The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 doesn’t have a whole heap going for it with low pixel density, a camera lacking autofocus, a camera with no flash, a battery that is non user replaceable, no front facing camera and no ambient light sensor. Nonetheless, that makes it the ideal candidate to unlock the OS with root and install some custom ROMs to get well away from the stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread it comes with out of the box.
Those that bought the IdeaPad are happy with what they got, but most are not hardcore Android enthusiasts. Therefore, when it comes to gaining root access, many owners will prefer the easiest method they can get their hands on to make the experience simplified. That is what we have here with the One-Click routine that takes a few minutes to complete and only a couple of taps. Before we get started on the steps there is a list of prerequisites that we want to run through to maximize your potential, knowledge and wisdom before we kick things off.
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
- The guide listed is suitable for people above the age of 10 as long as you have extensive knowledge with gadgets. The guide does not require advanced users if you are an older person.
- Above all, we want to make copies of the important data such as photo galleries, music and audio files, market applications, the contacts list, video footage, SMS and MMS texts and any other sensitive data you do not want to risk losing. We do this by taking a complete backup of the OS. Unfortunately, backing up our Android-based devices isn’t always easy. Thankfully though we can use apps to help us achieve what we want. If you already have root and want to unchain the operating system using the SuperOneClick instead, try using the app called Titanium. use the Helium app if you do not have root yet to make copies of data and apps. Furthermore, use SMS backup to store those text messages from friends and family you do not want to risk losing.
- Following the guide correctly does not result in data loss. We make copies to be on the safe side in case a full factory reset is required. The data are wiped during the resetting procure and therefore you will lose everything that was added on the phone by doing this unless you took the backups we mentioned.
- The tool we are using comes from the XDA Developers thread from CLShortFuse. When you click the link you can check out all the information on the page he gives about the tool, plus any replies posted by people reading. Doing so will increase your knowledge on the package that opens up the OS for you. In addition, you can see how many updates the package has received so far and it’s a lot. That will boost your confidence in what we are doing.
- The battery in this tablet is 3550 mAh and the connectivity does come with USB charging. That means when we connect it using the USB wire to the machine, it will start charging the battery much like a standard phone charger would. However, because we are not remaining connected for a long time we do need to have some battery life saved up prior to starting the steps. With that in mind, we recommend having 405 power to start with. Check the battery icon in the status bar to observe how much is left on the device. The tablet, must be turned on to see it first.
- Validate the Lenovo USB Drivers so we know they are up to date. Moreover, verify the USB Debugging Mode is enabled by visiting the Develop options menu from the Settings on the tablet.
- Opening up the core hardware like we are about to today always comes with risks. Worst case scenario is bricking the tablet. Luckily bricking is easily fixable in most cases thanks to a vast array of developers who make tools to help in that department. However, it will require extra research on your behalf to find the solution as we do not provide that here. A great place to start searching is the XDA forum where many of the best Droid developers loves to hang out and post their work.
- You need a notebook, laptop or computer to successfully complete the steps listed below. Make sure it has a USB slot so we can plug our devices into the slot and make the connection.
- Corresponding, it’s easier to stop any virus, spyware and malware protection from running on the tablet and computer.
- The guide we are creating here is for educational purposes only and we are not liable for any damages caused by following the steps. You follow all of them at your own risk and any problems you encounter are on you. We do our best to give accurate information, but nothing comes with a sealed guarantee.
How to root the Lenovo ideaPad A1 using the One-Click technique
1. Turn the computer on.
2. Log in to the account.
3. Download the package from here and save it to the C: Drive or desktop.
Make a mental note where you save the file so you remember where to find it soon.
4. Extract the file and place the contents on the desktop.
5. Find the USB cable
– check the phone charger if you can’t see the wire.
6. Plug the tablet using the wire.
7. Run the executable root SuperOneClick file.
8. Click the “root” option from the program that shows up on the monitor.
9. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish.
10. The tablet may reboot automatically when it finishes.
11. Visit the system tray if using Windows and stop the USB Mass Storage device.
Stop over at the Google Play Store and install any version of the Root Checker application to help verify it is working.