How to Root Your Android Without a Computer

How to Root Your Android Without a Computer

Rooting your Android can be anywhere from really simple to moderately difficult for first-time rooters. The process usually requires a PC and and ADB to get started. This will be needed in order to unlock your bootloader. Once your bootloader is unlocked, you’re able to flash a custom recovery, at which point you’d be able to root your phone without a PC.

What Does Root Mean for Android Phones

In Android devices, rooting is the process of allowing of smartphonestablets and other devices to attain privileged control (known as “root access“) within Android’s sub-system.

Rooting is often performed with the goal of overcoming limitations that carriers and hardware manufacturers put on some devices. Thus, rooting gives the ability (or permission) to alter or replace system applications and settings, run specialized apps that require administrator-level permissions, or perform other operations that are otherwise inaccessible to a normal Android user. On Android, rooting can also facilitate the complete removal and replacement of the device’s operating system, usually with a more recent release of its current operating system.

As Android derives from the Linux kernel, rooting an Android device gives similar access administrative permissions as on Linux or any other Unix-like operating system such as FreeBSD or OS X.

Root access is sometimes compared to jailbreaking devices running the Apple iOS operating system. However, these are different concepts. Jailbreaking describes the bypass of several types of Apple prohibitions for the end user: modifying the operating system (enforced by a “locked bootloader”), installing non-officially approved apps via sideloading, and granting the user elevated administration-level privileges. Only a minority of Android devices lock their bootloaders—and many vendors such as HTCSonyAsus and Google explicitly provide the ability to unlock devices, and even replace the operating system entirely.  Similarly, the ability to sideload apps is typically permissible on Android devices without root permissions. Thus, it is primarily the third aspect of iOS jailbreaking relating to giving users superuser administrative privileges that most directly correlates to Android rooting.

Root Your Phone with Magisk

In order to root your phone without a PC, the following conditions must be in place: An unlocked bootloader and a custom recovery. This process can be a little different for each phone, so make sure you check out your device forum on XDA to see if there’s an available bootloader unlock and custom recoveries.

Once this has been done, you will be able to root your phone using Magisk. Download the Magisk manager from the previous link and follow the steps to get it installed through your custom recovery. Once it has been installed on your phone, you can activate the Superuser and root your phone.

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