If you have not rooted your Huawei P9 yet, you have been missing out on enjoying some of the coolest features root access has to offer. These functions include the ability to run root-requiring apps, flash a custom recovery to flash a custom ROM then, and so on.

There are a million things you can do when you have rooted your phone, and what’s more, rooting costs nothing. To root your phone, all you need to have is the right tools on your computer, and you are good to go.

Huawei P9

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 we show how you can root your Huawei P9 using TWRP Custom Recovery:

Files You Need

  1. You must have a Windows running computer to do this tutorial as the tool that you are going to use is Windows only.
  2. You must have unlocked the bootloader on your phone before doing this tutorial. If your bootloader is locked, this tutorial will not work for you.
  3. This should also flash a custom recovery called TWRP on your phone.
  4. This should flash SuperSU on your phone to achieve access to the root.
  5. Download Root Package and save it to your computer. It contains everything you need to flash a recovery and root your phone.
  6. You should only try this on a Huawei P9 phone. Doing this on any other phone will lead to a brick of the phone.

Flashing a Custom Recovery on the Huawei P9

  1. Extract files from Root Package to your computer by right-clicking on the package and selecting Extract here.
  2. Turn off your phone.
  3. Turn your phone back on in fastboot mode. To do so, hold down Volume DOWN and Power buttons together for a few seconds.
  4. Your phone should turn on in fastboot mode.
  5. Plug in your phone to your computer using a suitable USB cable.
  6. Open folder 1 that you extracted from root package and double-click on the .bat file located inside the folder.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions for flashing a custom recovery on your phone.
  8. When the recovery’s flashed, reboot your phone.

Awesome! You have successfully flashed TWRP Recovery on your Huawei P9, and you are all set to get root on your phone. Here’s how:

Rooting the Huawei P9

  1. Connect your phone to your computer using a compatible USB cable.
  2. Copy SuperSU .zip from folder 2 that you extracted from root package over to the external SD card on your phone. Since TWRP does not support mounting of internal storage, you must place the file on external storage, or it will not show up in the TWRP menu.
  3. When SuperSU is copied, disconnect your phone from your computer.
  4. Turn off your phone.
  5. Turn your phone back on in TWRP Recovery mode. You can do that by holding down Volume UP and Power buttons together for a few seconds.
  6. When your phone enters TWRP, tap on the button that says Install.
  7. Navigate to your external storage and select SuperSU .zip to be installed on your phone.
  8. Confirm the flash by tapping on Swipe to Confirm Flash.
  9. Wait for TWRP to flash SuperSU on your phone. It should not take too long to do that.
  10. When TWRP’s done flashing SuperSU, reboot your phone by selecting Reboot followed by System from the recovery menu.
  11. Your phone should reboot.
  12. You should now be rooted!

Congrats! You have successfully rooted your Huawei P9 using TWRP and SuperSU and you are now all set to enjoy tons of root-requiring apps and other developments on your phone.

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