How to root Android Tablet or Smartphone? (ALcatel Flash Plus, Nvidia Shield Tablet, Xiaomi MiPad, Alcatel Flash 2, etc)
Posted by B. Johnson
There are many ways that you can do in order to get the best out of your smartphone or tablet.
You can install 3rd party launchers like Nova Launcher to make the UI looks cool. You can also download floating assistive apps like Floating Toucher so you can easily reach every app on your device right at your finger tips.
Or maybe, you can use utility apps like Clean Master in order to improve performance and increase battery life of your device.
But in my opinion, I think the best way you can do in order to get the best out of your device is by rooting your smartphone or tablet.
I know that many users out there are not perfectly capable to root their devices alone by themselves given that the rooting process can be a bit complicated and even risky if not done correctly.
First, it will void the 1-year warranty when your device is rooted. Plus, you will also face much bigger problems like bootloop and even hardbrick, which totally damages your device's system.
However, when done properly, rooting can actually unlock the full potential of your tablet or smartphone which surely will improve the whole experience of using your device.
There are many possibilities that are waiting to be grabbed if your device is finally rooted.
The benefits of rooting your Android device
In my previous post about the benefits you can get by rooting your Android device, I’ve already explained to you some of the great things you can possibly do when your device has finally been rooted.
You can use the quick data toggle again on Lollipop OS, you can improve battery life of your device, you can make your tablet or smartphone run much faster and there are some other benefits you can grab by rooting your device.
This is the main reason why today I would love to share to you my tips about how to root your tablet or smartphone.
I know that the rooting process of every tablet on the market is totally different one to another. And it’s forbidden for you to apply some random rooting process that is not compatible with your device.
However, here in this article, I just want to show how the rooting process is actually not as complicated as many people thought it would be. Of course, it’s not easy either.
But the point is, once you get to know deeper with the rooting process of Android device, hopefully you can have more guts to finally root your own smartphone or tablet.
How exactly to root Android device?
Anyway, in this article, I’m actually not going to show you how to root all Android tablets in the market right now because that would be impossible to do here.
I mean, every Android device has totally different method of rooting, so it's definitely not enough room in this article to share them all here.
However, before even proceeding to read the entire content of this article, I want to remind you that I’m here not responsible if anything goes wrong with you device. So you do this at your own risk!
Okay then, without further ado, below I’m about to show you how exactly to root some of the Android devices available in the market right now.
Bear in mind that on this page, I’m not going to show you the whole entire process of the rooting. So I will only show you the glimpse without explaining to you the details of the process.
But hopefully you can learn something from this article, especially about how easy and safe it is to root your Android device.
However, I will make the dedicated page for the rooting process of each tablet in the near coming days, along with other stuff like installing custom recovery tools like CWM or TWRP on some tablets.
So be sure to stick around if you’re interested to check them out.
WARNING!! Do this at your own risk!! I will not be responsible for anything wrong that might happen on your device!
How to root Alcatel OneTouch Flash Plus
Okay, the rooting method that I’m about to show first in this article is the rooting process of my own phablet, Alcatel Flash Plus.
I believe it’s much easier to explain to you about something that I've already had experience at rather than telling how to do something that I’ve never done before.
Anyway, I know that many of you don’t own this device by yourself given that this phablet is only available around Asia (if I’m not mistaken). But if you happen to own this device, then here is the rooting process of Alcatel Flash Plus.
But first things first, I want to remind you to check out the dedicated page of Alcatel Flash Plus on XDA-developers.com forum because this forum has the most complete information database of almost all Android tablets available in the market.
So you can learn anything from this website, from the rooting process of any tablet and many other stuff like installing custom recovery tools on Android devices or custom ROMs. So it will give you an idea about what you’re gonna do with your Alcatel Flash Plus.
Besides, you can also share information with other fellow users that have the same device like you have right now.
So if you face any problem like bootloop and even hardbrick (which your device is literally useless), you can ask any user here in this forum and I believe they will be more than happier to answer and solve your problems.
Anyway, back to the Alcatel Flash Plus.
