Oppo is the next smartphone OEM to jump onboard developing a mini version of its main flagship. Other smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung and HTC have done this successfully already.
If you own the Find 5 mini handset and wish to break your device away from those annoying factory restrictions in place, you can make that happen by following the guide after the drop. Only then are you free to begin installing some additional apps from Google Play.
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’s how it’s done.
- There are two different version of the Oppo Find 5. You want to use this guide on the mini version which is noticeably smaller than the original.
- The main software update for this handset is the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. You want your handset to be running the same. Double check that by navigating to the Settings > About Device. The guide should work for other software updates too, but you try that at your own risk as we do not have confirmation.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
- Download the Oppo USB Drivers to the computer. Make sure you reboot that computer, so the drivers start working.
- You are voiding any warranty you have left by following the guide here. I will show you how you can unroot the same device again later which should result in your warranty working again.
- You need to have a working Windows PC with a working USB slot on the side. We are connecting to that computer during the steps.
- Tap the button to enable Unknown Sources on your handset by navigating to Menu > Settings > Security > Unknown sources.
HOW TO ROOT OPPO FIND 5 MINI RUNNING ANDROID 4.2.2
1. Download the Framaroot APK file from here.
2. Download the above file to the desktop of the computer.
3. Connect the Oppo mini to the computer with the USB cable it comes with out of the box.
4. Copy and Paste the Framaroot APk file over to the internal SD card memory.
5. Now disconnect from the Windows computer.
6. Using an appropriate file manager app, tap on the Framaroot APK to open it.
7. Launch the app that now sits in the app drawer.
8. Choose the ‘install SuperSU’ option from the menu inside.
9. Now tap the Boromir name from the different exploit names list.
10. Wait for the Boromir exploit to finish rooting the handset.
That’s all you need. . . . Now you are done with rooting your device you will want to flash a custom recovery with that. Or, some of you might get scared and wish they never tinkered with the OS and wanted to unroot the find 5 Mini.