If you already have a custom recovery on your Acer Iconia Tab 8, you are just one step away from rooting your device. Once a custom recovery is up and running on your device, you can use it to flash SuperSU and that should help you obtain root on your device.

Confused how to go about doing that and getting root on your device? No worries, here are the well-explained steps for you:

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 to do that:

Files You Need

  1. You must have a custom recovery installed on your tablet before you can do this tutorial. If you have not flashed one, head to our how to install a custom recovery on the Acer Iconia Tab 8 tutorial and flash one. Then return here and continue.
  2. This should flash SuperSU to gain root on your tablet.
  3. Download the latest stable version of SuperSU to your computer. Do NOT extract it, leave it in its original format.

Rooting the Acer Iconia Tab 8

  1. Connect your tablet to your computer using a suitable USB cable.
  2. Copy SuperSU .zip from your computer over to the internal storage on your tablet. Place the file in the root directory so you can easily find it when needed.
  3. When SuperSU is copied, disconnect your tablet from your computer.
  4. Turn off your tablet using the Power button.
  5. Reboot your tablet into the recovery mode. To do that, hold down Volume DOWN and Power buttons together for a few seconds.
  6. Your tablet should reboot into bootloader mode. Use the Volume keys to select Recovery and press the Power button to reboot into the recovery mode.
  7. Once inside the recovery mode, select install zip from sdcard option.
  8. On the following screen, select choose zip from sdcard.
  9. Navigate to your internal storage and select SuperSU .zip that you copied earlier to be installed on your tablet.
  10. Confirm the installation prompt by selecting Yes using the Volume keys and confirming it using the Power button.
  11. Wait for CWM Recovery to install SuperSU on your tablet. It should not take too long to do so.
  12. When it’s done installing SuperSU, reboot your tablet by choosing reboot system now from the recovery menu.
  13. Your tablet should reboot.

And there you go!

Your Acer Iconia Tab 8 is now rooted and has a custom recovery to help you with flashing a custom ROM on your tablet.

With root and a custom recovery on your tablet, you are now all set to enjoy some custom ROMs and other custom developments on your tablet. This includes custom developments such as custom kernels, mods, boot animations, and so on.

You can flash almost any sort of custom recovery flashable files on your tablet and enjoy the features it has for you. However, while doing so, you must ensure that the file you are going to flash is for your tablet else there is a chance of ending up with a bricked tablet.

So, be cautious while flashing files and only flash those files that are from trusted sources and that can really help you do your tasks. Also, it is recommended to take a full backup of your tablet before you flash a custom development as that way you will be able to revert to the stock in case something went wrong.

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