Rooting the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact smartphone with the E5823 model number is your portal to a ton of more apps becoming available to install on your device. These apps I am referring to are legal, available on the Google Play Store (for the most part) and can tweak your device second to only installing a custom ROM. For those of you who would enjoy delving a little deeper into the world of installing a custom ROM, you will be pleased to know that this guide also shows you how to install a custom recovery image.
The custom recovery image — otherwise just known as the custom recovery — will be the partition you use to install your custom ROM files. A custom recovery can usually be accessed one of the several ways, the most popular being the standard hardware button combination that you get for the recovery mode naturally when you open the device out of the box and start using it. However, once you root the device, you can also install the Quick Boot application from the Google Play Store and begin quickly booting your device into the various modes available at the tap of a button. That means you will no longer have to remember what your hardware key combinations are when you need to get the device into a particular mode.
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.
Here is everything you need to root the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact with the E5823 model number running on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow software updates by using an updated version of the SuperSU application and a custom recovery.
Files You Need
- Download the required version of the SuperSU application for your Z5 Compact from here.
- You must have a custom recovery installed on the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact smartphone before you can follow this guide for rooting by installing the SuperSU application.
The guide is made with the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact smartphone that has the E5823 model number in mind. We do not know if this same version of SuperSU will work for any other device, so always check for a unique guide that is specifically made for your device. Moreover, the custom recovery image you must have installed that is connected to this tutorial is likely only able to be flashed on the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact smartphone with the same model number.
Note that you do void the Sony warranty when you choose to root a device and install a custom recovery image on the phone. You can usually get the warranty working once again when you unroot the device and have the stock recovery running once again.
Rooting the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact E5823 running on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow software updates using SuperSU
- Download the SuperSU application from the files section above directly to the computer and have it waiting on the desktop.
- Connect the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact E5823 smartphone to the computer with the USB cable that you would usually use to charge the device when the battery is low.
- Copy the new version of SuperSU that is on the desktop over to the internal storage SD card folder for the Xperia smartphone that you can access on the computer.
- Unplug your Xperia Z5 Compact smartphone from the computer once you have the file on the SD card.
- Turn off the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact device and reboot it by holding the hardware key combination for the stock recovery mode and since you already installed a custom recovery, the custom recovery will be on the display.
- Tap on the Install button from the custom recovery menu and browse the internal storage SD card for the SuperSU zip file.
- Follow the on-screen commands to have the SuperSU package installed on your smartphone and then choose the option that says it will reboot your system now from the main recovery menu.
In conclusion, that is how to root the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact smartphone that has the E5823 model number by using a newer version of the SuperSU application that is made by Chainfire to work for your smartphone. The smartphone will now automatically reboot, and you will see the SuperSU app is there from your app drawer — make sure it stays there. That SuperSU app is going to send messages in your direction after you install any of your root applications, and it will ask you if you want to have the root permissions granted to the application or if you do not. Always say yes to apps that you installed and you know are safe and always so no to any apps or programs that you do not want to have root access or else some things might jump into apps you do not want them to access.
Hitting up the Google Play Store to start installing applications that require access to the root file system before they can run is what everyone does after he or she have rooted the Android operating system. Some apps can do just about anything, and there is not one app that won’t be willing to run on the device in our hands now with root access. We are in control and can decide what is installed on our devices. People wanting to learn more about what types of root applications are available can check out our post that shows what we think are the best root applications available for Android devices.
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