Thursday, 28 November 2013

How to root your Android device?

 Want to root your phone?

A couple of articles to read before you proceed -

  1. What is rooting?
  2. Rooting - Is it for Me?

Consider all the factors before you proceed for rooting your phone. Remember once you root your phone or it gets bricked in the process your manufacturer's warranty will be lost. On the other side once you root your phone you can be the super user and then the OS is yours :)

Also before proceeding check your device compatibility from the compatibility list.

Get Set Go....


  1. Download and install Kingo Android Root.
  2. Enable USB debugging on your android device. For detailed step you can refer to this article.
  3. Run Android Root on your PC, then connect your phone via its USB sync cable. Before you connect your device to PC via USB it will show disconnected state. Once your device is connected the state will change to connected. Software will also download and install the required driver.

  4. After downloading the driver you will have to disconnect your device for completing the driver install. After this your screen  will look something like below -

  5. Now reconnect your device via USB. After connection your screen will look something like

  6. Click Root, then sit back and wait while the utility does its thing. It may take upto few minutes including automatic reboot.

  7. And that's all there is to it. Enjoy :)
Note : If you decide you want to reverse the process, just run Android Root again, connect your phone, then click Remove Root.

Now when you are installing any application or carrying out any task that requires root privileges you will get a prompt like following to grant/deny root privilege

Related Links

Accessing super-user mode with su in Ubuntu

How many time have you laughed looking at above picture? Specially Ubuntu users will know what I am taking about. Everything from installing packages to running a script we need to do add sudo before the command.

Unlike other distributions root account is by default disabled on Ubuntu. So simply doing su or su root will not work. It give authentication failure error.

Using sudo each time is fun but there are definitely other ways to perform root actions.

In order to perform root action you can do one of the following

  1. Use sudo with your user password, and you can do everything that root user do.

  2. Use sudo su with your user password to obtain root access .

  3. Use sudo passwd with that command are changing the root password, then you can easily access root user using su like other distros.
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