The Android operating system by default has built-in protection against rash actions by users that can damage the normal functioning of the device. Such a security mechanism blocks the installation of unwanted software, restricts access to system files, introduces a ban on changing a number of settings. To an average user who is not savvy in technical matters, such barriers are only beneficial and, in principle, do not interfere with the normal use of the gadget. But what to do if you want to get full access to the system’s functionality and experiment with all, even hidden, settings. This is what the so-called root rights, or Superuser rights, are for.
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Why do i need root privileges?
So, what exactly are the additional features that root-rights provide in the Android system? We list the main ones:
- Editing any system files;
- Removing standard applications;
- Removing garbage and unnecessary files previously protected from deletion;
- Installing applications on a memory card;
- Installation of modified firmware and mods;
- Unlimited interface changes (themes, screensavers, icons, fonts);
- Providing applications with full access to the system;
- Advanced backup;
- Optimize performance and increase device performance.
Along with the pros, there are also disadvantages. These include a possible denial of warranty service and the risk of device failure due to a violation of the integrity of system files.
If you have weighed all the pros and cons, and you definitely want to get root-rights for Android, then feel free to go to the instructions below.
Methods for obtaining Superuser rights
Today, the market offers many models of smartphones and tablets, each of which may have its own specific features that affect the routing procedure. However, in most cases, the extension of powers is carried out according to the same scheme. Moreover, for Android of any versions (4.4, 5.1, 6.0, 7.0, etc.), the sequence of actions for obtaining root rights is almost the same.
There are two main options for “granting” Android devices special rights:
- To do this through a computer:
- Perform the procedure offline without using a PC.
We will consider both methods with specific examples and programs. But before using one of the proposed algorithms, you need to check the current user permissions on your phone / tablet. Perhaps full access to the functions of Android is already open.
Check for Extended Rights
To start the test, click the "Check Root" button.
If the necessary rights are not found, a red message will appear, if they are already granted, then a green one.
In the absence of authority, we proceed to direct actions to acquire them.
Obtaining root rights through a computer
This technique provides for the following standard steps:
- Downloading and installing a special application on a PC;
- Program launch;
- Connecting to a computer via a USB port of a device running Android;
- Turn on USB debugging mode on the device;
- Establishing a connection between the application on the computer and the phone / tablet;
- Run rooting directly (usually by pressing just one button in the program window).
This sequence will be relevant for almost any program, of course, with certain amendments. Which application to use, you decide, we just give a list of the most common:
- Kingo Android Root;
As an example, let’s try to get root-rights using Kingo Android Root.
Kingo Android Root
Download the program on the official website www.kingoapp.com, and then install it on the computer.
If the application is blocked by an antivirus, which often happens with similar software, then protection will have to be disabled for the duration of the procedure.
Launch Kingo Android Root.
Now we connect the Android device to the PC via the USB cable and immediately set the MTP data exchange mode (transfer and file management on the PC) in the settings.
The Kingo Android Root application will start connecting to the phone and ask you to enable USB debugging mode.
To do this, you need to go into the Android settings, and then go to the "For Developers" section (Developer Options).
If there is no such item, then go to the “About Phone” page and click on the “Build Number” line seven times.
Now the section "For Developers" should appear. We go into it and turn on the option "Debugging via USB". A window will appear in which we tick “Always allow debugging from this computer” and click “OK”.
The driver installation will begin, after which the “ROOT” button will appear in the Kingo Android Root program window on the computer.
We click on it, wait for the end of the procedure, and reboot the mobile device. If everything went as it should, you will have extended rights.
How to get root access without using a computer
This method does not require a PC, and all actions are performed exclusively in the interface of the Android device. True, one cannot do without third-party programs. We indicate the most popular:
If these applications do not suit you, you can find others on the Internet. Interaction with any of them will occur in approximately the same scenario:
- An apk file is downloaded directly from the official website to the phone;
- A program is installed from it (the option “Allow installation of applications from unknown sources” is activated previously);
- After starting the program, the device model is determined (or manual selection) and its rooting.
Let’s take a step-by-step look at the process of obtaining root-rights on Android using the KingRoot application.
Download the installation apk file from the official site kingroot.net.
Next, before installing, go to the phone settings and in the "Security" section, enable the "Unknown sources" option.
Now we find the saved file in the list of recent downloads of the File Manager or any File Manager.
After the installation is complete, run the program. In our version of the application, to start rooting, it was necessary to go to the "Complex rights" page and click the "Get root" button.
In other editions, the interface may be slightly different. We are waiting for the completion of the procedure.
As we can see, setting the Superuser rights (they are root-rights) on Android without using a computer or using it is not difficult. To do this, just select the necessary software. The snag can only be that the selected utility will not specifically support your device model. In this situation, you should try another program or use the manufacturer’s proprietary application (if any).
If all else fails and root access to Android is still closed for you, you will have to carefully study the information in specialized forums in the branches dedicated to your model. And, of course, to identify problems that prevent obtaining elevated rights, you should definitely pay attention to the text of warning messages and errors that usually accompany various kinds of problems.