The Samsung J1 is a neat smartphone taken from the J series. The J100H variant is easily rooted with the iRoot tool and Odin.
We’ll give you two reliable links for both tools and an easy step-by-step guide to follow after the drop.
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.
- Turn on the Samsung smartphone and navigate to the About Device menu. Now check the model number on the display matches up with J100H, otherwise this guide is not for you.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers for mobile phones. Download it directly to the Windows computer you are using in conjunction with this guide.
- You are voiding the warranty of the J1 by continuing from here. Many Samsung devices come with added security which means an unroot guide doesn’t always get the warranty back. You’ll need to look into the J1 specifically if the warranty concerns you.
How to Root Samsung J1 SM-J100H on Android 4.4.4 KitKat
1. Download and extract the root file from here on the desktop of the Windows computer.
2. Download Odin here to the computer and extract the file. Run the Odin program and leave it open.
3. Completely switch off the device and boot it back up in Download Mode.
4. Hold the buttons to get in Download Mode. You should see a yellow warning symbol with other yellow text on the display. Press Volume Up at this time.
5. Connect the Samsung J1 to the computer and you should see Odin detect your device. If not, you might need to download the USB Drivers.
6. Click the PDA button and upload the J100H tar file you extracted from the root file in step one.
7. Click the Start button and Odin should flash that file to your device.
8. Now download the iRoot tool from here.
9. Disconnect the J1 from the computer.
10. Run the iRoot program and tick the box on the main screen that says “launch”.
11. Continue to launch the iRooting tool.
12. Connect the J1 to the computer once again and the iRoot tool will detect your smartphone.
13. Click the Root button and wait until the tool successfully roots your device.
Your Samsung J1 J100H now has root access. You can start thinking about all those extra root-only applications that are waiting over at Google Play.