Here at ConsumingTech, we love covering Android rooting. I used to write on it most days of the week and then realized that my life was probably going to have to be dedicated to writing on rooting Android for at least 10 years to really cover it properly so I decided to no longer try to cover it all by myself and start writing on other things too and just write on the main things to do with rooting.
Naturally, that means I can be a little bit slow when keeping up with news of rooting tool and that explains why I’m writing on the 360 Root application so late. The 360 Root app is another one-click rooting tool developed out of Asia and it doesn’t root every Android device like their slogan says it does, but it does give a comprehensive list if phones that are roots, and there are certainly lots of them.
The 360 Root application isn’t just another one-click rooting application as we saw from KingRoot last year, though. There is lots more to it than that. One of the main differences with the 360 Root application is the fact that you can grant root access to the application without actually having root access on the phone.
That could mean that this root application is the next best thing because we know there are things like Google Wallet that refused to work wit rooted Android operating systems. Does that mean you can run root apps by installing the 360 Root app and then also use things like Google Wallet because it doesn’t think your device is rooted? It’s hard to tell because the news on this root application is limited, and it is out of Asia which means all I read about it is directly from Google Translate which does a decent job to get a vague idea of what people are talking about most of the time but nowhere near good enough to understand completely.
There are some downsides to the 360 Root application also. Most notably the fact that people install it without doing any research as to what it is and then get annoyed when they use the root checker application and then see that it says that the device is not rooted. There are videos on YouTube of people installing the 360 Root application o on their devices and then opening the root checker app and it suggesting the device isn’t rooted. Then they close the root checker app by force closing it, open it up again and then it says the device is rooted. SO, if you have a play around with the root checker app, eventually it should agree that your device is rooted.
What you need to do after installing the 360 Root application is install the root application that you wanted to have on the device and then try opening it. You should find that a message appears on the screen asking if you would like to grant that app that root access that it needs. The process is similar to using SuperSU but apparently this does not give you a rooted device; it just grants root access to the app when you request it.
What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?
When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.
Why Would You Want to Root Android?
Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:
- Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
- Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
- Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
- Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.
What Are the Risks of Rooting?
If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.
With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:
- Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
- You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
- You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.
How to Download and Install the 360 Root Application for Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Visit the 360 Root application website and then click on the “Translate” button that is available at the top of the screen if you are using the Google Chrome browser so you can understand what the website says if it is not in your native tongue.
Once you can see the text is in your language, look for the “Supported Models” from the top menu and then scroll down the page until you find your device. If your device is not there, then this root application is not going to work for your device. On the contrary, if your device is on the list, then you know this root application does work for your device, so don’t give up just because it isn’t working straight away. There are videos available on YoutTube to help you if you get stuck.
Click on the download button for either computer or mobile. The mobile version downloads directly to your mobile device while the computer version downloads to the computer and then you need to connect your mobile to the computer and follow the instructions from there.
The 360 Root application is now installed on your device that is running on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow software updates. Try installing the root application from the Google Play Store or the XDA-Developers website and see how you go. Those of you who don’t know what root application you want to install yet can read up on our article that goes into great details about what the best root applications for the Android operating system are, and it also gives you the direct links that you need to install them.