How to Root an Android with UnlockRoot

You’ll find dozens of programs that root your Android device, but only a portion actually streamline the process as well as UnlockRoot does. For other rooting programs you might have to juggle a bunch of bowling pins on the moon just to start the process of rooting your Android device. Luckily for you, UnlockRoot isn’t asking you to risk your life to root an Android device.

What is Rooting?

There’s a great analogy that best explains what rooting is for Android devices. Imagine two kids are playing the same sport. One child is clearly fine with the rules already established, that’s Child A. However, the other child, Child B, doesn’t like the rules the sport uses and, quite frankly, doesn’t even like the sport to begin with. Child B decides to change the sport to something they like, something they benefit better from. Rooting your Android device is, essentially, changing the rules for yourself.

Child A is the average Android user. Sure, you do have control over your device and the rules established can be followed without issue if your device isn’t rooted. It does everything a smartphone should: use the internet, make phone calls, send and receive text messages, play games and occasionally laugh at memes. But rooting an Android device provides way more control that any an unrooted Android ever could.

Long story short, rooting an Android device is bending the rules to better fit your needs.

It Isn’t Jailbreaking… It’s Rooting

Jailbreaking and rooting are two terms that are oftentimes used interchangeably when, in reality, they refer to a specific OS. Jailbreaking refers to an iOS device. Rooting refers to an Android device. But are they different? Yes and no.

When you break the two terms down to their simplest parts, the goal they both set out to accomplish is certainly the same: wanting full control over the device you own. However, rooting an Android offers far more control than jailbreaking an iOS device could ever accomplish. So, it’s understandable when someone assumes their synonymous. It has everything to do with the source code.

Android shines brightly with its open source code, while iOS has a dim light with its closed source code. You can take the source code Android uses and create your own apps. Not to mention the market of apps outside the Google Play Store is extensive. On the other hand, the source code for the iOS can’t be touched by you and you’re stuck using the App Store.

To be fair, jailbreaking isn’t without its uses. You can still open your iOS device to features not readily available to the average user. But rooting, that’s a whole league on its own. You can find custom ROMS, user created code, and create an Android device that is tailored to your needs. Do you want a stripped down version of Android without bloatware? You can do that with an Android device. You can’t with an iOS.

Are There Security Risks?

Of course, rooting isn’t without its risks. However, with the right protection and good habits, you can keep your device from risking its integrity. In fact, someone handling an unrooted Android device poorly is more at risk than you are.

Rooting an Android with UnlockRoot

What You Will Need…

  • A computer with a safe and secure network connection
  • The Android device you want rooted.
  • A USB cable compatible with the Android device.
  • Up-to-date drivers on your Android device

Before you get started, make sure your Android device has a charge above 80%. Anything less than 80% and you could potentially interrupt the rooting process when your device turns off. To be safe, charge to 90% or, better yet, charge to full power.

Be sure to follow the steps to the T. Any missteps could cost you one bricked Android device and a voided warranty. That includes downloading UnlockRoot from an untrusted site. There are dozens of high traffic and trusted APK sites you can download UnlockRoot from. You have been warned.

1. Check if your device is supported by UnlockRoot. If so, move on to the next step.

2. Download UnlockRoot and run the setup. Follow the steps provided by the setup.exe and install UnlockRoot to your computer.

run UnlockRoot

3. Run UnlockRoot from your desktop.

4. Plug in your Android device with the proper USB cable that matches your Android’s charging port.

Install driver

5. When prompted by ‘Connect to PC,’ choose Install driver. Your Android drivers need to be up-to-date before you can continue with the rooting process.

  • Sometimes ‘Connect to PC’ doesn’t appear. Tap your taskbar at the top, where your clock it, to expand your Quick Settings Menu. You’ll see a notification labeled USB for file transfer or Transferring media files via USB. Select either one that pertains to you.

Select Root

6. On your computer, after the drivers have been connected, head back to UnlockRoot. Click Root. It will provide a window displaying your Android device.

7. In the window that was prompted, choose your Android device.

  • If you’re asked to install the PowerSaver app, go ahead and say No.

8. Follow the steps that UnlockRoot provides you. The steps provided specifically state how to place your Android device into a mode known as “Download” mode. You can’t complete the rooting process without successfully changing it to Download mode.

9. Do not be alarmed by the rebooting cycles. It will do that several times. It’s just the rooting process. You’ll see a progress bar on the UnlockRoot program that displays how much of the rooting process is finished and how much of it still needs to be done. When it’s finished, it will was “OK, Root success.”

Bottom Line

Rooting an Android device doesn’t have to take a team of rocket scientists. It’s thanks to programs like UnlockRoot that can streamline the process and give every Android user the level of control they seek to wield over their Android device. Say goodbye to bloatware and unnecessary apps running in the background all the time, bogging your system.