Android phones dominate the mobile phone and handheld device industry by over 30% of the total market share. This is mainly driven by affordability when phone manufacturers have made it easier to own quality devices at a lower price.
On top of that, you can expect to have new phone models released every year so the device that you currently own — which is still in pretty good condition — can end up getting sold at a very cheap price.
It’s very common for people to customize their Android because there’s a lot of hardware to go around, and the software to do it is readily available.
Android Rooting or Rooting an Android is what you would call customizing your handheld device. This can be done through third-party apps that can give you administrator access to unlock limitations on hardware performance and modify display themes.
This will give you a good idea on the status of your phone which will help you move forward with either rooting or unrooting the device.
1. Using a Root Checker
Use a Root Checker app to determine if your phone has been rooted or not. This one is easy, simply go to the Google Play Store and type on the search bar the keywords “Root” and “Checker.” This will instantly pull up a lot of apps to choose from. The top on the list is Root Checker by Joey Krim.
To check if your Android was rooted or not:
- Install a root checker app from the Google Play Store. Another alternative is to secure the APK file from another source.
- Open the app to activate it. The app will open up and show you the welcome screen. Afterwards, it’ll direct you to the dashboard of the app.
- Tap VERIFY ROOT under the first option. This will ask if you want to Verify the Root Status.
- The result will either show you have a rooted or non-rooted Android device.
Like the first method, you can do this one as well. I would go ahead and do this in order to double check the results and validate what you know so far.
- Download the Root Checker app. When you open the app, it’ll bring you the Root Checker dashboard. This app will show the Root status, Battery Info, and the System Build Info.
- Tap on CHECK. The app will give you a loading screen and afterward it’ll pull up a result. This Root Checker will allow the app to go through your device and check if it’s rooted or not.
- The app will say in bold red font whether your device is rooted or not.
2. Check if there’s SuperSU
This other method is simply going through the menu of available apps to check if you can see the SUPERSU icon. This is a visual observation that’s similar to reading through the labels in cereals boxes.
Look for either of the icons above. The green icon with a white pound sign font is the most recent icon of SUPERSU while the one that looks like Superman’s emblem is the older icon.
SuperSU is a third party app that is most commonly used for rooting android devices and gives you access to administrator privileges.
Rooted android phones do have their benefits so it’s best to do your homework and be thorough about the modifications involved. A bricked Android Phone is the last thing you want to have. This is when the phone will no longer power up and is rendered useless.
I think it’s a good idea to try this with an older device which you’d like to maximize. Rooted devices let you access some features that aren’t immediately available. I rooted my older Xperia phone and it’s still capable of some light mobile gaming and small photo editing.
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