What is rooting?
Before i teach you how to Root Micromax Android Smartphone, let me tell you what the hell is rooting. When you buy an Android device, the manufacturer forbids you to have full functionality of Android smartphone. The pre-installed stock configuration, user-installed applications do not have direct access to the flash memory chip on the device and are not able to replace or modify anything on the operating system itself. So, In order to gain full access of smartphone, we need to root it.
Note: This tutorial Is Applicable On All Micromax Android Smartphones Above 2.1. E.G: Micromax Android A85
Rooting is pretty same as the Jailbreaking of iOS devices. Rooting is a process allowing users of smartphones, tablets, and other devices running the Android operating system to attain privileged control (known as “root access” or “Super User”) over the android device. The term “root” comes from the Unix/Linux world and is used to describe a user who has “superuser” rights or permissions to all the files and programs in the software OS (Operating System), as Android was also derived from the Linux kernel. Rooting is essentially “hacking” Android device.
With these elevated user privileges, you gain the ability to load custom ROM’s such as CyanogenMod, install custom themes, increase performance by changing configuration of the CPU, increase battery life, and the ability to install software that would otherwise cost extra money (ex: WiFi tethering). You can even change the booting and shutdown animations. In simple words you get total access to micromax android device.
Those days are long gone, when Rooting an Android phone used to be an esoteric practice reserved only for the tech-savvy.
So now let’s start the real work.
Root Micromax Android A60 Smartphone
Band: GSM 900&1800MHz – WCDMA 900/2100MHz
Operating System: Android 2.1 Éclairs
Display: 62K TFT, (320*240 pixels) 7.1 cm Touchscreen
Internal Memory: 150 MB
Expandable Memory: up to 32GB
Kernel Version: 2.6.29-pref
Before we root our device, we will load our phone will all the ammunition required.
3 must have apps before you start rooting:
1) Rom Manager: Must have app for any root user. Make backups, flash ROMs, and on the device. ROM Manager is THE MUST HAVE APP for any Android root user. (Over 4 million downloads and counting!) (You can backup rom through recover boot).
2) Titanium Backup root: Titanium Backup is the most powerful backup tool on Android, and then some. You can backup, restore, freeze (with Pro) apps + data + Market links. This includes all protected apps & system apps, plus external data on SD card. You can do 0-click batch & scheduled backups. Backups will operate without closing any apps (with Pro). You can move any app (or app data) to/from the SD card. You can browse any app’s data and even query the Market to see detailed information about the app.
3) App Extractor: AppExtractor is a tool which will allow you to restore individual applications, data, SMS, and MMS messages from ROM Manager backups.
AppExtractor is compatible with ClockworkMod Recovery 5 backups as well as backups created by previous versions of ClockworkMod Recovery.
Now let’s start rooting Micromax a60 Android Phone.
Step 1: Enter into the USB Debugging mode by going to –Settings- Apps- Development- USB debugging. Tick on the USB Debugging mode in the settings. Charge phone atleast 60-70% so that everything goes fine. Switch off mobile Anti-Virus, it may create problem while rooting.
Step 2: Download an Application called Universal Androot to computer. You can search it in 4shared.com. Now copy this .apk file in mobile phone.
Step 3: Use root explorer to locate the Universal Androot .apk file. Install it and after installing, you will see something like this
Step 4: Now we have to choose the Superuser for our device. Micromax a60 is android 2.1 so we will choose Superuser for android 2.0 ~ 2.2. Now click on Root :-)
Now we have rooted our device. What can we do now? Let’s start playing with our newly rooted device.
First Install “Busybox Installer Application” from android market. Busybox combines tiny versions of many common UNIX utilities into a single small executable. Simply it is contains all commands for a rooted device.
Now download clockworkmod 5 for micromax a60 from xda forum.It is a file developed by ngage_me for a60, you can sreach for CWM image file for any other model. ClockworkMod Recovery is a secondary recovery option for Android devices made by Koush. It is based off the éclair recovery image.
Now Open Recovery Manager (the app I told you to download earlier).
1. Click on recovery in app menu.
2. There click on install recovery and wait for some time, while app search for all .img files on sd card.
3. Then click on recovery image name of ngage_me, you downloaded earlier.
4. Let app install recovery when installing comes and then message will come “current recovery: unrecognised”
5. Now click on reboot into recovery in app and you will be in recovery after some time. to do this boot into recovery mode (hold – power,home and volume up). Then use the volume buttons to scroll to backup and restore
**Note: “If device is stuck on micromax logo for more than 4 minutes (which it did in my case), take battery out, and switch on phone normally. Then repeat step 1-5 for installing recovery. It will work.”
