How to Root Android tablets

A tablet is rootable, just like a smartphone to get access to the system and have more rights

What is rooting?

In short, through rooting you get all rights to perform actions in the system. By default – for security reasons – you don’t have full access because otherwise possible damage could cause to Android. As a root user, there are no limits and you can adjust the operating system files and make hidden options visible.

You can also put a custom ROM on your device after rooting. But watch out, because if you root your Android and change all kinds of things without knowing what you’re doing, which can lead to a malfunctioning or bricked device which you can’t use anymore. Most manufacturers will void your warranty if you have a rooted tablet. So keep that in mind.

Why should you root?

By rooting you can do more with Android and make, for example, example full backups of apps and games in which a backup of all data (think savegames and other important content) is created. In addition, you need a rooted device to remove unwanted apps of manufacturers or providers. After you have rooted your phone, you can use apps such as Titanium Backup.

If you have a rooted tablet, you can also get to work with apps like Greenify (makes your Android device more energy efficient) and Solid Explorer (a file manager that can reach the deepest folders of Android).

Finally, if you have root access you have the ability to install an alternative kernel (such as the excellent Franco.Kernel). The kernel controls the connection between the hardware and the operating system, and thus has influence on the speed of the CPU and GPU, and the way in which the other hardware, such as the screen and the vibrator motor, react. However, flashing is only recommended for users who have knowledge of this.

Root your tablet: This is how you do it

After reading the above paragraphs, you’re probably wondering how you can root your tablet. Unfortunately, there is not one method that applies to all Android tablets because rooting simply differs by manufacturer and model. If you would like to root your tablet, it is therefore preferred to read relevant forum threads on XDA Developers. At the technology forum, countless Android users are active which have much knowledge of tweaking the OS.

That said, there are certainly methods that work for multiple types of tablets. Take for example OneClickRoot, a tool that makes it relatively easy to root a tablet, provided that the model is supported. Below we set out the steps one by one you must go through. Note that rooting your tablet is at your own risk and we are not responsible for any consequences if something goes wrong!

  1. Check first on this page if your tablet supports OneClickRoot;
  2. If so, then install the tool on your PC;
  3. Before you start OneClickRoot, it is important to install the Android SDK on your PC and turn on USB debugging on your tablet;
  4. For the latter, you should normally enable options for developers by going to Settings > About phone and tapping ten times on the build number;
  5. You are now ready to use OneClickRoot. Connect your tablet to your PC, start the tool and follow the steps on the screen;
  6. Is the root successfully, you will find after completing the steps the Superuser app on your tablet;
  7. Unfortunately, OneClickRoot does support all Android tablets currently on the market. If you want to root, for example, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, then use a different method, and there are considerably more steps needed to complete the process.

OneClickRoot root tablet
Root your tablet with OneClickRoot.

We encourage you again to thoroughly study the steps required to root a specific tablet. Are there things unclear, do not do it or ask a question in an appropriate forum topic on XDA Developers. It is also smart – if possible – to first root another device that you don’t use daily.