Maybe you are thinking to root your android phone for whatever reason you might have but don’t know where to start or too afraid to do it? Don’t worry; I’m going to share you some tips based on my experience so your android smart phone will be safe. Here are some very important things you should know before rooting you android phone.
1. Familiarize yourself with the following terminologies
ROM – Think of it as an operating system (OS) like windows 7, windows 8, or windows 10. You can install different ROM that is customized specifically for your device.
CUSTOM RECOVERY – Think of it as a BIOS, like the one on your PC. Your device has its own recovery but it’s not powerful enough and limited. You can only do a factory reset, but with a custom recovery, you can install an application, or install a new custom ROM to your device.
FLASH – A method of “installing” an application or ROM using a custom recovery. All things you flash are in “.zip” file.
SOFT BRICK – Means “software dead”. This happens when you flashed an incorrect rom or there was an error while flashing a custom ROM or application. Your phone is not starting at all but you can still enter into recovery mode and install a new ROM.
HARD BRICK – Physical hardware is involved. This is the result of incorrect way of flashing. You are not able to enter anymore into recovery mode. You need to use some desktop application to fix your phone.
BOOT LOOP – A state where your android phone does not boot properly. It keeps on displaying the logo and does not continue. This happens when you flash an incompatible ROM or an application.
2. Read or watch every available tutorial on how to root your android phone, exact brand and model.
Don’t use tutorial from other smartphone because the process of rooting an android phone is specific only on each unit or brand. After you found the tutorial for your smartphone, be sure to understand the whole process step by step. Get all required components (custom recovery and an original copy of your android ROM (OS)) before you start experimenting on your phone.
3. Install a custom recovery on your android smartphone
After rooting your android phone, you must change its default recovery. With a custom android recovery, you are safe no matter what happen to your android smartphone. Some popular custom recovery for android is TWRP and CWM. These custom recoveries will help you re-install again the original operating system (ROM) of your smartphone if everything gets corrupted. Only flash a custom recovery that is compatible with your device.
4. Backup everything
After you successfully flashed a custom recovery on your device, the next thing you should do is to back up your current ROM (operating system). Both TWRP and CWM has an option to back up everything including all your current applications and data with it.
5. Only choose a custom ROM that is compatible with your device
Look for forums or other android groups about your device. Don’t use other ROM that is not customized to work on your specific device model because it will not work.
6. Before you flash anything, be sure to check if it is compatible with your device
Once you flashed an incompatible file(ROM,Application), this may cause to brick your phone. Always look for threads/forum that the file you want to flash is compatible with your device.
7. Be sure to have a custom recovery before you flash anything on your device.
Again, based on my experience, this is the most important part of rooting. You must have a custom recovery so you can always fix your device every time it crashes.
8. Fully charged your phone
Be sure that your phone’s battery is enough (at least 50%) while you flash anything.
These are just some of the basic but very important things you should know before you root your android phone. Join Facebook groups, forums, threads about your device for more information. It will help you a lot. Good luck.