So the rooting process of this phablet is actually really simple. It’s pretty much similar with the rooting methods of most Android tablets out there.
So firstly, you need to download a rooting app called “King Root” > install the app > turn on internet connection of your device > and finally run the app until your device reboots.
But you must know that the “KingRoot” app you should download here is the one from the dedicated page of Alcatel Flash Plus on XDA-developers.com or other community forums of Alcatel Flash Plus, like community.flash3c.com. NOT from Google Play Store.
And this is really important in order to get the proper and compatible King Root app file (apk) for Alcatel Flash Plus to make sure that you don’t mess up your device if you install from somewhere else.
Okay, when you open the “KingRoot” app, it will inform you that your device has no root permission available. But that’s okay because that’s what’s supposed to be.
It means your device hasn’t been rooted yet. So to start rooting this phablet, now press the action button on the KingRoot app. But first, you need to activate the internet connection of your device before you start the rooting process.
Now wait for a few minutes until the rooting process is complete to 100%.
After the King Root app finish rooting your device, your Alcatel Flash Plus will reboot itself. But don’t worry because this is the basic response of the system to inform you that the rooting process has been done correctly.
Once your device enters to the system/normal homescreen, you will find that there is 1 other app added to your device (the one with Japanese title). If you open the “King Root” app, it will show you that you can now see the information about what apps that have been granted with root permission.
Well, there you go, that’s how you root your Alcatel Flash Plus. Basically, most of the rooting methods of other tablets are pretty similar with this phablet.
So you download the rooting app > install it > run the app > and press the root button to start rooting until the device reboots.
How to Root Alcatel Flash 2?
So after using Alcatel Flash Plus for around 7 months, I decided to sell it so I could upgrade to the newer-gen device. And my destination next is Alcatel Flash 2, which actually the sequel of the first-gen Alcatel Flash (without Plus) released before Alcatel Flash Plus came out.
Alcatel Flash 2 is actually more of a smartphone than a phablet especially because it’s packing a 5-inch display, unlike Alcatel Flash Plus with its 5.5-inch screen, which is why I decided to sell it.
Anyway, similar just like Alcatel Flash Plus, the rooting process of Alcatel Flash 2 is exactly the same.
First you need to download KingRoot app, of course, the one that is compatible with Alcatel Flash 2, which you can get it on dedicated page on XDA-developers.com or community.flash3c.com.
And then, you install this app > run it with internet connection activated > and wait until the percentage number reaches 100%.
Once the rooting process is complete, your Alcatel Flash 2 will reboot itself. And if your device is successfully rooted, you will see one app with Japanese title appear on the app drawer or homescreen.
And that means, your Alcatel Flash 2 has been successfully rooted. But if you’re not really sure about that, you can download an app called “Root Checker” on Google Play Store and validate the rooting access of your device with this app.
How to root Xiaomi Redmi 1S
Long before I bought Alcatel Flash Plus, I used to own Xiaomi Redmi 1S smartphone. It’s actually not really expensive. In fact, it’s really cheap when it first launched a few years ago. It’s around $130 for the basic 16GB model.
But to tell you the truth, I was kind of disappointed with this phone because there are so many issues like overheating, its heavy weight, its sluggish performance, its heavy UI and some other more which totally ruin the whole experience of using this device.
Anyway, after owning this phone for a few days, I decided to root this Xiaomi Redmi 1S. Its rooting process is actually quite different than most of other Android devices out there. And it’s also pretty weird.
By 'weird', I mean, unlike other manufacturers that forbid their users from rooting their devices, Xiaomi is the other way around. This Chinese company surprisingly allows users to root their Xiaomi devices and it will not void the 1-year warranty of their devices.
So they can root their devices and Xiaomi will still accept their devices if they want to claim the warranty. Isn’t that cool, huh?
Rooting Xiaomi Redmi 1S is actually not really complicated to do. So firstly, you need to sign up as the member of MIUI official forum (Anyway, MIUI is the name of UI designed by Xiaomi for all of its devices).
