How to Root an Android

Joel Mason

Android, Tutorials

Rooting an Android device can give you more control and customization options, but it also comes with risks and voids your warranty. In this article, we will guide you through the process of rooting your Android device.

What is Rooting?

Rooting is the process of gaining privileged control or access to the root directory of an Android device. It allows you to modify system files, install custom ROMs, remove bloatware, and use various apps that require root access.

Before You Start

Before you begin, it’s essential to note that rooting your device can void its warranty. Additionally, improper rooting can lead to bricking your phone or causing other software issues. Proceed at your own risk.

Backup Your Data:

  • Step 1: Go to Settings on your Android device.
  • Step 2: Scroll down and tap on “System” or “About Phone”.
  • Step 3: Look for “Backup” or “Backup & Reset” option and tap on it.
  • Step 4: Choose the data you want to back up such as contacts, photos, videos, etc., and initiate the backup process.

Charge Your Device:

  • Step 1: Ensure that your Android device has at least a 50% battery charge remaining.
  • TIP: It’s recommended to have a fully charged battery for uninterrupted rooting process.

The Rooting Process

Step 1: Enable Developer Options:

  • Step 1: Go to Settings on your Android device.
  • Step 2: Scroll down and tap on “About Phone” or “System”.
  • Step 3: Find “Build Number” and tap on it seven times.
  • Step 4: You will see a message saying, “You are now a developer!”

Step 2: Enable USB Debugging:

  • Step 1: Go back to the main Settings page.
  • Step 2: Scroll down and tap on “Developer Options”.
  • TIP: If you can’t find Developer Options, go to “About Phone” or “System” and look for “Software Information”, then tap on it seven times to enable Developer Options.
  • Step 3: Look for “USB Debugging” and toggle it on.

Step 3: Install Android SDK Platform Tools:

  • Note:
    If you have already installed ADB (Android Debug Bridge) on your computer, skip this step.
    If not, follow these instructions to install Android SDK Platform Tools:

    – Visit the official Android Developers website.
    – Download the appropriate version of the SDK Platform Tools for your operating system.

    – Extract the downloaded file to a location of your choice.
    – Add the location of the extracted files to your system’s PATH variable.

Step 4: Connect Your Device to the Computer:

  • Step 1: Use a USB cable to connect your Android device to the computer.
  • TIP: Ensure that USB Debugging is enabled on your device.

Step 5: Open Command Prompt or Terminal:

  • Step 1: On your computer, open Command Prompt (Windows) or Terminal (Mac/Linux).

Step 6: Verify Device Connection:

  • Step 1: In the Command Prompt or Terminal, type “adb devices” and press Enter.
  • TIP: This command should display the list of connected devices. If not, make sure your device is properly connected and USB Debugging is enabled.

Step 7: Unlock the Bootloader (Optional):

  • Note:
    This step may vary depending on the manufacturer and model of your device. Some devices have locked bootloaders that need to be unlocked before rooting.
    – Visit your device manufacturer’s website for specific instructions on unlocking the bootloader.

    – Follow the provided instructions carefully to unlock the bootloader.
    – Warning: Unlocking the bootloader will erase all data on your device. Ensure you have backed up everything important.

Step 8: Root Your Android Device:

  • Note:
    The process of rooting may differ based on the device model and Android version. It’s crucial to research and find the appropriate rooting method for your specific device.

    – Visit reliable Android forums or websites to find the recommended rooting method for your device.
    – Follow the provided instructions carefully to root your device.
    – Once rooted, your device will reboot, and you should have root access.


Congratulations! You have successfully rooted your Android device.

With root access, you can now explore various customization options, install custom ROMs, and use root-enabled apps. Remember to exercise caution while making any system-level changes and always follow trusted sources for guidance.

TIP: If you encounter any issues or want to revert the changes, you can search for tutorials on unrooting your specific device.

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