There are many apps that are available from the Google Play Store that you cannot use when you buy a device. The reason you cannot use them yet is because they require administrator permissions to run. By default, we are locked out and set under some factory restrictions, keeping us away from being able to use these applications.

We can solve that problem by rooting the Huawei Ascend Y201 pro smartphone. Once you finish with this guide, you can download all of the root-requiring apps from the Play Store. Furthermore, you can install a custom recovery on the device.

Huawei Ascend Y201 Pro

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 you need from this link.
  • Get the link for unlocking the bootloader on the Y201 smartphone on this page.
  • These are the steps to root the Huawei Ascend Y201 Pro smartphone. You can only follow this guide if you have a Windows PC. The files will not work if it’s not running on Windows.
  • You are voiding the warranty of your Huawei smartphone by following this guide. You can successfully unroot the Y201 Pro smartphone at a later date and that warranty will work again. That’s provided you still have some time left on your warranty.

Rooting the Huawei Ascend Y201 Pro

  1. Download the file for unlocking the bootloader and move it to the desktop.
  2. Download the rooting file and move it to the desktop.
  3. Right-click over the files one at a time and select the ‘extract here’ option from the menu.
  4. Make sure you have the USB Debugging Mode enabled by heading to the Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging Mode.
  5. Connect the Huawei Ascend Y201 smartphone to the computer using the USB cable.
  6. You should see the unlockbootloader.exe file on the desktop after you extracted the rooting file. Right-click and select Run as Administrator over that file.
  7. Wait for the tool to open on the desktop and select the ‘Root Your Phone’ button.
  8. Do not touch any buttons and wait until the rooting exploit is flashed on your device.
  9. Click the ‘Unlock Bootloader’ option from within the same tools menu.
  10. Wait until the bootloader is unlocked.

Now that you have root access and the bootloader unlocked, you can install a custom recovery. Look for the CWM recovery, TWRP recovery or the Philz touch recovery to flash on your device.

Install the root checker app if you want an easy way to check if the guide worked for you. The app is available directly from the Google Play Store.