If you only have a custom recovery and no root access on your Huawei Honor 6, right now is the time to get the latter one on your phone. Once a custom recovery is up and running on your phone, rooting your phone is just as easy as flashing a simple .zip file on your phone.
Once that file gets flashed on your phone, you will have root access and SuperSU running on your phone. Here’s how you can do that:
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
- Your phone must have a custom recovery installed on it before you can root it. If you have not flashed a custom recovery on your phone yet, please do so now using our how to install a custom recovery on the Huawei Honor 6 tutorial.
- This flashes SuperSU to achieve root access on your phone.
- Download SuperSU to your computer. It will later be transferred to your phone.
Rooting the Huawei Honor 6
- Make sure that you have not extracted SuperSU. It must be in .zip format for it to be flashed through a custom recovery on your phone.
- Connect your phone to your computer using a suitable USB cable. Your phone should be able to receive files from your computer.
- Copy SuperSU from your computer over to the internal storage on your phone. Place it on the top so you can find it easily at a later time.
- When SuperSU is copied, disconnect your phone from your computer.
- Turn off your phone completely.
- Pull the battery out of your phone and then put it back in after a few seconds. Do not turn on your phone just yet.
- Hold down Volume UP and Power buttons together on your phone.
- Your phone should reboot into the custom recovery mode.
- Once you have entered the recovery mode, select the option that says install zip from sdcard.
- On the following screen select the option that says choose zip from sdcard.
- Navigate to your internal storage and find SuperSU and select it to be installed on your phone.
- Confirm the prompt in the recovery and wait for it to flash SuperSU on your phone. It should not take too long.
- When the recovery’s done flashing SuperSU, reboot your phone by choosing Reboot followed by System in the recovery menu.
- Your phone should reboot.
- Your phone should now be rooted!
You did it! Your Huawei Honor 6 is now rooted and you can confirm the same using Root Checker on your phone.
You have got both root access and a custom recovery, and that is all you need in order to customize your phone to a greater extent. The root access should let you run root-requiring apps while the custom recovery should let you run a custom ROM on your phone. Each brings with it a new functionality that helps you further customize your phone.
Flashing a custom ROM with a custom recovery is as easy as flashing SuperSU that you just did in the above tutorial. To flash a custom ROM, grab the custom ROM .zip file, place it in your phone’s storage, reboot into the recovery mode, choose the install option, and select the ROM .zip to be installed on your phone. You should be running a custom ROM on your phone in no time using this recovery method.
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