Essential PH-1 is a great smartphone but if you really want to test its power and its performance you will have to tweak a few things first. I’m talking about operations such as unlocking the bootloader, installing a custom recovery image and gaining root access. And since the first two procedures were already covered here on Android.gs, today I am going to show you how to ensure root on your own Essential PH-1.
Before going to the actual root process we must talk about the advantages of using a rooted Android OS, about the risks implied by this custom operation and about the essential pre-requisites that must be completed first. So, before doing anything else review all the lines from this step by step guide.
The root process itself is an unlocking operation that can help you gain more control over the Android core system that runs on the Essential PH-1. More control means more power which can be translated only in one way: you can choose how to customize, optimize and personalize the Android OS. So, you can speed things up, you can upgrade battery life and you can modify the Android firmware depending on what you want to obtain during certain situations.
Overall, root access removes the factory and default restrictions which are still there. So, now you can completely unlock your Essential PH-1. And in the end you can gain endless tweaking possibilities. Here are a few examples of operations that can be initiated on a rooted OS: you can update your smartphone with custom ROMs that are based on the Android 8.0 Oreo firmware (such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android), you can add custom kernels and MODs, you can overclock or undervolt CPU frequencies, you can install root-only apps, you can install apps from other sources than Google Play and you can also get features that cannot be found on the stock Android software.
As you can observe, these are not operations supported by your OEM or by Google. Most tweaks are developed and offered by third-party devs so you are going to complete unofficial operation. In fact, gaining root is an unofficial process and if you will choose to complete it you will lose your Essential PH-1 warranty. It’s possible to restore the warranty easily but only by re-flashing the stock Android firmware through a manual operation – then, the root access will be revoked, the stock recovery image reinstalled and the bootloader relocked.
You can root the Essential PH-1 only if other two additional operations are first completed. In that matter, you need to unlock the bootloader of your smartphone as that’s the first unlock process that can be initiated on the Android system. Afterwards you need to install TWRP recovery on your Essential PH-1 since the root process can be applied only through a custom recovery image.
Backup your Essential PH-1 before rooting the Android software. The backup will help you secure personal files as during the steps from below you might end up in losing everything that wasn’t there from day one – I’m mainly talking about contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, calendar info and similar other files. The backup can be applied by using different backup and restore apps from Google Play, by syncing your files with your Google Account or by using built-in cloud storage services.
Since TWRP recovery is already running on your phone, now you can also save the current Android OS that runs on your Essential PH-1. That can be achieved through a Nandroid backup process – this Nandroid backup package can be then flashed through recovery mode for restoring the stock Android firmware (useful if something get soft bricked during the root process).
The root exploit and the other additional files which will be used must be downloaded on a computer. So, make sure that such device can be used. A connection between your phone and your computer will be required too. That’s why on your smartphone you need to become a Developer – tap for 7 or 10 times (repeatedly) on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message shows up. Moreover, afterwards from Developer Options (you can access it from Menu - > Settings) check the USB Debugging field.
Make sure your Essential PH-1 is properly charged – before starting the root operation you should ensure at least 50% power. If the power will go under that value your phone might get switched off during the following steps. A sudden shut down might cause different software related problems, so be careful and try to avoid such unpleasant situations.
How to Root the Essential PH-1
- On your computer download the Magisk apk. Also download the modified boot image for your device – for the NMJ32F version or for the NMJ20D model. You can download these files from the developer official webpage from here.
- Save these files on desktop.
- Next, power on your smartphone and connect it with your computer via USB cable.
- Transfer the downloaded files inside your phone and when done remove the USB cord – the computer is no longer required.
- Now, switch off your device and enter recovery mode afterwards.
- From recovery tap on Install, pick the Magisk apk and flash it (just swipe and the flashing process will be automatically completed).
- Repeat this step and install the modified boot image for your Essential PH-1.
- When done, go to main menu of recovery and tap on Reboot.
- If a boot loop is caused, go back to recovery and make a wipe (clear app data cache and initiate a hard reset); that can be done by choosing “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition”.
There you have it; that’s how you can successfully root the Essential PH-1. You can now update your smartphone with custom ROMs for trying the new Android 8.0 Oreo firmware or you can initiate any other tweak. You can share your plans with us through the comments field from below, where you can also tell us how the root operation went for you.