With full access to the root file system, you are able to grant apps permission to use that same file system. That’s the file system many apps from the Google Play Store need access to use, such as the free WiFi hotspot. Rooting can sometimes help you install a custom recovery. The custom recovery is what you need to install a custom ROM. A custom ROM is popular due to the fact that it can update your current ROM to a newer version of Android. We call these unofficial software update where a third-party developer has made a new ROM. You don’t always need root access to install a custom recovery, though, and sometimes there aren’t many ROMs available for device. It just depends how popular the device is on the market.

The rooting guide for the Huawei Ascend Y200 needs get to a custom recovery installed before the root access. It’s often like that for some devices. We have the steps during the guide to install that custom recovery for you so you don’t need to find out how to get that on down elsewhere.

Huawei Ascend Y200

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

  1. Download the rooting file you need from here.
  2. Download the Superuser you need from here.
  3. Download the ADB and Fastboot from here.
  4. These are the steps to root the Huawei Ascend Y200 smartphone. You must have a Windows PC to use this guide. Moreover, you are voiding the warranty by following this guide. Most Huawei devices get the warranty back again by following an unrooting guide for the same device.

Rooting the Huawei Ascend Y200

  1. Transfer the three files over to the desktop of the computer.
  2. Leave the Superuser file zipped.
  3. Right-click over the Root File and the ADB/Fastboot package and select the ‘extract here’ option from the menu.
  4. Connect the Huawei Ascend Y200 to the computer where you have the files.
  5. Transfer the Superuser file (zipped) over to the root of the internal SD card folder. That means keep the Superuser in the topmost folder and do not hide it in any sub folder.
  6. Disconnect the Ascend Y200 from the computer and the USB cable.
  7. Completely power it off by long-pressing the Power button.
  8. Reboot the Y200 smartphone by holding the Power + Volume Down keys.
  9. Your device is now in Fastboot mode; connect it to the computer.
  10. Run the root_v5.2.bat that’s on the desktop.
  11. Follow the guide on the display to finish installing the custom recovery on your device. Now that you have a custom recovery (CWM recovery) you can get root access.
  12. Turn off the device again by holding down the Power key.
  13. reboot it in recovery mode by pressing the Volume Up + Power keys together until you see the recovery displayed on the screen.
  14. Select the ‘install from zip from SD card’, followed by ‘choose zip from SD card’.
  15. Browse the SD card for the Superuser file you transferred at the beginning of the guide.
  16. Wait for the Superuser file to flash before rebooting it again. You can do that by navigating to the main recovery menu and selecting the ‘reboot system now’ option from the menu.

You may install the root checker app if you wish to save yourself the time in understanding if you have root access or not.