Gaining root on your Huawei P8 Lite should be easy if you already have a custom recovery running on your phone. And even if you don’t have a recovery, you can flash one and then follow this tutorial to gain root on your phone.

Getting root access on your phone allows you to then install tons of root-requiring apps, flash a custom ROM, flash a custom kernel, and do many customizations. And if that is what you wish to do, here’s how to root your Huawei P8 Lite:

Root the Huawei P8 Lite

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

  1. You must have a custom recovery installed on your phone before you can do this tutorial. If you haven’t installed one yet, please install one using our how to install a custom recovery on the Huawei P8 Lite tutorial. When that is done, return here and continue.
  2. This should flash SuperSU to gain root access on your phone.
  3. Download SuperSU to your computer. Do NOT extract it, leave it in its original format which is .zip.

Rooting the Huawei P8 Lite

  1. Connect your phone to your computer using a suitable USB cable and ensure your phone is able to receive files from your computer.
  2. Copy SuperSU from your computer over to the internal SD card storage on your phone.
  3. When SuperSU is copied, disconnect your phone from your computer.
  4. Turn off your phone.
  5. Turn your phone back on in recovery mode by holding down Volume UP and Power buttons at the same time.
  6. Your phone should reboot into the custom recovery installed on your phone.
  7. Tap on Install in the recovery menu.
  8. Navigate to your internal SD card storage and find and select SuperSU .zip to be installed on your phone.
  9. Confirm the prompt by tapping Swipe to Confirm Flash.
  10. Wait for TWRP to install SuperSU on your phone. It should not take too long to do that.
  11. When TWRP’s done installing SuperSU, reboot your phone by selecting Reboot followed by System in the recovery menu.
  12. Your phone should reboot.
  13. You are all done.

Congratulations! You have successfully gained root access on your Huawei P8 Lite and you can confirm it for yourself by downloading and installing the Root Checker app on your phone. The app will say that you do have access to the root.

Now that you have both a custom recovery and root access on your device, you should go ahead and check out our post that talks about what things you can do with a rooted device. It should give you some ideas as to what things you can do after you have gained root access on your device.

One of the common things most users do after rooting their device is install root-requiring apps. These apps provide you with more customization options than the others and can be obtained from the Google Play store as well as any trusted other sources of Android apps.

Over the time you may get fed-up with root-requiring apps and want more out of your phone. Well, at that time you can have a custom ROM flashed on your phone. A custom ROM is just a completely revamped version of the Android OS for your phone. It has new features, apps, root-access by default, and tons of other things that you will fall in love with.

Before you go ahead and get a custom ROM flashed on your phone, it is recommended that you make a full backup of your phone so that you have something to fall back on when things go wrong, especially when you flash a custom ROM that does not work. That way, you will have a working version of the OS to revert back to when things are not well.

So, go ahead and enjoy the newly found freedom on your Huawei P8 Lite!

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