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How to root an Android device without voiding the warranty

Authored by: Mattia Mercato — 4 weeks ago

If you're a regular reader of AndroidPIT, you've probably spotted lots of guides on how to root Android. If you're not an Android expert, the idea of messing with your system can be a bit intimidating, though, and the warnings about messing up and bricking devices can put many people off what's actually a pretty simple and useful task. The excellent iRoot app makes rooting your device a one-click affair, and you don't need to worry about voiding the warranty on your device either. 

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 Rooting your device isn't as scary as you might think, and it makes your phone more customizable. © AndroidPIT

Note: This procedure is only available for devices that are running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher, but not Lollipop: the iRoot software in this tutorial is compatible with Android up to version 4.4. This also works on devices that have built-in security software, such as Samsung’s Knox.

Forget the cumbersome procedures like having to use Odin, searching for flashable recoveries, and all the rest. Once your device is recognized (in a database of over 8,000 devices), the iRoot will enable permissions using root exploits and will do it all with a simple click of the button.

Software Required

  • iRoot (formerly 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

How to root Android

  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 iRoot (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 seven times.
  4. Connect your device to your PC.
  5. iRoot 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.
  7. 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.
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    The app formerly known as VRoot makes it easy to root your device. / © iRoot
Root Checker Install on Google Play

Enabling SuperSU

By default, when you use iRoot, there is another program that handles superuser privileges on your now rooted device. If you’d like to change this 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 iRoot.
  6. Reopen SuperSU and reinstall the SU Binary.
SuperSU Install on Google Play Titanium Backup ★ root Install on Google Play

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 iRoot? Let us know in the comments!

A big fan of computer science and videogames for as long as he remembers, Mattia now has the chance to cultivate his passion developing apps and games for Android. His deep interest for the open source operating system goes from hardware specs to software procedures like rooting and bug fixing, or simply by trying out new apps and features.

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  • harvestfred 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    hi,i have a Prestigio PSP3502 DUO, wich software is recomended to root it,please ???? thanx a lotta...!

  • Danny JC. Scanlon 4 weeks ago Link to comment

    please read the opening paragraphs.. this root
    → does not work with lollipop ←

  • Oscar Rodriguez Murphy 4 weeks ago Link to comment

    How can I save this article

  • Mohammad 4 weeks ago Link to comment

    I can't root my asus Fonepad 375 running lollipop with any program. Please help!!!

  • Altieris 4 weeks ago Link to comment

    Ótimo! Também tem o KingRoot fácil demais

  • M. A. Griesser 1 month ago Link to comment

    This Bothers me and it is a great concern about the competency and integrity of androidpit. This is a "Rooting" procedure. The author is really lasse faire about its simplicity yet I saw one comment that had success. There are a zillion inquiries plus the author says to leave comments and NOT ONE RESPONSE. THERES A SPAMMER ON THIS THREAD. IS THERE NO MOD? WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU PEOPLE AT ANDROIDPIT DOING?YOU JUST SLAP TOGETHER THESE ARTICLES AND TUTORIALS FOR WHAT? YOU GUYS GET YOUR FREE PHONES OUT OF IT THEN TO HELL WITH WHATEVER IS LEFT IN YOUR WAKE? THERE IS NO RESPONSIBILITY HERE WHATSOEVER

    • Skip Flem 4 weeks ago Link to comment

      You GET what you PAY for... same thing with APIT. (No insult; just my bkmrk abbrev.)

      • Josie Willis 1 week ago Link to comment

        What gets me, aside from the obvious you so boldly and intelligently stated is this: PEOPLE, you are not reading- No Lollipop! Geeze

  • Alfa M Jalo 2 months ago Link to comment

    Can it also root Samsung Galaxy S4 i9505 running Android Lollipop 5.0.1??

  • johnny munn 2 months ago Link to comment

    didn't work on a nexus 6.

  • Emmanuel FU 2 months ago Link to comment

    Wouldn't rooting in general break the FIPS-140-2 compliance and exploit security vulnerability for device encryption? I've been using Motorola phones for years as many of them use the 256bit AES algorithm for the cryptography kernel module.

  • Tim Mcclenathan 2 months ago Link to comment

    And I have the lgg3 viest

  • Tim Mcclenathan 2 months ago Link to comment

    Wat does rerouting. Do for u and it is a good thing to do ?

  • Harley Clements 2 months ago Link to comment

    Well I was going to try this on my Note 4 but it looks like in all the comments that it doesn't work for any phone that people tried it on,I still might try it later tonight and I will comment on this post to let everyone know if it worked on my AT&T NOTE 4 WITH 5.0.1 LOLLIPOP ON IT...

  • Shanishka Gemba 2 months ago Link to comment

    Please help me with this root system.. I'm using Sony Z3 with lollipop upgraded...????

  • Ansje Hartenhof Horst 2 months ago Link to comment

    How do you get it back to lollipop if your phone has to go to the store? An Works this also with a mac? Thank you

  • siegrane 3 months ago Link to comment

    SE for android status
    permissive
    what does it mean

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