How to Install SuperSU on your Smartphone

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Some say your Android experience isn’t complete without rooting your device. Exploring deeper in the Google Play Store reveals some apps that require rooting before access. Moreover, most of preinstalled apps in your smartphone come off as bloatware. Some argue that you may disable them anytime, but doing that may cause your device to behave erratically. Besides, you need more space for apps of your choice, that’s why you root.

Rooting your smartphone becomes less apparent nowadays, but it is still required for some apps. There are various methods on how to do this, but we’ll settle with SuperSU Flash Package. It familiarizes you with the step by step process and creates an easier way to solve problems related to rooting. In addition, this is the most widely recognized rooting software, since 2012.

First things first, what is Rooting?

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Android is Linux-based. You, the root user, have the ability to do anything on the operating system and oversee its entirety. Your Android powered device isn’t pre-rooted and there are some apps you can’t just delete or add. If you’re using an Android phone for the first time, the rooting process it’s analogous to iPhone’s jailbreaking, albeit these are two fundamentally different things.

By rooting, you can remove bloatware that eats a good chunk of your phone’s internal memory. It also gives you the ability to run a firewall, or tether your data connection, despite the carrier settings. Moreover, you can now run apps that require rooting. Creating a backup of your system and performing data recovery are now possible, thanks to this process.

You can’t directly root your device, because Android purposely restricts it, for security reasons. Third party apps are available in the Google Play Store, but SuperSU Flash Package boasts a more comprehensive function. However, it’s not necessary for you to root your device, if you only use basic apps in your daily transactions. You can always do this later, when you really need to.

An important thing you should do before rooting is to check if your device can be rooted in the first place. Most manufacturers do not officially support rooting, but allow a way to have a low-key access to their devices. You have to unlock the bootloader before you can root these devices. However, some do not provide any way to unlock their bootloaders and gain access to the system. You may find some loopholes, but manufacturers automatically unroot your device after updates. For example, Samsung S5 units under Verizon and AT&T do not allow any software manipulation. Any weaknesses found is corrected in their OTA updates.

How to use SuperSU Flash?

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SuperSU is an app that manages root permissions once you rooted your device. It is actually the most widely recognizable rooting app among Android users. SuperSU developer, Chainfire, also made a recovery flashable zip, for rooting purposes.

Your smartphone unit must have an unlockable bootloader first, for you to successfully use SuperSU flash. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the “bootloader” term, we’ve got you covered. Think that your phone has partitions, just like the data partitions on your PC. Bootloaders are gatekeepers for those partitions, protecting against unintended deletion or malware that may cause havoc in your system. They also check whether what you are trying to open in your phone is genuine or not. All smartphone units come with a locked bootloader, for security purposes. From this you can understand that a bootloader serves as a hindrance for developers in customizing a unit’s ROM. This is where rooting comes in.

So, let’s pick up where we left off: if you want to root your phone, the first step is to check whether your bootloader is unlockable. Assuming it is, keep in mind that unlocking it is different from case to case. Some devices only take a single command, such as the case of developer-friendly Nexus. However, most phones have locked bootloaders and you have to decode the encryption to unlock these. We might not help you in this regard, since this is handled on a case by case basis. Rest assured, the internet has a lot of forums addressing this issue. Just search for your unit, follow their instructions and you should be okay.

Next, you need to download Team Win Recovery Program (TWRP) in your smartphone right after. TWRP installs third party applications in your system, while creating a backup in your system. Long story short, it serves as your cushion when rooting Android devices. It might happen for the rooting process to go awry and the poor user might lose the files on his smartphone. Here’s the download link for the latest version. You can download it on your PC, then transfer it to your smartphone.

The Steps

Assuming you already unlocked your smartphone’s bootloader and booted your device into TWRP, then we can proceed with the rooting process. Do not be fooled by most one-click rooting apps in Google Play Store. These actually do not work at all, because, to run, they require for your phone to be rooted first. Talk about some egregious loophole.

  1. First, download the latest version of SuperSU file in your computer. Follow this link and save a “.zip” copy.
  2. Thereafter, transfer the “.zip” file to your smartphone, via USB cable. It does not matter where you save the data. All that matters is you saved it in your phone.
  3. Reboot your phone into TWRP recovery mode. Most units turn to this mode by pressing the volume down and the power button at the same time.
  4. Select Recovery mode. Search the internet for specific instructions in your unit.
  5. From there, you should have seen a TWRP screen. Click Install.
  6. Create a backup copy of your files in TWRP first. You never know what might go wrong in the rooting process.
  7. A next screen will appear. Scroll down and select SuperSU ZIP file.
  8. Next, swipe to confirm the flash. It should only take a little while before you can proceed with the next step.
  9. Tap the Clear Cache that appears and swipe to confirm.
  10. Lastly, tap the Reboot System button to boot your device as usual.

There might be times when TWRP will still ask to install SuperSU, even though you already did it. Simply tap Do Not Install and restart your smartphone. To determine whether you rooted successfully, download the Root Checker App in Google Play Store. Or, simply download an app that requires rooting first. If it runs, then you have successfully rooted your smartphone.

You will also see a SuperSU app in your app drawer, after rooting. This app controls which other apps may get root permissions. Your phone shows a request prompt whenever you download something that needs this.

Unrooting your smartphone is also quite easy. Actually, it only takes a few taps. Open the SuperSU app, go to Settings and tap “Full Unroot” option. This is the best way to unroot your phone. Never dare to simply uninstall without unrooting first.

Some Warnings

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Our phones aren’t rooted for a really good reason. As if the Android platform wasn’t already vulnerable to hacks, rooting makes your device even more exposed to that. Every app is supposed to run independently from other apps. Whatever data saved can only be accessed by the same application. Hence, no app is authorized to peek at the other’s cache. That is voided when you root your device. Since you can manipulate any apps in your system, it goes on to say this feature isn’t there anymore.

With your phone’s security features gone, there is also a possibility to actually download a malware. This app can take access all over your system and create the biggest smartphone nightmare. At best, a malware slows down your performance. At worst, it extracts your personal data and deletes critical system file. Hence, you make the move at your own risk when you root your smartphone.

Well, there are also circumstances where you actually deleted critical files that rendered your smartphone to a piece of junk. There’s a reason why you can’t just access your Windows folder. A user who knows little to nothing about how an OS works may create serious damage to it.

Lastly, you might consider that rooting your phone loses your right for a warranty service. Rest assured, you can always unroot anytime later. The manufacturer won’t be able to tell the difference, too. However, consider your warranty voided if your smartphone fails to function properly, because of what you did when it was rooted.

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