Rooting the Huawei MediaPad 10 Link is the only way to use it to its fullest potential. You might want to increase the MediaPad performance, increase the battery life, overclock the CPU so it’s faster, use a free WiFi hotspot or many other options.
There are at least 100 more apps that are available and have nothing to do with anything I just mentioned. You’ll find many more apps that are just useful to have on your MediaPad for day-to-day life.
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 VRoot bundle to the desktop from this page.
- These are the steps to root the Huawei MediaPad 10 Link S10-201u. You must have that same model number to follow this guide. Furthermore, you can only follow this guide using a Windows PC. It does not work on a Mac because the file doesn’t work on anything but Windows.
- Correspondingly, you are voiding the warranty by completing this guide. The warranty will work again once you follow the guide to unroot the same device later.
How to Root the Huawei MediaPad 10 Link
- Make sure you have the USB Debugging Mode enabled on the device. Do that now by heading over to the Apps > Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging. Just check the box if it is empty. Now you will have no worries connecting it to the computer.
- Download the VRoot tool to the desktop of the PC. Right-click over the file and extract it if it needs extracting.
- Run the Vroot tool by double-clicking over the file.
- Connect the MediaPad to the computer using the USB cable.
- Click the rooting tool and it will now proceed to root your device.
- Wait until it is complete before disconnecting from the computer.
- There; you now have root access on the MediaPad so there is nothing in your way from installing all of the apps that require root access you can find on the Google Play Store.
- One app that doesn’t require root access but you might want to install is the root checker app. By installing the root checker app you are making it easier to know if your device is rooted or not. That will make it easier to tell what is wrong if you have a problem later.