The Samsung Behold 2 is one of the original smartphones to come out of the Samsung range featuring an operating system version of Android 1.6 back in its day.
Even back then rooting methods were possible and if you still have this phone as a secondary, the good news is you can use it to flash custom ROMS and check out other applications from the Google Play Store.
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.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
- You will need the up to date USB Drivers on your device.
- You should also have the ADB installed by following our guide here.
- Moreover, go and enable the USB Debugging Mode from the Settings > Development > USB Debugging and tick the box, so it’s working.
HOW TO ROOT THE SAMSUNG BEHOLD 2 FOR T-MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS
1. Setup the Android SDK on your computer.
2. Download the following folder here and place it in the Android SDK folder.
3. Connect the phone to the computer with the USB cable.
4. Transfer the file to the internal memory SD card.
5. Unplug from the computer and enable the USB Debugging Mode.
6. Connect the device to the computer again and open the command prompt.
7. Type each of the following commands one at a time and hitting the enter key in between each line.
cd\ cd androidsdk\tools adb push try3.dat /data/local adb shell chmod 0755 /data/local/try3 adb shell /data/local/try3 /system/bin/sh mount -o rw,remount /dev/st9 /system chmod 04755 /system/bin/sh cat /sdcard/su.dat > /system/bin/su1 cat /sdcard/su.dat > /system/bin/su chmod 04755 /system/bin/su su cat /system/bin/playlogo > /system/bin/playlogo_real /system/bin/chmod 0755 /system/bin/playlogo_real echo “#!/system/bin/sh /data/local/try3.dat /system/bin/sh mount -o rw,remount /dev/st9 /system chmod 04755 /system/bin/sh cat /system/bin/su1 > /system/bin/su chmod 04755 /system/bin/su /system/bin/playlogo_real” > /system/bin/playlogo exit exit exit adb install Superuser.apk adb shell reboot
8. The device will reboot by itself. Open the command prompt once more and type the following commands:
9. You should now have root access on your smartphone after you see the hash tag come up on the Command Prompt.
The Samsung Behold 2 smartphone now has root access which means the user account you are automatically given has full administrative access granted and any applications you install can take advantage of that should they wish. There are many applications out there that don’t care about root access but there are also a few hundred that do, and those are the ones we call root applications. The root applications can offer anything from better ways to backup your data, to giving you quick access to a custom ROM of your choice.
The Google Play Store doesn’t make it easy to understand what the root applications are and which ones are popular, though it has no problem in allowing most of them to be hosted on the Play Store. In other words, there is nothing wrong with installing root applications, but you’ll need to do your own research to find out the names of them and the ones you want to use. If you do end up installing any root applications from outside the Google Play Store in the future, which is possible given that sometimes you’ll come across a few that weren’t allowed there, you need to be especially careful that you are installing a legit app and not malware. With root access, the malware can jump over and read another app’s data, and that’s precisely why Android developers don’t like allowing root access with services like Android Pay at the same time.