Android roots helps you to new smartphone functions. What it has with Android root is, we reveal you in our instructions.
When your Android roots, you unlock new features of the smartphone. Learn all the advantages and disadvantages of Root. We also show you which root instructions you can rely on and which may become dangerous.
The best Android root apps
The term root comes from the Linux world. Through the root process with Android, the user can manage super user rights and get full access to the file system of his device. This allows for profound adjustments and changes to the software. But it also poses a great threat to inexperienced users because important system files can be deleted. This is also one of the reasons why smartphones are not rooted by default and you should not be easy on the Android Roots.
The root access is often by a script, which is installed in the download mode of Android and which then runs automatically. This script often exploits a vulnerability in the operating system kernel and performs a so-called privilege escalation. This increase in rights makes you a super-user, who can enjoy the above root privileges. The App SuperSU, which is installed, takes care that you have control over when an app uses these root privileges.
Will I lose my warranty or warranty through the Android Roots?Many users worry about losing their warranty or warranty when roaming their smartphone. That's why we asked the different smartphone manufacturers to discuss this concern and the myths surrounding the Roots once and for all. So far, only HTC is shown basically against the root, while LG or Sony first drive a zero-tolerance control. HTC writes specifically:
"There are generally legal provisions on this topic, based on the EU Directive 1999/44 / EC, and HTC generally respects the applicable EU law, including the modified software of HTC products.LG takes a short time and says that the warranty is extinguished by the Roots. Sony is less hard, because it says:
If the HTC device of a user has a root, this is not the same with the expiration of his still existing warranty claim. However, this claim is void if the device has a defect that can be attributed to the modified software environment or the root. "
"If such a modification is recognized in the workshop, then we will look at these cases individually. If the defect is not connected to the root and a repair is possible, we will be able to decide for the customer."So you can at least hope for Sony rescue.
Samsung is also hard and writes:
"As a rule, unauthorized modifications to the product are not made by Rooting, the warranty granted by Samsung does not apply in this case. [...] The statutory provisions apply regardless of the buyer's warranty rights against the seller."The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has dealt with the root issue and came to the conclusion that according to EU Directive 1999/44 / CE, even after the Rooting and installation of custom ROMs, warranty claims until To two years after purchase. If your smartphone or tablet has a defect, the seller from whom you purchased the device may not refuse the warranty. The seller is even in the exercise obligation: he must prove that the damage occurred by the change of the software. However, he only has the obligation to provide proof in the first six months after the purchase. After that you as a buyer have bad cards anyway.
Example 1: You root your smartphone and install the popular Custom-ROM CyanogenMod. Suddenly due to a material error, the button for turning your smartphone on and off. This is clearly the guarantee. But also here: After the first six months you are in the proof that the material defect at the button was already from the beginning.
Example 2: You root your smartphone, install CyanogenMod, and a new kernel that will overclock your CPU and provide more power. The smartphone processor does not like this at all, it heats up too strongly and smokes in the truest sense of the word. The guarantee does not apply here because the damage was clearly caused by the rooting.
Is my device already rooted? Is there a root check?There are even two apps that are very often used to answer exactly that question. Some malware infects your smartphone and gains higher privileges. Another time you had your smartphone rooted, wanted to remove the root but again. In either case, you need to check if your smartphone is rooted.
The first app comes from Jared Rummler, head of JRummy Apps. The root check finds out for free whether your smartphone is rooted. If you have super-user privileges, the root check is also used as a window for apps that make these rights usable.
|The root check is free of advertising, but offers little added value.|
The second app comes from the developer with the pseudonym Joeykrim. In addition to app recommendations and the Freemium model, its root checker also uses banner ads. In return, you will get a glossary that provides you with the most important information about Root in Android. Joeykrim is also known for his root quiz.
|Why Root? Joeykrim is missioning in his root checker.|
How can I root my smartphone?
