The Nextbit Robin is a phone based on Android Marshmallow OS which can be easily customized and optimized. But in order to apply your favorite tweaking procedures you must first complete the basic custom operations. These operations will unlock the internal system of your smartphone and will ensure a virtual path between you and your phone’s Android core. These processes are mainly the following ones: unlocking the bootloader, flashing a custom recovery image and gaining root access. Since the first two operations were already explained in dedicated step by step guides, during the following lines I will teach you how to root your Nextbit Robin.
The root access will unlock the Android system by removing built-in factory restrictions. In the end you will be able to modify the Android core without dealing with alerts or with errors. You will also be able to change default settings or to remove bloatware or other pre-loaded features and capabilities. Overall, your Nextbit Robin will be prepared for any other custom operation you wish to perform such as flashing custom ROMs (like CyanogenMod, AOKP or ParanoidAndroid), installing .zip files, downloading and running apps from other sources than Google Play, making Nandroid backups, adding custom kernels or overclocking your Android device.
Ensuring root is not an official operation as getting rid of built-in restrictions can’t be a process supported by your OEM or by Google in that respect. Thus, you should be careful while completing the steps from down below. For example, if you mess things up you can even brick your Nextbit Robin. In that particular case you must learn how to manually fix the issues as taking your phone back to service will imply in paying for the technical assistance – the warranty of course will be void while you will complete the root procedure.
Also, you have to take care of your personal data, info, accounts and files. If you skip the backup process your data might get corrupted or even wiped out while you root the Android system. On the Nextbit Robin the backup can be easily performed. All you have to do is to use compatible and tested backup and restore tools from Google Play. Other alternatives are: syncing your files with your Google Account or storing everything through built-in cloud storage platforms. During the backup process don’t forget to save essential files such as internet settings, EFS folder and IMEI / NVRAM data along with general files such as your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files or calendar info and saved passwords.
Do remember that you can root your Nextbit Robin only if the bootloader is unlocked and only if TWRP recovery can be used. Therefore, before doing anything else take care of these two operations (we have dedicated tutorials for you too).
Afterwards keep in mind that you are going to apply a manual operation. In order to perform this process your computer or notebook must be used. You have to be a Developer in order to check the USB Debugging option on your smartphone. So, first go to “menu – settings – about phone” and tap 7 times on Built Number until you become a developer and then from “menu – settings – developer options” check the USB Debugging field.
One last thing: charge your Nextbit Robin if that’s required: the charging process should be completed only if the power left is currently lower than 50%. You can brick your device if a shut down occurs while you try to gain root access.
How to Root the Nextbit Robin within 5 minutes
- Download the SuperSU package from this page and place this file on desktop.
- Take your device and connect your phone with your computer via USB cord.
- Select the SuperSU file and transfer it on your handset. When you are done, unplug the USB cable.
- You have to power off your phone – press the Power key once and select “power off” or press and hold the Power button for a few moments.
- Reboot recovery mode on your Nextbit Robin.
- From recovery tap on Install and load the root exploit.
- Then swipe in order to resume the flashing process.
- When the process is completed, from the main menu of recovery select “reboot”.
- That’s it;
- If a boot loop is experienced, go to recovery once more and make a hard reset and clear app data cache: select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
Perfect. Root access is now ensured. Don’t hesitate and complete any other tweaking operation on your Nextbit Robin. If you need our help, do share your thoughts and questions during the comments field from down below.