The Android operating system is based on the Linux kernel that differs from other operating systems. With Windows by Microsoft, we know having full permissions as administrator permissions. With Linux and Android, we call having those same permissions root access.

The main thing about root access is that many apps available for your device need the root access for them to work. Without the root access your device cannot install them. These apps that need access to the internal system can do great things. You can increase the device performance, increase the battery life, overclock and just generally find useful apps.

Huawei Activa 4g

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.

The Files You Need

  • Download the rooting file from the Android Forums on this page.
  • You need to install ADB and Fastboot on Windows PC by following our post on this page. If you have already set up ADB, you don’t need to set it up again a second time.
  • You must use a Windows PC to follow this guide. The link we are giving you only lets you install ADB on the Windows operating system and therefore won’t work from a Linux or Mac OS X environment.
  • These are the steps to root the Huawei Activa 4G smartphone. The guide does void any warranty you might have had left on the device. You should find that same warranty working again if you unroot the device.

Rooting The Huawei Activa 4G

  1. Download the rooting file directly to the desktop of the Windows PC. Do not unzip or extract the file.
  2. Check that your Activa smartphone has the Developer Options unlocked and the USB Debugging Mode enabled.
  3. Unlocking the Developer Options menu: Settings > About Device > tap the build number 7 times or until it tells you that the hidden Developer Options menu is now unlocked.
  4. Enabling the USB Debugging Mode: Settings > Developer Options > check that box that says USB Debugging Mode.
  5. If you find both of those options already on, you can continue.
  6. Connect the Huawei Activa 4G smartphone to the computer where you have the file.
  7. Transfer the rooting file to the internal storage SD card folder. Make sure you are transferring it to the root of the SD card and not hidden in any sub folder.
  8. Open the folder where you have ADB.
  9. Hold the Shift key and right-click the mouse over an empty area from within that folder where there is no file.
  10. Doing so should bring up a new Windows menu where you can select the option ‘open command window here’ .
  11. Now you are ready to type some commands in the command prompt to get your device rooted.
  12. Type the command ‘adb reboot recovery’.
  13. The smartphone should now boot into the recovery mode.
  14. Navigate to the ‘update from SD card’ option.
  15. Browse the SD card and upload the rooting file you transferred there earlier. If you cannot see the zip file it will be because you either unzipped it, or you don’t have it in the root of the SD card. You must upload the file in the root of the SD card and not hidden in a sub folder.
  16. Once done, navigate back to the main recovery menu and choose the reboot system option.

Now the Active 4G smartphone will reboot and you can head directly to the Google Play Store and begin installing the root-requiring apps. The first one you might want to try is the root checker app.