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How to root your device without voiding the warranty

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If you’ve been a rather constant reader of AndroidPIT, you most likely have come across more than your fair share of guides on how exactly you can root your device. However, how many of you haven’t bothered touching this type of things for fear of voiding the warranty on your device?  How about being worried that you might do something wrong and brick your device? Well, if that’s the case, you can now sleep soundly and attempt root yourself with the help of VRoot. This is a bundle of software that allows rooting devices with one click without the fear of voiding your warranty. 

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Note: This procedure is only available for devices that are running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. This also works on devices that have built in security software, such as Samsung’s and Knox.

Forget the cumbersome procedures having to use Odin, searching for flashable recoveries, and all the rest. Once your device is recognized (in a database of over 8000 devices), the VRoot will enable permissions using root exploits and will do it all with a simple click of the button.

Software Required

  • VRoot: PC Software that will do everything for you
  • Drivers of your device installed on your PC. The easiest way to get them is by using the management software that comes with your device (Kies for Samsung, Sync for HTC, etc) or searching on the internet for your appropriate model

Procedure

  1. First, if you’ve got a Samsung phone with Knox enabled, make sure that you go into Settings > Security and disable Lock Reactivation first.
  2. Install and open VRoot (don’t be alarmed by the Chinese characters, all the important stuff is in English)
  3. Make sure that you have USB Debugging Active on your device. You can enable this by going into Developer Options and enabling this setting. If you don’t have Developer Options showing in your Settings, enable this by going into About Phone and tapping on Build Number 7 times.
  4. Connect your device to your PC.
  5. VRoot will look for your device in the database and if recognized, the root button will appear.
  6. Click Root. The procedure will start after a few seconds and your device may restart.
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If your device is recognized, you'll get the same screen as above. / © AndroidPIT

All done! You can check to see if you successfully got root permission by using the Root Checker application that is available in the Google Play Store.

Enabling SuperSU

By default, when you use VRoot, there is another program that handles superuser privileges on your now rooted device. If you’d like to change this out for the amazingly popular SuperSU, just use the following steps:

  1. Install SuperSu from the Play Store
  2. Open SuperSU. Superuser permissions will be requested, click on OK or允许 (the option on the right).
  3. SuperSu will prompt the user to install the SU Binary. Confirm by click ok.
  4. Install Titanium Backup from the Play Store
  5. Open Titanium Backup and freeze the native superuser app that was installed by VRoot.
  6. Reopen SuperSU and reinstall the SU Binary.

There you go! If everything was done properly, you’ll have a rooted device without a modified kernel, which shouldn’t raise any flags in regards to warranty issues. Did you have success using VRoot? Let us know in the comments!

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Comments

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  • Saem Sarguroh 3 weeks ago Link

    In some ways of rooting (like this one), knox doesnt get triggered. However if you want to go ahead and flash a custom recovery, it triggers knox.

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    • Digesh Patel 3 weeks ago Link

      Hey, are you sure simply rooting the device without installing any custom rom or recovery won't trigger knox? My device is Galaxy Note 3 sm n900.

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      • Saem Sarguroh 3 weeks ago Link

        Yeah there are few methods out on xda which help you do so. Just search google for root without triggering knox for your device.

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  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 3 weeks ago Link

    does this also work with latest Kitkat with latest bootloader on Note 3?
    Obviously WITHOUT rasing Knox flag...

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  • Geoff Totten 3 weeks ago Link

    I am buying a galaxy tab 3 10.1 on thursday I hope it works on that so I can get rid of samsung bloat.

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  • Charlie Dimas 3 weeks ago Link

    It didn't worked on my gs3 from boost Mobile. SPH L710 kitkat 4.4.2. Just to let you guys know. By the way the S3 is the same as sprint.

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    • Tykob 2 weeks ago Link

      This is my best guess and I could be 100% wrong. I have a Sprint S3 that I just brought over to the Flash Wireless network. Just by trial and error, it seems that I cannot have a rooted phone and be on the network. I'm guessing Flash cannot support phones with unlocked bootloaders, which is likely a restriction Sprint pushed on them for allowing them to use Sprint's network. I'd assume similar restrictions have been given to the likes of Metro PCS. Hopefully someone else can confirm/correct this info.

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  • Mtundeni Iron 2 weeks ago Link

    Mattia, so I’ll have a rooted device without a modified kernel when I use this method, will my device still be able to get OTA update?

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  • Billy Deese 2 weeks ago Link

    I also would like to know if and when I root my AT&T Note 3,will I still be able to receive all updates from AT&T, because I still want to use my stock OS, I just want to get rid of the bloat ware??

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  • Billy Deese 2 weeks ago Link

    I also have Knox as an administrator, plus as a separate phone within a phone I sideloaded it as a APK will the root access void those 2 options, thank you in Advance for your response...

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  • Chhandak Bhattacharya 2 weeks ago Link

    VRoot is not working on MOTOROLA MOTO G XT1033 Indian version. It detects my device but when i clicked root button it shows rooting and then after some seconds on my device shows "restore data", after 1 second "restore ended" and vroot shows that rooting failed.

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    • Carlos Moreira 2 weeks ago Link

      Mine is the brazilian one, XT1058. It's not working here too.

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  • Juan López G. 2 weeks ago Link

    ....or you can use Kingo Root.

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  • Afaque 2 weeks ago Link

    I Can Root My Xperia S jelly bean Its bootloader not unlock and this software will work lock & unlock bootloader plzz tell me

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  • MAD 2 weeks ago Link

    Can you unroot if you want to go back to stock?

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    • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 2 weeks ago Link

      depends on your device and how they are secured, some have some way to detect that they were rooted (like a flag or deleted DRM files/whatnot) and let some apps not run...

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      • MAD 2 weeks ago Link

        Samsung galaxy S4

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  • Craig Lewis 2 weeks ago Link

    So how do I download this file? I have made several attempts and it has failed each time!

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  • Rohit Mathew 2 weeks ago Link

    Can I unroot it later..?
    Using Xperia M dual

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    • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 2 weeks ago Link

      revoking the root rights is no problem in itself but the question you wanna ask is whethe the crutial DRM Data from Sony which
      a) says to sony that you modified your device.
      b) when it's not there some sony apps wont work.
      well there are solututions.
      usually it only kills itself on Bootloader unlock whiich gives more extenssive rights as installing custom ROMs. but if you only root your phone without (accidentially) open the BL you can use apps like TA Manager or alike to Backup the so-called TA Partition (which contains the aforementioned DRM data)
      no guarantees or anythig, since I havent "played" with sony devices yet...

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  • Rohit Mathew 1 week ago Link

    Thanks a lot for the extensive explanation Philip!

    I have no intention to gamble with Sony device either :-) . But the low internal memory limits my smartphone very much. Just want to get a root permission so that l can install apps on external storage. Don't want to install custom ROM at all.
    And also I read in xda forum that one click rooting softwares are under suspicion of security risks.

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    • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 1 week ago Link

      well they are and will always be marked with risks since if not some "tech-blind" idiots will try them do everything wrong brick the device and try to sue the dev...
      so be sure to ckeck that the model fits and follow every step as close as possible.

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  • Rohit Mathew 1 week ago Link

    Yeah sure, thanks Philipp

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  • andrew campbell 1 week ago Link

    Do you still need to back-up everything on your phone ?

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