Once you have flashed a custom recovery on your Motorola Moto G4 Plus, you can go ahead and flash SuperSU to achieve root access on the phone.
Rooting your Motorola Moto G4 Plus should let you enjoy some new features on your phone. From being able to remove stock apps to adding new root-requiring apps, everything can be done when you have root. And here we teach you how to get root on your Moto G4 Plus:
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.
Files You Need
- You must have unlocked the bootloader on your phone before you can do this tutorial. If you haven’t done so yet, please head here and do it first.
- You must have a custom recovery installed on your phone before you can root your phone. If you have not flashed a recovery yet, do so now using our how to flash a custom recovery on the Motorola Moto G4 Plus tutorial.
- This should flash SuperSU to achieve root access on your phone.
- Download SuperSU to your computer. Do NOT extract it, leave it in its original format for it to be flashed through a custom recovery.
- This procedure has been written keeping TWRP custom recovery in mind. If you use CWM Recovery, the steps will slightly vary.
Rooting the Motorola Moto G4 Plus
- Plug in your phone to your computer using a suitable USB cable.
- Copy SuperSU from your computer over to the internal SD card storage on your phone.
- When SuperSU is copied, unplug your phone from your computer.
- Turn off your phone.
- Turn your phone back on in recovery mode. To do that, hold down Volume UP and Power buttons together for a few seconds.
- Your phone should reboot into TWRP recovery mode.
- Tap on Install in the main menu of TWRP.
- Navigate to your internal SD card storage and find and tap on SuperSU .zip to select it to be flashed on your phone.
- Tap on Swipe to Confirm Flash to flash SuperSU on your phone.
- Wait for TWRP to flash SuperSU on your phone. It should not take too long to do that.
- When TWRP’s done flashing SuperSU, reboot your phone by choosing Reboot followed by System from the TWRP Recovery menu.
- Your phone should reboot normally.
- You are all set.
Congratulations! Your Motorola Moto G4 Plus is now rooted, and you can confirm it for yourself by downloading and installing Root Checker on your phone.
Now that you have both root and a custom recovery on your phone, you are free to enjoy some custom developments on your phone. From simple root-requiring apps to difficult things like custom ROMs, you can flash almost anything on your phone as long as it is a supported item by your phone.
Root-only apps let you customize the inner elements on your phone – namely the system files that are not usually available for viewing or editing. But with root, they can be viewed using a compatible root explorer and can be edited as well. In case you wish to delete these files, make sure you know what you are doing, or you will end up messing the files and making your phone unstable.
A custom ROM, also known as the customized version of the OS, lets you change the entire system and appearance of your phone in one shot. That way, you can get new features, apps, and tons of other things by just flashing a single file using a custom recovery on your phone.
If you still have no clue as to what to do with your rooted phone, check out our guide that teaches what should be done on a rooted phone. That should get you going, I believe!
Once you have learned about all the things that can be done with the Android operating system rooted you can then get to know the apps that make it all happen. Nothing gets done to the root user account on Android without the help from apps along the way. There are roughly several thousand root applications out there that would not run on a smartphone unless you had access to the root user account that is being used today by at least a few people. Around the top 100 of those apps are being used by a large number of individuals and some of them are just about as accessible as any app on the internet. One of the apps we always enjoy recommending people install is the Titanium Backup app because you would not have used anything for backing up that comes close to its genius unless you have had root access or a custom recovery image installed on the device before. There is that app and a great deal more from our article that is dedicated to showcasing the best root applications for you to install on the Android operating system.
Check out the article for the best root apps and remember the names of the ones that you would like to try because the Google Play Store does not have an easy way for you to find the root apps. You need to know the names of them before you browse for them. Additionally, you may look for some that are not available from the Google Play Store. Don’t worry; you can find the rest online from other sources. The most reliable way of finding them is by doing a Google search for the root apps that did not show up from the Play Store when you tried downloading them from there.
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