The term rooting the Android operating system is not as well known as becoming the administrator on a PC because Android is not as well known as Microsoft’s Windows desktop environment, but they both essentially mean the same thing.

The root user on Android can do more. From installing thousands of additional apps—many of which people will find useful—to uninstalling existing apps that many people find not so useful. Being the root user puts you in control of what is installed and what is deleted. It is the only way to use your Android truly and have it the way you want to be.

We all know what can be uninstalled (the system apps) so let’s take a look at what can be installed. One of the root apps that is installed lots is the Xposed Installer. Frequently on people’s top ten best root apps of all time list, Xposed puts you in control of what features are going to be running on Android. It does this by using special modules that can help tweak the UI similar to what a custom ROM can produce.

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

  • Chainfire was running on the LMY47X.P605XXU1EOI5 firmware build number on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 SM-P605 when he developed the CF-Auto-Roto file in this guide. You do not have to be running the same firmware build number. All you need is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 with the SM-P605 model number and for it to be running on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software updates.
  • Leave a message with the new recovery image files from the new firmware you are running on the XDA-Developers forum page if you flash the CF-Auto-Root tool, and the device does not boot.

Files We Need

  • Download the CF-Auto-Root tool for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 SM-P605 running on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software updates.
  • Download the Samsung USB Drivers for the Windows computer.

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 SM-P605 running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software updates

  1. Log into the Windows computer with the administrator’s account so you can use Odin.
  2. Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet if it is not unlocked already.
  3. Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 if it is not enabled already.
  4. Install the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer so the flashing tool ca detect the tablet.
  5. Extract the rooting file to the desktop of the computer and the Odin and rooting file is available on the desktop.
  6. Boot the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 SM-P605 into the download mode and connect to the computer with the USB cable.
  7. Double-click the Odin file so it opens on the desktop and check that it gives a yellow or blue ID: COM port and the added message. (Those two things are there to let you know that the Galaxy Note 10.1 is connected, and the Samsung USB Drivers are working).
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  8. Click the mouse on the AP button from Odin and browse through to the desktop and upload the MD 5 rooting file.
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  9. Click the mouse on the Start button and the rooting of the Note 10.1 tablet computer begins.
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  10. Read the information that is rolling down the display letting you know everything that is happening with the rooting process and then wait until it says it is rebooting in ten seconds.
  11. Check that Odin on the computer is showing a green box with a pass message inside that box.
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In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 SM-P605 tablet computer running on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software updates by flashing Chainfire’s SuperSU via a one-click rooting tool also made by Chainfire called CF-Auto-Root. The SuperSU is now installed and enabled and as soon as the Samsung tablet reboots back into the normal mode you can see it there with the rest of your apps. You do not have to change any of the settings from within the SuperSU. It is already working and prompts your display when you download an app that requires root access before it can run.

Anyone who needs some ideas on what root apps to install can check out our list of the best root applications for Android and see what you think.

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