How to Root Android 9 – Advantages of a Rooted Android Phone

How to Root Android 9

Not sure how to Root Android 9 device? This article will guide you on that.

As of May 2019, there are 2.5 billion active Android devices and its share of the global mobile operating system is 86.1% Such is the popularity of Android devices. The reason behind this huge market share is just how customizable Android is. There is an app for almost everything you need to go through the daily grind. If you hate how your phone’s software works, there are a myriad of launchers that will make it look the way you like it.

I, for one, love my Galaxy Note 10 PlusOne UI 2.0. I completely adore the fact that my phone follows the kitchen-sink approach but there are some nerds whose technical visions won’t be satiated with a mere launcher. The answer to them, and some of you, is root! Once you root your Android device, you gain complete control over your phone; the way it should be used.

You might have heard about rooting once in your life but were too afraid to try it on your beloved phone. After all, we all aren’t MKBHD to have a number of phones. So, this article will guide you on how to root Android 9 devices safely. It’s easy if you pick a method and follow the steps.

BEFORE YOU BEING: Rooting is a complex process for beginners. WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE if your device stops functioning mid-rooting!

What is Rooting?

Before you know how to root Android 9 devices, you must know everything about rooting. If you don’t, you might mess up and your device won’t function the way it should. At first, rooting is something that your distant causing might consider an illegal act. Don’t believe them. It’s totally cool if you know it and you’d be cooler if you have done it!

So, what exactly is rooting? It is a process that gives you access to Android’s system files, commands, and folder locations that a non-rooted device can’t get hold of. Rooting Android makes the owner the administrator of the device, quite unequivocally! You can do stuff that you just can’t do on a non-rooted device.

Once rooted, users can take advantage of bypassing bloatware and carrier installed software. You also get special privileges by running some root-based applications. For instance, if you want to install custom fonts, a rooted device might come in handy! But no one roots their devices for just some custom fonts. Let’s see the pros of having a rooted Android device.

Advantages of a rooted Android phone

People root their Android devices as the advantages outweigh the cons. Some users are of the opinion that an Android should be used at its fullest and the annoying bloatware is annoying. Moreover, for a layman, rooting is something of an accomplishment if done the right way. But why root? Check out the following pros of rooting:

  • You can alter the boot animation.
  • Rooted devices usually see a surge in battery life.
  • Overclock the CPU, which increases gaming performance.
  • Uninstall bloatware for good.
  • Try out root applications.
  • Install and run Ubuntu.
  • Experience Tasker, unleashed!

How to Root Android 9

Now that you know the Advantages of rooting, let us now see how to root Android 9 devices. If you’d prefer a complex process, you’ll need your PC, additional software, and a USB cable to connect your phone to the PC. Also, take a backup of your data just in case you won’t succeed. Your Android 9 device can be rooted with the help of Custom Recovery and Magisk.

ADB and Fastboot Method (AKA Bootloader)

If you are opting for the Bootloader method, know that it will factory reset your phone. Take a thorough backup! You’ll have to unlock the Bootloader that unleashes developmental features on your phone. With this method, you get access to core system files that you can modify. You’ll need a PC and a USB cable to successfully utilize this method.

Step 1: Connect your Android device to the PC.

Step 2: Tap Yes on “Always allow from this computer”, thus making the PC trust this connection. Although if you have connected your phone and PC multiple times, this message won’t be applicable. If ADB does not detect your device, switch your phone’s USB mode from Charging to MTP or PTP.

Step 3: Install a quick ADB, (Android Debug Bridge).

Step 4: Launch a command prompt by pressing Windows+R. This will open the Run box. 

Step 5: Now type cmd and then press Enter. A regular Command Prompt will be opened.

Step 6: Your next step will be to reboot into the bootloader.

Step 7: Issue the following commands:

adb reboot bootloader

Step 8: Now that you are in the bootloader, type the following fastboot command. This will unlock the bootloader.

fastboot oem unlock

Step 9: You’ll get an unlock confirmation screen on your Android device.

