Rooting is the final to get started with customizing an Android device as that is when you can actually begin to customize the elements on your device. Without root, the stock ROM on your phone will not allow you to modify any of the system files which results in less options for customization.
If you could remove that hurdle that is put in by the stock ROM, you can customize your phone to a greater extent. Root is what allows you to remove all of the restrictions imposed by the stock ROM and allows you to then modify whatever part of the phone you want. It could be the boot animation on your phone that you do not like and wish to replace it, or whatever it is, once you are rooted, you can change it.
Gaining root access on the Motorola Moto G4 is actually a three-stage process. The first stage deals with unlocking the bootloader on the phone so that a custom recovery can be flashed. The second stage then flashes a custom recovery on the phone replacing the stock recovery.
The third stage is described in the following tutorial which flashes SuperSU on the phone to gain root. Once this one is done, you will have the ability to modify almost all the elements on your phone without any restrictions.
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.
So, without further ado, here’s how to root your Motorola Moto G4 using SuperSU:
Details We Should Know
- You must have unlocked the bootloader on your phone before you can do this tutorial. If you have not done so yet, head to our how to unlock the bootloader on the Motorola Moto G4 tutorial and do so.
- You must have a custom recovery installed on the Motorola Moto G4 phone before you can root the phone. If you do not have a custom recovery, head to our how to install a custom recovery on the Motorola Moto G4 tutorial and flash one on your phone.
- This tutorial flashes SuperSU on the phone to achieve root access.
- The following tutorial uses flashing steps for TWRP. In case you have ClockworkMod or any other recovery on your phone, you will want to make the changes in the steps by yourself.
Files We Need
- Download SuperSU and save it to your computer. Do NOT extract the file as it must be in its original format for it to be flashed using a custom recovery.
Rooting the Motorola Moto G4 running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates
- Plug in your phone to your computer using a compatible USB cable. Ensure your phone can receive files from your computer.
- Copy SuperSU .zip from your computer over to the internal SD card storage on your phone.
- Place the file in the root folder so that you can find it easily when you flash it.
- When SuperSU .zip is copied to your phone, unplug your phone from your computer.
- Turn off your phone completely using the Power button.
- Turn your phone back on in TWRP Recovery mode. To do that, hold down Volume UP and Power buttons together for a few seconds.
- Your phone should reboot into the TWRP Recovery mode.
- Before you go ahead and flash SuperSU, you will need to run a command through the Terminal in the recovery. To do that, tap on Advanced in the recovery menu.
- When the recovery’s advanced menu launches, tap on the Terminal option so that you can execute a command on your phone.
- When Terminal launches in the recovery mode, type in the following command and press Enter:
- You will not get a confirmation or anything on your screen but the command has been successfully executed.
- Now return to the main menu of the recovery mode.
- Tap on Install in the main menu to select a file to be installed on your phone.
- Navigate to your internal SD card storage and find and select SuperSU .zip to be installed on your phone.
- When you have selected the file, tap on Swipe to Confirm Flash to flash the file on the phone.
- Wait for TWRP to flash SuperSU on your phone. It should only take a few seconds to do that.
When TWRP’s done flashing SuperSU, you need to reboot your phone for the changes to take effect. You can do that by tapping Reboot followed by System in the recovery menu and your phone should reboot.
- Allow your phone to reboot.
Congratulations, your Motorola Moto G4 is now rooted and has a custom recovery. Rooting the Motorola Moto G4 smartphone when it is running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates is going to allow people to install more apps. The additional applications that can be installed are what we call root apps, and they can range from anything between the Titanium Backup app to Viper4Android that enhances the sound for the music we might enjoy. The Google Play Store plays host to most of these extra apps, but there is no easy way to find them. People need to research what the apps are and then search for those app names. Anyone in need of some ideas can check out what we think are the top root applications for people to install on the Android operating system and pick the ones they like. That'[s not the list of every root app–there are thousands available for people to install.
Now go ahead and get your favorite goodies running on your phone, or check out our guide that gives you ideas on what can be done with a rooted Android phone.
Let us know how this went for you in the comments below!
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