The OnePlus brand is ever-expanding, and is quickly becoming one of the most popular manufacturers of Android devices out there. Combining a low price with very nice specs, good software and appealing design, these phones are often a no-brainer if you’re looking for a cheaper device that can still handle any app or game your throw at it. And today, we’ll show you how to easily and quickly root one of these devices!
One of the goals of OnePlus was always to differentiate itself from other manufacturers out there, and one of the ways they do it is by offering enthusiast features like a customized version of Android and an unlocked bootloader with each of their devices. This also makes it perfect for developers and people who like to root their devices and install new ROMs and kernels, and apparently OnePlus agrees, since they have put out an official video about how to root their devices, with a step-by-step process explained by their development team, which you can see below:
As you can see from the video, the instructions are fairly easy to follow, and it even teaches you how you can backup your data. Since rooting is a different process for each device, varying wildly depending on the brand and chipset utilized, it’s nice to see that OnePlus made it very easy. The technique shown in the video above works for any of their devices, including the OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X. The only difference is the recovery file – the video links to the recovery made for the OnePlus 2, and it will only work with that device. To find a recovery for another OnePlus device, you can search for it using this link.
Some of the things to watch out for: make sure the backup process gets completed successfully and is safely stored so that you can restore your data later, that you have the correct recovery for your device (see the explanation in the paragraph above) and that you follow the instructions closely. The good thing about OnePlus building a device so easy to modify is that the chance of irreparable damage is close to none, but you can lose your data or have to spend a lot of time fixing your device if you don’t pay attention, so it’s better to get it right from the start. If you have any questions or doubts that the video doesn’t address, feel free to let us know in the comment section below!