Rooting your Android operating system usually means installing an app on your device like SuperSU or Superuser. It’s the steps you need to get to the point of having the SuperSU or Superuser on your device that can often differ a great deal.
Once you have the root access on the Huawei smartphone, you can do much more with your device that you couldn’t do before. Most of those options come with using applications. You can find applications from the Google Play Store that require the root file system to run. With them, you can increase the memory, increase the battery life, increase the performance, add new features and more.
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 branded ROM from this link.
- Download the rooting file from this XDA Developers page here.
- These are the steps to root the Huawei Sonic. You do void the warranty when you follow the guide below. You can restore that same warranty by unrooting the device if you want to do that later.
Rooting the Huawei Sonic U8650
- Download both the rooting file and the branded ROM over to the desktop.
- Right-click the mouse over the branded ROM file and select the ‘extract here’ option from the list.
- Do not extract or unzip the rooting file.
- You should see a ‘dload’ file after you extract the branded ROM.
- Connect the Huawei Sonic to the computer where you have the files.
- Copy the dload file and the rooting file over to the internal storage SD card on your device.
- Unplug the Sonic smartphone from the computer so it’s not attached to the USB cable.
- Completely power down the device by long-pressing the Power button until it’s completely off.
- It’s advised you also take out the battery before going ahead with the next step. leave the battery out for a minute and then put the battery back in the device before you continue.
- Reboot the Sonic smartphone by pressing the Volume Up + Home + Power keys at the same time until you are seeing the ROM flash on your device.
- Reboot the smartphone once the ROM is flashed.
- Long-press the Power button once again and completely switch off the Sonic smartphone.
- Remove the battery and put it back in again.
- Reboot the device by holding the Volume Up + Power keys. Your Huawei Sonic will reach the recovery mode.
- Choose to flash the Root file from the recovery mode menu.
- The rooting file is now being installed on your device. Do not touch any buttons until it’s complete.
- Choose the reboot system option from the recovery menu after you know the installing is complete.
Now you have root access on the device and you can use the software as you normally would. The root access means you can install apps from the Google Play Store that needed access to the root file system. It doesn’t mean that you can install a custom ROM. You will need a custom recovery installed on your device to get the ROM working.