps if you wish!!
Let me Explain you simply with an Example, Normally we used to see lots of ads while using some Android apps and Games and we don’t have any option in our Android devices to block such ads from getting displayed. By installing an App called Ad blocker we can successfully block all such ads. But android devices will not let you install that App unless that mobile is rooted so that after rooting your Android device you can install many of such applications as you will have SUPER USER access on it. This is just one of the use of Rooting, keep reading to know more about it!

Advantages / Benefits of Rooting in Android

There are many Benefits of Rooting, Here I’ll try to mention all of them one after another.

1. Can install Latest Version of Android

If there is no official update for your Android device from old version to new version, instead of waiting for official updates, you can simple Root your Android device and can upgrade versions on your own. You might feel bit difficult while doing this in the initial stage, but once you get some experience with the procedures, you will feel it very easy to perform any task on your Android Device.
You can get all the latest updates and Rooting Guides for your Android mobile from the XDA developer’s official website. Those are a bit difficult to understand, don’t worry I’ll be writing on these in coming days so that I’ll try to make your work easy.

2. Custom ROM’s

This is one of the best use of Rooting your Android device, I guess you might have heard about the term “ROM” which means Read only memory, There will be some software installed in that ROM which will show a great impact on the process speed and functioning of an Android device. For all the Android devices there will be lots of Custom ROM’s available on the XDA developer’s website. You just visit that’s site and go to your Mobile section there you can find, lots of stuff related to your Mobile. That is really the best forum for Android Users.

3. Can back up all the Device data onto memory card

Normally because of some security and performance issues, Android devices will not allow you to back up your Apps and games on the memory card. Through Few mobile models will allow you in doing this, many won’t let you to do this unless your mobile is Rooted. By Rooting your android mobile, or Android Tablet and installing Apps like Titanium Backup you can Backup and uninstall any apps and Games to your SD card.

4. Can Install Awesome Themes

There are hell lot of good looking themes available for all the Android devices, which can be installed only when your Android device is Rooted. Those Themes will change the entire look and user interface of your mobiles and tablets.

5. Install Many Apps with Some awesome features.

Not just the above-mentioned advantages, many features on Android devices can be unlocked by Rooting your Android device. Few of them are,
  1. You can increase the Baseband of your device, which helps you to increase the signal transferring quality of your Android device.
  2. For the devices, which are not provided with Wi-Fi hotspot option, Rooting will let you get that feature using some free Apps
  3. You can remove the Apps that are no use for you which are given along with your Mobile as default. This will free a lot of internal memory on your devices
  4. You can install many other app stores other than GOOGLE PLAY from which you can download and install many paid apps and Games …Etc.

How to Root any Android Device?


There are many ways to Root your Android device. This varies from device to device. Normally in most cases, this is done my adding some files to your Android software to gain ROOT access. In most cases, these are steps followed (An example of Rooting Samsung Galaxy y)
  1. First Your Android Device should be taken to Kernel Mode. There will be some key combinations for every mobile, which will allow you to access that Boot mode. Example For Samsung galaxy Y and similar grade mobiles, to take them into kernel mode, Switch OFF the device > press volume Up button+ power button + center menu key, when you see Samsung logo on the screen just leave those buttons and your mobile will go into Kernel or Boot mode.
  2.  In kernel mode first you need to clear all the cache data and restore the settings
  3.  You should download a file that will exploit the ANDROID operating systems code to gain Root access. This file various from Mobile to Mobile. You can download the file for your Mobile from the XDA developer’s website.
  4.  Now lastly by selecting UPDATE FROM SD CARD option and selecting the file, you can ROOT your device successfully.
After your device got Rooted, just reboot it and you can see an App called as SUPERUSER app among your apps which is the indication that your Device is Rooted.
If you are feeling any difficulty in Rooting your Android device, let me know about it in Comments section, so that I can assist you on Rooting your Android device.

Disadvantage/demerits of Android Rooting

1. Security issues

By installing the Android apps from the sources, other than Android’s GOOGLE PLAY market this will, let your Devices security weaker. There are high chances of getting affected with some malware’s on your device. These days, even in the GOOGLE PLAY market lots of malicious apps are being uploaded and just think about the apps from other play stores. You need to be careful while installing apps from unknown sources. Only install apps after reading the reviews.

