By now you should have the bootloader unlocked, a custom recovery installed and ready to get root access using the guide below. Once you have access to the root file system on your Android operating system, you are giving your device the equivalent of administrator permissions.
That means no restrictions to clamp you down by the manufacturer. With the extra freedom on your OS, you can install oodles more apps from the Google Play Store. Those additional apps are the secret to removing bloatware, increase the device performance by giving it more speed, increasing the battery life and more. You can even find handy apps like the free WiFi hotspot to install.
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 page.
– It’s the same rooting file you had if you followed our guide for installing the custom recovery. You do not need to download it again if you just came here from our custom recovery guide.
- You are voiding the warranty on the Huawei Honor 4C by following this guide. You can unroot the device and get that warranty working again.
- You must unlock the bootloader on the Huawei Honor 4C smartphone before starting this guide.
- You must install a custom recovery on the Huawei Honor 4C before starting this guide.
Rooting The Huawei Honor 4C
- Download the rooting file to the desktop of the computer.
- Connect the Huawei Honor 4C to the same computer.
- Right-click over the rooting file and select the ‘extract here’ option.
- Transfer the root.zip file over to the internal storage SD card of the device. You want to transfer it to the root of the SD card and not in a sub folder. That means dropping the root.zip file in the topmost folder.
- Unplug the Honor 4C smartphone from the computer and completely power off the device by holding down the Power key.
- Reboot the Huawei Honor 4C holding the Volume Down + Volume Up + Power buttons to get the device in the recovery mode.
- Select the Recovery option from the menu to enter the custom recovery.
- Choose the ‘install zip from sdcard’ option from the menu, followed by ‘choose zip from sdcard’.
- Browse the SD card for the root.zip file. It only works if you haven’t unzipped the root.zip.
- Confirm you want to install that zip file when it gives you the chance on the screen.
- Navigate back to the main recovery menu after you rooting file is flashed.
- Choose the reboot system option from the main recovery menu.
Once your device reboots you have root access on the Huawei Honor 4C smartphone. You can check that by installing the root checker apps from the Google Play Store.