Rooting the Huawei Honor 5C is as easy as flashing SuperSU on the phone using the pre-installed custom recovery like the TWRP recovery.

Once you are rooted, you should be able to install tons of root-only stuff on your phone ranging from basic root-requiring apps to fully customized versions of the OS aka custom ROMs.

Huawei Honor 5C

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 you can root your Huawei Honor 5C:

Files You Need

  1. The bootloader on your phone must be unlocked before you can do this tutorial. Our guide here should help you do that.
  2. You must have a custom recovery installed on your Huawei Honor 5C phone before you can root it. Head to our how to install a custom recovery on the Huawei Honor 5C tutorial to learn how you can install one on your phone.
  3. The following guide should flash SuperSU on your phone to root the phone.
  4. Download SuperSU to your computer. Do NOT extract the file, leave it in its original format.
  5. This tutorial is intended for the Huawei Honor 5C only.

Rooting the Huawei Honor 5C

  1. Plug in your Huawei Honor 5C phone to your computer using a suitable USB cable. Make sure your phone can receive files from your computer.
  2. Copy SuperSU .zip from your computer over to the internal storage on your phone.
  3. When SuperSU is copied, unplug your phone from your computer.
  4. Turn off your phone.
  5. Turn your Honor 5C phone back on in the custom recovery mode. To do so, hold down Volume UP, Volume DOWN, and Power buttons simultaneously for a few seconds.
  6. Your Honor 5C phone reboots into the custom recovery mode.
  7. Tap on Install in the recovery mode.
  8. Navigate to your internal storage and find and select SuperSU .zip to be installed on your phone.
  9. Tap on Swipe to Confirm Flash to flash the file on your phone.
  10. Wait for TWRP to flash SuperSU on your phone.
  11. When flashing SuperSU completes, reboot your Honor 5C phone by tapping on Reboot followed by System in the TWRP menu.
  12. Your phone reboots normally.
  13. When the phone boots up, launch the SuperSU app and let it update the binary files.
  14. You are all done.

Your Huawei Honor 5C is now fully rooted and is now ready to be flashed with your custom personal developments, such as a custom ROM or a custom kernel.

If this happens to be your first rooted phone, you might be a little confused as to how to get started with root access on your phone. Well, we have you covered. Head to our what things to do with a rooted phone post to learn some ideas about what things you can do with your rooted phone.

We root the Android operating system that is running on our Android smartphones and tablets because it allows us to have more control. Most of that additional control is achieved with the help of applications from the Google Play Store. There are thousands of new apps available at our disposal. All we need to do is find out what they are. One of the cool new apps that is available for people is the app that allows people to change the DNS server. Anyone looking for more ideas just like that can try looking at our best root apps for the Android OS article that goes into more details for many great apps.

Usually, you install root-requiring apps when you have rooted your phone. Moreover, after that, you can go ahead and try out some advanced stuff like a custom ROM or a custom kernel on your Honor 5C phone. While these are advanced stuff, flashing them is a breeze if you just know how to do that.

Before you go ahead and get a custom ROM flashed on your phone, make sure you have taken a full backup of your Honor 5C phone using the TWRP Recovery. It helps you restore your phone when things do not work out well for you.

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