By opening up the Android internal root file system of the Huawei U8300, you are opening up the Android operating system to give you greater power than Android developers originally set out to give you. There are many advantages to rooting your Huawei smartphone.
However, with those chances of having greater power also come additional risks. You cannot have access to the root file system when you buy the device. Once you have root access, you have an all access pass to the file system and that means it’s possible you delete some important files. In short, Linux works great with root access and allows you to have greater control over your phone.
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 Z4Root APK from this page.
- You do not need any other files to start this guide. You can follow this guide using any computer. It doesn’t have to be a Windows computer. You are only transferring the APK over to your device.
- Following the guide below does void the warranty. You can likely unroot it again and the warranty will work again. The reason is that there is no other security on the device. Once you unroot it you are returning the device exactly how it was before you had root access.
Rooting The Huawei U8300
- Download the Z4Root APK to the desktop of any computer. Do not unzip or extract the file; copy it as it is and still zipped.
- Connect the Huawei U8300 smartpohne to the computer using the USB cable.
- Copy and paste or click and drag the Z4Root APK file over to the internal storage SD card.
- Unplug the smartphone from the computer once you are happy and certain the APK is copied over.
- Make sure that the Unknown Sources option is already enabled. Do that now by pointing to the Settings > Applications > Unknown Sources.
- Launch any File manager on your device. You can find them from the Google Play Store if you don’t have any on the device.
- Launch the Z4Root app from the app drawer once you have it installed.
- Tap your finger over the button that says ‘Root’ and wait for the app to grans root access to the root file system.
- Reboot the phone once it’s all done and you are ready to go.
You should start by installing the root checker app from the Google Play Store.