If you own an Android Mobile Phone, chances are you’ve already heard of the term “Rooting”. Rooting is a term that has been passed around the Android forums and ecosystem because people have actually “hacked” the Android operating system.
You see, by default, you do not have access to the deepest settings of the Android operating system. You’re basically limited in what you can do, at least by default.
What is rooting? Basically, it is similar to what Jailbreaking is for the iOS. It gives you full access to your phone’s settings allowing you to customize every bit of the operating system.
Rooting is done by exploiting a code in the operating system to allow users to have complete control. Usually, this exploit requires a program called SU or Switch User. SU should be installed if you want to root your Android device.
After you’ve rooted your Android mobile device, you can basically do a lot more things than what you are accustomed to.
Today, I am going to teach you how to root an Android mobile phone such as the Nexus 5.
The Nexus 5 has a ton of functionality by default, but by rooting the said device, you can potentially achieve many different things.
So, before you start going out and rooting your phone, there are some things you need to know first.
The first thing you need to know is that by rooting your Android phone, you’ve basically just devoid the Warranty of your mobile phone. This is because mobile phone manufacturers are not happy with people rooting their Android mobile phones. So, if you really want to root your device, make sure that you know this important rule.
Second, Rooting your Android Mobile phone can be dangerous as one misstep could render your mobile phone inoperable.
With that being said, here are the things that you need in order to root your Nexus 5 or other Nexus mobile phones:
- First, completely charge your mobile phone. This is to ensure that there will be more than enough battery for the entire operation to succeed.
- Next, download the SU application in their official website.
- After that, download a rooting program such as the NexusToolKit. Rooting programs such as these will help streamline the process of rooting for you.
- Move the SU application that you downloaded earlier into the respective folder in the directory of the NexusToolKit.
- Fire up the NexusToolKit and click the option to root your Nexus mobile phone.
- Just follow the onscreen instructions and your Nexus Mobile phone should be rooted up and running!
After you’ve followed all of the above steps, your Android mobile phone should be rooted and ready to go.
Remember, rooting your Android mobile phone will unlock a lot of things, but it does come with a price of voiding your warranty.
Should you root or not is entirely dependent on what your needs are. If you like customizing and taking full control of your Android phone, then root away. If the warranty is more important to you, then restrain from rooting.