After that, you can download the rooting file on dedicated thread of Redmi 1S. That rooting file is called “update.zip”. And then, you also need to download the Developer ROM from this MIUI forum.
Once you’ve downloaded these 2 files, you can then put them in the root directory of your device (internal storage). But remember! You must put the files right in the ROOT directory, not inside other folders.
Next, you open the pre-installed app on your Xiaomi device called “Updater” > press the menu option > and then choose "Select Update Package". Next you will be brought to the file explorer where you must select the Developer ROM (zip) you just downloaded earlier.
After that, the updating process will start. And once is complete, the system will ask you to reboot your device.
In the Developer ROM, some of Google apps are probably not working properly here. So you need to re-download some of them over again from Google Play Store.
Next, open again the "Updater" app and try to reboot to recovery mode through this app by pressing the menu option in the app and select ”Reboot to Recovery”.
Now wait a few minutes until your device is rebooted to the recovery mode.
In the recovery mode, select “English” in the language option by using VOLUME ROCKER to choose and POWER BUTTON to select.
On the next screen, select “Install update.zip to System One” to install the rooting file you just downloaded earlier to your device system. After that, select “Yes” when the system prompts you “Confirm install update.zip?”.
Wait until the process is complete and the percentage number reaches 100%.
Once the installation process is complete, now select “Back” by pressing POWER BUTTON to go back to the previous screen and then, select Reboot > Reboot to System One.
When the device is rebooted to homescreen, you will see a new app has been installed called SuperSU or Super User app.
Now open the SuperSU app and update its binary with internet connection activated. On the prompted window, select "Continue" > "Normal". Now wait until the updating process is complete and your device reboots.
Congratulations, your Xiaomi Redmi 1S now finally has the root permission. But to make sure, now download “Root Checker” on Google Play Store and run the app to validate whether its root access is available or not.
How to Root Xiaomi MiPad (Tegra K1)?
Basically, the rooting process of Xiaomi MiPad Tablet is pretty similar with the one for Xiaomi Redmi 1S.
So first things first, you must sign up to MIUI official forum in order to get the privilege access as a member so you can download the internal files that are uploaded to this forum.
And the rest of the process is pretty much the same just like what I just shared above. So this is why I've already made one dedicated page about the rooting process of this Xiaomi MiPad Tablet in my other article.
You should check it out if you're interested to find out more!
Well, after rooting your Xiaomi MiPad Tablet, you can install custom recovery tools like CWM or TWRP for example, you can replace MIUI with other custom ROMs like CyanogenMod or stock Android OS or anything else. It’s up to you.
And the best thing about this is, Xiaomi doesn’t mind if you root your Xiaomi MiPad. So you can still claim the 1-year warranty of your device even if your Xiaomi device is rooted already. Isn’t that awesome, huh?
How to Root Nvidia Shield Tablet?
Okay, after explaining to you a bit about the rooting methods of my own devices and Xiaomi MiPad, the next tablet that I want to share its rooting process to you is Nvidia Shield Tablet.
However, I’m not going deeper into details here because I will show you more about that in my next article.
Anyway, despite using the same exact Tegra K1 processor just like Xiaomi MiPad, the rooting process of Nvidia Shield Tablet is totally different with that Xiaomi’s tablet.
So it basically involves downloading a rooting app called “TowelRoot” from its website and running the app until this tablet is rebooted.
This is actually quite simple. In fact, I think it’s really easy to root Nvidia Shield Tablet, which is not so surprising because actually, I remember that I used to see the rooting process of older-gen tablets and they are also really simple to do.
So basically, you just need to download a rooting app, install it and run it until the device reboots.
Well, that’s all for now I guess. I know that I’m not sharing a lot of rooting methods of many tablets here in this article. But in the next coming days, I promise I will definitely share you the rooting methods of other tablets.
Anyway, hopefully you’ll find this article useful and informative to you. And given the amount of time I have spent to find and learn about the rooting methods of some Android devices above, I really hope you can support my work here on this website by sharing this article to your friends on Twitter and Facebook.
I would totally appreciate it guys!