You can now root the Samsung Mesmerize running on the Android 2.3 software update using the SuperSU by Chainfire. However, before you can get that done, you need to first install a custom recovery on the device — and for that we have the ClockworkMod recovery ready to go.
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 install a custom recovery on the Samsung Mesmerize before you can follow this guide to getting root access to the internal system.
- Download the SuperSU zip by Chainfire at the Roots Wiki website from this page.
- You are voiding the Samsung warranty when you choose to root the Mesmerize smartphone. You can always unroot the Samsung mesmerize and it will allow the warranty to start working again.
Rooting the Samsung Mesmerize running on Android 2.3
- Download the SuperSU by Chainfire from the Roots Wiki website and have it on the desktop of your computer — do not unzip the file.
- Connect the Samsung Mesmerize to the computer with the USB cable.
- Copy the SuperSU file to the root of the Mesmerize’s internal storage SD card.
- Unplug from the computer, and then reboot the Samsung Mesmerize to the recovery mode.
- Once your Mesmerize boots into the custom recovery mode, choose the option to take the NANDroid Backup from the menu.
- Choose the option to wipe the data and factory reset from the main menu of your recovery.
- Tap on the ‘Install’ button from the main menu in recovery and browse your SD card for the SuperSU file that should still be completely zipped.
- Once done, your Samsung Mesmerize will now be rooted and you can leave your recovery mode partition.
- Choose the option to reboot the system from the main recovery menu and your Mesmerize will now reboot back to normal mode where you normally use the device for everyday usage.
In conclusion, that’s how to root and install a custom recovery on the Samsung mesmerize smartphone running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. You should find the same guide works for all software update, so long as the recovery continues to flash. Please open your application drawer and check you can see the SuperSU available as an app. You can open your SuperSU application and check it out. It’s the app that is going to grant apps the root access when you request they have access. Furthermore, the SuperSU will also keep your Samsung Mesmerize safe from any potential problems like Malware wanting access. All you need to do is make sure you agree to not allow that malware access. You do need an understanding of what apps are requesting permission to have root access over your system. Any apps that you do not recognize should be assumed as potential malware. Do not grant them access when they request it.