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A friend who is an expert in computer science told you about root permissions and explained that, thanks to them, it is possible to have access to “delicate” parts of the operating system in use on smartphones, tablets and even computers, often bypassing the restrictions imposed. by the device manufacturers or by the designers of the various platforms.

Since you have some experience with the world of technology but you are not yet a true expert, you would like to try to go down this path and, for this reason, you are trying to understand which programs to obtain root permissions to use for the purpose. If this is the way things are, then this is just the right guide to start from: below, in fact, I will take care to list you which software, apps and tools are available to activate root permissions and, consequently, have elevated permissions on Android, iOS / iPadOS, Windows and macOS operating systems.

I tell you right away that, as far as smartphones and tablets are concerned, you will need a certain amount of patience and a lot of free time, as the procedures are often long and not without risks. In any case, the result, in the end, is brought home! Happy reading and good luck!

Program to get root permissions: Android

If it is your intention to unlock the root permissions on a smartphone or tablet animated by the Android operating system , know that you will need some specific tools which, as you will soon discover, may differ according to the brand and model of device in your possession, as well as the version of Android in use on the same.

Before getting to the heart of the matter, however, I believe it is right to make you aware of the risks associated with the root procedure: to begin with, it could invalidate the warranty of the device (depending on the terms of use provided by the manufacturer); moreover, a single mistake in any step is enough to make the device unusable : for this reason, make sure you have a good amount of time but above all a lot, a lot of patience, in order to complete the required steps with absolute precision.

Among other things, unlocking root permissions – since it requires unlocking the boot loader – almost always involves formatting the Android memory and exposes the operating system to malware and, last but not least, to potential security problems : just a just tap to ensure that an app, even unconsciously, can act on delicate parts of the memory that contain personal data or security information.

For this reason, carefully consider the risks and benefits of unlocking the root before doing anything and, if you are not very experienced, seek the assistance of a more experienced person on the subject, at least for the first time.

Necessary tools

Program to get root permissions: Android

Unfortunately, given the large number of Android devices (and operating system versions) on the market, the root procedure is anything but standard and may require different tools, programs and apps, depending on the exact model of smartphone / tablet in your possession and the edition of the operating system present on the same.

Broadly speaking, however, let me list the most important programs, apps and tools you need to easily achieve this.

  • Device drivers – these are required for the smartphone / tablet to be recognized by the computer. You can get the necessary drivers by installing the universal package of ClockWorkMod , or the official management program of the manufacturer: the best known are Samsung Smart Switch (Samsung), HUAWEI HiSuite / Share (HUAWEI), Lenovo Smart Assistant Tool (Motorola / Lenovo), LG PC Suite (LG), Sony Xperia Companion (Sony) and Xiaomi Mi PC Suite (Xiaomi). More info here.
  • Android Studio – this is the Android development suite, officially released by Google, which contains everything necessary to ensure that the ADB and Fastboot software, essential to complete the procedure, are correctly installed. Android Studio is available for Windows, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS and can be downloaded from this page . Furthermore, if you use Windows, you can simplify everything by avoiding the installation of Android Studio and downloading only the minimal version of ADB and FastBoot, available on XDA .
  • Boot loader unlocking software – on some categories of smartphones, simply enable the Android development options and proceed with unlocking the boot loader directly via Fastboot. In some cases, however, it is necessary to request authorization from the device manufacturer and carry out the unlocking procedure using a special program (eg MIUI Unlock , for Xiaomi devices). For more information, try Google for phrases such as unlock boot loader [device brand and model] .
  • Custom recovery – must be loaded on the smartphone / tablet via Fastboot and is used to enable root permissions on Android, by installing a specific ZIP file. The recovery currently most used is TWRP and can be downloaded from this page . Alternatively, there are software such as ODIN , dedicated exclusively to Samsung devices, which allow you to install ZIP files on Android from your PC, without the aid of recovery.
  • Root app – it is downloaded in the form of a ZIP file and must be flashed (i.e. installed) on Android using custom recovery or specific software. Currently, the most used app for unlocking root permissions is Magisk , available here .

Get root permissions

Program to get root permissions: Android

After having obtained the necessary material, you can obtain root permissions on Android by following a series of very specific steps. As I already mentioned a little while ago, the method of execution of the same can vary greatly depending on the device in your possession: below I illustrate, in general, what would be the procedure to follow on a device belonging to the Android One line, which therefore it does not require special requests for unlocking.

  • Create a data backup : Unblocking the boot loader, as you will soon discover, results in the total loss of your data and personal settings. Therefore, it is always a good idea to make a copy of them.
  • Unlock the boot loader : The boot loader is a small application that runs immediately after the Android device is turned on, which checks the integrity of the operating system and runs it. In order to install custom recoveries, it is essential that the same is unlocked: to do this, you need to enable device development options, enable the OEM unlock lever (if available), connect the device to the computer and, after restarting it in fastboot mode , start ADB and give the command fastboot oem unlock. On some devices, it may be necessary to request a specific code, to be given in the specific release software, directly to the manufacturer.
  • Install the custom recovery : recovery is a software external to Android, which allows you to act in a profound way on the latter operating system, carrying out operations such as flashing apps via .ZIP files or completely replacing Android. To install the custom recovery, in this case the TWRP, you need to get the file that best suits your device and start it via fastboot, issuing the command fastboot flash boot_a recovery.img.
  • Flash the app that enables root : after installing the custom Recovery and starting it, copy the .ZIP file containing the app responsible for activating root permissions (eg Magisk ) and install it, using the appropriate function integrated into recovery.

