The Android Marshmallow operating system that is running on the Huawei P9 Lite comes to us locked out of the box, and it requires unlocking if you want to be the root user. The root user account is naturally there with Linux kernels, but it is taken away for added security benefits. Unfortunately for people who love developing smartphones, that does not go hand in hand. People need the bootloader to be unlocked, and a custom recovery to be installed before they can do anything like install another ROM.

There are also heaps of applications out there available from the Google Play Store that allow people to change the operating system like the Tasker app. Some apps are perfect for adding more features to what the existing operating system can do, and others can tweak your user interface almost the same to what a custom ROM can do in its own right. The Xposed Framework is an excellent example of an app that attempts to substitute much of what people get from a custom ROM.

Huawei P9 Lite

Rooting the Huawei P9 Lite phone when it is operating on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow software updates is done by using versions of the SuperSU application. Recent software updates like Marshmallow have changed the way SuerSU works a little bit, so you need to download the right version of the SuperSU app. SuperSU for Marshmallow is a systemless version which means it no longer needs to modify anything in the system partition. The result for people who are root user is a cleaner operating system, but it can also be unrooted easier. All it takes to unroot now is a factory reset whereas before you needed to flash a stock ROM or open the SuperSU app and unroot from within the SuperSU app that is in the app drawer. As soon as you are finished with the guide below, the SuperSU application is available from the app drawer, and since you installed it from the custom recovery image itself, it is going to be fully installed and enabled. If you had of just download the SuperSU app from the Google Play Store, it would not be enabled at all, and that is the difference to going to all this trouble of installing it from the custom recovery partition.

Files You Need

  • You must install a custom recovery image on the Huawei P9 Lite smartphone before you can follow this guide to root the device.
  • Download the SuperSU for the P9 Lite smartphone from here.
  • The custom recovery image we are directing you to is the TWRP Recovery from Team Win. It is the best custom recovery you can install today, and luckily for you guys, it is available for you to install. However, if you prefer installing a different custom recovery other than TWRP, then you may install it and then continue to follow this guide. At the time of writing this guide, it seems as though TWRP is the only custom recovery available for people to install on the device.

Rooting the Huawei P9 Lite smartphone running on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow software updates

  1. Download the systemless root version of the SuperSU app directly to the computer and it will end up in the downloads folder if you are using a Windows operating system.
  2. Connect the Huawei P9 Lite smartphone to the computer with the USB cable that is used for charging the battery usually.
  3. Open the downloads folder on the computer and then copy the SuperSU app over to the internal storage SD card folder for the P9 Lite smartphone.
  4. Unplug the Huawei P9 Lite smartphone from the computer once you know you have the systemless SuperSU app on the internal storage space.
  5. Boot the Huawei P9 Lite phone into the custom recovery mode by pressing and holding the usually hardware button combination for the recovery mode.
  6. Tap on the Installation button from the main recovery menu and follow the on-screen guidelines to browse through to the SD card and then upload the SuperSU zip file.
  7. Continue to follow the instructions required to install the SuperSU, which is usually swiping at the bottom of the display for those of you using the TWRP Recovery.
  8. Choose the option to reboot the system once the SuperSU is installed and the smartphone reboots back into the normal mode.

In conclusion, that is how to root the Huawei P9 Lite phone when you have it running on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow software updates by using the systemless root version of Chainfire’s SuperSU application and a custom recovery image of your choice. The P9 Lite phone reboots back into the normal mode once you choose to reboot the system and then you may open the Google Play Store and install one of the root checker applications. There is a basic version of the root checker app available for everyone to install that is free, and it is enough to check the root status of the smartphone.

Now users have finished rooting the Android operating system they might be wondering what to do next. Well, rooting Android is almost always about what applications people can install. Our list of the best root apps for Android details at least sixty of them for people to connect, but thousands of apps are now available and at your disposal. The Xposed Framework is one of them and an excellent example why people love rooting Android. With Xposed installed, users can do neat things like manage app permissions. AppOpsXposed restores the App Ops feature that Android developers took away after Android 4.4.2 Kitkat software updates. The AppOpsXposed is a Xposed module that allows people to manage applications again just like the old days. Users can find it in the Android settings’ user interface after installation.