Root Your Android Device without Voiding Warranty
Rooting your Android phone can allow you to control your device and not be a slave to its whims and fancies. This is a well-known fact and yet we do not see as many rooted Android devices.
The main reason for this is the fear of rooting embedded deep into the customer’s mind. While everybody would love to have a super customizable device minus all the bloatware, not enough users have what it takes to risk losing their warranty or even bricking their phone.
Rooting your phone opens a world of possibilities that you cannot do without once you have a taste of them.
Here we have listed some ways to root your device safely without even endangering the all precious warranty. The key to rooting your phone without tripping the KNOX warranty void lies in using the right app.
iRoot (Formerly Called vRoot)
iRoot is an app that allows you to root your Android without losing your warranty. This is a highly secure way of mastering your device without any of the risks that other methods involve.
Things to Note Before you Root Using iRoot
- The app works only for devices with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher till Android 4.4. While we would love to see something similar for the latest Lollipop version, currently iRoot does not support Lollipop devices.
- Even the Samsung users whose devices have a built in Samsung Knox Security System can enjoy the results of iRoot with impunity. However, you have to disable Knox in your phone before trying to root it.
Prerequisites to Rooting your Phone
Disable Lock Reactivation
This step is very important for Samsung users who have internal Knox security software.
Go to Settings> Security and disable Lock Reactivation .
Install iRoot on your PC
This is the software that would pretty much perform all that is required to safely root your phone with minimal inputs from you. Download it from here.
There might be a lot of stuff that is written in Chinese which can be quite intimidating to the uninitiated. However, fear not, all the important stuff is written in English and you can download this software easily.
Activate USB Debugging on your Device
This is another prerequisite which is a must for any real changes that you make to your device.
Go to the Developer Options under Settings and Enable USB Debugging.
If you are unable to find Developer Options under Settings then go to About Phone and tap Build Number seven times. This should get you the Developer Options. Go ahead and Activate USB debugging from here.
Install your Device Drivers on your PC
This should be a piece of cake if you have the management software that comes along with most Android devices. Sync for HTC, Kies for Samsung are examples of the software that you would need to install.
However, if for some reason you do not have these, no worries; you could download and install them easily as they are easily available on the manufacturer’s website.
Let the Rooting Begin
- Open iRoot on your PC.
- Connect your device to your PC: Once the connection is in place iRoot will automatically look for your device in its database. Once it finds it the root button would appear.
- Click on Root and the rooting process should start in a few seconds and your device may restart. This varies across manufacturers so do not panic if there is no restart.
- Check if the Rooting process is successful through Root Checker This application is available in Google Play Store.
Super User Privileges
Post rooting there is a program that handles all super user privileges. If you really take your control over your device seriously then it is possible even to get the program of your choice to run the super user privileges. SuperSU is one such program that is highly popular. Here’s how to install and run SuperSU.
- Install SuperSU from Google Play Store.
Open the app and grant superuser permissions by clicking on OK when prompted.
- Another prompt would request that you install SU Binary. Click on OK to begin the installation.
- Freeze the existing super user program installed by iRoot by installing Titanium Backup from the Play Store and implementing the freeze there.
- Reopen SuperSU and reinstall SU Binary once again to make SuperSU your super user program.
UniversalAndRoot is another app that allows you to root your phone without voiding its warranty. This app is however, not compatible with all phones. Ensure that you check if your device is compatible with it before you download and install the app. This is absolutely essential as unless you device is compatible, installing this app would brick it. Not an outcome that any of us would be comfortable with.
The beauty of this app is that you do not need to unlock the bootloader to root your device. This ensures that your warranty remains un-compromised despite jailbreaking. Secondly, if for some reason you are not happy with the rooted device then UniversalAndRoot even allows you to unroot your phone back to its original status.
Root your Device with UniversalAndRoot
- Install the app and open it on your device. You would find two buttons, one labeled root and the other unroot, and a drop down list that allows you to mention your current Android version.
- Select the current Android version and then tap on root. Wait for a few seconds and your device rooting is now complete.
The methods mentioned here will allow you to enjoy the benefits of rooting without any of the pains associated with it. While rooting might seem risky to the uninitiated, if done properly with the right apps it can be quite rewarding. Enjoy and control all aspects of your Android device with these simple rooting tips.