OnePlus is advertising their new device as being the fastest one available on the market. But, is it really that fast considering that Android is involved? I know, Oreo is stable and relatively light but with the right tweaks enabled you can really bump speeds on your OnePlus 6 – and the hardware specs will be extremely helpful indeed. Anyway, for being able to unleash the true potential of your smartphone you should now learn how to root its Android software.
And in that respect, we are here to assist you. During the following guidelines we will be checking on how to easily and successfully root the OnePlus 6, a process that will require some additional tasks, which is why you need to review all the lines described below – there, you can also read about the advantages and about the risks that might be involved.
The root operation describes an unlocking process that is affecting the Android firmware. Shortly, once root is enabled you can get rid of factory / default restrictions which are there to limit your overall access. Mainly, without root you cannot access, modify, customize, optimize or personalize your OnePlus 6. On the other hand, after completing the steps from below you will be able to apply various tweaks and custom operations including: removing bloatware, adding apps from other sources than Google Play, installing features that cannot be found on the stock Android OS, flashing custom ROMs such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android, overclocking or undervolting CPU frequencies and so much more.
Anyway, if you do want to root your OnePlus 6 keep in mind one thing: it’s not going to be an official process as it’s not supported by your OEM or by Google. Therefore, you are going to lose your phone’s warranty and access to some built-in apps – the warranty can be restored only if the root access is revoked, so mainly only by choosing to reinstall the stock Android software.
You should also be careful about your personal data, info, accounts and files before starting the root operation – you can lose important files while you complete the steps from below. Therefore, take some precaution measures and choose to secure your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, IMEI / NVRAM data and everything else that might still be needed afterwards. On the OnePlus 6 you can use built-in cloud storage services, or you can choose to sync certain files with your Google account; an alternative can consist in downloading dedicated and already tested backup and restore apps from Google Play.
You can successfully root your OnePlus 6 only in certain conditions:
- Your smartphone must run on an unlocked bootloader – so, learn how to unlock the OnePlus 6 bootloader first.
- A custom recovery image must be flashed – the root exploit can be installed only through a custom recovery environment; therefore, install TWRP recovery on your device before doing anything else.
For this tutorial you will have to be able to use a computer – there you will only have to download the root package which will be afterwards flashed from TWRP recovery. Of course, your handset and its USB cable are required too.
In order to make things work you have to enable Developer Options on your device – on your phone, navigate to About Phone and tap repeatedly on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message shows up (you should receive it after 7 or 10 taps). Next, from Developer Options (visible under Menu - > Settings) you have to check the USB Debugging feature.
Finally, it’s important to make sure that your smartphone is running on sufficient power – more than 50% should be ensured on your handset as otherwise its system can get turned off in the middle of the root process. Unfortunately, if a sudden shut down occurs, different software related problems might be caused – shortly, if you’re not careful enough you can end up in soft bricking your OnePlus 6. Thus, plug in the charger first if the power is currently lower than the mentioned threshold.
How to Easily Root OnePlus 6 using TWRP recovery
- Power on your computer and enable an internet access.
- Open your favorite web browser and navigate towards this page.
- From there download the root package and unzip it on desktop.
- Connect your smartphone with your computer via USB cable.
- From the resulted folder select the op6-Root.zip file and transfer it (copy-paste it) inside your handset.
- Remove the USB cord when done as the computer is no longer useful.
- Switch off your OnePlus 6 in the end and wait a few moments while the power off is completed.
- Reboot into recovery mode when done.
- From recovery tap on Install and select the root package.
- Swipe in order to automatically start the flashing process.
- Wait until it’s completed and when done return to main menu of recovery and tap on Reboot.
- That’s all.
Congratulations; you have successfully gained root access on your OnePlus 6. You can verify the root access on your phone by using the Root Checker app that’s available for free on Google Play – just download the app and run it in order to verify the root status on your device. If you have questions or if you are willing to share your root experience with us and with other users, don’t hesitate and use the comments field from below – if there are problems we will try to assist you as soon as possible.