These are the instructions to root the Yu Yutopia smartphone running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop using the SuperSU by Chainfire and a custom recovery.
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 unlock the bootloader on the Yu Yutopia before you can root the device.
- You must install a custom recovery on the Yu Yutopia before you can root the device.
- Download the SuperSU by Chainfire from this page.
- Rooting the stock ROM on the Yu Yutopia void the warranty on the device. You can always unroot from the SuperSU app or by flashing a stock ROM back on the device to get the warranty working again.
Rooting the Yu Yutopia running on Android 5.1.1
- Download the SuperSU directly to the desktop of your computer. You can use a Windows PC, Mac or Linux for this part.
- Connect the Yutopia device to the same computer with the USB cable.
- Copy the SuperSU over to the root of the Yu’s internal storage SD card. The root of the SD card is referring to the topmost folder.
- Boot the Yu Yutopia up in the custom recovery mode. Turn off the device and reboot the Yutopia holding the Power and Volume Down buttons. Release the Power button when you can see the Yu logo on the display and keep holding the Volume Down button. You will soon see the TWRP Recovery hooting up on your device.
- Tap the ‘Backup’ option from the TWRP main screen. Follow the prompts to complete your NANDroid Backup so you can restore your data later if you need it.
- Tap on the ‘Install’ option from the main menu.
- Follow the prompts to upload the SuperSU file from your internal storage SD card.
- Tap on the ‘reboot System’ from the main recovery menu.
The Yu Yutopia will now reboot back in normal mode and you can use your device with a custom recovery and root access. You probably won’t find too many custom ROMs available for this device just yet, but all the same root-requiring apps like Greenify are available for you to install from the Google Play Store.
You can make sure the guide above did root the Yutopia by opening your Google Play Store application on the smartphone and installing the root checker app.
Additionally, you might be interested in learning what you can do what a rooted Yu Android smartphone now that you have rooted your device.