The Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace SM-J111M phone is a modern phone from the Sammy range that you would expect to find a one-click rooting tool like CF-Auto-Root or perhaps even KingRoot available for people to become the root user over the operating system, but that has not been made possible just yet by developers like Chainfire. Moreover, there is not an official custom recovery image made available like Team Win’s TWRP Recovery that allows people to flash Chainfire’s SuperSU from the recovery image. That means that traditionally speaking there would be no way to get root access and become the root user on the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace smartphone that comes with the SM-J111MK model number, but we have another way thanks to an XDA-Developers member.

Here is everything you need to become the root user on the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace SM-J111M smartphone which then allows you to do things like installing the rest of the apps that would not install before. These applications include popular titles like Titanium Backup, NANDroid Manager, Dumpster, ROM Manager, Viper4Android, Xposed Installer, Game Killer, Greenify, Smart Booster, Root Firewall, Disk Digger and much more.

Galaxy J1 Ace SM-J111M

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 We Should Know

  • Rooting the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace smartphone voids the warranty from Samsung.
  • Rooting Samsung smartphones almost always trip Samsung’s Knox security when means that unrooting the device does not result in the warranty working again. Not all Samsung smartphones and tablets come with Knox security, so you need to research that if you do not know if your does or not already.
  • You need to install the Samsung USB Drivers on the Windows computer if you do not have them already. The drivers are what allows the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace smartphone to be detected by the rooting program and without it, the rooting does not work.
  • You should always backup the data that is on the smartphone before doing something like rooting it just in case you would like to restore the data later after taking a factory reset. The act of rooting the Android operating system does not wipe the data, but if something goes wrong then often the way out is by taking the hard reset which is where the data is lost. You can use applications like the Helium app from the Google Play Store to help with backing up. We then recommend switching from the Helium app to the Titanium Backup app once the device is rooted because it is better.

Files We Need

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace SM-J111M smartphone running on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software updates

  1. Extract the rooting zip file to the desktop of the computer so you can use the rooting file inside.
  2. Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace smartphone so we can use the options inside.
  3. Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Galaxy J1 Ace smartphone, so the Android software allows us to make changes to the software.
  4. Connect the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace smartphone to the computer with the USB cable that is usually used to charge the battery on the device.
  5. Double-click on the ROOt.bat file that is available on the desktop after you extracted the file toward the beginning of the guide.
  6. Follow the set of on-screen guidelines from the rooting program to complete the rooting process.
  7. Reboot the Samsung Galaxy j1 Ace smartphone after the instructions are completed.

In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace SM-J111M smartphone when it is running on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software updates by using a new root bat file made from an XDA-Developers senior member. Though we have not run this rooting script ourselves to test it, we assume that it leaves the Galaxy J1 Ace with the SuperSU installed which his the same kind of SuperSu that is installed and enabled after flashing a custom recovery and flashing SuperSU and the SuperSU you get from Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root tool. The results mean that you can install all the same rooting applications that you could install from other rooting methods.

Anyone looking for a point in the right rooting direction might be interested in checking out our article that shows what we think are some of the best rooting applications out there today for the Android operating system. Note that anyone interested in installing a custom ROM still needs to install a custom recovery. The same goes for any custom kernels. Rooting the Android is all about installing applications that could not be installed before. Many of those apps are coming directly from developer websites like Xposed, and the rest are usually available from the same Google Play Store that you always use for installing regular apps. The Titanium Backup app is an excellent example of a root app that is available from Google Play if you want to have a better backing up solution than Helium and don’t have any interest in installing a custom recovery image.