But if you do the necessary research, and you check, double-check and even triple-check everything, you should be okay.
Before you go through with rooting your Android device, there are some things you need to know so that if anything were to go wrong, you are more than prepared.
1. Remember to Back Up Your Files
Backing up everything you have on your phone is extremely important. Like I said before rooting is risky business, especially if this is your first time rooting. Something could go wrong, and you might need to wipe your phone clean, but that shouldn’t be a problem if you backed everything up since you can easily re-install everything.
2. Make Sure You Have Enough Battery Power
Since rooting your Android device can take a while, the last thing you want is a low battery, so make sure you have a fully-charged battery. You may see others recommend at least a 75% battery, but I recommend a full 100%. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
3. Know Your Phone’s Information Before Rooting
I know this is going to sound obvious, but sometimes it’s the obvious things that we miss. Before rooting you are going to need to know your device’s name, your carrier, model number, Android version, kernel number, and build number. Why is it important to know this? Knowing this is important because this is going to determine which rooting method is the right one for your Android device. If you follow the wrong guide, you could end up bricking your phone and have a very expensive paperweight.
4. Learn How to Get Into Stock Android Recovery
Learning how to get into Android Recovery is not hard at all; you should be able to get into it with a few button combinations such as pressing the power key, Volume+ and home button simultaneously (for Samsung Galaxy smartphones). This is something you should learn before rooting your device just in case something goes wrong, and you need to wipe your phone.
5. Learn How to Restore Your Smartphone’s Firmware
It is important to learn how to restore your Android phone’s firmware because if something were to go wrong, you always have the option to go back to how you were before. You can restore your phone’s firmware with software such as Odin for Samsung or LG Flash Tool for LG devices. The software is obviously going to depend on what phone you have, so make sure you have this on your computer before you root your Android device.
Remember to download the right firmware for your specific smartphone. Sometimes the firmware is specific to a device and even a build number.
6. Download the Necessary Drivers for Your Android
If you don’t install the right drivers for your Android device, the rooting process is not going to work since the computer needs these drivers to communicate with your Android device. You can download the drivers from the manufacturer’s official website, and don’t forget to turn on USB Debugging as well.
7. Read the Comments of the Rooting Method You Are Going to Use
It is always better to learn from someone else’s mistakes, right? So when you think that you have found the rooting method for you, read the comments below it. This way you will be aware of the typical rooting problems the users with your exact phone have gone through, and you will know how to fix it if you were ever to encounter them.
Rooting your Android device is risky business, and if you are not careful, you can damage your device. The key word here is research, and if you do enough of it, you will certainly have the confidence to root your Android device easily.