Depending on the smartphone manufacturer, it is more or less elaborate and risky to rob Android. This article focuses on the established and securely recognized methodology based on the restoration software TWRP and the installation script SuperSU. The advantage of these two tools lies in the fact that the authors are known in the Modder community and give up the source code of their software, which makes them trustworthy. The disadvantage of the TWRP method is that it requires an unlocked bootloader.
Unfortunately, we can not provide you with a step-by-step guide to the Android-Root to any device in detail, since the article would then become too extensive. In these places we refer you to reliable help in the forum.
|The download mode is the usual place where the Android rooting is done.|
Samsung Devices roots
TWRP and Root for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
For the Exynos models of the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge sold in Germany, TWRP and CF-Auto root as well as SuperSU are available. With these tools, you can make simple backups or install updates while keeping root access.
The alternative Rooting method with CF-Auto root bypasses the step via Custom-Recovery, but offers you less functionality. However, it is considered the fastest way to install SuperSU on Galaxy devices.
With Samsung, Odin's open source Flash tool is quite easy to modify when the appropriate image files are available for recovery or root. As you use the software and a Galaxy S7 roots, we explain you in more detail in a separate article:
Samsung stands in your way in four ways. For one thing, there is no easy way to unlock the bootloader. In addition, the process increases a counter, which allows Samsung employees to recognize forever that your Samsung smartphone has been modified. In any case, your claim to warranty is lost. And after the software modification the automatic updates no longer work. The latter problem can be solved:
Either, you play the updates off then manually by Odin. Or easier, you're trying it with the app FashFire of the SuperSU author Chainfire. We have not tested them yet.
As you get new firmware images with the Samsung Galaxy updates, we explain you among other things in the update instructions for the S7 models. After each update you have to insert CF-Auto root in the AP area of Odin and flash, you want to have root access again. This also applies to TWRP recovery and SuperSU.
Since this procedure can lead to data loss, you should be accustomed to make backups with titanium or helium.
LG Devices roots
In contrast to Samsung, you need only LG drivers at LG, LG's ADB and a SuperSU installer, which your LG smartphone via script routs completely automatically. As a rule, you will find the necessary files in a single package for your LG smartphone and the Android version installed on it.
LG has announced in the summer of 2015, to offer official methods for unlocking the bootloader. However, as early as in the first point of the official Statement, the manufacturer makes it clear that he has lost warranty claims.
Sony Devices roots
Sony allows most of its smartphones to unlock the bootloader. This process can void the warranty. A Sony-specific problem affects the quality of your photos. Some postprocessing algorithms are copy-protected and can no longer be used after a bootloader unlock. This is because Sony removes the necessary DRM keys when unlocking the boot loader from your Xperia.
Then find the custom recovery of TeamWIN for you and play it in the download mode.
Finally, your SuperSU from Chainfire, the only truly trustworthy method to gain root access. The zip file will be installed within the newly installed Custom Recovery in the Install area.
But here, too, we would like to encourage you to look for support in the Comments and to read reviews of experience.
Google Nexus or Pixel roots
Google's Nexus series and their heirs pixels and pixels XL are easy to root. We recommend the following steps:
- Bootloader unlock
- Restore software
The method has changed considerably due to the changed partitioning in the pixel devices compared to the Nexus series. The nevertheless not too complicated intermediate steps we go with you with the example of the Google pixel once through:
The Nexus 6P is much less expensive. Here, we will take the steps with the third-party firmware CyanogenMod installed similar to SuperSU.
Android root on other devices
With many other devices it is possible to rout Android with SuperSU and supported by TWRP. This is how Motorola and HTC help you to unlock the bootloader. If your manufacturer does not provide this route, you should not switch to so-called alternatives. Hack apps such as King Root, Congo Root or similar are partly not available as open source, so it is not clear whether they carry malicious code with them.
If your device does not appear in any of the CoolAndroidTips subframes, you can also preview the XDA developers. The English-speaking community is slightly bigger and often in the long, to modify even more unknown devices.