What does ROOT mean?
Almost all brands produce android phones, that are “locked” originally, after they come out from a factory. However, after someone purchases the phone, he can manually “unlock” it. This process can be called “ROOT“-ing. Why someone might need to “unlock” his phone? Because:
- With “Locked” phone, you cant disable some “extra/garbage” applications that comes with Mobile phone, but you never use them.
- With “Locked” phone, you cant install specific useful applications on your phone, which require ROOT permissions, and cant work with NON-ROOT-ed phones (please, read the SECURITY NOTES in the bottom of this article)
“Unlocking” (a.k.a. ROOT-ing) is done by installing specific unlocker program, according to your phone model.
Is my device ROOT-ed?
If you don know, whether your device is “rooted” or not, enter your APPLICATIONS list, and see, if in your applications list, there is installed an application, named “Super User“(or “SuperSu“). If you see that application, then your device is ROOTED.
Security Notes ! Must Read!
At first, you should ask yourself, if you really need ROOT-ed (unlocked) device. There are several disadvantages you should consider, before trying to get a ROOT on your phone:
- In most countries, ROOT-ing will cause to avoid your warranty for mobile phone, so, in case something happens, you will no-longer get a free help from the store (where you’ve bought the phone).
- Very few programs require ROOT permissions, so actually you may not even need to unlock your device, unless you INSIST to install such app.
- Another point is a real and possible security threat too – all of the programs you install, will have a possible permission to access any of your mobile data/files. So, you should only install the apps that you are sure and trust them.
- With root-ed phone, there is a risk that you might accidentally disable a system-required-app or process, that could cause your system to become unresponsive. So, be careful.
Applications, which need ROOT permissions, will show a specific message, asking you if you allow them to get ROOT permissions.
How to ROOT?
If you are still sure you want to root your device, then in some cases it could be hard, but in some cases, it could be easy. You should search instructions in internet: how to root YOUR_PHONE_MODEL_HERE
(p.s. You can also visit the page – MUST-HAVE apps for ANDROID )