How To Take Back Control of Your Phone
No matter how many applications or custom wallpapers you have most of you have limited control of your phones capabilities. You have just scratched the surface of what an android device can do and trust me when I say you can do some pretty crazy things with your phone, from increasing its speed to blocking annoying ads messing with your surfing experience to boosting battery life.
So how do you unlock your phone to achieve and maximum potential? Simple, by rooting it. Rooting is the process of allowing users of smartphones, tablets and other devices running the Android mobile operating system to attain privileged control (known as root access) over various Android subsystems. Rooting is often performed with the goal of overcoming limitations that carriers and hardware manufacturers put on some devices. Thus, rooting gives the ability (or permission) to alter or replace system applications and settings, run specialized applications (“apps”) that require administrator-level permissions, or perform other operations that are otherwise inaccessible to a normal Android user. On Android, rooting can also facilitate the complete removal and replacement of the device’s operating system, usually with a more recent release of its current operating system.
There are various methods to achieve root usually a quick Google search of ‘How to root *insert phone model* will give you a detailed list of how to root your device. What we will be going over is one of the more popular methods which should work with any phone running any version of android. Enough talk let root your phone.
Before we get started…
- Make sure your device has at least 30% to 50% of battery charge.
- Make sure you have an Internet connection
- Enable USB debugging on your phone.
To do this, head over to your phone settings, scroll down and find About phone. Tap on About phone then scroll down and find Build number.
Tap on it about 5 to 7 times until a message notifying you that you are now a developer appears. Go back to your phone settings and if you everything went well you should find a new option called developer options
Open developer options and enable it by tapping the switch at the top right part of the screen if it isn’t already enabled. While still in developer options scroll down to find USB debugging and enable it as well if it isn’t enabled. With that done you are ready for the next step.
- Once the USB debugging step is enabled that is all you need to do on your device. Connect your device to a computer via a USB cable.
- On your computer go to www.kingoapp.com download the Kingo root software for windows and install it on your computer.
- Once installed open the Kingo application on your computer. The application should automatically detect your phone and show a ‘installing driver’ message. Wait for the process to complete. You may be required to disconnect your phone to complete the process. Disconnect your phone for a few minutes then reconnect it once the process is complete
Once this process has completed successfully, the application should display your phone model like so.
On your phone a blue screen labelled Kingo Root should have appeared showing that your phone has successfully connected.
- Once the process above is done and the Kingo Root application displays your phone model click the root button to begin the rooting process. Please note that during the process depending on your device model, your device may flash a few times, or get disconnect and connect automatically or eventually restart, this is normal. Do not touch your phone, do not touch your computer, do not touch your USB cable until the entire process is complete. In fact, I’d highly recommend you go make yourself a cup of coffee, sit back and watch the Kingo Root application work its magic.
- At the end of the process both the Kingo Application and your device will display a root succeeded message. At which point it is now safe to break into your happy dance. If your phone was not rooted you should dust yourself off and give it another try, sometimes it may take a few tries. If you attempted this a few times and it still failed, do not worry, your phone will continue normally like nothing happened and nothing will have changed, it just means that this method is not for you and you should try a How to root *insert your phone model* Google search. This is a very safe method to root your phone, if it works awesome if it doesn’t nothing lost.
- On your device you will find two new applications, this however depends on the Kingo Software, with every update the apps installed change. With the version we used Super Su and Super Battery was installed. You can remove Super battery and whichever app that was installed in your case but do not remove Super Su. Super Su is crucial and helps you manage the device’s root capabilities. I repeat do not remove the application now or in the future.
Anyway, for those who did succeed, congratulations you are now the owner of a powerful rooted android device. Here are a few cool things you can do with your new found power.
You can now install applications that will give you
- Faster performance
- Preserve battery life
- Access root-only apps
- Remove those unnecessary applications that came with your phone
- Customizable appearance
- Attain admin level permission
Rooting will get you mastery of your android phone and in my opinion it is a must have companion for every android user.