There is a solution and it’ll be explained how to root your Android phone or tablet. Rooting will give you back control over the look, feel, and behavior of your device. Android phones are, on the whole, hugely powerful devices. Whether it is the Sony Z5, Samsung Galaxy S6, or LG G4, these phones have the capability to be customized and tailored to their will of owner.
The idea is to get root access hence why it’s known as ‘rooting’. It is a bit like having a VIP pass at a gig, you can go anywhere you like and do anything you want. Google has worked hard to refine the user experience, and the current loop 5.1.1 Lollipop is a clutter free work of art that feels a long way from the dark days of Froyo and Gingerbread.
The problems occur when phone manufacturers lay their own interfaces on top of it. Far from amending Android, they often make things slower, uglier and more confusing. Then there is the mortal sin of pre loaded apps, often duplicating the functionality of stock Google versions, and being not possible to remove.
Not only does this take valuable storage space away from the user, but it seems to suggest that this expensive device you have paid for does not exactly belong to you.
If you want that kind of experience then a trip to the Apple Store is probably a good idea, and at least you will be able to sell the device for a decent amount of money when you decide to upgrade.
Before you begin to think about custom ROMs or root enabled apps, you will have to research your specific Android phone or tablet. To find your exact unit go to Settings on your phone and navigate through General>About Phone, then check the Model number.
On some Android variants you might find this in the Hardware Information option on the About Phone menu.
You also will want to know which flavor of Android you are running, so visit Settings>General>About Phone, and check the Android version. Again some phone will have this under Software Information.
Then tap on the Build number several times until you see a message saying that you are now a developer. Then when you return to Settings>General you will see that Developer Options has appeared on your menu, tap this and ensure that USB debugging is turned on.
This clever bit of software actually allows you to root your phone without the need of a PC. First you need to go to stumproot where you tap on the option to Download Stump root V1.2.0.
Once this is done open the app drawer on your phone, find the File Manager and navigate to your downloads folder. A quick way to make sure is to download the free Root Checker app from the Google Play Store.
Just tap the Check button in the top right hand corner of the installed app, and it’ll do a short scan of your system and confirm whether you have Root Access or not.
Sequence for installation of custom ROMs
- Root your phone
- Find the version of the ROM for your specific device and download it to your phone
- Download TWRP Manager or another ROM manager app
- Use the ROM manager to create a Custom Recovery
- Backup your existing ROM and data
- Use the ROM manager to boot into recovery mode
- Wipe the existing ROM
- Flash the new ROM
- Reboot your device
If you have finished experimenting with ROMs and Root access, then there’s an easy was to take your phone back to the way it was when you began.