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.

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 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.