Every budget smartphone doesn’t necessarily have to compromise on the features. Take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Plus and you’ll see it has got all the bells and whistles while not putting a dent in your bank account at the same time.
If you’ve got this really cool Samsung device, you might want to root it to enjoy many more features on it that aren’t readily available to you, yet. There are a lot of things that you can do on your device once it’s rooted.
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 if that sounds good to you, here’s how you can root your Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Plus:
Files You Need
1. You must be running a Windows based computer in order to do this tutorial.
2. Ensure that Samsung USB drivers are installed on your computer. If they aren’t, install them first.
3. Download Odin to your computer. It will be used to flash a file on your device.
4. Download Boot Image to your computer. It is the file that will be flashed using Odin on your device.
5. Download Kingo Root to your computer. It will help you root your device.
6. This only works for the GT-I9060i.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Plus
1. Extract files from Odin to your computer by right-clicking on it and selecting Extract here.
2. Double-click on Kingo Root setup file and install the tool on your computer.
3. Head to Menu->Settings->Developer options on your device and turn on USB debugging.
4. Turn off your device.
5. Turn your device back on in download mode. To do that, hold down Volume DOWN, Home, and Power buttons simultaneously.
6. Press Volume UP when you see the prompt and you should enter download mode.
7. Double-click on Odin executable and it will launch.
8. Click on PDA in the Odin and select the Boot Image available on your computer.
9. Checkmark the options that say Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time.
10. Plug in your device to your computer using a USB cable.
11. Click on Start and wait for the Odin to flash the boot image on your device.
12. When it’s done flashing, your device should automatically reboot.
13. When your device reboots, launch the Kingo Root app on your computer.
14. Let the app do its thing.
15. Click on Root Again in the app and wait for it to gain root-access on your device.
16. When it’s done rooting, reboot your device.
17. You’re now rooted!
Congrats! Your Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Plus is now rooted. You can confirm it using Root Checker on your device.
While you don’t yet have a custom recovery for your device, you can enjoy root-requiring apps on your device in the meantime.