Back in the day, rooting an Android device used to be a pretty simple task. Most tools would offer one-click root support, which would allow you to root your device in a near instant. Now, device manufacturers have actually worked hard to lock down their handsets cutting back on the available exploits. Because of how rooting works, it has just become increasingly more difficult as mobile technology and the Android OS evolved over time. XDA Developer alephzain plans to change all of that nonsense with Framaroot. It’s a comprehensive one-click rooting tool that takes advantage of several different exploits. It’s not offered in the Google Play store, so you will have to download it from the forum link and side-load the app onto your device. Proceed with caution.
Disclaimer: This guide is intended as a helpful “how to”. dotTech and its writers are not responsible for any gain or loss (including but not limited to bricked devices) incurred as a result of following this guide. Root your device at your own risk. Rooting may void your warranty. Proceed at your own risk.
What is it and what does it do
As always, it’s important to note that rooting your device will void the warranty. Most of the time, it’s easily reversed, but you should still be aware of the consequences.
Framaroot is an Android application that will root a wide variety of devices thanks to multiple exploits. Users wishing to root their device won’t need to mess with ADB commands, flash files or anything like that. You can simply install the apk package, and if one of the available exploits will work with your device it’s clearly displayed on screen. Even though it does use a few different exploits, that doesn’t mean it will work with every single device out there. The developer is working on adding support, but it may be some time before your handset can be rooted with the app. If you’d like to see a complete list of confirmed and supported devices, visit the XDA Developers link listed below.
- One-click root support for a dozens of devices including the HTC One S, Galaxy S3, Motorola Droid devices and more
- May or may not work on devices not listed as supported. Full list of supported devices can be found on the app’s homepage (link is given at the end of this article).
- Allows you to choose from several exploits (where applicable), and either Superuser or SuperSU admin apps
- Quite simply put, only takes a matter of minutes and it will explicitly tell you whether the root method was successful or not
- If your device is not supported, then the app will tell you right away
- Requires you to sideload the app, you will need to transfer it to device storage and enable “unknown sources” in the Android security options
- Rooting voids your warranty (though it can be easily reversed), and there’s always a chance the root process could go south and brick your device
There is always a chance that rooting with an improper tool can cause irreparable damage to your device. Because of that, I’d like to point out that you using this app at your own risk. Please, only proceed with installing it if you’re comfortable with such a risk.
Although I did include a disclaimer that this won’t work for every device in the intro above, if your device isn’t on the supported list that doesn’t necessarily mean Framaroot won’t work. The only way to find out, unfortunately, is to give it a try. If you do decide to try it out, you should take some time to post your results in the related XDA thread. It would help out others in the community, and also let the developer see which devices are not supported. Of course, that last recommendation is entirely optional on your part.
Additionally, you will need to sideload this application onto your device since it’s not available through Google Play. That means connected your device to a computer and transferring the apk package over to internal or external storage. Also, you will need to have “unknown sources” checked in the Android security settings in order to install the Framaroot apk.
Using the app is remarkably simple. Once installed, all you need to do is open it up. If one of the available exploits will work on your device, it will be displayed onscreen. There’s an additional menu that allows you to choose between Superuser or SuperSU for the admin app during install. If you’re not familiar with rooting, the Superuser apps allow you to provide root or admin access to apps that require it, like Titanium Backup. You can also unroot the device if you decide you want to get rid of root.
As a quick reference, both Superuser apps do the same thing. The better choice between the two really comes down to a matter of preference.
When you’re ready, you just choose the exploit you want to try and let the app do its thing. When the process is finished, a small popup will tell you whether or not your device was successfully rooted. If the exploit fails, you can always try another- provided there are multiple methods offered for your particular device.
If one of the exploits successfully roots your device, all you have to do is reboot and you’re good to go. It’s just that simple, like taking candy from a baby… or something.
If you decide to reverse the process later you can use the same app to unroot your device. Adversely, there are plenty of unroot options available in Google Play. If you’re going to get your device serviced at your local wireless shop or something, be sure to unroot the handset. That would allow you to avoid any potential warranty issues that might arise from rooting your device.
Conclusion and download link
Framaroot is a unique rooting application that allows you to quickly and easily acquire root access on your device. The real benefit is that it supports a wide variety of handsets, through multiple exploits. (The full list of supported devices is available at the related XDA Developers link.) Most importantly, it’s incredibly easy to use and just as easy to reverse if you decide you no longer want a rooted device. Unfortunately, you will have to sideload the app because it’s not available through Google Play but that is a non-issue for most people. Finally, if you decide to grab this, I would recommend you have some working knowledge of rooting Android or Linux devices, although it’s not a requirement. Just make sure you understand the potential consequences.
Version reviewed: 1.6.0
Requires: An Android smartphone or tablet
Download size: 2MB