How To Root Android - A Technical Explanation For Rooting Beginners

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Are you an Android newbie and looking forward to learning How to Root Android. Then, I am going to give you a simple but informative explanation about rooting which could convince your rooting journey. Technically, Android rooting means getting permission to access the system files of the Android operating system. Your Android device has several partitions and each partition contains specific files. The system partion is the place where all the important Android system files are placed. Especially, System partition contains system apps, Android modifications and other important files related to Android framework.

Android File System

Android file system is based on the Linux file system and shares a single root file which means in order to change one file in the system, you need to access the beginning of the system which is often called as "Root" file in Android. That is why the accessing process is called as Android rooting. Officially, your device manufacturer works as the root user and you are not allowed to change any root file in the Android system. But after, getting root access, you can do whatever your manufacturer can do. That is why Android rooting is very beneficial. After rooting, you can start Android modification using compatible root apps and PC commands

What Happen When Rooting

Simply, When you root your Android device Su binary file is placed along with Superuser.APK.In the Linux operating system, Su command is used to interchange or completely change the ownership of currently logged-in user into the System. In the Android operating system, your device manufacturer has not provided the Su binary file to change the current log-in user as the manufacturer needs to keep the ownership himself. So, basically, placing the Su binary file is the main thing which happens in rooting.

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Rooting Methods

  • One-Click- Root Methods - One-Click-Root methods/Apps are developed to place the Su binary file in the Android system using security holes in the Android kernel. One-Click-Root methods/Apps are very easy to use and work faster but most probably only for older Android versions. As security holes disappear in software updates, One-Click- Root Methods are unreliable

  • Custom Recovery Method - It's hard to develop custom recovery method to root Android and take some times for development. In this method, full framework patched with relavant modifications along with Su binary is flashed in a custom recovery environment. The flashed framework is managed and modified by an app that is specific to that framework. Magisk Manager App for Magisk framework and SuperSU app for SuperSU framework can be included as examples here

Final Word

As I think, now you have a general idea about Android rooting and now, you have enough knowledge about the thing that happens in the rooting process. Although the same thing happens, every device needs specific attention and supervision when rooting. So, always follows a device-specific rooting guide when attempting practically.


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