Gionee comes up with a new Android smartphone every now and then, and this time we have the Gionee Marathon M3. As the name sounds, it’s a phone that runs at the marathon rate and helps you be more productive with the wide range of Android apps that it can be installed with.
One of the things that stops you from taking the full advantage of your device is the root limitations set by your manufacturer. When you unlock these limitations, you get full access to the system files on your device. And that means you can then install the widely popular root-requiring apps, flash custom recoveries, and do a lot of things on your device that you haven’t been able to do yet.
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.
So, here’s how you can go about rooting your Gionee Marathon M3:
Files You Need
1. Download the iRoot rooting tool that roots a number of Android devices. It should be able to root your Gionee Marathon M3 as well.
2. Download and install the Gionee USB drivers on your computer. It’ll help your computer to recognize your Gionee device.
Rooting the Gionee Marathon M3
1. Double-click on the iRoot setup file and follow the on-screen installation instructions. It should install the tool on your computer.
2. The second step is to enable the USB debugging option on your device. To do that, launch Menu on your device and tap on Settings. Then, scroll all the way down to Developer options and tap on it. Checkmark the box that says USB debugging.
3. Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable.
4. A shortcut for the iRoot tool should be created on your desktop. Double-click on it and the tool will launch.
5. Click on Root in the tool and wait for it to root your device.
6. When it’s done, it should tell you that your device is now rooted.
7. You’re done!
It wasn’t that difficult to root your Gionee Marathon M3, was it?
Since you now have root on your device, you can go ahead and install your favorite root-requiring apps on your device. All of these apps should work fine as you do have the SuperSU app to manage root permissions for these apps.
If you the root-requiring apps don’t satisfy your needs, you may want to install a custom recovery on your Gionee Marathan M3 that will let you flash a custom ROM on your device. Follow our guide on the same and you should have a custom recovery on your device.
Rooting the Gionee Marathon M3 and installing a custom recovery on the same smartphone and both what is to be considered as customizing the mobile experience. However, they are also referring to two different things that don’t have much to do with one another. You don’t need to install a custom recovery just because you have root access. Moreover, you don’t need to have a rooted device if you plan on installing a custom ROM most of the time.
People install custom recoveries so they can install custom ROMs or custom kernels. People root Android so they can install the root applications that need you to have root access before they can run.
One of the root apps that you can install now on the Gionee Marathon M3 Smartphone is the Xposed Gel Settings that works with the Xposed Installer. The Xposed Gel Settings is the best way to get rid of the things that appear on your Android home screen that you no longer want such as the Google Search Bar.
Most root apps are available from the Google Play Store. A few of them are not like the Xposed Framework and Xposed modules. The Viper4Android music enhancer app is another one that is not available from Google Play. However, most of the rest are, and you need to know the names of the apps before you can find them because the Google Play Store does not offer any front page or feature page that showcases root app like it does regular stock apps that are currently trending. We help you with that by having created a post that showcases what we thin are many of the best root applications to run on your Android that now has the root access to the internal system.