08 May, 2016

How to Root your Android Tablet and Smartphone (and Unroot it)

Posted by Sahil Goyal
Android is the most popular operating system undertaken by Google Inc. and empowering billions of smartphones and tablets with an interactive User Interface  based on Linux Kernel. In the beginning this OS was designed especially for touchscreen device and  implemented in Smartphones & Tablets, but nowadays it is also featured in Televisions, Cars & Wrist Watches and in some other devices like Game consoles, regular PCs , other electronics gadgets. Google's Play is the App store for Android users having Billions of applications, Many of them are Free but some are Paid. 

Android provided many features over Apple's iOS like :

  • Android users can install applications from sources other than Google's play store. 
  • You can download applications directly from any developer's site or install them from a removable memory device like flash memory card or from a third-party app store such as Amazon App-store, Getjar or F-Droid. 
  • Android Apps are Cheaper than iOS apps.
  • User interface in Android is flexible and customization can be made with the help of widgets , which is not allowed while using ios.
  • There are lots of other great reasons that makes Android Better and preferable than iOS and other OSs.

I think there is a question in your mind that "if Android offers that much facilities over iOS then why we need to Root our device?" Don't worry !!! It's a full guide, and all of your queries will be automatically sorted out upon reading this post.

Are you familiar with the term Rooting or Jail-breaking? Okay let's take what Wikipedia says about rooting. It's the process of allowing  users running any OS that can be rooted to attain administrative control or root access over various subsystems. After this you would be able to gain access to system files ,you can modify according to you . You would no longer be Guest user of your device. Lets Proceed towards why we need rooting of our Android Devices. 

Why we require rooting ?

  • There are various Special Applications that interacts directly with your system files and requires rooting of your android device.Special applications offers many extra features.
  • Rooting unlocks many services ,that are given in your device but you aren't authorized to use them.
  • After Jailbreaking you can install various incompatible applications.
  • All of you definitely heard of that " Rooting makes fastening of your device's speed and increase Battery life.
  • There are various tweaks that will easy your daily work on your device and save your precious time.
  • There are hundreds of other reasons that makes you ready to root your Android.
  • Remember that, If you are satisfied with the default of your device then no need to do this

Advantages & Disadvantages of Rooting

Suffered of having low Internal Memory ?

There are lots of system apps that can't be stopped or can't moved to external memory source. But upon rooting by making use of some tweaks you can able to do that and you can even make symmetric link in between them.

Stucked of using stock ROM?

After rooting you can use custom ROM that definitely raise performance and fix glitches. They are more user friendly and optimized for battery and performance.

Tired of watching Ads on almost every free applications ?

There are some apps that remove ads from your apps but they are very limited, There are lots of tweaks available after rooting that can block ads from almost every apps free of cost.

Got some Premium apps but don't have money to purchase them?

There are some tweaks using which when you purchase any app from Play store then you'll get full refund of that in your account, means you can get premium apps for free upon rooting.

Disadvantages :

  • Your Device might get Bricked !!!!
  • There are lots of tweaks that can infect you System and btickout your device .You must be careful while installing tweaks after rooting
  • Your Device's Warranty Ends Up!!!!
  • when you Click "Root" Button for jailbreaking, with the click of that You Device seems to be expired for Manufacturers.

There are many ways to root your Android Device, you can use :

  • Online Rooting 
  • Rooting through apps available on play store  like Flashify, Full!Screen, GooManager, Greenify etc.
  • Rooting using Windows/MAC/Linux Software like Kingo Android root, Root Android PRO etc.

In this article we will use Kingo Android Root, a windows based Software for Rooting, this Software is almost compatible with all types of android versions with very less errors/bugs.

Requirements :

  • Computer running on Windows.
  • An Android Device.
  • An Internet Connectivity
  • USB cable( original recommended ).

Note :Make Sure that your device is atleast 50 percent charged and powered on while rooting.

Steps for Rooting an Android device using Kingo Android Root :

  • Install Kingo Android Root on computer (Freely Available) .
  • Lauch this application when finished step 1 .
  • Connect your Device to Computer via USB cable.
  • Enable USB Debugging Mode on your Android device.
  • Read the Notifications Carefully before proceeding.
  • Click on "Root" button for Rooting.
  • Click "Finish" button to reboot your Device.
  • Check root status.

How to Remove ROOT

Removal of root is very easy just follow requirements and First four steps as in rooting if have not Rooted by Kingo Android Root. And in last click on 'Remove Root' and wait till the process completes' and click on Finish.

How to Get you device into Debugging mode : 

Android 2.0-2.3.x                   Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging.
Android 3.0- 4.1.x                  Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging.
Android 4.2.x and higher      In Android 4.2 and higher versions, the Developer Options menu and USB Debugging option have been hidden. In former 4.X Android versions , USB Debugging option is given under Developer Options menu.

Click Menu button to enter into App drawer.
Go to Settings>About phone or About tablet>Build Number.
Tap the Build number field seven times to enable thae Developer Options. Tap a few times and you'll see a countdown that reads .
When you are done, you'll see the message "You are now a developer!".
Tap the Back button and you'll see the Developer options menu under System on your Settings screen.
Go to Settings and then Developer Options and in the last USB Debugging. Tap on the USB Debugging check box.

These steps were for Devices having version 4.2.x or more. Same steps are followed for Lolipop 5.0.

INPORTANT: A prompt window will be generated itself and read it carefully. Tick on "Always allow from this computer". If you don't do that, then you might probably get yourself an OFFLINE DEVICE.

Try Trouble Shoot Sector if you device does not supported by the kingo root app


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