How To Root Android Devices : Quick And Easy Methods – Since the advent of the smartphone, the question still remains unanswered – “Which is more popular : Android or iOS?”. Some reports say that iOS is winning the race while other claim otherwise. Other mobile operating systems exist but their impact in the market is almost negligible.
This article is for the Android fans out there. I am going to show you how to root Android devices (smartphones and tablets) using quick and easy methods.
Before we go deeper into the rooting procedure, let us first discuss why you should root your device.
Benefits of Rooting
You may be asking yourself “Why should I root my Android device?”. There are many advantages when you root your Android gadget. Manufacturers limit your access to certain directories and files on your devices by default. They do this because users might “brick” their devices if they delete a file by accident. Also, by keeping these directories and files off-limits, users won’t be able to get rid off their pre-installed “unwanted” bloatware from their devices. You can easily uninstall these when you root your Android gadgets.
Aside from this, you also get the following benefits when you root your Android device(s):
- Install “incompatible” apps. The Playstore will sometimes display “This app is not compatible with your Android device” message. This is the manufacturers’ way of protecting their pre-installed app from competitors. Regional restrictions may also trigger this message although the app is compatible with your device. Rooting will allow you to install these “incompatible” apps.
- Block Ads From Apps. It’s annoying when ads pop-up when you are in the middle of an exciting game. Aside from installing ad blocking apps like AdAware, AdBlock Plus, and AdFree, rooting allows you to block ads from your apps and browsers.
- Improve Battery Life / Increase Speed. With a rooted Android device, users can install third-party apps like SetCPU to prolong battery life and increase performance. This app allows you to overclock your rooted device when increase performance is need. It also lets you underclock your gadget which reduces power consumption and improves battery life.
- Install A Custom Rom or Kernel. This is the most popular reason why Android devices are rooted. By flashing a custom ROM or kernel, you can completely alter how your Android device looks and works.
Disadvantages Of Rooting
When benefits exist, there are also some disadvantages to be expected. In the case of rooting, these are the main disadvantages:
You Might Brick Your Device. As mentioned above, you might brick your device if you flash a corrupt file or missed a crucial step in the tutorial. If you are not that tech-savvy, you have to take your device to a service center and have it fixed. If they find that you have been tinkering with your device, then you would be charged for their services.
You Will Automatically Lose Your Warranty. Rooting any Android device voids its warranty. Worse case scenario is something bad happens to your device (like bricking it) then you need to have it repaired and you will surely be charged for it. Most devices can be “unrooted” but are you brave enough to face further damage to your gadget?
As you can see, the benefits of rooting outweigh the disadvantages so its really worth your while to root your Android device(s).
How To Root Android Devices : Quick And Easy Methods
There are two ways to get administrative (root) access on Android devices. The first one is rooting with the use of a PC and the other one is rooting using only the device itself. You can choose the method you find easier for you.
Root Your Android Device Using A PC
Follow the steps below to root your Android device using a computer
Step 1. Activate “Developer” on your device by going to “Settings” > “About [Device]” then tap the “Build Number” 7 times. You should get a message saying “You are now a developer“.
Step 2. Go back to the “Settings” and scroll down until you get to “Developer’s Options” and tap on it.
Step 3. Again, scroll down until you see “USB Debugging” and tap the toggle switch to turn it on.
Step 5. Open “One Click Root” after installation.
Step 6. Connect your Android device to your computer using the correct USB cable.
Step 7. Click on the “Root Now” button to start the process.
Step 8. Wait for the process to finish.
You have just rooted your Android devices using your computer!
You can watch the video to see OneClickRoot in action.
Next, we will try to root Android devices without the need for a computer.
Root Your Android Device Without a Computer
There are a few pre-root procedures your must do first. Check them out below.
- Your device is open (powered on).
- Battery is at least 50% charged.
- Device should be connected to a network (a stable Wi-Fi connected is better).
- “Unknown Sources” enabled (Settings > Security > Unknown Sources).
Step 2. Install the program on your device after the download is finished and launch the app.
Step 3. Tap on the “One Click Root” button to begin the rooting process.
Step 4. You will get either a “Root Succeeded” or “Root Failed” message. If you get the former message, then you are done. However, you can try again if you receive the latter message. The “KingoRoot” app has several methods of rooting your android device but each one runs one at a time only. Do the rooting process until you get the desired result.
Step 5. After the app successfully gains administrative access to your gadget, you can now enjoy all the benefits of a rooted device mentioned above.
The video below shows how KingoRoot app works.
There are other ways to root Android devices but the two methods shown in this post are the easiest methods any newbie can do.
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