Rooting your device is one of the most intimidating things to even consider unless of course you are an Android expert. With the warnings about damaging or worse bricking your device without a warranty to rely on, most Android users would much prefer to avoid this simple yet efficient procedure. Rooting is useful because it gives you the freedom to customize your device however you choose.

iRoot, formerly known as VRoot, is an excellent app that allows you to root your Android device, without worrying about kissing your warranty goodbye.

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It is important to remember that this operation is only accessible to devices powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher, except for Lollipop. The iRoot app in the following guide is suitable with up to Android 4.4 version and is also compatible with handsets such as Samsung’s Knox, which have a security software built-in.

Using Odin usually involves a tiresome process which includes finding flash recoveries and more. However, the iRoot app includes recognition for over 8000 Android devices in its database which allows you to access permissions at the click of a button by applying root exploits.

Prerequisites

  • iRoot software
  • Install the right drivers for your device. For easy access to them is simply using your device’s management software for example Sync for HTC, Kies for Samsung and so on. Alternatively, you could search for a compatible model on the internet.

 How to Root an Android device

  1. If your Samsung handset is Knox enabled, head over to your Settings >> Security >> Lock Reactivation and select disable.
  2. Install and launch iRoot. Don’t be turned off by all the Chinese, the essential instructions are in English.
  3. Enable USB Debugging on your Android device. Simply go to Developer Options to set this up. If you can’t find the Developer Options in your Settings, navigate to About Phone and tap on Build Number seven times continuously.
  4. Plug your device onto a computer.
  5. iRoot automatically looks up your device in the database and once it is recognized, a root icon will pop up.
  6. Click Root. After a few seconds the process will begin then your device will restart.

Now you are done. To confirm if can access root permission, download the Root Checker application from the Play Store.

Enabling SuperSU

Once you use iRoot, by default another software controls your rooted Android’s superuser privileges. If you prefer using the exceptional SuperSU instead, simply do the following:

  1. From the Play Store, download the SuperSu.
  2. Launch the SuperSU. On request for Superuser permissions, tap the OK or 允许 option.
  3. There will be a prompt to install the SU Binary. Select ok to confirm.
  4. Download the Titanium Backup app in the Play Store.
  5. Launch the Titanium Backup app and freeze iRoot’s  installed native superuser app.
  6. Return to SuperSU and reinstall the SU Binary.

If you followed all the steps carefully, then you should have a rooted device without in any way voiding your warranty.

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What's my model number?

There are several ways to locate your model number:

Option 1
On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
Option 2
Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
Option 3
Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool