Xiaomi’s Mi Max runs the latest version of Android — the Android 6.0 Marshmallow — onboard and besides it has got some other cool new stuff as well. The phone features a large screen, longer battery life, and everything else you expect from an Android smartphone. While the phone ships with all of the features that you need, there are still tons of features available in the custom Android world that can be added to your phone with the condition being that your phone should be rooted.
Root access on your Xiaomi Mi Max allows you to install root-requiring apps that help you edit the system files on your phone, install a custom ROM to change your phone entirely, and install a custom kernel to boost the performance of the phone. Rooting has many advantages and getting root on your Mi Max is not rocket-science.
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 your Xiaomi Mi Max:
Files You Need
- You must have unlocked the bootloader on your Xiaomi Mi Max phone before you can do this tutorial. You can head to this post to learn how to unlock your bootloader.
- You must have a custom recovery installed on your phone before you can root your phone. If you don’t have one of those yet, head to our how to install a custom recovery on the Xiaomi Mi Max tutorial and flash one on your phone.
- The following guide should flash SuperSU to achieve root on your phone.
- Download SuperSU to your computer. Do NOT extract the archive, leave it in its original format.
- This tutorial is intended for the Xiaomi Mi Max only.
Rooting the Xiaomi Mi Max running on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow software updates
- Connect your phone to your computer using a compatible USB cable. Make sure your Mi Max phone can receive files from your computer.
- Copy SuperSU .zip from your computer over to the internal SD card storage on your phone. It is recommended to place the file in the root directory so you can easily find it in the later steps.
- When SuperSU is copied, disconnect your Mi Max smartphone from your computer.
- Turn off your phone.
- Turn your phone back on in recovery mode. To do that, hold down Volume UP and Power buttons together for a few seconds.
- Your Mi Max device will reboot into the recovery mode.
- Tap on Install in the TWRP Recovery menu.
- Navigate to your internal SD card storage and find and select SuperSU .zip to be installed on your phone.
- Tap on Swipe to Confirm Flash to confirm flash.
- Wait for TWRP to flash SuperSU on your phone. It should be done within a few seconds.
- When the flashing of SuperSU is complete, reboot your phone by tapping on Reboot followed by System in the recovery menu.
- Your phone should reboot.
And, your Xiaomi Mi Max is now rooted!
With an unlocked bootloader, a custom recovery, and root access, you can now load your Mi Max with tons of custom Android developments and enjoy your phone to its fullest. The custom developments that you can flash on your phone are custom ROMs, custom kernels, and root-requiring apps among many.
If you have got no clue as to what you can do with your rooted phone, you can check out our post on the same that gives you some ideas about what can be done with a rooted Android phone. There are plenty of people asking why root the Android operating system on the Mi Max smartphone from the Xiaomi brand, and the answers are quite simple. Most people are rooting so they can install more applications. Google and Android lock down your OS so that no apps have access to the root file system, and unfortunately many applications that are available from the Google Play Store and other sources online need access to the root filesystem to work. Moreover, many of the apps I’m referring to are the most powerful kind of applications that can do amazing things. A few examples include giving your smartphone more features, change the frequency of the GPU and CPU, give you the chance to remove the system apps and not just freeze them, alter the look of your MI Max phone and much more.
Anyone looking to cut out much of the fuss and potential problems that may arise with whatever move you choose to make next might be interested in installing one of the root checker applications from the Google Play Store. You will find free versions of the famous root checker that will allow you to check whether the guide above did in fact root the Xiaomi Mi Max smartphone. Once you have that worked out you can start installing your rooted apps with confidence that any problems you face are not to do with apps getting access to the root file system.
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