What Does Root Mean: Root on Mac and Android

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“Can you explain to me what rooting is? They say it’s great to do on your Android phone, but how do you do that anyway?”

Part 1. What Does Root Mean?

If you have spent the time to research how to best use your Mac or Android device, then you would have chanced upon the term root or rooting. So what does root mean anyway?

Simply put, root grants users with administrative privileges on their device, which they would otherwise not have under default settings. Root on Mac and Android gives users full control over their device’s operating system. With that, you can access restricted files and folders, install apps, and customize your device like never before.

In Apple’s macOS High Sierra, root is a user account that allows superuser access to the system. While the new OS is already powerful as it is, activating the root user account will enable users to perform more advanced tasks. By default, it is disabled but can be initiated upon logging in as root. However, this feature has exposed Mac users to the risk of a security breach. Widely known as the macOS High Sierra root bug, it allows hackers and unauthorized persons to log into your account even without a password. Part 2 of the article will discuss how users can address this issue.  

As for Android users, rooting allows them to enhance their gadget’s performance. One way is by expanding its internal storage size. You can explore the other benefits in Part 3 of this post.

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Part 2. Getting Around Root on Mac

The newly discovered bug in macOS High Sierra presents serious security issues to users. Anyone with a physical access to the device will be able to have read and write privilege to your computer.

If anyone tries to log in as an administrator, typing in ‘root’ as the username and leaving the password field empty can give him an instant access. He will simply have to click Unlock multiple times until he successfully gets in. By that time, he will be able to see all your files, install malware, and cause irreparable damage to your Mac. The same can be done on the login screen on a locked Mac.

To solve this problem, here are two easy-to-do fixes.

Option 1. Set a Password for Root Account.

You can enable root on Mac and set a password to protect your device and data. Here’s how.

  1. Click on the Apple icon () and head to System Preferences. Select Users & Groups or Accounts.
  2. Click the lock icon () and input your username and password for an administrator account on your computer.
  3. Select Login Options then Join or Edit.
  4. Click Open Directory Utility. When a new window opens, click the lock icon () and enter an administrator username and password.
  5. From the menu bar, click Edit then choose Enable Root User. Set your password by entering it.

Option 2. Set a Stronger Password for Root Account.

If you already have a password set for your root user account, then you can create an even more unique password. That way, your Mac can be less susceptible to unauthorized access. As much as possible, make it a combination of characters, numbers, and symbols.

  1. Follow Steps 1 to 4 of Option 1 (Set a Password for Root Account).
  2. Select Edit and click Change Root Password.
  3. Enter your desired password.

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Part 3. The Pros and Cons of Root on Android

While rooting has caused a security problem for Mac users, it is a blessing for Android phone owners. Rooting an Android device offers plenty of great benefits. It unlocks your device’s full potential by making simple and significant modifications.

Here are some advantages of rooting:

  • Freely install and uninstall apps

When you have made the necessary changes to your phone’s system, you can now install all apps that you want even if they are incompatible with your device. You can also get rid of pre-installed apps that you have no use for and take up too much space.

  • Block ads

You will no longer have to be distracted by unsolicited ads when you’re using your app or playing a game.

  • Customize your interface

You can change the built-in themes and skin of Android devices. By installing custom-built ROMs, you can modify the general appearance of the interface and add features.

You can also upgrade to the latest Android version even if your carrier has blocked it for your phone.

  • Improve your phone’s overall performance

By uninstalling apps that you don’t need, you can improve RAM usage and speed up your smartphone. You can also install particular apps that enhance battery usage and allow a faster 3G network.

While it is useful, root on Android can cause security gaps especially if it was done incorrectly. Inexperienced users may have their phone bricked. This term simply refers to rendering one’s phone useless because of an improper modification. Here are some risks you have to watch out for:

  • Compromised security

Now that the Android system has been modified, you are basically tampering with a layer of protection designed by the system’s creators, Google. In fact, the company does not support it, so much so that they have developed an API that can detect modified Android devices. Your device becomes vulnerable to viruses and malware too.

  • Android update failure

New updates may fail to install because of software modifications. Some Android versions don’t work with rooted devices. You may have to stick with an old version or wait for new OS updates.

  • Voided warranty

Rooting your phone automatically voids your device’s warranty. If your phone got damaged during or after the rooting process, you will have to pay the phone manufacturer for repairs.

The above risks may discourage you from rooting your device. However, it cannot be denied that the process opens up so many possibilities for your phone. The key here is to use an effective rooting tool and follow instructions closely.

Part 4. Root Android Device to Recover Deleted Data with FoneDog Android Data Recovery

If you want a safe and successful rooting, then FoneDog Toolkit is the best solution for you. Thousands of Android devices are supported by the software, so compatibility issues will not be a concern. Within a matter of minutes and a few clicks, you can make the best out of your Android phone! With FoneDog - Android Data Recovery, You can recover the deleted data with just 3 steps!

Before starting to root your phone, you should make a full backup of your device. Fully charge your device because there is knowing how long it would take to root it.

Step 1. Connect your phone.

With a USB cable, connect your Android phone to the computer. If a pop-up window asks you to authorize USB debugging, click OK to proceed. If no prompt appears, you will have to manually enable USB debugging. You may do it with the following steps:

Go to Settings on your device > About Phone > Tap Build Number multiple times until you are in developer mode > Return to Settings Developer Options USB debugging > Tap OK on your phone > Click OK on the software

After these steps, the software will then be able to detect your device.

Allow USB DebuggingConnect Android and Allow USB Debugging -- Step1

Step 2. Select Files Type to Scan and Allow Root

After your Android phone being detected by the program successfully, FoneDog - Android Data Recovery will display all the data types it supports to recover. By default, it has checked all the data types. You can just choose the type of files that you want to recover. And then click "Next" to begin scanning.
If there is a pop-up window on your device, Click "Allow" on the device.

Allow Root AndroidChoose File Type to Scan and Allow Root Android -- Step2

Step 3. Preview and Recover Deleted Files

Select the deleted files you want to recover. Then click on the "Recover" Button to restore the deleted files to computer.

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