2. Malfunctions of Your Android Device

If rooting is done without any proper experience or wrong files are updated from the kernel mode. That might let your Android device to get bricked. Even I have faced this problem, when I was rooting my mobile, I did some mistake while trying to change my mobile version, which resulted in many software bugs in my mobile.

3. Loss of Software warranty.

If once you Root your mobile then you will lose the software warranty of your mobile.

Frequently asked Questions related to Android Rooting

What is Rooting actually mean?

Rooting an Android device means, just getting root access on that Android device, Android is also a Linux-based operating system, this term ROOT is familiar in the Linux world. Root access can also be described as super user access on your android device, which will let you get complete access on that mobile using which you can explore many additional features of an Android device

How to check whether my Android mobile is rooted?

There are many apps available on the Google play store which will help you to know whether your Android device is rooted or not, but before installing such apps just check for the SUPERUSER app among your apps, if that exists then your Android device is Rooted. Normally after Rooting your Android device, this SUPERUSER app will be displayed on your apps. This way is not always suggested but you can give a try first. But this app works perfectly you can download it from [HERE].

Why should I Root my Android device?

As I said before, Rooting has multiple advantages to say, in short, you can Unlock many features on your Android devices and install many apps which will help you a lot. Rooting also helps your processor speed to increase which results in better performance.

Is Rooting Android similar to Jail Breaking in Android?

Yeah! it is, Rooting is similar to the Jailbreaking in IOS devices, but there are few minor differences between both of them. IOS device security is stronger that it won’t support many features, but by JailBreaking any IOS devices all those features can be Unlocked.

Is it easy to Root my Android device?

It completely depends on your technical knowledge, anyone with basic computer and mobile knowledge can easily Root their Android devices on their own, without any difficulty. If you are a Non-technical person then it’s better to take someone help.

Will I lose the warranty after Rooting my Android mobile / Android Tablet?

Yes Rooting an Android device will take away your Device warranty, if you bother about your Device warranty then I suggest you not to Root your Android device.
Common buddy, nothing will happen, be positive, to get something better, you have to lose something!

Where can I get the best Rooting guide for all Android devices?

XDA developer’s forum is the best internet source to get all the internet guides. But everything looks messy there, due to lots of users and info so, its bit confusing too. If you are feeling any difficulty there, just comment your mobile model, so that I can assist you to my best.

Will my Android device explode after rooting it?

This is one of the misconceptions that are floating more on the internet related to Android Rooting. Of course, there is some truth in it too! By Over clocking your process after rooting your device performance will get better. But in very rare cases, this might result in overheating or processors, which will final damages your device hardware due to overheating.

Can I UNROOT my ANDROID device?

Yes! you can UNROOT your Android device in the similar way you Root it, but you need to get right files for that. Methods may differ from mobile to mobile. Just check for you mobile models tutorial and you can UNROOT your device.

Can I update the apps after rooting my Android mobile?

You won’t face any problem in updating your Android mobile applications after rooting. You can get all the updates normally can install them without any problem.

Comment below for more assistance!

If you still have any doubts regarding Rooting your Android device, just comment below I will respond to you within 24 hours!

51 COMMENTS

  1. Hello Rahul,

    i am happy that this article on Rooting helped you,
    Now its time for you to explore the power of Rooting Buddy.
    Shortly i will write a post on " best apps to install on Rooted mobiles", Hope that helps you.

    Thanks for your comment 🙂

  2. Hey harish,

    i haven't tried to Root any Sony mobiles, but after seeing your comment, i just searched on Google for the procedure to root your Mobile. Sorry to say that its not easy to Root your mobile. Its bit difficult to root your mobile than Samsung mobiles.

    Will try it on my Friends mobile and let you know about it, if he permits me to root his mobile 🙂

  3. hey sai i have rooted my galaxy y s5360 and installed a new rom from androidforums and i rebooted my mobile it is not switched on and shows only samsung logo can you help me

  4. Hey thejesh,

    I've Upgraded my friends Samsung galaxy y mobile from 2.3.6 to 4.0.6 using this tutorial.


    Just Watch this video and follow all the instructions in it, so that you can upgrade your Android version as well.
    Try that once and let me know, if you are facing any problem 🙂

  5. Hi Sai Sir!! I just read your article on rooting and I must say that it was very helpful to me and at the same time it was very easy to understand.

