A custom recovery has already hit the Lenovo A6000 and here comes a root method for this lovely device. In case you don’t know, root-access on an Android device allows you to enjoy the true power of the device by getting the best out of it. In simple words, root lets you install root-requiring apps that are designed especially for rooted phones that can do more things than those ordinary Android apps.
What’s more, once you’re rooted, you can even flash a custom ROM. Are you excited? Great.
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.
Here’s how you can go about rooting your Lenovo A6000:
Files You Need
1. In order to root your device, you must have a custom recovery installed on it. If you haven’t done so yet, please follow our how to install a custom recovery on the Lenovo A600 tutorial and you should be all set.
2. Download SuperSU to your computer. It’s the file that will root your device.
Rooting the Lenovo A6000
1. Make sure you haven’t extracted the SuperSU file. Leave it as is.
2. Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable.
3. Copy SuperSU from your computer over to the SD card storage on your phone.
4. When the file is copied, unplug your phone from your computer.
5. Turn off your phone.
6. Reboot your phone into recovery mode. To do that, hold down Volume UP+Volume DOWN+Power buttons at the same time.
7. Your phone should reboot into the recovery mode.
8. Once in there, select install zip from sdcard followed by choose zip from sdcard.
9. Choose SuperSU to be flashed on your phone.
10. When the recovery is done installing the file, reboot your phone.
11. You’re now rooted!
And there you go.
Your Lenovo A6000 is now rooted and you can start tinkering around with it without any restrictions. It’s all yours now.
Rooting Android opens the doors to being able to install more apps. It is true what they say when rooting also helps remove apps, but you need to install an app first before that help then helps you remove the existing apps that are already on the device. That is why installing these apps is always as the center of rooting Android and not the other way around.
If you would like to do some research to find out the names of root apps that you think you might like to try, you can check out the article that goes into lots more detail about what the best root apps for Android are and where to find them. Most of the root applications are available from the Google Play Store that you already visit for your standard apps that don’t require root access to run. You can stumble upon these root apps just as you are browsing and see in the description that the app require root access to run, or you can remember the names after researching the root apps and then browse for the musing the search box available from the Google Play Store.