Rooting an Android operating system might sound like serious business, but all it usually does is install an application we know as SuperSU. The SuperSU app comes in many versions, and often you’ll need to find the right version to install on your device for it to work at optimum levels. That’s where you leave it to us to deliver you what you need.
Once you have the SuperSU application installed on the Lenovo Vibe X3 ROW device, you can use it to grant root permissions to the apps that require root to run. If you ever try installing root apps, it will end up on your Lenovo’s app drawer just fine, but when you open the application, it won’t run. That’s because it officially needs those rooting permissions to start up and get going. The same rooting permissions the SuperSU is going to grant for your device once you install it on your device.
A custom recovery like TWRP is usually a bonus to your device customization. However, other times it’s part of the rooting procedure.
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.
Here is everything you need to root the Lenovo Vibe X3 ROW X3a40 and to install a custom recovery.
Files You Need
- Download the rooting and recovery combination file from here.
You must have the bootloader unlocked on the Lenovo Vibe X3 ROW X3a40 before you can use this guide.
Rooting Lenovo Vibe X3 ROW X3a40 and install a custom recovery
- Make sure you enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Lenovo Vibe X3 before you start with the guide.
- Connect the Vibe X3 smartphone to the computer with the USB cable.
- Extract the rooting and recovery file to the desktop of the computer.
- Choose between the temporary recovery and root if you want to root your device and not have a custom recovery later. Or the permanent recovery to give your device a custom recovery for as long as you have root access.
- Follow the quick on-screen instructions and your device will be rooted when you’re done.
In conclusion, that is everything you need to install TWRP Recovery and root the Lenovo Vibe X3 ROW smartphone using the root and recovery file and a computer. Those of you rooting to install a custom ROM should choose to keep the recovery while everyone else can choose the temporary recovery. Some people like to install a custom recovery so they can use the NANDroid Backup feature, but it isn’t necessary. You can take NANDroid Backups from rooted apps available to download from the Google Play Store.
Take Into Account:
Team Win often release several TWRP Recovery files for a particular device. They always recommend installing the latest version of TWRP available to avoid compatibility issues. If you have updated the firmware on the device recently and the most recent version of TWRP is not working, then try downgrading the firmware and trying again.
Some custom ROMs that are newer might not be compatible with older versions of TWRP Recovery. You can fix that issue by updating to the latest version of TWRP also.
You can visit the official Team Win Recovery Project home page and scroll down the list to find your device to get the most recent version if the version available in this guide is not working for your device.