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What’s been happening with Android devices lately is they are losing access to the root files because of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Google’s been pushing this latest update to a number of devices lately, and anyone who updates his or her device with this version of the OS loses the root-access.

If that has happened with your Sony Xperia T2 Ultra, you do not have to worry as a new root method has become available for your device. It lets you re-gain the root-access on your device that you lost after updating your phone.

Sony Xperia T2

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.

Here’s how you can go about rooting (or re-rooting!) your Sony Xperia T2 Ultra:

Files You Need

1. This should work even on the latest Android 5.0.2.

2. You can do the following tutorial without needing a computer by just downloading the required app directly on your device.

3. Download KingRoot app to your computer. It is the app that will help you root your Xperia T2 Ultra smartphone.

Rooting the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

1. Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable.

2. Copy KingRoot from your computer over to the SD card storage on your phone.

3. When KingRoot is copied, disconnect your phone from your computer.

4. Head to Menu->Settings->Security on your device and turn on Unknown sources.

5. Launch File Manager and tap on KingRoot to install the app on your device.

6. Once installed, open the app from your app drawer.

7. Tap on Root in the app and wait for it to root your device.

8. Once rooted, reboot your phone.

9. You’re done!

Hurray!

Your Sony Xperia T2 Ultra is now rooted and you can have it confirmed using Root Checker on your device.

If having no-root access prevented you from accessing root-requiring apps, it’s time that you go and grab those apps as your device is now rooted and there’s nothing that can prevent you from getting those apps installed on your device. Enjoy!

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