These are the guidelines to root the Huawei Honor 4X smartphone using a new version of the SuperSU application by Chainfire, a computer and a custom recovery. Your version of custom recovery shouldn’t matter too much as they all usually have the ability to upload zip files. However, the recovery we are using in our guide is in reference to people who have TWRP Recovery installed. The steps will vary slightly if you are using a different recovery on your Huawei Honor 4X smartphone such as ClockworkMod Recovery. Though the wording on the buttons will change, you should still have no problem following our guide regardless of your choice of recovery.
Rooting the Huawei Honor 4X means you can have direct access to the root applications available from the Google Play Store like the Titanium Backup application. The Titanium Backup app is a powerful app that can cause you to dislike rooting your device if you don’t know what you are doing. As long as you don’t delete any system apps you shouldn’t, you should find Titanium does not cause your ROM to become unstable. You can also find many great applications available from outside the Google Play Store such as the J Rummy apps like the ROM Toolbox — one of the only all-in-one solutions available for rooted users today that is worth knowing about. In addition to installing root apps, you can start installing custom ROMs since you already have a new recovery.
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.
Files You Need
- You must have a custom recovery installed on the Huawei Honor 4X smartphone before you can root the device using this guide.
- You must download the SuperSU from here.
Rooting the Huawei Honor 4X smartphone running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Download the SuperSU rooting package directly to the desktop of the computer.
- Connect the Huawei Honor 4X smartphone to the computer with the USB cable.
Copy the SuperSU package to the internal storage SD card.
– make sure it’s the root of the SD card which means keeping it on the topmost folder level.
- Unplug your Honor 4X smartphone from the computer once you have the rooting package on your SD card.
- Reboot the Huawei Honor 4X smartphone to the recovery mode by pressing the hardware button combination for that mode.
- Tap on the Backup button to take the NANDroid backup before you go ahead with the rooting.
- Tap on the Install button and then follow the on-screen instructions to upload the SuperSU file from your internal SD card storage space.
- Once installed, chose the option to reboot your system and the smartphone will now reboot to normal mode where you should find the SuperSU application available from your app drawer.
In conclusion, that’s how to root the Huawei Honor 4X smartphone using the updated version of the SuperSU application by Chainfire and a custom recovery. You don’t have to do anything to the SuperSU once it’s on your device now. It will ask you if you want to grant root access to any apps that you download. Furthermore, you might see the odd message popping up on your displaying telling you that something wants access to one of your apps. If you don’t know what that “something” is then do not grant it root access. You never know what that might be, including hackers wanting to get access to your data like messenger applications.
You might be interested in checking out the best custom ROMs for the Huawei Honor 4X smartphone so you can start running a proper open source ROM on your device that is not being held down by your manufacturer or phone carrier networks.
Rooting the Android OS running on the smartphone or tablet in your hands allows us to do more things with apps. One of the things we can do now indulges in some automation. The word automation no nan operating system sounds confusing, but it essentially means being able to do more with more features than before. One of the best applications for automation on Android is Tasker. The Tasker app lets us enjoy some of the features we get with stock Android but then enhance them way more, so they are a ton more practical. Tasker is just one example of a root applications that is now available to be installed on the Android operating system, but there are much more that do a broad range of things like backup data better, help with ROM installations, enhance music and offer better file managers. We can learn more about the applications by checking our dedicated post that runs through what we think are the best root applications for Android operating systems that run on just about every device. All of those root apps should work regardless of the device in question.