Rooting your Oppo N3 shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes, if you already have a custom recovery running on your device. Once a recovery is up on your device, all you need to do is flash the SuperSU archive and you should be rooted.
Root is the name given to the user account on Android and Linux in general that holds the key to having the chance to run all commands and access all files. There are thousands of applications that take advantage of being able to run additional commands and use other files, and these are called the root apps because they could not run without the Android root access.
If you have a computer that runs on one of the seven main Linux distributions, you would be given the root user account when you first set up the computer. It works much the same way setting up a computer running on the Windows operating system would where you are given the admin account when you first set it up. The admin account and the root user account are the same things just worded differently for different operating system. It’s said that Linux chose to call it the root user account not just for the sake of being different but because it matched their operating system because having root access is also having access to the root directory that all Linux kernels have, and so does Android.
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.
Files You Need
- You must have a custom recovery installed on your device before you can do the following tutorial. Please head to our how to install a custom recovery on the Oppo N3 tutorial to learn how you can install one on your device.
- This tutorial flashes SuperSU to achieve root-access on your device.
- Download SuperSU to your computer. Don’t extract it, leave it as is.
Rooting the Oppo N3
1. Connect your phone to your computer in data transfer mode using a USB cable.
2. Copy SuperSU .zip from your computer over to the internal SD card storage on your device.
3. When SuperSU is copied, disconnect your device from your computer.
4. Turn off your device.
5. Turn your device back on in recovery mode. To do that, hold down Volume DOWN and Power buttons simultaneously for a few seconds.
6. Your phone should reboot into recovery mode.
7. Once in recovery, select Install and choose SuperSU .zip to be installed on your device.
8. Confirm the flash prompt and wait for it to install SuperSU on your device.
9. When it’s done flashing, reboot your device.
10. You should now be rooted.
And there you go.
Your Oppo N3 is now fully rooted and the same can be confirmed using Root Checker on your device.
You now have all the freedom to enjoy whatever custom development you want on your device. The custom recovery gives your Oppo N3 device the chance to have a custom ROM or custom kernel installed. And the root access allows you to start thinking about what root applications you want to have installed—if any.
To avoid confusion, you don’t need to have the Oppo N3 rooted to start running a custom ROM or kernel. All you need to do is flash them from the custom recovery image the same way you just finished flashing the SuperSU. Most of the custom ROMs and kernels are posted on the XDA-Developers forum if that’s what you wanted to check out.
With that being said, there are root apps out there that help you install custom ROMs and help you find out what custom ROMs are available to install on your device. If you wanted to use one of those apps, then you need to have root access. One of the apps that match that description is the ROM Manager app that many people like to use.
Apart from that, though, having access to the root user account is just about what applications you can install. There are thousands of other applications called root apps that are waiting for you to install them on your device whenever you want to use them. You can check out our list that goes into great detail about many of the best root apps that can run on your Opp3 N3 smartphone to help enhance it and customize it, so you enjoy it better than the version of the Android operating system that is given to you now.
Moreover, we also have another article that goes into great detail about all of the things you can do with root access if you prefer checking out some ideas first.