Rooting is a process on Android devices that gives you administrator permissions. A few of the Android apps need permission to access few areas of Linux (Android is based on Linux).
This process of providing permission for accessing Linux is called rooting. Certain areas of Linux are not permissible to access. So, one has to have special privileges over controlling such areas of Linux. Administrative permission is necessary to get access to them. Such a process of getting access is done with the help of SuperUser.
SuperUser can be added to the Android device with the help of adding “su”, a small Linux application. “su” means SuperUser. This user has access to all the Linux kernels and hence can handle anything from system back up to blocking software.
If one wants an app to be run on the Android platform, then may be that particular app might need rooting. The app might work only if some parts of Linux are available.
The section below gives the list of apps from which one can identify if the phone is rooted.
Apps for identifying if the phone is rooted
There are apps, which can be downloaded, to get to know if the phone is rooted or not. A few of them are listed below –
- Root Checker
- Terminal Emulator
All three apps are discussed in methods below.
. Simplest Way – Check for Superuser App
The simplest way to identify if the phone is rooted is to check for the SuperUser. In the list of applications displayed on the Android, if one can find the icon for SuperUser, then the phone is rooted. The icon will be in skull shape.
. Check Using Root Checker
Root checker is a handy app developed for android users to check rooting status of their phone. This is very simple and quick method to identify if your phone is rooted.
- In your phone download Root checker app from Google Play , PC users can get it from here
- Go to app drawer and look for newly installed root checker app, tap on it to run
Note: If you get super user app prompt, asking for permission then allow it.
- Tap on "Verify Root Access" button
- Check your result
. Check using Connectbot
Connectbot is an SSH (Secure Shell) client. This allows the users to connect to the Secure Shell servers that run on Linux or UNIX based servers. Connectbot can be downloaded from the Google Play store.
- Download the app from here
- Open the Connectbot App
- Read through the instructions of the app
- A prompt for entering the text appears on the screen
- If the sign # (pound) is prompted then the Android device is rooted
- If the sign $ (dollar) is prompted on the screen then it is not rooted
. Check Using Terminal Emulator app
Another method to identify if the phone is rooted can be from the following steps :
- Launch Google Play app, and Search for Terminal Emulator app. If you are using pc download the app Terminal Emulator from here
- Click install, which will download the application to the Android device
- Click on the icon Terminal Emulator, which was downloaded
- This will pop a screen on the Linux command prompt
- On this command prompt screen, if one sees “#” then it is rooted
- If the symbol is “$”, then the device is probably not rooted
- Recheck with typing “su” on the screen, after typing “su”, press on the enter button
- If the command prompt changes to “#” from “$” then the phone is rooted, If the command prompt does not change then the phone is not rooted
So, with the help of these apps one can identify if the phone is rooted or not.