Not having root access on a device is what is considered normal because that’s how our Android devices come out of the box. the reason manufacturers like Huawei do that is it’s safer for the average user. If you have been using Android for a while now and wish to take things to another level, you should consider rooting your device.
Once you are an advanced Android user, you can follow the guide like we have below for rooting the Huawei Fusion 2 and give access to the root file system. that’s the same file system many apps from the Google Play Store need access to run. You might remember browsing the Google Play Store and finding a really neat app except it said “root required” in the description. That means without root access it will not work. Once you get root access using a guide like below, you can start installing all of those apps that require root access on the Google Play Store.
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 bundle from this Android Forums link.
- These are the steps to root the Huawei Fusion 2 AT&T. You are voiding any warranty you had left by following this guide. Furthermore, you may only follow this guide if you are using a Windows PC.
- You will not get the guide working for some versions of Windows running on the Microsoft Surface tablets as they run a unique operating system called Windows RT. Windows RT only installs apps from the Windows App Store.
Rooting the Huawei Fusion 2 AT&T
- Hold the Power button down on the Fusion 2 smartphone for roughly 8-10 seconds until it is off.
- Transfer the file above over to the desktop of the Windows PC.
- Extract the bundle by right-clicking over the file and selecting the ‘extract here’ option.
- Reboot the Huawei Fusion 2 in Fastboot Mode by pressing the Power + Volume Down for a further 10 seconds before letting go.
- Double-click the Run Me.bat on the desktop.
- Type this command in the command line from that box: fastboot devices.
- Type the next command: fastboot flash recovery recovery.superrecovery.img
- You now have a custom recovery flashed on your device. That recovery should also grant your device root access.
- Disconnect the Fusion 2 from the computer and turn the device completely off.
- Once you reboot it again, take control of your Google account and head over to the Google Play Store where you can start installing new root-requiring applications.
You might want to start with the root checker app. The root checker app doesn’t require root access, although it will check if the guide above worked for you. That will make it easier eliminating potential problems you have next.