There are tens of thousands of unique android devices, and almost all of them have a slightly different method of rotation. So, in this article, we will go over everything you need to know about the routing of your android phones, and look at the steps that you need to follow.
Above all, we must recognize the risk associated with the routing of your phone. For popular models, such as Samsung S series or Nexus models, you will usually find very active communities based on the routing of these specific devices (on reddit, XDA, etc.). e.g., reddit, XDA, etc.), as well as long-term support for popular custom ROMs, such as Lineage OS (fore CyanogenMod). For these devices, there is almost no risk of your devices being routed if you follow these steps accurately.
If your devices are not very popular, rooting becomes a little more difficult. For these devices, it’s critical that you fully understand the rooting process (that’s why we’re here), be able to debug any errors that may occur, and get your rooting method from a trusted source.
So let’s get started. We will look at all that you need to know about the rooting of your phone Android: what it is, the reasons for it, the reasons not to do it, and finally, how to do it.
What is rooting?
To understand rooting, we first need to understand how Android works. Android is based on the Linux kernel. The kernel is the main center of the computer operating system, a kernel that provides basic services to all other parts of the operating system. It talks directly to the hardware and does any work that it is assigned.
But there are certain things that it cannot do for the average user for their own security. Such commands require administrator rights and on ordinary devices nobody but the operating system itself can do this. This is very important. This is what stops applications from doing what the user has not allowed. For example, you may have noticed that no application can enable a data connection on your phone, you must do this manually.
Also, all applications are similar to different operating system users. When you agree to the permissions requested by an app, you determine what the app can do, what information it has access to, and what the Linux kernel may ask it to do.
Routing is the process of gaining root level access ( or administrative privileges) to your device, allowing you to control every aspect of the device.
So what are the secret things that rooting supposedly allows you to do?
Why would you root your device?
Ruthenium is pretty cool. Here are some of the things you can do with a rooted Android-smartphone, to name a few:
- Get rid of viruses and remove default app.
- Enhance battery life
- Automate any tasks
- Block all ads
- Set custom ROMs
- Get complete anonymity with Tor
- Bottom line, almost all hacker apps (sniffers, MITM-ers, WiFi crackers) require root devices.
- Rutation is reversible. Do not like it? You can go back.
Why not rooting your device?
- This is a security threat.
- This may invalidate your warranty.
If something goes wrong, you will own an expensive brick.
How to root your device?
We will not go into the smallest details as there are too many devices. So, here we will look at the whole process of rooting. These are two steps that you will have to take no matter what your device is:
- Lock or bypass any bootloader protection. This allows the system partition to be overwritten.
- Set device specific binary files that allow you to get root.
- The way these two steps are performed is different from device to device.
While some phones, such as Nexus, are almost too easily rooted, not all OEMs (OEMs) believe that users should mess with their devices. Therefore, in many popular phones today, manufacturers are trying to protect the bootloader. The loader is simply a program on your phone that places the OS Android in the memory (Operative memory) when you start the phone. From now on, everything is responsible for OS. And if the loader is locked, we do not have a clear path to get the privileges root. So that’s what we have to deal with before we can root our device.
Unlocking the loader usually involves exploiting a vulnerability in OEM software to be able to rewrite certain partitions. These are partitions in the phone’s internal memory and contain the operating system. There are several common ways to do this:
- Firm new loader
- Temporary boot from image via USB to gain restored access to system partition.
On development phones, such as Nexus range from Google, this step can be as simple as running the command fastboot oem unlock (xby this erases the phone clean).
So, this is step 1. You should always check if there is an official route for rooting your phone before looking for third party solutions.
Set root executable files
The hardest part is over. Installing root binary files involves two things:
- Set the ‘su’ binary (superuser)
- Set a custom apk application to handle root permissions for all other applications.
To install the su binary, the most common approach is to simply use a pre-installed ROM provided by the community. Again, you will have to check which ROMs are available for your device.
Some devices may require additional steps to complete the rooting process. For example, rooting in place, i.e. rooting your pre-installed OS, usually involves exploiting a vulnerability in the OS.
As long as you follow the instructions from a known and reliable source, there will be no risk of your device being buried.