Rooting Huawei smartphones helps you broaden the range of applications that become available to install.
Once you open your device out of the box, you’ll inevitably see some apps there available to use. And you might even enjoy a few of them. But there are hundreds of other useful applications out there not yet on your device, and even if you were to put them on your device, they still wouldn’t be able to run at all until the device had root access.
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.
These are the steps to root the Huawei Honor 5X smartphone using a custom recovery and the SuperSU by Chainfire.
Files You Need
- You must unlock the booloader on the Huawei Honor 5X before you can root the smartphone.
- You must install a custom recovery on the Huawei Honor 5X before you can root the device.
- You must set up ADB on your computer if you do not have it already. You can follow our guides for settings up ADB on Linux, ADB on Windows and ADB on Mac computers.
- Download the SuperSU file you need for your 5X smartphone from this page.
- You are voiding the Huawei warranty when you root the Honor 5X smartphone.
Rooting the Huawei Honor 5X
- Download the SuperSU to the desktop of your computer and transfer the SuperSU to the root of the internal SD card.
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Honor 5X smartphone by tapping on the Menu > Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging Mode.
- Those who have to unlock the Developer Options on the 5X device can tap on the Menu > Settings > About Device > Keep tapping the Build Number for at least seven times and it will tell you that you are using the device now as a developer.
- Keep your command prompt window open from install TWRP Recovery on the device.
- Those who do not have the command prompt window open need to open the ADB and TWRP folder and open the command prompt from within that folder by holding the Shift key and right-clicking the mouse where there are no files within that same folder. Now choose to open a new command prompt window from the menu.
- Type the command:
adb reboot recovery
- The Huawei Honor 5X smartphone will now boot up in the custom recovery mode. Otherwise you can install the Quick Boot app from the Google Play Store after you have root access.
- Tap on the ‘Backup’ option from the recovery menu and take a NANDroid Backup of your data. You can restore that later in one partition at a time with the NANDroid Manager application from the Google Play Store.
- Tap on the ‘Install’ option from the TWRP Recovery menu.
- Upload the SuperSU package from the SD card.
- Swipe to confirm you do want to install the SuperSU.
- Choose the ‘Reboot System’ option from the main recovery menu.
That’s all you need to have unlocked the bootloader, installed TWRP Recovery and rooted the Huawei Honor 5X smartphone. You can use your device to install custom ROMs, custom kernels, install more apps, block ads if you must, use the Titanium Backup feature or the NANDroid Backup feature, and still a great deal more.