Android is an open-source and very flexible platform, so it has a lot of potentials to explore. For instance, you can root your Android phone or tablet by unlocking its bootloader and installing Clockwork Mod Recovery on it.
Unlocking the bootloader will void its warranty though, but if that’s not something that bothers you then let’s proceed with rooting your device as we show you how to do it step-by-step using the Terminal Emulator for Android app from Google Play Store! Let’s begin!
How to use root explorer to ROOT ANDROID On a rooted Android device, you will get a file explorer app called Root Explorer, which lets you access all files on your Android phone.
This is useful but another great root-only file explorer alternative that we recommend using is the And Explorer, which gives you more features for free than Root Explorer. However, if you want to stick with Root Explorer then simply download it from the Play Store, and let’s proceed with our guide below!
How to use a Terminal Emulator to Root Android
In this guide, we’ll show you how to use the Terminal Emulator app from Google Play Store in order to gain administrative privileges on your rooted Android device so that you can easily install any apps or modify the system on it without rooting your device. So, follow the steps below to learn how to use Terminal Emulator to root android:
1. Download and install Terminal Emulator on your rooted Android device from Play Store here.
2. Launch it from your app drawer and you should see a screen like the one below:
3. Here, type su command followed by entering the key in order to get a prompt as shown in the image above. As soon as you get this prompt, you’ll be asked for root confirmation so simply type yes and press enter key again. This will give you root access which will let you perform lots of operations including but not limited to backing up system apps, clearing cache or data of any app including Google play store, free memory or CPU usage, etc.
4. Once your device reboots, launch Terminal Emulator again and then type ls or dir to see if block or unblock is already applied on your phone (very important!). If you do not see the changes, try rebooting it once more after which you should definitely see either of them depending upon what you wanted to do.
5. You may also check whether root access has been achieved by simply installing the Root Checker app from Play Store here. This app requires root privileges too in order to run so make sure that you’ve followed the steps mentioned above properly first!
6. Now that you have rooted Android using Terminal Emulator, head over to Google play store and download any app that requires root access for example Titanium Backup (to back-up apps) or Root Explorer (to get root access).
7. If your device is rooted using Terminal Emulator correctly, you’ll get the ‘app has requested superuser access’ message like the one shown in the screenshot below:
8. Go ahead and install any of these apps after which you should notice that the app’s icon on your Android phone is showing up with a red background! This means that your android device is rooted properly and you can now perform actions such as running system-level tasks, clearing the cache for any app, etc.
9. Once you are done with the above steps, simply launch Terminal Emulator again and type su command followed by entering the key to get the root access prompt. Don’t type yes this time and press enter key though. This is because you do not need this prompt anymore to perform root operations such as clearing the cache of any app after installing it, unlike when you were performing backup on Titanium Backup.
10. You can now unroot your Android device by simply uninstalling any of the apps mentioned below in order to get rid of the superuser access prompt. For this, go ahead and uninstall the Titanium Backup app first which you’ve installed in step 8 above.
11. Pressing Yes on the SuperUser request box will give you root access, but it won’t be permanent! This means that every time you want to get root access just like before, you’ll have to run Terminal Emulator, type su command followed by entering key several times in order to get a prompt asking for confirmation (don’t ever press ‘yes’ when prompted with the red colored background). You’ll also notice that several other apps and games are suggesting you grant root access.
12. You can now head over to the google play store and uninstall the Root Checker app too. This app will show you text on its screen both before and after rooting your device depending upon whether root access has been granted or not on your Android device using Terminal Emulator.
1. Why does my Android phone need to be rooted in the first place?
The answer is quite simple! All your phones and other tablets running Android operating systems come with factory-installed firmware, meaning that you cannot update/install apps from any other source apart from the official play store.
You can also say that you are not allowed to perform system-level tasks on your phone or tablet since they run unrooted firmware. For instance, if you want to clear the cache of an app like Google Play Store which has millions of users worldwide including yourself, the only way to do so is by rooting your device because it’s due to non-root status that most manufacturers don’t allow users installing apps stored on internal memory cards. The same thing applies to backing up apps, installing custom ROMs or kernels on rooted Android devices.
2. Which app needs to be used in order to root my Android device?
There are two simple options for this. The first one is using an app known as Towel Root (which requires Android version 4+ only) made by Geo hot himself while the second, and perhaps the easiest option available for rooting your device is Terminal Emulator. Please note that you will need a Terminal emulator installed on your device in order to use the above-mentioned method since it doesn’t require an internet connection either!