In many posts of this blog we guide you on how to root your Android device, but we never actually had an article on the rooting itself. Since people often ask me the famous question “What is rooting?”, I decided to write a little post about it.
What is rooting?
In the jargon of Linux (which is the exploitation system behind your Android device), the term root means “to possess all rights”. When you are logged as root on your system, you are somehow the system administrator. You can do whatever you want, meaning that you can modify or delete any files. In nicer terms, you are the god of your device!
I already know the question you are asking yourself now: “Am I not already the god of my device? I’m the one who install and remove applications”. Yes, but in a limited way. Let say you want to delete an important system file (ok, that’s dumb, just don’t do that, this is for example purpose), you won’t be able to do to this. It’s a rude example, but it is simply to illustrate you that there is certain thing you cannot do as a normal user. It would be the same if you wanted to modify those files.
Rooting your Android device would allow you to be logged as root, meaning you would be able to do whatever you like with your device.
Why would I want to root my Android device?
Legit question! Certainly not for deleting an important system file like on my previous example! 🙂
Like I said earlier, rooting your device allows you to modify any files. But be reassure, you won’t modify those files yourself (it’s possible, if you have that knowledge and skills!), but you will simply need to install programs built for that mean. What those programs (let call them modules from now) will allow you to do? Many things, I would even say infinite things!
Some of the modules will allow you to fully customize your device (modify your user interface, icons, menus, screens, etc…), others will allow you to increase your device performances, some will allow you to modify the behavior of your applications… And believe me, this is only the tip of the iceberg! There are many more things that you can do by rooting your Android device.
Is rooting dangerous for my device?
No. Like I said earlier, rooting will only make you the god of your device. What may be dangerous is what you could do with your new god’s powers!
It could become dangerous if you decide to follow my first example and delete an important system file (seriously, don’t do that). If after rooting you do not play with those files, only install well known modules and follow their specifications, you should be fine.
A quick resume of what has been said
What is rooting? Rooting is gaining full access to your device.
Why should I root my Android device? To be able to fully customize it, upgrade performances, modify behavior of installed applications, and many more!
And now, the most important question.
How to root my Android device?
I also get asked this question frequently. It’s an easy question, but a complicated answer. The answer is that it depends on your device. Since Linux is an open source OS, there’s plenty of phones/tablets manufacturers and they all have a unique way to get rooted.
Fortunately, some blogs (like this one 🙂 ) write articles on how to root specific devices. We already have covered a lot of devices; I will put the links down below! In some cases, you will want to know what is your Android version. If your phone does not figure in the links below, I’m sorry!
How to root LG V10
How to root Motorola Moto G3 2015
How to root Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch
How to root Motorola Moto G2
How to root Android device running in Android Vanilla OS
How to root Yu Yuphoria
How to root Yu Yureka
How to root Samsung Galaxy S4
How to root Samsung Galaxy S6 [Odin method]
How to root Samsung Galaxy S6 [PingPong Root method]
How to root Micromax Unite 2 on Android 5.0 Lollipop
How to root Micromax Canvas Hue AQ5000
How to root Micromax A106 Unite 2
How to root Lenovo A7-10 Tablet 2
How to root Lenovo A7-30 A3300
How to root Android One (Spice, Karbonn and Micromax)
How to root Xiaomi Redmi 1S
How to root Xiaomi Mi3