Finally, here’s a root method for the Huawei Mate S that you have all been looking for for some time.

It all began with the bootloader unlock process followed by a custom recovery, and now comes the root method to help you gain root on your Mate S.

Huawei Mate S

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.

Here’s how to do that:

Files You Need

  1. Your phone must have a custom recovery installed on it. If it does not, flash one on it using our how to install a custom recovery on the Huawei Mate S tutorial. When a custom recovery is up and running on your phone, come back here and continue.
  2. This should flash SuperSU to achieve root access on your phone.
  3. Download SuperSU to your computer. Do not extract it, leave it as is. It will later be transferred to your phone.

Rooting the Huawei Mate S

  1. Connect your Huawei Mate S smartphone to your computer using a suitable USB cable. Ensure that your phone can receive files from your computer.
  2. Copy SuperSU .zip from your computer over to the internal storage on your phone. It is recommended that you place the file on the top so it is easily accessible at a later time.
  3. When SuperSU is copied, disconnect your phone from your computer.
  4. Power off your phone.
  5. Power your phone back on in recovery mode. To do that, hold down Volume UP and Power buttons at the same time for a few seconds.
  6. Your phone should reboot into the custom recovery mode.
  7. Once you are inside the recovery mode, tap on the option that says Install.
  8. Navigate to your internal storage where you have placed SuperSU and select it to be installed on your phone.
  9. Confirm the prompt and wait for TWRP Recovery to install SuperSU on your phone.
  10. When TWRP’s done installing SuperSU, reboot your phone by choosing Reboot followed by System.
  11. Your phone should reboot normally.
  12. You should now be rooted!

Your Huawei Mate S is now rooted and has a custom recovery installed on it.

Now that you have got both the required things to customize your phone, go ahead and download a custom ROM and flash it using this newly installed custom recovery on your phone.

Make sure to first backup your phone before flashing any of the custom zip files. So, that when flashing goes wrong, you can revert back to the stock using the backup you created earlier. It comes handy when, for example, you flash a custom ROM that is not fully functional and you would like to restore to the stock. The backup you created using the recovery should help you get rid of that non-functional ROM and get you back to the working ROM on your phone.

The recovery also offers features like wiping and factory resetting your phone. Usually, these features are used when you have flashed a new ROM on your phone and you wish to wipe cache and other files so that they do not interfere with the new files that the new ROM has brought for you.

There’s a lot to be explored in the recovery, so go ahead, give it a try, and see how it works for you!

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