Super user privilegesNowadays, what is being offered to us in our computers, smartphones and electronic devices  by manufacturers is not sufficient to enable us take full advantage of them. Manufacturers always set limits between regular users and others who would like to derive more benefits from their electronic device, even if this means to risk suffering major damage. In Vofeel, we can say that one of the biggest reasons for smartphones getting damaged “without one tampering with anything” is the bad function of these super user privileges, which you can find in everything that’s technology related, not just in smartphones.

The people who enjoy these super user privileges are the brave ones who can see the major potential of technology. It’s about going beyond manufacturer limits and diving into the deep where others have also been. And, even if something goes wrong; you wouldn’t be the only one, you will be able to find a solution on the internet. So many people have already exceeded these limits and have published it. Being a super user in technology is not the big deal, a lot of people do not prefer it; they prefer to follow the manufacturers’ rules or they’re just afraid of not being able to fix their device in case something goes terribly wrong. But if you don’t try, you’ll never exceed your limit. In Vofeel, we’ll teach you some techniques; but, also we don’t recommend that you do this if you’re not convinced about it.

Super user benefits

Going beyond limits can be very helpful for a better smartphone performance. Being a Root user on Android is rather advantageous because if our smartphone doesn’t have a good storage capacity, we will be able to erase some applications by default; have more space for new applications, transfer applications from the internal memory to the SD card, and even expand the internal storage with our SD card by partitioning it.

Super user risks

Not everybody knows how to stay within the limit. There are people who always damage something while trying to experiment something new; they have to reinstall the entire firmware in order to experiment again. It’s very common in smartphones, to make the mistake of erasing important applications such as; Google services, the Wi-Fi interface or the files needed to turn on our device. When this happens, we have to reinstall the entire operating system (firmware) like we previously showed you on Vofeel.

How to be a super user

Being a super user is not bad. Many applications which are highly recommended ask you for super user permissions in order to access them. A smartphone super user gives special permissions to applications that need these sorts of things, and we’re not able to give them being a normal user. That’s why we have to be careful about which applications we want to install and their confirmation.

Android:

On Android, we have so many options to become a super user because its operating system is based on Linux; there are so many ways through which we can exceed the limits and take maximum advantage of our device performance. In Vofeel, we’ll teach you the most common methods that work most of the time in Android devices:

Through application

In the app store, there is an application called Kingo Root that facilitates the download process of various files, through processes like Odín among others. With this application we can perform the whole process that will enable us access our smartphone as a super user, it can be installed via PC or directly from our smartphone, we’ll show you how:

  1. Mobile application: in the Google Play Store, search for Kingo Root, download it and then install it. Finally initiate the application and automatically when it reaches certain percentage;  your smartphone will restart itself in order to complete the installation.
  1. Desktop application: in the official Kingo Root web page, you can download the official client. Connect your smartphone along with the program already initiated. Wait until it recognizes it and then initiate the super user installation. Wait until your smartphone restarts itself and it’ll be ready to proceed.

Note: to verify the super user permissions, download the Root Checker application, and you’ll be able to see if the process was successful.

  • iOS:

The iOS super user is known as Jailbreak. In each aspect, its permissions and restrictions are the same in all Apple smartphones. There is so much documentation on it; Apple, in their support page have explained the super user permissions and how to activate them. Here, in Vofeel, we’ll show you how to do it in a simple way:

  1. Download the Pangu official client, this step is a minimum requirement and it’s only available for Windows.
  1. Haven initiated Pangu, it’ll ask you to connect your smartphone to your computer by USB.
  1. After it recognizes it, select the Start option and that’ll activate flight mode in your smartphone. Finally, select Already Backup.
  1. At the end, wait for the 5 minutes process and the device will restart itself in order to continue the installation.
  1. On the desktop you will see a direct access for Pangu, open it and accept the permissions to restart your device again.
  1. Wait until the entire restart process is finished and then you’ll have super user permissions.
Estudiante de Ingeniería de Sistemas en el Instituto Universitario Politécnico Santiago Mariño en Venezuela. Redactor freelance para VOFEEL international desde 2016. Amante de la música clásica y de la tecnología. [English]: System engineering student at Santiago Mariño University. Freelancer writer for Vofeel since 2016. Classical music and technology lover.