The Samsung Galaxy Fresh otherwise known as the Trend Lite is cracked open using the Towelroot tool made by popular hacker GeoHot. GeoHot is primarily an Apple-based hacker that worked with iPhone jailbreaks and he has recently shifted his attention towards the little green robot side of things. The work he has created here marks the second successful rooting tool in his Android arsenal.
It’s no secret that rooting smartphones and tablets is becoming increasingly easier as time goes by thanks to the clever work by handy developers. Nonetheless, the process for gaining root for Kitkat-based software to date has been through software such as ADB, Fastboot and other processes that are more difficult. With Towelroot we get the job done using a simple app and it couldn’t be easier or faster. All up people can finish the guide in less than a minute if they are on their game.
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
- You should know that Towelroot is a tool successfully implemented in many devices that normally run KitKat. The Trend Lite is a smartphone that started out on Jelly Bean, but Samsung announced they would upgrade the operating system to KitKat during the year 2014.
- Make sure you take the time to check you have the correct model number phone because there are two different kinds. The one this guide works with is the S7390. Do not try and install the file using the S7392 model because it won’t work and may even soft-brick the handset.
- We do not provide a warranty for following our guides nor do we pretend to be responsible for any damage caused to the device while following the tutorial listed below. You follow all the steps at your own risk. Obviously we do our very best to give great information, but nothing comes with a written guarantee. Moreover, once you unchain the OS by following the steps, it will void the manufacturers warranty too, meaning you can no longer take it in for repairs. The one way around this is to lock the OS back up again and return to stock software. Doing so will return the flash counter back to zero and therefore no worker in the manufacturers building can pick upon what you did to the device previously.
- The most important precautionary measure to take before starting the steps is making sure all the sensitive data is backed up. that way, even if the device does require a full factory reset, we can still return the vital data including the contacts list, photo galleries, audio files, text messages and any other data you had on the phone. The F’resh’ mobile comes with 4 GB of internal memory which isn’t much space to make copies of your files. However, Samsung has made an additional 64 GB available with MicroSD, microSDHC and microSDXC memory cards. The only downside is they do not come with the phone and will require you to pick them up from the shops or online. people should use the internal or external memory options to backup the data. many people like to use applications available from Google Play Store such as helium and Titanium.
- Make sure you have the Samsung USB drivers up to date and operating on the smartphone before continuing. Furthermore, all people need to turn on the phone and navigate to Settings > Develop Options and turn on USB Debugging Mode or else we cannot connect the mobile to the computer.
- Correspondingly, it is OK to use a notebook, laptop or computer for this tutorial provided that it has a slot for the USB connection.
- Put a stop to any security programs such as malware protection, spyware protection and virus protection by visiting the system tray and temporarily disabling the programs that are running at the present time. Remeber to start them up again before you start surfing the web or else you risk exposing yourself to trojans.
How to root the Samsung Galaxy Fresh GT-S7390 using a quick app called Towelroot
1. Download the root package here.
Note: We recommend using the C: Drive to save the file if you want to keep it long term. Alternatively, use the desktop if you want to delete the file after you finish using it today.
2. Turn the phone on so it is working.
3. Fetch the USB cable.
– look at the USB wire connecting the phone charger to the wall socket if you can’t find it.
4. Connect the USB cable to the phone and the computer.
5. Transfer the root file to the Galaxy Fresh.
6. Disconnect the mobile from the computer’s system unit.
7. Run the Towelroot application.
8. Press the ‘Make it Ra1n’ key on the screen.
Note: it will now start flashing the root and unchaining the operating system. Do not touch any buttons on the handset until it finishes.
9. Download the SuperSu app available from the Google Play Store.
That is the conclusion of the steps. In case you come across the error “Unfortunately SuperSU has stopped“ try downloading the app again.
Now once you have a custom recovery installed, such as ClockworkMod you can start flashing Custom ROMs and deck your mobile out with new themes and much more. Furthermore, people can visit the Play Store again and download the root checker application. With it you can see if your steps were successful.