No matter how much you pay for higher specifications the performance of the device can always be improved by opening it up with root access. Rooting a smartphone is when we take away the default factory restrictions and essentially unlock the system internal. That way we can overclock and increase performance of the CPU, change the design of the OS with themes and custom ROM, install custom firmware and use applications that are available from the Google Play store but otherwise useless unless you have unchained the handset.
We are running through a list of the essentials before starting the steps. We advise all you read the following. Advanced Android users can skip ahead since you’ve done all of this before. Those of you who are new to the ideas ought to pay special attention to what we are saying so you know what you are doing and so you are properly prepared.
Chainfire is always working hard to deliver upgrades to his tools for the latest Android technology. Google always patch the previous exploits in new software update. Once you install those updates via OTA or Kies it patches the past rooting method. That means the developers must find new exploits. Anyhow, we know he’s created several new guides of late and we are doing our damnedest to cover them all.
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.
Details of Note
- Unlocking the internal hardware always voids the manufacturer’s warranty since we are moving the flash counter they put in place. Once we trip this counter they know what we have done and they won’t look at it if there’s a problem. You can use tools such as SuperSU to aid in this department for many smartphone and tablet. that’s ultra handy since it is Chainfire who makes the CF-Root package we are using for this guide and it’s the same guy who makes SuperSU. In addition to those two wonderful applications, the aforementioned developer makes another called triangle Away. After unlocking the phone you get a yellow or orange triangle sometimes and he’s created a way to remove that. However, it doesn’t mean it’s fine to send away for repairs because it still voids the warranty.
- There are two common problem which arise from opening the operating system. The first is soft-bricking that requires another guide from XDA Developers. The second is losing the data because you didn’t back it up. That’s why it’s important to back up the data before starting the steps. You should understand that rooting doesn’t lose data automatically. However, if you need a factory reset as a means of getting out of trouble. Some methods do wipe data, but not using the tool we have here today. Google offer a limited amount of free storage space with their own Google Drive cloud storage service. If you like the idea of using the cloud, but prefer to go in a different direction you can use G Cloud backup. Those wanting to keep it on the internal or external SD card memory will prefer to use Helium for Android. Helium helps sync the phone contacts and backup the market apps. However, that’s not all of your data. Use SMS backup+ to help store the text messages you don’t want to lose. Other may prefer to download and install Samsung Kies. Kies doubles as a great way for coming up with the USB drivers that are up-to-date.
- As I previously mentioned Kies works for USB Drivers. If you don’t want to install Kies you must install them from the official Samsung website or a third-party link. Many of you don’t have to do anything since the drivers are already working. If you are connecting to a Windows computer and are able to get access to the data such as phone pictures then you know the drivers are working.
- In a like manner we must check the battery levels on the smartphone to make sure they don’t run low and risk turning the power off to the device. We must avoid it shutting down until we are finishing the steps. For instance, it’s a great idea to turn the phone on and check the status bar for the battery icon. Here it displays how much juice is left until it runs out. It should be accurate since we are dealing with a new smartphone. If it was older we ought to be more lenient with how much power we decide to start with since it drains faster toward the end. Regarding the icon, you want it to read 505 before starting. Those of you with USB charging functioning can rely on the USB charging feature since we are connecting to a computer for the duration of the guide.
- By the same token, you ought to have a Windows-based PC for the computer we are using. It can be a notebook, laptop of full-sized desktop computer. Correspondingly, it’s best to turn the security programs off. Many Android users install antivirus to protect them from browsing the Google Play Store. There are many apps that come with malware and viruses even though the Mountain View company do an excellent job at providing security. If you have security apps running turn them off until you finish here. Moreover, you want to do the same for the Windows PC.
- You must stopover at the Developer options menu and permit USB Debugging mode. mark the box to display it is “enabled’ before exiting back out of the Settings.
How to root the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
- Download the CF-Auto-Root-tbltespr-tbltespr-smn915p.zip file here. Link is at the bottom of the page.
- Download Odin from here.
- Extract both the files to the desktop.
– you can use the C: Drive if you wish to avoid desktop clutter.
– right-click the mouse on the files and pick the “extract” option.
- Find the USB cable.
- Boot the Edge in Download Mode by pressing Volume Down + Power = Home keys at the same time.
- Plug the Edge into the computer using the USB wire.
- Click the PDA button and upload the root file from the desktop.
- Leave the default settings of Odin as they are including nothing in the re-partition box.
- Click the Start button when you are ready for the flashing.
- Wait until it finishes before disconnecting safely by stopping the USB mass Storage device.
- If your device is sticking in a boot loop, enter recovery mode; from there you want the “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition” options. Then, return to your natural OS by choosing “reboot system now”. Furthermore, you want to download the root checker app from Google Play here and verify it’s working.