Now that the bootloader is unlocked, and a custom recovery is available for the LeEco Le Max 2, you can go ahead and get your phone rooted with minimal efforts. A phone with a custom recovery can be easily rooted by just flashing the SuperSU package from Chainfire. It is the case with the LeEco Le Max 2.
By using the custom recovery installed on your phone, you can flash SuperSU, and it will run the exploits to root your phone. Once it has been flashed, your phone should be rooted, and you will have full access to the root files on your phone.
With access to the root on your phone, you should be able to install root-requiring apps that require your phone to be rooted to install them, flash custom ROMs that are customized version of the OS for your phone, and flash custom kernels that take care of the performance of your phone. To get these all running on your phone, you need to be rooted, and the following guide shows exactly how you can do it.
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.
So, here goes our handy guide on how to root the LeEco Le Max 2 using SuperSU:
Files You Need
- You should have an unlocked bootloader and a custom recovery on your phone before you can do this tutorial. Head to our how to install a custom recovery on the LeEco Le Max 2 tutorial to learn how you can do those essential things on your phone. When those are done, come back here and continue.
- The following guide should flash SuperSU on your Le Max 2 phone to achieve root access.
- Download SuperSU to your computer. Do NOT extract the archive, leave it in its original format.
- This root tutorial is intended for LeEco Le Max 2 only.
Rooting the LeEco Le Max 2 running Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates
- Plug in your phone to your computer using a USB cable and ensure your phone can receive files from your computer.
- Copy SuperSU .zip from your computer over to the internal SD card storage on your phone. You should place the file in the root directory, so it is easily accessible.
- When SuperSU is copied, unplug your Le Max 2 phone from your computer.
- Turn off your phone.
- Turn your Le Max 2 phone back on in TWRP Recovery mode. To do that, hold down Volume UP and Power buttons together for a few seconds.
- Your phone should reboot into the recovery mode.
- You will notice that the recovery mode is in Chinese, but, the options are simple to select. You are supposed to tap on the first option in the first column which is Install.
- After that, navigate to your internal SD card storage and find and select SuperSU .zip to be installed on your phone.
- Tap on Swipe to Confirm Flash, which should be at the bottom of the screen.
- Wait for it to flash SuperSU on your phone.
- When it’s done flashing SuperSU, reboot your phone using the Reboot option in the recovery menu.
- Your phone should reboot.
And, your LeEco Le Max 2 should now be rooted. You can confirm the root access for yourself by downloading and installing Root Checker on your phone.
If you are not sure what to do with your newly rooted phone, you can check out our post about the same that should give you some ideas as to what you can do with your rooted phone. At least, it should get you going with your rooted phone and then your imagination is the limit.
Now that you have rooted and installed a custom recovery on the LeEco Le Max 2 smartphone, your customization options are limitless. You can head over to the XDA-Developers forum and check out custom ROMS for your smartphone if there are any made already, or just enjoy the fruits of the Google Play Store that were not available for you before. All of the applications that you might have tried installing on the LeEco Le Max 2 smartphone like the Titanium backup, Xposed Framework, Dumpster, Greenify, Flashify, Quick Boot and Link2Sd are all available to install. You will not get any message that says “this app requires root access” anymore. Instead, the applications will just install as though they are regular applications.
One root app that we usually recommend checking out is the Titanium Backup app which will give you the best app for backing app the LeEco Le Max 2 data out of all applications that are on the Google Play Store. The Titanium Backup takes advantage of the extra ability that getting access to the root file system gives which is why nothing else can compete. Sure, other apps like Helium for backing up aren’t bad, but nobody argues that Titanium is still better. Moreover, the Titanium Backup app also lets people uninstall system apps, so there is no bloatware on the stock ROM–one of the main reasons as to why people install a custom ROM.
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- How To Root The Motorola Moto G4 On Android 6.0.1
- How To Unlock The Bootloader On The Motorola Moto G4
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