Anyway, if you want a concrete example of how to unlock an animated device from the Google operating system, you can check out my step-by-step guide on how to root Android.

Always remember that this procedure can be dangerous and expose your smartphone or tablet to serious security problems: therefore avoid allowing access with elevated privileges to apps that you do not know perfectly, since, by doing so, you would provide almost unlimited permissions on the system. operating.

Program to get root permissions: iPhone and iPad

Program to get root permissions: iPhone and iPad

Unlike what we saw for Android, the procedure for obtaining root permissions on iPhone and iPad is quite “standard”, it varies only according to the version of iOS / iPadOS used. The procedure takes place entirely from the PC: in general terms, here are the programs needed for the most recent versions of Apple’s mobile systems.

  • If your computer is running Windows 10 or a version of macOS prior to 10.15 Catalina , you will need to use the iTunes program , which you can download by following the instructions I have given you in this guide. For macOS Catalina and later, this step is not necessary, as iTunes functions have been integrated into the Finder.
  • You need to download and install a free program, called AltServer , which allows you to install an unofficial app store (AltStore) on your device. AltServer can be downloaded from this website .

After obtaining and installing the necessary material, connect the iPhone / iPad to the computer, authorize the devices to communicate with each other (if this is the first time you do this), open AltServer and press the button to install AltStore , if you use Windows ; if, on the other hand, yours is a Mac, you will need to install a plug-in for Mail from which to install AltStore on the phone / tablet.

After installing AltStore, switch to the iPhone / iPad and authorize the installation of the store by going to the General menu > Device management> [Apple ID]> Authorize [Apple ID] , then open Safari , connect to the unc0ver website and proceed with the installation of the store, following the instructions that are proposed to you.

Finally, start the unc0ver app , touch the Jailbreak and OK buttons , wait for the iPhone / iPad to restart and, at the next access, repeat the same procedure to complete the unlocking procedure (which you will have to repeat in case of complete shutdown of the iPhone).

However, I feel it is my duty to tell you what are the side effects of jailbreaking: firstly, this procedure exposes the iPhone or iPad to significant security risks and, in some cases, can even prevent some streaming apps from running. (or, in some way, linked to content protected by copyright). Secondly, the jailbreak procedure voids the iPhone / iPad warranty, unless you remove the unlock before taking the device for service (which, in the event of serious malfunctions, may be impossible).

If you are still interested in learning more about the subject, take a look at my guide on how to jailbreak the iPhone, in which I have explained everything to you in detail.

Program to get root permissions: Windows

Program to get root permissions: Windows

Despite appearances, it is not necessary to use any program to obtain Windows root permissions : all you have to do is activate the Administrator account , that is a particular profile that allows the user to act undisturbed on the computer, without running into blocks. or safety messages.

The Administrator account can be activated both via PowerShell and Command Prompt , as long as these tools are started with administrative privileges. So, if you use Windows 10 , you can start PowerShell by right-clicking on the Start button located at the bottom left, selecting the Windows PowerShell (administrator) item from the menu that appears and then clicking on the Yes button .

The Command Prompt , on the other hand, resides in the Accessories folder , or Windows Accessories in the Start menu : to open a Prompt window in administrator mode, right-click on the program icon and choose Run as administrator from the menu that appears; alternatively, if available, click directly on the Command Prompt (administrator) icon .

In any case, when the PowerShell / Prompt window opens on the desktop, type the command net user administrator active:yesinside it and press the Enter key on the keyboard: if everything went well, you should see the item Command operation successful , a sign that the Super administrative account has been activated and made available starting from the next reboot.

If you intend to keep the profile active for a long time, I recommend that you protect it by setting a security password , since, as already mentioned, this type of profile offers full and unrestricted access to the computer: among other things, no safety notice, not even for the most “delicate” operations.

To set a password for the Super administrator account, still in the PowerShell / Prompt window you opened earlier, type the command net user administrator NuovaPassword, replacing NewPassword with the password with which to protect the profile. When you are done, press the Enter key to issue the command and restart your computer to make the new profile operational. More info here.

If you want to disable access to the Super Administrator profile, open PowerShell / Command Prompt with elevated privileges again and type the command net user administrator active:no, this time , followed by pressing the Enter key .

Program to get root permissions: Mac

Program to get root permissions: Mac

Even MacOS provides the ability to log in with the user root , or elevated, but this feature is disabled for safety reasons. In spite of what you may think, activating root access on macOS is very simple and does not require any program, as everything is integrated “as standard” in the operating system.

You ask me how to do it? I’ll explain it to you right away. To start, open System Preferences by clicking on the gear icon located on the Dock bar , click on the icon dedicated to Users and groups and then on the locked lock symbol , which resides in the lower left corner of the screen that opens.

When prompted, enter your Mac password and press the Enter key on your keyboard, in order to enable the changes, then click on the Login Options item residing in the left sidebar and press the Enter… and Open Directory Utility buttons .

Now, click again on the locked padlock at the bottom left, enter the Mac password in the appropriate field and click on the Edit menu > Enable root user , residing in the macOS menu bar. Finally, type a password to use to access the administrative account in the dedicated boxes and click on the OK button to activate the root user.

To access the newly activated profile, log out of your user account and, when you reach the macOS login screen, click on the Other … item and type, when prompted, the root user name and the password set previously.

If you want to retrace your steps and disable root access, repeat the procedure I indicated a little while ago and, after opening the Directory Utility and enabling the changes, click on the Edit menu > Disable root user , located at the top.