Once you have flashed a custom recovery on your Huawei Honor 3C, you can immediately boot into the recovery mode and flash SuperSU to gain root access on the phone. Rooting the Huawei Honor 3C is as easy as that.
Once you are rooted, you should be able to unleash the true potential of your phone which has been under the curtain so far. Once that’s unleashed, you should be all set to play around with various root-requiring apps, custom ROMs, custom kernels, and everything else that I did not mention here.
If that sounds good to you, here’s how you can go about rooting your Huawei Honor 3C using a custom recovery that is already running on your phone:
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.
Files You Need
- You must have a custom recovery installed on your phone before doing this tutorial. If you do not have one, flash one using our how to install a custom recovery on the Huawei Honor 3C tutorial.
- This flashes SuperSU to achieve root access on the phone.
- Download SuperSU to your computer. Do NOT extract it, leave it in its original .zip format.
Rooting the Huawei Honor 3C
- Plug in your phone to your computer using a suitable USB cable. Make sure your phone can receive files from your computer.
- Copy SuperSU .zip from your computer over to the internal SD card storage on your phone. It is recommended to place it in the root directory so it is easily accessible in the later steps.
- When SuperSU is copied, unplug your phone from your computer.
- Turn off your phone completely.
- Turn your phone back on in recovery mode so that SuperSU can be flashed. To do so, hold down Volume UP and Power buttons at the same time.
- Your phone should now be in CWM Recovery mode.
- Select Install zip from sdcard followed by choose zip from sdcard in the recovery menu.
- Navigate to your internal SD card storage and select SuperSU .zip to be flashed on your phone.
- Confirm the prompt for flashing the zip file on your phone.
- Wait for CWM Recovery to flash SuperSU on your phone.
- When SuperSU’s flashed, reboot your phone using the reboot system now option.
- Your phone should reboot.
- You should now be rooted!
And there you go!
Your Huawei Honor 3C is now rooted using the custom recovery and you should be able to see the SuperSU app up and running on your phone. The app should help you provide root-permissions to various apps on your phone. Any app that wishes to access root on your phone, it will first ask you through the SuperSU app if it can be granted SU permissions. If you hit Grant, it will be given the root access permissions else it will not get any permissions.
Now that a custom recovery and root access are up on your phone, you should probably go ahead and hit up the Play Store to find some root-requiring apps for your phone that you can start using right away.
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