Obtaining root access is one of the most powerful things you can do as an Android user to take control of your device. Having root access opens the door to a world of new possibilities and features that are simply not possible as a regular user, and some of the most interesting applications and third-party modifications for Android require it, in one way or another. Of course, rooting is a process that varies from device to device, but how do you know that you were successful and everything is working correctly? Today, we’ll show you a handy little app that will determine your current root status, so that you’ll never have to question it again!
There are a lot of cool things you can do with a rooted device, but actually rooting it isn’t always trivial. While things have gotten a lot easier than it used to be, for a lot of devices it still requires a bit more than just pressing a button – and the worst part is that, afterwards, you’re not even really sure what happened, or that it worked. Luckily, there are a lot of apps out there than can help you determine your current root status so that you don’t have any doubts about it. The app we’ll be using today is the appropriately named Root Checker, which you can download for free by following this Play Store link. Once it’s installed, you should see a couple of warnings:
As you can see, the app lets you know that its only purpose is to check the status of your device, not to actually root it:
Once you’re done with the disclaimers, jump right in and you’ll find a simple and straightforward interface:
What we’re here for is, of course, the “Verify Root Status” button. Press it, and the app will determine if your device is properly rooted or not. Depending on your version of Android and what sort of root setup you have, a popup such as this one might appear:
Allow the access, and you’ll see that the app correctly identifies your device as being rooted:
Otherwise, you’ll get something like this, with the app letting you know that your device is not currently rooted, and that something went wrong with your rooting process:
Besides that, there isn’t too much to the app, as it’s made for this single purpose. However, there are a couple of extra neat things you can check out – for example, you can see global root statistics and check what device manufacturers and versions of Android are currently rooted:
And there is even a dedicated help section with questions or answers about root and the process behind it, something we have talked about in the past as well:
Overall, a fairly simple and well-executed single purpose app with not much else to it. One thing worth mentioning is the reason why we would want to use an app such as this one to begin with – after all, another simple way to check if your device is rooted is to simply run a rooted app. The reason is simple – if you’re a beginner or simply not comfortable with the process yet, this method is much more straightforward and simple. Not only that, but it also includes upgrades that allow you to investigate a bad root, while a regular app would just tell you it failed – so it is a more comprehensive solution. Any questions or doubts? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below!