The battle between iOS and Android never slows down and it’s one argument you surely wish to avoid to keep your sanity. I’m not ready to say that Android is more superior of Apple’s software platform, but I will say it’s loads more fun thanks to the abundance of customizing one can do with the handsets. Apple has jail-breaking but the problem is they are so difficult to create it takes a long time for any third-party developers to release a tool. And when they do finally come out with the release it’s often with conflict such as the newly released Pangu jailbreak tool which several well-known hackers slam for being incomplete.
With Android though, it’s a different story. Developers are continuously hacking and finding exploits to take advantage of and open up the system internals away from the default factory restrictions put in place by the device manufacturers. Numerous Devs come out with tools that unlock the internal hardware before a smartphone or tablet is released out into the wild. There’s no way you’ll find that over at Apple.
Don’t think for a second that Google and any manufacturers prefer you finding root access through. We know the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop is clamping down on security measures that make it harder to gain root access. Some people say it’s because of the new 64-bit architecture while others say it’s the Mountain View company wanting better security.
One thing is for sure: Android being made from Open Source software is easy to crack and it doesn’t take long for several different solutions to come available for any one device. Some packages give users a different experience, while others can come with a different custom recovery such as ClockworkMod or Team Win’s TWRP recovery. Furthermore, some prefer to roll with the easiest and quickest method.
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.
Details of Note
- The RootMe All-In-One toolkit comes with convenience in mind more-so than anything else. It’s also wonderfully simple to use. You don’t need to be an advanced Android user to open the toolkit on your PC monitor and read the descriptive buttons. Often after a simple click you can have what you need. Sometimes the hardest part is uploading the right files. In this case there’s nothing to upload.
- Moreover, you don’t need the boot-loader unlocked to follow the guide here because the toolkit comes with a dedicated button for unlocking the bootloader before gaining the root access. Whether you have the Google Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 or 10, they can each gain root access with a new toolkit called RootMe.
- Root Me works with Windows notebooks, laptops and personal computers. You must run Windows 7 or later with network 4.0 framework. Most people are using Windows 7 since Vista wasn’t popular and Windows XP is no longer under support from Microsoft for updates. You’ll also find many tutorials and files for security no longer available directly from Microsoft. When they say they no longer support an operating system they mean it!
- You must disable any ad blocker running on your computer before starting or else you cannot download the file. The source link doesn’t make it available unless all ad-blocking software is temporarily disabled.
How to Use RootMe Tool for Every Nexus Device
- Download the package from this link.
- Extract the folder to the desktop and you will see two ADB files and two rooting .exe files.
- Enable USB Debugging Mode on the nexus by navigating to Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging.
- Find the USB Cable.
- Connect the Nexus to the Windows PC, notebook or laptop.
- Double click the colorful rootme.exe file with the nexus logo to the left.
- Click the start button after the program detects the device.