Step 10: Press the Volume Up button and hit the Power button in tandem to select it.

Step 11: The bootloader unlocking process will now begin.

Step 12: Immediately after the bootloader has been unlocked, your Android device will be rebooted automatically.

Step 13: In case it gets into the bootloader mode again, you can reboot into the system by entering the following command:

fastboot reboot

You’ll now have to proceed with TWRP installation.

Custom Recovery

With the help of Custom Recovery, you can root Android 9 devices.

Step 1: To use this method to root Android 9 devices, your first will be to download SuperSu.

Step 2: You’ll now have to boot your device into a custom recovery, such as the TWRP Recovery. Watch this video of Max Lee carefully and follow all the instructions on how to install a custom recovery.

Step 3: From the Recovery Menu, tap on Install Now.

Step 4: Now select the SuperSu Zip file.

Step 5: On the bottom of the screen, you’ll have to swipe to confirm flash to begin the flashing process.

Step 6: Once the SuperSu is flashed on your Android 9 device, you’ll have to reboot it.

Step 7: Click on Reboot System to finish the process.

Step 8: You’ll have full root access on your device on the next reboot.


You can also root Android 9 device with the help of Magisk.

Step 1: Before you begin, download the latest Magisk Manager.

Step 2: Once it’s downloaded, move it in your phone’s local storage.

Step 3: Booting your device in a custom recovery, like the TWRP Recovery, will be your next step.

Step 4: Tap on install and select the Magisk file that you placed in your phone’s storage.

Step 5: You’ll now have to swipe to confirm flash to commence the flashing process. It is on the bottom side of your phone’s screen.

Step 6: Immediately after Magisk is flashed, you’ll get a Reboot System option.

Step 7: Select the option.

Step 8: Once the device is rebooted, launch your phone’s file manager and locate the folder where you had moved the Magisk Manager.

Step 9: Tap to install it.

Step 10: Now open the Magisk Manager application.

Step 11: Check your phone’s root status. It should show rooted.

Your device is now rooted. You can install a custom ROM. Or not!

Should you Root?

You now know how to root Android 9 devices, but should you necessarily root it? It’s really a matter of personal preference. If you consider yourself a tech geek or someone who wants to try complex things, then surely, go ahead. In my opinion, you are hell-bent on rooting your first Android device, or trying after a long sabbatical, root your older devices. By doing so, you get to tinker with the older devices as much as you want. Moreover, if it does stop functioning, your daily driver would still be there to carry out essential tasks.

If you proceed with rooting your device, you get access to a swarm of cool applications that will help you further customize the device. The best part about rooting is that you can upgrade an old device to a newer Android version. I’ve also mentioned that you’ll become a superuser should you choose to root. So, in a nutshell, it’s your decision and yours alone. Don’t do it under peer pressure or to impress your crush. You’ll have to live with the consequence should it fail!


Can Android 9 be rooted?

Yes, a device with Android 9 Pie can be rooted with the help of various methods.

Is it safe to root your phone?

Rooting is a risky phenomenon. There are pros and cons to rooting an Android phone. While a rooted phone bypasses all the Android limitations imposed by the manufacturer but if the process isn’t successful, the device could stop functioning. Moreover, rooting a device which is in warranty could void the said warranty.

Should I root my phone in 2020?

As I have mentioned, rooting is both, boon and bane for your Android device. The process isn’t complex but if it fails, you’ll have a dead device. So, if you have a secondary Android device, rooting it could be a better idea.

How can I tell if my phone has been rooted?

You’d know if your phone is rooted but if you don’t know all the technical aspects, you can install a root checker app from Google Play Store. Launch it and follow the instructions.


This is how to Root Android 9 devices. By rooting your device, you gain exceptional control on it but keep in mind that there can be a few mishaps. I recommend trying your first root on a secondary Android device. If you think you are a pro, you can take the risk of rooting your daily driver. Remember, “With great power comes great responsibility!”

Now that you know how to root Android 9, tell us in the comments below if you planning on it or have already tried it.

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