The term rooting Android means gaining complete access to the internal system like getting administrator permissions from a Windows operating system.
The reason being is that many apps from the Google Play Store need these root access permissions to run. The things you can do with apps that require root access are usually far greater than any ordinary app available from the Google Play Store. It would be the equivalent of a Super hero applications with a Super Man cape.
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 Poot APK from Android Forums on this page.
- Download the Ministro 2 APK file from the Android Forums page here.
- These are the steps to root the Huawei Ascend 2 Straight Talk smartphone. The following guide doers void the manufacturer’s warranty. However, you can get that same warranty working again by removing the root access and running the stock ROM. Of course, unrooting means saying goodbye to all of the wonderful extra apps you have been using with the root access.
- Make sure you enable the Unknown Sources option by heading to the Menu > Settings > Security and enable Unknown sources.
Rooting The Huawei Ascend 2 Straight Talk
- Download both of the links from the files section above to the desktop of your computer. Do not unzip or extract the files.
- Connect the Huawei Ascend 2 to the computer using the USB cable.
- Drag and drop the two files over to the root of the SD card folder of your device.
- Unplug the smartphone from the computer once you are finished.
- Open any File manager on your device. If you don’t have one yet, you’ll need to download one from the Google Play Store. We won’t tell you which one to get because some are free and some cost money. You can find decent free open source options out there for a File Manager. Just make sure you download from a trusted source so you don’t end up with malware or adware on your device, which could come bundled in the free file.
- Launch the Poot app from the app drawer.
- Select the ‘Press here To Poot’ button after the files download.
- Once you click that button, the Poot app will start rooting your device.
- Tap over the Poot app icon once again and enter the app. Tap over the built-in root checker app that it has to check that your device is rooted.
- Open the Google Play Store app on your smartphone and sign into your Google account so you can download apps.
- Search for the SuperUser application and install the app.
Optional: you may install the root checker app and see if the guide worked for you the first time.