Rooting the Motorola DROID Turbo smartphone is like using Sudo commands on a Linux computer or running with administrator rights on a Windows or Mac operating system. Some differences make it riskier to be running with those same so-called Sudo or administrator permissions. The main difference is you can expect security to take quite a deep dive if you don’t know what you are doing with the SuperSU application.
Once you know how to use SuperSU and learn what the application does for your Motorola DROID Turbo smartphone, you can use your device securely again. The SuperSU is the app that is going to grant the rooting permissions to the apps that require root access to run. The way it works is very simple: head to the Google Play Store and download your root app; SuperSU will ask if you want to grant it root access, and you’re done. The root application will now open and work just like any other app usually would.
The main security problem is when SuperSU randomly gives you a message on your display asking if you want to grant root access to something you can’t even see. Or if SuperSU brings up a message and says (insert name here) wants to get access to your messaging application, would you like to grant them permission? For all those times you have to make sure you click the No button or else you could have just let a hacker read your messages. There is no way we can get SuperSU to know automatically what is a trusted source and what isn’t, so it relies on you saying no to everything you haven’t downloaded. It’s very easy to do, and once you master it, you can rest easy knowing that SuperSU will never let through any hacker or potential threat without it requiring you to click a button to let it in first. It’s no different to random people walking up to your front door and asking if they can walk inside your home. You wouldn’t say yes to that would you? Of course not. But we are brought up in a world where that’s the obvious thing to do. Less experienced Android users might forget to think “wait a minute what am I allowing to walk inside my operating system here that appears to be an invisible ghost?”
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
- Download the SuperSU you need for the DROID Turbo smartphone from here.
- You must unlock the Motorola DROID Turbo’s bootloader before you can use this guide to root the device.
- You must install a custom recovery on the Motorola DROID Turbo before you can root the device using this guide.
- Understand that by customizing your Motorola DROID Turbo smartphone — whether it be unlocking the bootloader, installing a custom recovery, or rooting the smartphone — will void the Motorola warranty. You can sometimes find phone carrier networks to cover your device willingly under warranty. Inquire with yours before starting if the warranty is important to you.
Rooting the Motorola DROID Turbo running Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Download he updated SuperSU file you need from the files section above and have it on the desktop of a computer.
- Connect the Motorola DROID Turbo to the computer with the USB cable.
- Copy the SuperSU zip file over to the internal storage SD card (making sure it’s still zipped) and then unplug your smartphone from the computer.
- Press the Power button, followed by the option to switch off your smartphone.
- Reboot the DROID Turbo by holding the hardware button combination for the stock recovery mode and your custom recovery should boot up on the display.
- Choose the ‘Install’ option from the menu and browse the SD card for the SuperSU file.
- Agree to install your SuperSU zip file and then select the option to reboot the system once it’s done.
In conclusion, that’s how to root the Motorola DROID Turbo smartphone using an updated version of the SuperSU application by Chainfire that should effectively allow root access to your apps and ROMs.