Preparing for root
Rooting your Android phone gives you more access to its operating system, allowing for a higher level of customization. So how to root your Android phone for free? Because there are so many types of Android phones, no root method will work for all Android phones or versions. To get started, you need to download the original software that is appropriate for your phone model (mostly Windows only), enable USB debugging on your phone and configure the USB driver on your computer. Do not forget to backup your data before rooting. Make sure your phone is charged above 50%, as rooting will take a long time.
What you need to do first is to unlock OEM and enable USB debugging. To do this, open Settings on your device. If you don’t see Developer Options at the bottom of the Settings screen, follow these steps to enable it:
- Go to “Settings > About” on your phone. The “About” button is at the bottom of the settings menu.
- Tap the “Build number” 7 times. This will enable the developer options on your phone
- Go back to “Settings” and tap “Developer”. This menu option appears after enabling developer mode and has a list of developer and debugging options that are normally hidden.
- Next step select “OEM Unlock”. This setting will allow your phone to be rooted.
- Install and open Odin on your computer. Odin is specifically designed for rooting Samsung phones, but is only available for Windows.
- Download and install the Samsung USB driver. This is necessary to make use of the phone’s USB debugging options on your computer.
- Download and unzip the original file automatically here. Right-click the .zip file and select “Extract”. The extracted file will have the .tar.md5 extension.(Search the CF Autoroot site for the correct autoroot file for your specific model if you are rooting an older Galaxy S phone. Using the correct autoroot file is VERYimportant to prevent damage to your phone).
- Press the hold the Home, Power, and Volume Down buttons on your phone simultaneously. After a few moments the phone will enter Download Mode.
- Connect your phone to your computer via USB while Odin is running and your phone is in Download Mode. After a few moments, Odin will display “Added Message” which indicates the connection between the phone and Odin is working.
- Select the autoroot file you extracted ending in .tar.md5.
- Press Start. The rooting process will commence. Your phone will reboot throughout the process and then boot into Android when it is finished.