How to Tell If Your Phone Is Rooted

Want to root Android phone but not sure whether it is rooted or not? The follow-up post will introduce you 3 methods about how to tell if your phone is rooted or not.

By Thea Lewis | Posted on: Sep. 05, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 05, 2018
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Tried to root your device recently? But, don’t know that it is actually rooted or not. Then, there are plenty of ways that you can try to check if your Android device is rooted or not. However, only a few ways are reliable to use. In this guide, we have mentioned the best methods on how to tell if your phone is rooted or not.

Top 3 Methods to Check If Your Device Is Rooted or Not

Method 1: Using the Root Checker App

The ultimate way to see if you have root access to your phone is by using Root Checker app. It is one of the easiest ways to check. There are many apps available on the Google play store for checking root access. However, the Root Checker is the best one to use on an Android device. It is free to download on Android devices. Now, follow the steps to check root access with the Root Checker App.

Step 1 Download and install an app from Google play store on your device. After installing the app, click on “Open”.

Check Root Access with Root Checker - Step 1

Check Root Access with Root Checker – Step 1

Step 2 Now, the app will ask for some permissions. So, tap on the “Agree” as shown in the figure.

Check Root Access with Root Checker - Step 2

Check Root Access with Root Checker – Step 2

Step 3 After that, click on the “Verify Root”. When you do this, the app again will ask for permission, grant all permission to start the checking process.

Check Root Access with Root Checker - Step 3

Check Root Access with Root Checker – Step 3

Step 4 After a few minutes, the app will show the root status if your device is rooted or not as shown below.

Check Root Access with Root Checker - Step 4

Check Root Access with Root Checker – Step 4

Method 2: Using the Terminal Client App

If above way to check root access does not work, then you can choose this method. This way is a little bit complex from the above method. But, it is able to check if your device is rooted or not. The best Terminal client app that you can use is the Terminal Emulator for Android. It is available for free to use. Now, let’s see how to check root access with Terminal Client App.

Step 1 To begin the process, navigate to the Google play store on your device and download Terminal Emulator for Android.

Check Root Access with Terminal Client - Step 1

Check Root Access with Terminal Client – Step 1

Step 2 Now, run the app on your device and its interface will be displayed on your device screen.

Step 3 After that, if a character before your entry prompt is “#”, then it means your device is rooted. If it is “$” character, then type “su” and press enter. If “$” sign is changed into “#” sign, then your device is rooted.

Check Root Access with Terminal Client - Step 3

Check Root Access with Terminal Client – Step 3

If during the process app asks for any permission, allow the permission. Otherwise, the app will not be able to check root access.

Method 3: Install Root app from Google Play store

Go to the Google play store and look for the “Root apps”. You will see many free root apps. You can install any free app to check root access on your device. After installing an app, the app will ask for superuser permission. If your device is able to grant this permission, then it means your device is rooted.

The Bottom Line

To the simple question of how to tell if your phone is rooted, you can have a solution from this article. If your device is rooted, then you have full control of your device and you can unlock almost all the features of your device that are forbidden to use in a non-rooted device.

Thea Lewis

Member of iMobie team, an Apple fan as well as a movie lover, take pleasure in sharing workarounds of iOS & Android related problems.

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