How to Root Your Android Phone – The Really Easy Guide
If you have ever attempted to Root your Android device, you know how much of a pain it can be. The first time I tried it, I was a complete novice and it took me days to figure out what’s what. There are guides and explanations all over the internet but some of them are so convoluted and complicated, you might just give up before you have even started. So, my goal is to make this guide as simple as possible, without getting too technical.
I’ll explain the essentials – what Rooting means, the reasons for it and provide a step by step guide which will show you how to Root your Android phone with very little effort. Of course, it is not exclusive to cell phones, and you can Root any device that uses Android as its platform. Rooting only applies to the Android operating system.
Rooting and Spy Software
First off – you do not need to Root your Android phone or tablet in order to use cell spy software apps – it is optional to a degree. There are a few advanced features with some programs – such as FlexiSpy, mSpy, MobiStealth and Highster Mobile, which require the phone to be Rooted but everything else will work as normal, without Root access.
Some of the features which require it include – monitoring Gmail, Facebook Messages, WhatsApp Messenger, Viber and Skype. These are all third party apps which need Root access. With Mobile Spy, they have a Live Control Panel feature which also requires the Android phone to be Rooted. All other features will work as normal so if you don’t need the ones above you can get away without Rooting.
In the technical sense, Rooting an Android device means you are enabling the phone’s operating system to use apps and programs by giving them Root permission. In other words, by doing it you will be able to install apps and software which you might not be able to install otherwise. For those of you who have used Apple devices, this process is similar to Jailbreaking an iPhone. Rooting is usually done when you want to run a specific application on your phone or when you want to make certain modifications. Otherwise, you might not have much use for it.
With this comes the freedom to install any app and to use it however you like. Getting the most out of your Android device is something that is only really possible by Rooting. Some tech heads really get into all this and have all sorts of clever modifications – some amazing stuff. Some are even using the “Freedom Root app” – as a way to get some premium apps for free – but that’s someone else’s story!
But I’ll assume you are normal like me – and not too technical! Before you continue, you should know a bit about the risks of Rooting an Android device.
When Android first appeared, Rooting was a very complicated and challenging procedure which often resulted in users bricking their phones, rendering them useless. Fortunately, since then, a number of Rooting apps have been released and you can Root your phone without fear of ruining it. It is almost impossible to damage your device now, as long as you follow a few simple precautions – the main one being backing up your phone beforehand! The entire process is now very simple and anyone can do it – really.
Back Everything Up!
This is a crucial step in the entire process. Make sure to backup your Android device to keep your data safe and intact. Furthermore, if you have a full backup and something doesn’t go according to plan, you can always restore your operating system with no harm done.
Luckily, you have more than one option to backup your device. Some phones come with their own brand PC software which will do that for you automatically – some now have cloud backup options. You can also use Google Sync if you prefer that. If you are not sure how to backup your particular phone model – do a quick Google search, there are loads of resources like this one.
Before you begin rooting your Android device, you must enable USB Debugging on it. Sounds scary, but you just go to Settings / Applications / Development and check USB Debugging. Last but not least, make sure that your battery is fully charged.
Download Your Preferred Rooting Application
My app of choice for this is SuperOneClick. Of course there are many more apps to choose from but I have settled on SuperOneClick because it’s really easy to use and it provides support for nearly all cell phones and OS versions. I recommend you give it a go, and if you don’t like or it doesn’t work, you can always try some other app.
Some other obvious choices would be Easy Root, Unrevoked, Z4Root or Universal AndRoot. You can find all of these through Google and download them easily. Download your app of choice – in my case SuperOneClick – you will have a Zip file as result. Unzip the file and install it on your PC.
So, now you should have charged your phone, backed up everything, enabled USB debugging and downloaded and installed SuperOneClick, you are ready to begin rooting your Android device. It will not take long but try not to be in a rush – that’s how you make mistakes!
Paid Rooting Srevices?
If all of this really seems like too much work for you – and I do understand it can seem a little daunting at first – there is another way. Several services exist now to help with Rooting, for a fee.
One I have tried is One Click Root – check them out. They have several levels of help. First the free download will test if your device can be rooted with their software – then you have the option to use their paid software to perform the Root – it really is one click if your phone is supported.
They also have a full support service if you are a total tech wimp! Here they can have a professional do it for you using a remote PC connection. Might just be a clever solution if you are worried about the process.
Now on with the guide!
Start Your Engines!
OK, the first thing you should do is to unmount or remove your phone SD card (memory card) if you have one. The next step is to connect your phone to your PC via USB cable. Also, make sure that there are no other applications running on your PC or laptop.
Find the SuperOneClick.exe and double-click to start. After that, click on the Root button. Let it do its thing for a couple of minutes. The progress bar will inform you as it goes and don’t worry if the installation seems to grind to a halt – it just takes time. After the process has been completed, you need to click OK and that’s it! Your cell phone is now rooted. Told you it was easy!
Power off the device and then restart it. You will now be able to see the SuperUser app on your cell phone, if you have followed the instructions carefully.
If for some reason, you want to reverse the whole process and remove rooting, you can use SuperOneClick to do that as well. Simply connect your phone and your PC and click Unroot – couldn’t be easier!
You’re All Set
That’s pretty much it. Once you have installed the SuperUser app, you are able to install any app or software which requires a Rooted device. You just need to allow permission for it to install. This opens up a lot of opportunities for you to customize and personalize your Android phone and make the most of it, which includes using your favorite spy software with all the fancy features as well.
Here are a couple of links to resources I can recommend related to Rooting :
XDA Developers forum – dig a little deeper if you dare!