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Android Lollipop Rooting Apps

Updated on October 16, 2014
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The new Android Lollipop has been officially released and if there is anything die-hard Android users have been waiting for is the ability to root their phones under the platform. For those who do not know, rooting gives access to the locked areas of the OS and the smartphone.

In this simple guide, we explain what rooting exactly is, the advantages of rooting as well as the disadvantages. We will also give you links to some of the most trusted resources for Android Lollipop rooting on-line where you can get all the information and applications.

Rooting – what is it?

To have a clear understanding of what rooting means, you have to realize that the Android Lollipop OS is basically built like a computer operating system.

The term rooting originated from the Linux Operating System which gives users or administrators access to all system levels, called the root. It has the same meaning when considered from the Android Lollipop perspective – full access is given to applications for all areas of the operating system.

Manufacturers of smartphones do not normally root them so as to prevent inexperienced users or malicious app from gaining access to areas or settings that could cause harm to the device through incorrect or malicious manipulation.

Pre-factory root-access to the operating system and hardware can lead to damage caused by such actions such as overclocking the processor.

Malware and Trojans can easily establish themselves on rooted devices which is the reason why manufacturers will void the warranty of such a device in case it has been rooted.

Why Root your Android Lollipop Phone?

Despite the fact that rooting your Android device comes with many risks, there are also a number of compelling reasons for the need to do it.

Accessing previously locked system levels can be beneficial as it allows you to improve on the features of your smartphone and add advanced functionality to it. By removing the manufacturer bloatware or unnecessary system files, you will be able to improve the performance of your smart devices.

You will be able to backup you application data using apps such as Titanium Backup, change the booting structure of the device, over-clock the hardware and access advance device functions. You will also be able to load the numerous apps available from the Play Store such as Screen Recorder, ROM Manager, Call Blocker or the earlier mentioned backup tools.

Depending on the rooting method used, a super user management tool that is installed on the device automatically controls the root access for any application.

In effect, the super user is like a sentry that controls which app can be given what rights to the Android Lollipop OS structure. If after rooting rooting the super user does not appear on the rooted phone or tablet, you should manually install either of the following apps – SuperSU, CM or ChainsDD.

All these apps will notify you every time an app wants to be given super user rights to your system and utilize the protect areas.

This control feature gives you the freedom to grant access to programs that you trust but you must be wary of malicious apps that will gain super user access undetected.

Android L Rooting Instructions

Before starting, it is advisable to download the latest version of the Auto-root package and extract it to your desktop. Once there, you see that there will be a folder with script files for Linux, Mac and Windows as well as folders for images and a few useful tools.
· Open up a command prompt with administrative privileges and navigate it to the tools folder
· Change the device to fast boot mode by powering-off then back on while at the same time holding the volume down plus power switch
· Check whether all the USB drivers have been installed by typing in “fastboot_devices” at the command prompt. If everything is ok, the serial number of the connection will be displayed as well as a confirmation that you are now on fastboot mode
· After checking, clear the directory by moving one step back on the command prompt (type cd..) then type “root_windows”.
· At this point you will get a number of warnings such as the need for OEM unlocking before proceeding with the rooting process. Note; that OEM unlocking is a process that will wipe everything from your device. This means that should you choose to proceed at this point, everything will be completely wiped out of your phone
· A big red Android icon will appear before the phone starts rebooting in a few seconds
· Once the phone goes on, you will then download and install SuperSU for super user privileges on your phone. Note that SuperSU is just a management tool and should not be confused for the Auto-root program
· You can start downloading your preferred rooted app for Android L which should work without any hitches
As the Android L platform is still in its formative stages, expect more changes to be done in the coming months. The way in which Android L rooting is done is expected to change as Google is starting to add more and more restrictions which reduce the options available to developers in the future.

The following video from PocketNow clearly explains all the necessary steps you should follow during Android L rooting:

One drawback of rooted your Android L device is that you may not be able to download and install any future updates from the manufacturer. In this case, you will be forced to remove root access so that you can have access to the manufacturer update.

One touch apps such as Framaroot or Towelroot are the simplest way to setup rot access for your devices and can be downloaded and installed as APK files to root your device.

You will need to briefly enable the security settings of the Android device during the installation as you will be accessing apps from unknown sources. You then allow the app by following a few self-explanatory instructions using a few finger strokes.

While this is the ideal way of rooting your Android device, it is does not always lead to success and you may have to do manually. This can be significantly complicated for people without the prerequisite technical skills and there is no standard way of doing it.

Luckily, there are resources that can be found on the internet that which explain in detail the process required for such a manual installation process. The best known website we can recommend is xda-developers which has many well written articles related to rooting Android L devices.

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