These are the steps to root the Haier W860 device. Once you finish the rooting guide, you should check the app drawer for the SuperSU app. If you do not see the SuperSU app available from your app drawer, open the Google Play Store application and browse the Play Store. Agree to download and install the SuperSu app made by Chainfire.

Once you install the app on your Haier device, it might prompt you to update the SU binary. Accept this and follow the prompts until your SU binary is updates and the superuser has access to your system. It’s the SuperSU app that is going to keep your device safe from any malware.

Haier W860

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.

Files You Need

  1. Download the latest Framaroot APK version from this page.
  2. You do void the Haier W860 warranty when you choose to root the device. You can get the warranty working again by unrooting the device.
  3. The Framaroot app will root the Haier W860 device running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
  4. You need to transfer the rooting package from the SD card to the app drawer. You might want to learn how to install APK files on Android devices for that.
  5. Those of you choosing to install the APK with a File manager might be interested in checking out the best File Managers for Android.

Rooting the Haier W860

  1. Download the Framaroot APk from the files section above directly to your computer and transfer it over to the desktop.
  2. Those of you using a Windows PC will find the Framaroot in the Downloads folder by default. Open that Downloads folder and then click and drag it over to the desktop.
  3. Make sure you have the Unknown Sources working on the Haier device by navigating to the Menu > Settings > Security > Unknown Sources.
  4. Connect the Haier W860 to the computer with the USB cable you normally use for charging the battery.
  5. Copy the Framaroot APK over to the root of the W860 SD card. The root of the W860 SD card means you have to keep it at the topmost folder.
  6. Unplug the Haier W860 device from the computer once you have the APK on the SD card.
  7. Launch any File manager on your W860 device and install the Framaroot APK file so it turns into an app.
  8. Tap on the Framaroot icon available from your device’s app drawer where you normally find your apps.
  9. Tap over the Barahir option from the app main page.
  10. The Barahir exploit will now rooting your device in just one click.
  11. Wait until you see the Exploit Result screen with the success message before exiting the app.
  12. Reboot your Haier W860 device and then open up the Google Play Store and install the root checker application.

You are free to open the Google Play Store and install any of the root-requiring apps you wanted to try.

[Acknowledgements: alephzain]