Yeah! I bought Samsung Galaxy S2 Duos TV GT-S7273T. A phone that really rocks with stupendous features including 1000Mhz processor 2-core; that’s blazing fast. And with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. But the problem with it is that it comes with a bundle of bloatware that annoys the user. So, you might be thinking to remove the bloatware and make your phone the way you want it. You’re lucky enough as its very easy to remove the irritating things and customize your phone to your liking and make it top-notch. Just you’ve to root it using the Kingo App. Yep! You heard it right you’ve to root it; kinda easy? If not, then follow through this tutorial.
You should backup your Android Galaxy S2 GT-S7273T before starting this rooting tutorial just like every other. You cannot take a NANDroid backup just yet from one of the two main custom recovery images because you need to take this backup before having the root access. That means backing up the usual way before you starting thinking about opening up the system internals with a root method. In case you didn’t already know, Helium for Android is a really popular app which is available from Google Play. Once installed on your handset, you can easily backup most but not all data. You’ll need to install some other apps if you want to collect all the data including SMS texts, call logs, pictures, video files, music files and the Settings.
You are using a simple One-Click rooting method during this guide, but it still requires you connecting to a Windows computer and downloading the APK file. From there, you must transfer that APK file from the PC over to the internal storage SD card.
As with most hacking tutorials, you are voiding the warranty by following this guide. You will need to learn how you can gain the warranty back again for your handset as the method changes for each unique Android smartphone or tablet. Samsung has a security feature called Knox. Once Knox is tripped, it is easy for the Samsung workers to tell you have tinkered with the OS. You are likely tripping the Knox warranty by rooting with the Kingo method below. However, if you want to read and learn more about Knox, you can learn Root Samsung Galaxy S6 Without Voiding KNOX with PingPong.
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.
How to root the Samsung Galaxy S2 Duos TV GT-S7273T
1. Allow installation of foreign apps. You can do this by going to Settings> Security > Device Administrator > Unknown Sources.
2. Download Kingo Root APK file from here and install on your Samsung smartphone. Tap the Kingo root app icon and there you go.
3. Now you might see a blue button at the bottom reading ‘START ROOT’.
4. After few moments you’ll be able to see a big tick mark that shows your smartphone has been rooted successfully.
5. Reboot your phone and sit back relaxedly .
Voila! Your Samsung smartphone has root access successfully. If you’re a kinda person, like me who double checks everything you might download the Root Checker app from the Play Store and verify the root. And, now its up to you to takeover your devices administrative power and enjoy it to its farthest extent.
So, nerds out there, did you successfully root your smartphone? Or you’re still struggling with your smartphone to gain root? Let me know in the comments below and do share this walk-through as you know, sharing a Tech Chomps post a day, keeps tech problems away.
Now that you are done with hacking open the internal Samsung Duos TV hardware, you can clarify it is working by installing the root checker app. There are other versions of the root checker app made available from Google Play and third-party developers. Moreover, you might wish to check out what things to do with a rooted Android.