The Android operating system that runs on the Huawei Honor 2 smartphone is based on the Linux kernel. With all of Android and Linux having root access is the equivalent of having administrator permissions on a Windows PC. that might start making sense to more people since a great many of you probably have a Windows PC.
You know what it’s like browsing on a Windows PC when you aren’t an admin? It’s not great. Moreover, when it comes to programs like applications, many of them cannot run unless they can have access to that internal system of Android. That’s why we root our devices so we can use apps that need the access to the internal system to run.
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 MotoChopper rooting tool you need from this page.
- These are the steps to root the Huawei Honor 2 smartphone. You must use this guide with a Windows PC. The file you run on the computer does not work unless you run it on Windows operating systems.
- It should work for all versions apart from the Windows RT that comes with some Microsoft Surface tablets. That OS does not allow for the installation of apps and programs outside of the Windows App Store.
- Applying the steps does void any warranty you had left.
Rooting The Huawei Honor 2
- Download the MotoChopper rooting file to the desktop of your computer.
- Extract the file so you can run the program but don’t run it just yet.
- Turn on the Honor 2 smartphone and head to the Settings > About Device and tap the build number until the Developer Options is unlocked.
- Head to the Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging and check the box.
- Connect the Huawei Honor 2 to the computer where you have the rooting tool.
- Run the run.bat file on the desktop.
- You should now see some easy on-screen guidelines to follow to finish the job.
Congratulations; you have just finished the rooting guide. You can install the root checker app from the Google Play Store. The root checker will check that the guide did work and you have the root access you have wanted. Once verified, continue to use the Google Play Store and start downloading those apps you wanted to use.