If you are sick of using the same interface and system on your Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 for years, then you should probably root your device to get some cool and new stuff running on it. What root allows you to do is flash a custom recovery on your phone which then lets you flash a custom ROM.
A custom ROM is just a customized version of the Android OS for your phone. It brings with it some really nice features – such as a customized user-interface and some apps that you can use to customize your phone beyond the normal limit.
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.
There’s a lot you can do when you have root-access on your phone. So, here’s how you can go about rooting your Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and getting some cool things running on it:
The Files You Need
- Backup anything that is important for you before doing this tutorial, just in case.
- You must have a Windows running computer in order to do this tutorial. The reason is the tool that you are going to use for flashing root files is only available for Windows.
- Make sure that your computer has Samsung USB drivers installed on it. If it does not, install those first before going ahead.
- Download Odin to your computer. It is the tool that you will use to flash root package on your phone.
- Download Root Package to your computer. It is the package that will be flashed on your phone.
- You should only try this on a GT-I9152 device.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8
- First of all, unzip files from Odin over to your computer by right-clicking on it and selecting Extract here. This will make the files available for you to use.
- When the archive is extracted, double-click on Odin executable and it will launch.
- When the Odin launches, the first thing you need to do is uncheck the Repartition option. So, do so now.
- Click on PDA in the Odin and navigate to the folder where you have saved Root Package and select it to be flashed on your phone.
- You can checkmark the options that say Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time in the Odin.
- Turn off your phone.
- Reboot your phone into download mode so that Odin recognizes it. To do so, hold down Volume DOWN, Home, and Power buttons together on your phone.
- You will see a warning message on your phone. Press Volume UP to move forward.
- Your phone should now be in download mode.
- Connect your phone to your computer via a USB cable.
- One of the boxes in Odin should turn yellow indicating the tool has detected your phone.
- Click on Start in the Odin and wait for it to flash root package on your phone.
- It should take a couple of minutes to flash root package on your phone.
- When Odin’s done flashing root package, your phone will automatically reboot.
- You are done!
Root access has been successfully achieved on your Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 with model number GT-I9152.
Now that you are rooted, head to our how to flash a custom recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 tutorial to learn how you can install a custom recovery on your phone.
You might also be interested in:
- How To Install Custom Recovery On Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8
- How To Unroot Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 (GT-I9152)
- How To Root OnePlus 2 On Android 6.0.1
- How To Install TWRP Recovery On OnePlus 2
- How To Install TWRP Recovery On Samsung Galaxy Grand 2
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