Sammy recently unveiled the all new J-series smartphones which are going to be the next big thing in their range coming soon. Moreover, some new spy shots of the Galaxy S6 are hitting the web. That isn’t enough to keep folks who own the A-series occupied though. If you are owning the A3 smartphone–the budget handset out of the series–you can open it up away from the factory restrictions in place after the steps below.
After doing so the device will be giving you full administrator permissions without anything in your way. Thus, feel free to start installing custom ROMs, more applications from the Google Play store and more. You can even freeze or disable the bloatware by using apps, plus improve the performance by overclocking and other things alike.
We are using the CF-Auto-Root tool today made by developer Chainfire. We try and use most of his work because it delivers a great experience for the users as close to stock Android as any other. Furthermore, his guides are easy to follow so you don’t have to be an expert to use the steps. That said, experience helps, so if you know anyone around you who is more experienced with customizing a device away from the factory restrictions, ask for their help.
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
- Make sure you backup the data before continuing. We recommend storing the personal phone contacts, any device settings which you’ve altered since owning the device. passwords, music files, playlists, pictures, videos and all other data such as call logs. You can even store the SMS texts thanks to the help from third-party applications which are available from the Google Play Store. Helium for Android is really popular with the youth these days and offers storage solutions for much of what we ran through.
- Stopover at the Developer Options and enable the USB Debugging Mode. Access both directly from the Settings menu and turning on the phone.
- You should have the updated Samsung USB Drivers. Find them up for grabs from the official Samsung website.
- Do not blame us if you brick the device. You follow the steps at your own risk. The following does void any warranty that’s remaining on the device. Since it’s nearly brand new, most of you should still be under warranty. The obvious issue here is you need to sort after solutions before yourself or else pay for people to solve the problems.
- You can use the following guide for the A5009 model number only. Check the number by turning on the phone and navigating to the Settings, followed by About Device menu.
- While at the About Device menu, check that the current software version reads Android 4.4.4 KitKat. It comes out of the box with the same so there shouldn’t be any worries.
- We do not recommend installing the files if you are using the Android 5.0 Lollipop.
How to root the Samsung Galaxy A3 SM-A5009 Running Android 4.4.4 KitKat
- Download the A5009 rooting package from here.
- Download Odin 3.09 here.
- Extract both the files and run the Odin so it’s working on the desktop.
- Boot the smartphone in Download Mode.
- Connect the A5000 phone to the computer with the USB cable.
- Wait for the ID: COM pot to change color.
- Odin will respond with a message letting you know the device is added.
- Click the AP button.
- Upload the executable file from the Chainfire rooting pack.
Now you can check if it is working by install our favorite root checker application from here.