You cannot really say that you customized your Android device unless you experienced the advantages of using a rooted system. So, if you want to get more familiar with this process, and more important if you want to learn how to do it on the new Huawei Honor 10, don’t hesitate and resume the guidelines from below. There, we will review the advantages and the risks involved by this operation, we will detail the pre-requisites that must be first applied, and we will explain the steps that must be followed for quickly and easily gain root access on Huawei Honor 10.
With root you can manage to unlock the Android OS that runs by default on your Huawei Honor 10. Shortly, you can remove the factory restrictions and gain full control over the Android functionality. And that’s a great thing as you can use your phone on full power only in such conditions and only by applying the right tweaks and customizations. And on a rooted device you can do anything you want, as long as you know what you are doing.
That’s why, once the steps from below are applied, you can customize, optimize and personalize your Honor 10 without worrying about restrictions. You can change the Android UI, you can remove bloatware, you can add features that cannot be found on the stock Android OS and you can even replace the official firmware with a custom ROM platform such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android. And, eventually, you can bump speeds, upgrade battery life and improve general performance by using all sorts of tweaks and customizations.
Of course, doing such things on your phone cannot be something that’s supported and recommended by your OEM. That’s why, gaining root is not an official process – the root exploit is developed by third party devs so it cannot be associated with Huawei. In conclusion, you are going to lose your Honor 10 warranty if you choose to follow this tutorial. Don’t worry though as the warranty can be restored afterwards if needed – all you need to do is reinstall the stock Android OS (then, the root access will be revoked, the bootloader relocked and the stock recovery image reinstalled).
You should make a general backup on your phone before initiating the root process. That’s needed because during the root operation your data might get corrupted or even wiped out so the best way in which you can secure the files saved on your Honor 10 is by syncing everything with your Google Account, by using Huawei’s own cloud storage platforms or by downloading and using specialized backup and restore apps from Google Play. Overall, find the right ways for saving contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, or IMEI / NVRAM data.
Along with the general backup you can also go for the Nandroid backup process. This operation will help you save the current Android OS that runs on your smartphone – if you will want to revoke this operation all you will have to do is to flash the Nandroid backup package through recovery mode.
By the way, for this root operation you will need to use TWRP recovery. Therefore, before doing anything else choose to install TWRP recovery on your Huawei Honor 10. Keep in mind that a custom recovery image can be applied only if an unlocked bootloader is firstly ensured – learn how to unlock the bootloader on your Huawei branded device by using our dedicated tutorial available here.
This is going to be a manual process so we will need to use a computer where to save the root exploit in the first place – don’t worry, the computer is required only for this download operation, the rest of the root process will be completed through TWRP recovery.
On your handset you need to enable Developer Options. This can be done from About Phone – in there start tapping repeatedly on Built Number; as you will see, after 7 or 10 taps the ‘you are a developer’ message will show up. Afterwards, go to Settings – > Developer Options and check the USB Debugging field.
In the end, take a look over the battery status displayed on your phone. There should be enough power left for the root operation that will follow – usually, 50% or more should be enough. Therefore, plug in the charger before heading towards the next steps if more power is needed – if you skip this task your Honor 10 might get turned off right during the root initiative and a sudden shut down might cause different malfunctions on your device (you can risk in soft-bricking the Android system).
How to Root Huawei Honor 10 within 5 minutes
- First of all, download the root exploit that will be used in a few moments.
- So, on your computer go to this page and download the Magisk-v16.4.zip package.
- Save this file on desktop.
- Meanwhile, power on your phone and connect it with your computer via USB cable.
- Select the root exploit from desktop and transfer it to your Honor 10.
- When done, remove the USB cable because the computer is no longer needed.
- Now, switch off your Android based device and wait a few moments.
- Next, reboot recovery mode on your Huawei Honor 10.
- In recovery tap on Install and pick the root package.
- Swipe and start the flashing operation – it will be automatically completed.
- In the end, from main menu of recovery choose ‘reboot system now’.
- Note: if problems occur (for example, if you end up in experiencing a boot loop) go back to recovery mode menu and choose to make a hard reset and to clear app data cache – you can do that by selecting ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’; in the end reboot into Android mode.
Congratulations; that’s how you can choose to root your Huawei Honor 10. You can check the root status on your smartphone easily, by using a dedicated app from Google Play – all you have to do is to download and run the Root Checker app. Anyway, you can tell us everything about your rooting experience by using the comments field from below – by doing so you can also help others who might be thinking in using this step by step guide for tweaking their own Huawei Honor 10. Enjoy and stay close for further Android related tips, tricks and tutorials available for your smartphone.