Monday, October 27, 2014

Rooting your Android One device

Posted by Suhel Sayyad
Rooting your device can be an adventure and disaster, depending on if you do it right or not. There is always two side of the coin, one letting you use super power and other will give you the gift of a brick.
Today, we are going to root Android One devices, but before we proceed, let’s dig deep down into the terminology. Without knowing what “rooting” exactly means, rooting your phone will be risky.

What is rooting?

Rooting is the process of jail breaking the phone (in this case Android One) and getting access to the phone sub-system. This clearly means that you will get access to the entire operating system with super-user access and can modify any module according to your choice.
This means that you can over-ride any restrictions of any kind put by manufacturer or carrier may have applied. Multiple apps can be run without any restriction and the cool thing is that you can tweak your hardware like under clocking or overclocking your processor or even replace your firmware.
But, it is advised to back up your data and software before flashing it with a new custom ROM.

Android One Rooting

Advantages of Rooting

Rooting your device can be very tempting when you know what you can get when successfully done. You can remove bloat ware, which is impossible to remove on non-rooted phone. You can also choose to set up wireless tethering, disabled by default settings.
Furthermore, you can easily benefit by installing special apps and custom ROM’s, completely changing the way your phone looks and behaves.
Once rooted, your phone can be further enriched by few apps like some apps which allow you to automatically backup all your apps and their data, create secure tunnels in Internet, and make your device hotspot and many more.

Disadvantages of Rooting

Android rooting can also lead to bad experience like voiding your warranty and bricking your phone. It can also lead to security risks like Google rejecting Google wallet services for rooted devices.
For people, who are nearing their warranty, could finally lunge into the rooting process. Others need to think twice as Warranty is void once the phone is rooted.
Another great drawback is bricking the phone. Looks good, isn’t? Yup, the phone can act on the as paperweight on desk.

Now let’s get down to the real thing.
Disclaimer: Do it at your own risk.

Things that you need to following to get started to root Android One:
  1. An Unblocked Boot loader.
  2. A rooted device.
  3. Download Super SU: here.
After getting the pre-requisite, do the follow steps to root Android One:
  1. Copy the Super Su into the Fastboot folder.
  2. Enter Recovery mode and connect your device with PC.
  3. Type “adb reboot recovery” in command prompt.
  4. Once in recovery mode, navigate to Install Zip > Adb Sideload.
  5. Type “adb sideload”.
These five steps will root your Android One and you will be a super-user with immense power at your hands. If you root your Android One phone wrongly, then you are left over with a bricked version.