    I want your assistance on rooting my Samsung Galaxy Fame Duos s 6812.

    Thanks a lot in advance….:)

    Yours Sincerely

    Kaulove Thanvi

  6. I have the same xperia too 😀 and tried so many apps to root but all failed .. except for the "SRSroot for android" and u just have to follow the instructions shown on this simple youtube video :

  7. can u tell me more about how to install apps and games on sd card (16g) instead of the internal storage (2g) ?? please ?
    I mean which is the best app for that ? because I've tried so many that lead only to bug my xperia phone 🙁

  8. my mobile model is startext 2 android version is 2.3.4 build by zte i want to root it i instal root checker bt it says that ur device have not access to root i also try one click root and z4 root and universal root bt did not root so is there any one who tell me complete method?

  9. For anyone who read this article..
    HELP ME…. HELP ME….. HELP ME…….!!
    Please tell the procedure to root my SAMSUNG GALAXY FAME S6812..
    After rooting i'll loose my warranty..??
    and if i want to unroot my phone in future can i get my warranty back..??
    and the most important thing, while rooting there is chances of phone bricking..??

  10. Hello there, love the article 😀 guys. Anyway, i only jailbroke my device once before, it was years ago on my Itouch. After a new IOS update became available, i "lost" the jailbreak, it reset. Maybe that's why my itouch sucks now, too slow, but anyway will i have the same issue with Rooting? I mean, whenever there is a Android update available, i would have to "Re-Root" my device?

    Thanks Mate 😀

  11. Hello mr. Sai… after reading your article made me interested in rooting my phone… i have a lenovo a690 and i found it very unsatisfying because of 2 very limited amount of internal memory to be used… can i ask for a very simple procedure to root my phone? As well as a reliable source of files needed for rooting… i hope you could help me… thanks…

  12. I have a USCC Motorola xt881 with jellybean already installed. Any way to root this phone? Everything I find is for ICS. Any suggestions? Thanks, Jay

  13. Did anyone tried rootg Samsung S DUOS? Whats its status now? Also guide me the from wchich url you followed the steps?
    My warranty gonna end in 2 months am planng to root.
    -TAM ♥

  14. Hi Sai, can you tell me the procedure to root my Lava iris 349s and XDAs developer site.Please….Please reply fast

  15. Actually, no, Android is linux-based kernel, so when you update it, it doesn't change the fact you have SU/SUDO or Super User access aka ROOT. All it does is update the firmware unless the device has some sort of control problem and wipes all your access privileges which can also be removed with root, it's 100% like having root on a linux server to perform tasks.

  16. Hi Sai.
    I have a little knowledge about techincal devices, but I'm still a bit nervous about rooting my phone.
    I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) and it would really ease my mind to find a step my step EASY guide to rooting my device. I've been looking around and I feel like a lot of the guides to rooting are a little confusing. I don't know if this is something you can help with, but if you could, that would be really nice!

  17. Hey Sai, thanx for all your info on rooting. I just got my Galaxy Tab 3 T211 and would like to know how to root it. I have only 8Gig internal mem and used 90% of it. The Galaxy Tab 3 does not have the option to move apps to sd card and I belive with rooting I might be able to fix the problem. I bought a 16 gig micro sd and would like to use it as well. Please help.
    Regards

  18. My model is Samsung galaxy star duo s5282.I want guidance about rooting my mobile and at a time about unrooting also

  19. This is eddie77 and i would lk to root my LG3G but i dont want to lose any of the media,gallery,contacts,apps,mp3, ect.now by doing so will this erase these items?

  20. Is it possible to Expand the app internal storage by rooting the Mobile? I am using Micromax Unit 2 ( A 106). In this 1 GB is for app storage and 5.25 GB for other usage on internal storage. Total Internal Storage is 8GB. Please advice me to increase app storage space.

  21. Hey,
    I have a spice mi 451. So I wanted to know that, will TOWEL ROOT work on my phone.
    Pls reply ASAP on my email id (agupta0410@gmail.com)

    waiting for your reply,
    Arnav Gupta

  22. Pretty good article in terms of depth and examples, however your grammar could use some work. If you're trying to translate the technical jargon into plain English so people will understand then it might help if you used proper English

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