The Micromax Bolt A40 is a mid-range smartphone that runs on the Android 2.3 operating system. While you may think this is not the version you’ve been hoping to see on this device, you can always root your phone and get the most out of it, regardless of the version it currently runs on.
Rooting the Bolt A40 is not as difficult as you might think. Once you have rooted your phone, you can then do a million things on it without being under the manufacturer restrictions. Things that you can do include installing root-requiring apps, flashing ClockworkMod or TWRP Recovery, and using your creativity to make your device work the way you want.
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.
If this convinces you to root your device, here’s how you can do that.
Things You Need
1. In order for your PC to recognize your device, you must have the Micromax USB Drivers installed on your computer. You can download these drivers for free from here.
2. You are going to be using the Shuame app to gain root-access on your device. So head over to their website and download the app to your computer.
Root the Micromax Bolt A40
1. The first thing that you need to do on your phone is enable the USB debugging option. It is what allows your computer to interact with your device. To enable it, head to Menu->Settings->Applications->Development and turn ON the USB debugging option.
2. Connect your phone to your PC using the USB cable provided by your phone manufacturer.
3. Install the Shuame Root app on your PC by double-clicking on it and following the simple installation wizard. It shouldn’t take too long.
4. Open the app once it’s installed. Then, click on Root in the app and it will start rooting your device.
5. When the tool has done its operations, it should tell you whether it could successfully root your device or not. If it did, you’re good to go.
You’re done with rooting your Bolt A40 and it’s now capable of running root-requiring apps. Enjoy!
The Micromax Bolt A40 smartphone might not be as well known as some of the other smartphones out there in the world like the Samsung Galaxy S6 for instance, but it gets to run all the same root apps as the Samsung Galaxy S6 does. There is no difference between the root apps that can run on your low-end handset and the root apps that can run on your high-end handset. All you need to do is find out the names of the root apps that can assist you in creating a better device and also learning hoe to install them.
For the most part installing them is very easy and is done the same way you install most of your apps already. The vast majority of the root apps are available from the Google Play Store that you browse already for the non-root apps. The only difference is there is no front page available for the root apps showing you the latest and greatest ones to install. In fact, there is no help page at all for the root apps. They are all there and waiting for you to install them, however. You just need to learn the names and then browse for them using the search box in the Play Store.
Those of you who rooted the Micromax Bolt A40 because you wanted to have the full system access but don’t know any of the names of the root apps that you want to install can try checking out our post on the bets root apps for the Android operating system and reading the ones that you like from the list. Remember the names for the next time you open up the Google Play Store and then browse for those names. The apps download and end up in your app drawers just like any other apps. All you need to do is open them and then grant root access from the pop-up message available on the display.