When you buy the Huawei U8100 from the store, it comes with restrictions that are put in place to stop you from using the operating system to its fullest extent.

For those of you familiar with the Windows operating system, it would be the equivalent of not having your device running as an administrator. Sounds fine to those who don’t know any better, but awful for those that do know. You wouldn’t want to buy a computer that you can only use an account on and not run as an administrator would you?

Huawei U8100

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 Modaco rooting file you need from this page.
  • Applying these steps to root the Huawei U8100 will void your manufacturer’s warranty. You should have no worries unrooting the device again and getting the warranty working again.
  • You are connecting to a computer during the guide. You want that to be a Windows computer.
  • Furthermore, you need to have the USB Debugging Mode enabled on the Huawei phone before starting so you can connect to the computer. You can point to the Menu > Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging.

Rooting The Huawei U8100

  1. Download the rooting file from the files section above and shift it to the desktop.
  2. Right-click over the file and select the ‘extract here’ option.
  3. You should see the superboot-windows.bat file pop out onto the desktop. Now you can use that file.
  4. Connect the Huawei U8100 to the computer using the USB cable.
  5. Double-click the superboot-windows.bat and run the tool.
  6. Follow the rest of the instructions that are now on the display to complete the job.
  7. Once your device is done, make sure you reboot it up again.

Now you can install the root checker app from the Google Play Store. The root checker will do as it suggests and check your device for the root access. It’s a free app for your Huawei phone, so you don’t need to pay anything.

Now you are free to install any of those apps available from the Google Play Store that required root access to work. One of those you might want to check out first is the free mobile WiFi hotspot up for grabs.