How to Root Your Android Phone – the Simple Guide

Rooting your Android – sounds techie and complicated but it can be easy if you follow this simple guide. You don’t need to get bogged down in details you just need to get it done – right?

I’ll explain what Rooting an Android means, why you might want to do it and then a step by step guide to show you how to root your Android phone with as little fuss as possible. Rooting can be done on devices running the Android Operating Systemcell phones and tablets.

What is Rooting and Why You Need to Know?

Technically, Rooting refers to adapting the phone’s Operating System to allow apps and software – Root permission. If that sounds a bit foreign, all you need to know is that by running a small software program, you can allow certain apps to work freely on your phone or Android device.

Rooting is similar to Jailbreaking an iPhone and allows all sorts of modifications – if you are tech minded. Most people only consider Rooting when they need to, in order to run a specific app.

Why?

Certain apps and software programs need this Root permission in order to work properly. If you want the freedom to install and use the software you choose, you will need to Root your Android.

This website is mostly about different types of Spy Software and if you want to get the most from some of these programs you should consider Rooting your phone. To use programs like MobileSpy and StealthGenie you don’t need to Root the phone – but some of the advanced reporting features will not work unless you do. Features such as spying on WhatsApp, Gmail and the Live Control Panel with Mobile Spy – all need the phone to be Rooted.

As I said, it is not necessary for most features to work but in my experience you should Root your phone to get the best results – plus it’s really easy, once you lose the fear!

What are the Risks with Rooting?

If you take care and follow the instructions there are none. When Android first came out, Rooting was a very complicated procedure but with time it has been simplified and the modern Rooting Apps are safe and easy to use – even if you are not very technical. If you follow the instructions and Backup your device, you will not Brick or harm your phone and remember it is totally reversible.

Before You Begin

Backup your Android Phone or device. Do not skip this step. It will keep all of your data on the phone safe but more importantly, this backup will allow you to restore your phone operating system if something was to go wrong during Rooting.

It’s up to you how you make your backup – some phones have PC software suites allowing backup, some people use Google SyncUSB Debugging Screenshot – check out this article if you are stuck – Android Phone Backup Guide.

Make sure your phone battery is fully charged before you begin – it matters!

One last thing – you need to enable USB debugging on your phone. On your phone go to Settings – Applications – Development – and make sure Enable USB Debugging is checked. See the screenshot.

Rooting App Downloads

The app I’m going to be showing you in this guide is SuperOneClick. I have tried some of the others but SuperOneClick is the easiest to use and it supports the biggest range of cell phones and OS versions. Try it first and if it doesn’t work you can try one of the others.

Click on this link to download SuperOneClick to your computer.

The download is a Zip file – if you don’t know how to open Zip files go to my article How to Jailbreak your iPhone – it has instructions on how to open this type of file.

Alternatives to SuperOneClick – EasyRoot, Unrevoked, Z4Root and Universal AndRoot just Google them for the downloads.

Get Rooting!

Your phone is fully charged, you have backed it up, enabled USB debugging and downloaded and unzipped SuperOneClick.

If you have a SD Card in your phone unmount it or remove it before proceeding.

Now connect your phone to your PC via USB cable and make sure no other programs are running. Double click on the SuperOneClick .exe icon and the program will open – check the screenshot below.

Rooting with SuperOneClick

Click on the big button that says Root. The program will take a few minutes to run – showing progress as it goes – something like the screenshot below. Give it time – it may pause a little as it runs.
Rooting an Android Screenshot

When completed it will say OK. That’s it – your Android is Rooted – I told you it was easy!

Power off your phone and then restart. You should see an app called SuperUser on your phone if everything has been successful.

SuperUser rooting icon

SuperUser Icon

If you later decide to remove Rooting – you can do it through SuperOneClick. Connect your phone and hit the Unroot Button.

What Now?

That’s it – with the SuperUser app installed, whenever you install an app or software which requires rooting it will prompt you to Allow Permission.

Now you are free to install any app you want, modify and personalize your Android phone and of course get the most out of your spy software program.

Rooting Android Resources

If you have any problems finding a Rooting App that works for your specific phone go to this website and try searching for your phone by name.

A great Forum for more advanced users or if you have any questions

The developers of SuperOneClick  – Shortfuse.org

 

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10 Responses to How to Root Your Android Phone – the Simple Guide

  1. Brian A. December 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    I started researching on my own how to root a phone and try to keep the evidence of it hidden, and I ran into lots of articles defining and discussing the terms: rooting, jailbreaking, unlocking bootloaders, and unlocking phones. It seems that, as of 01/23/2013, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) was reviewed (as it is every 3 years), and the Librarian of Congress has changed their stance on these actions. From what I can glean, however, rooting and jailbreaking are still legal — due to exceptions made by the Librarian re: the DMCA — but unlocking is not legal. I wanted to get your opinion on this, primarily to make sure that you still believe that rooting and jailbreaking are legal actions to perform, since you talk about the need for doing them and point us to ways to do them on your website.

    Thank you.

    • Susan Kennedy December 24, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

      Rooting and Jailbreaking are definitely legal. Unlocking is a totally different thing and in some cases if you unlock the phone you could be in breach of contract with your provider.

  2. Lisa January 2, 2014 at 7:41 pm #

    If the android phone has an option to allow apps from unknown sources to check, do you still need to root the phone?

    • Susan Kennedy January 6, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

      Rooting is only required for a few features – check the program reviews for details. Other than these few features everything else works without root.

      • Red August 6, 2015 at 2:00 am #

        will I need to root for listening to calls and surroundings?

        • Susan Kennedy August 6, 2015 at 9:06 am #

          Yes for Android devices, those features require Rooting.

  3. sachin February 28, 2014 at 10:05 am #

    trying to root samsung sII 19100 thru superoneclick , once the rooting starts, it doesnot proceed beyond Starting ADB server. does this handset require different software for rooting

    • Susan Kennedy February 28, 2014 at 10:32 am #

      I’m not sure about your specific phone model. Superoneclick does not work for all models but if you check the resources link at the bottom of the article to Android Authority you’ll find another download. Thanks for your question and good luck.

  4. babyna August 9, 2015 at 11:18 am #

    Please what happens if the target phone gets factory reset after the spy has been installed?

    Does that mean the spy will stop working until it has been re-installed?

    • Susan Kennedy August 9, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

      Yes – a reset will remove the software, and you would need to re-install.

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