The most informative root check tool for Android

  • Immediately know if your device is rooted
  • Find out which apps on your device use root access
  • Check if BusyBox is installed
  • Provides information about root
  • Ad free, no in-app-purchases

Available for Android
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Features

Root Info

Determine if your device is rooted. Get a detailed report on the root status of your device, including information about the superuser management app, su binary, and device details.

Send Report

Send a detailed email report to any developer or other user on the root status of your device.

BusyBox

Check if BusyBox is correctly installed on the device. Get information about any BusyBox utiltity.

Knowledge Base

Learn all about root. Are you a newbie? The app provides great resources on understanding Android root.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is root?

The name root is the user name or account that by default has access to all commands and files on the Android operating system. Rooting an Android device is simply the process of gaining full, privileged, or admin control of a device, thus allowing ‘root access’ or ‘superuser’ permissions.

For those familiar with Windows, consider an unrooted Android device as being logged in as a guest. As a guest you can use applications and browse files, but you cannot make changes to your system. Rooting your Android device is akin to logging on your computer as the administrator, granting you the permission to alter files and customize your device.

The rooting process itself basically exploits a security weakness on a device, and in simple terms, grants the user executable permissions that are not otherwise there with a non-rooted device. Once a device is rooted, the user has complete control of the device. This means you can overcome limitations that carriers and manufacturers put on your device, extend system functionality, install custom aftermarket distributions of Android (ROMs), and truly make the device your own.

What are the benefits of root?

The advantages of a rooted device are unlimited. Root users are in complete control.

Some notable benefits include:

  • Support for themes, allowing everything to be visually changed from the color of the battery icon, to the boot animation that appears while the device is booting, and more.
  • Full application control, including the ability to backup, restore, or batch edit applications
  • Block advertisements across all apps
  • Install a ROM (i.e. CyanogenMod)
  • Remove bloatware from your device
  • Install a custom recovery (i.e. TWRP or ClockworkMod recovery)
  • Full control of the kernel, which, for example, allows overclocking the CPU and GPU
  • Install Xposed framework and modules to modify system and app behavior
  • Turn your device into a WiFi hotspot (i.e. WiFi tethering)
  • Unlock hidden features, gain performance, and battery enhancements
  • Take advantage of the best backup software Android has to offer
  • Extend the life of your device by installing the latest version of Android

Once rooted you truly own your device. You will have access to modify anything!

Root and security

The rooting process usually includes exploiting one or more security bugs on the device. Once rooted, the su binary is copied to a location in the current process’ PATH (e.g., /system/bin/) and granted executable permissions. A third-party supervisor application, like Superuser or SuperSU, can then regulate and log elevated permission requests from other applications. By using a supervisor application, you can deny superuser permissions to the vast majority of apps and only allow the necessary ones that you trust.

How do I root my device?

We don’t provide a guide to root your device. Rooting methods frequently change. A simple Google search for “root my [DEVICE NAME]” will usually bring up the most popular and up-to-date guide.

The following software is commonly used to gain root access. We do not endorse the following software, websites, or applications.

Below you will find helpful websites and forums to get help rooting your device:

Can I un-root my device?

Yes. Apps that control root access (e.g. SuperSU) provide one-click solutions to un-root. Removing root may also involve flashing a RUU, SBF, or something similar. There are many step-by-step guides on how to remove root and return to stock.

Will rooting void my warranty?

It’s legal to root your device; however, in most cases, rooting your device or unlocking the bootloader will void your warranty. If rooted, you should un-root a device before warranty service. Some manufactures have a digital “switch” that flips when you root or unlock the bootloader.

Do rooted devices get over-the-air updates?

If you haven’t installed a custom ROM, you will likely still get over-the-air (OTA) from your carrier. OTA updates may un-root your device.

If you flashed a custom ROM, you will not get OTA updates from your carrier. You may, however, get notifications for updates to your specific ROM.

More questions?

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Story behind the app

Root Check is published by JRummy Apps Inc. — a trusted company with over 37 million installs from several root related apps on Google Play.

JRummy Apps has been publishing apps that harness the power of root access since 2010. We realize that there are many new users who want to know more about root. Root Check is a useful tool to check if a device has proper root access and learn more about rooting.

Jared Rummler

Developer

What do people think?

Jrummy Apps has been developing great apps for years. This is no exception. Easy to use, non-intrusive, works great and provides a great deal of device info.

Dave Cowan Google Play Review

Very easy and simple. Gives you what you need accurately and quickly. 10/10

Martin Mari Google Play Review

Checks root status and Busybox status. Very helpful FAQ section with a root terminology dictionary. Great for newbies... like ME! Clean and user friendly interface.

William Moss Google Play Review

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