After you are booted in clockworkmod 5 you are now ready to flash new ROM onto Android device. Before you flash new ROM, backup the current ROM. Go to recovery, Select Backup and Recovery Option and click on backup current ROM. Make sure u have atleast 300-400MB free in the SD card. Now click on Wipe Data.
After that, go to “install zip from sdcard” and then choose zip (flashable rom/zip) and let it finish.
When message “zip installation completed” will come, reboot the android device(may take 5-10 minutes).
Congratulations now you have updated your device from android 2.1 Éclair to android 2.2 Froyo.
Froyo is fun, but want to try something else. I can sense the Dexter in you, now you want to experiment with android device.
So let’s try by optimizing performance of our smartphone.
How To Increase Battery Life Of Micromax Android Smartphone?
Many people complain about the bad battery life of micromax a60. I have got a solution for that (It won’t be possible without a rooted a60).
Download an app called Set CPU (Paid Application), you can download it from 4shared for free.
1.start set cpu and goto profiles tab.
2.select enable profiles
3.click on add profile
And under add profile follow these steps.
a)click charging ac/full-600 max and 600 min
b)charging usb/full -600 max and 600 min
c)charging /full-480 max and 480 min
d)temp>50C-480 max and 122 min
e)screen off-122 max and 122 min
f)battery <31% -245 max and 122 min
Note: Don’t play yourself with CPU frequencies, you may end up with some bad experiences.
How To Change The Bootanimation Of Micromax Android Device?
Kind of bored with micromax bootanimation with micromax logo in it? I got a solution for you.
You can install it using Root Explorer. First download a bootanimation. You can search Google for bootanimation and select the best one. Follow the steps below in order to change bootanimation.
1. The Boot Animation you downloaded, rename it to “bootanimation.zip”.
2. Copy it to SD card from the PC.
3. Open Root Explorer. Select new boot animation and copy it to /system/media directory (mount the system partition as R/W).
5. Now you must Reboot to see the changes.
NOTE: If copying to /system/media doesn’t work, try copying the bootanimation to /data/local DIRECTORY.
NOTE: The bootaimation file should always be named as “bootanimation.zip”
How To Backup All Applications On Your Smartphone?
Go into Titanium Backup and click menu and go into Batch. Then click on Run for Backup all user apps (don’t’ back up system data), then click run batch operation. Now all applications are backed up. I would highly recommend you to backup all apps before installing a custom ROM.
Block Ads From Applications and Browser:
You are sick of giant ads taking up screen of the phone when you are playing some free game or browsing the internet? There are some apps which can get you rid of annoying ads from android phones. By far the best ad blocking solution is AdAway, which will block ads from most known sources, both in browsers of choice and in the apps you use. Just download it, start it up, and hit the “Download files and apply ad blocking” button. It’ll download a few host files and merge them into smartphone, blocking those apps from ever reaching device. You may need to reboot after you do this. You can also disable ad blocking at any time, but again, you’ll have to reboot whenever you make changes.
Wireless Tether for Root Users:
Though there are some great USB tethering apps that don’t require root (like PdaNet and EasyTether), you’ll need to root in order to create a Wi-Fi hotspot without paying extra to the carrier.
Wireless Tether for Root Users lets you do just that. It’s free, available in the Market, and is regularly updated by its developers.
Some Important Things To Remember Before Rooting Android Device:
1). You should know that when you root any android device, it automatically voids the warranty and the manufacturer will not be responsible for any damage to the phone.
2). Follow the steps carefully else you will end up bricking the device. The number one reason not to root Android device is the potential risk of “bricking” it. Bricking means screwing up the phone software so badly that the smartphone can no longer function properly and is pretty much as useless as a brick. You would likely need to purchase a new Android device since the device manufacturer will void the warranty after any attempts at rooting.
3). Whenever you feel like you are done with rooted phone, you can get back to the un-rooted Smartphone. You can do that by going to the menu, click on Universal Androot application. Click on Unroot. You are done. I am pretty sure most of the guys won’t do that :P.
This is all from my side. Stay tuned for the next edition we will be back with a new phone and some new tricks.
If you have any problem regarding rooting Android Devices, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally Published in SecurityGeekPro.com
Author: Naveen Singh