An android device rooting is as popular as jailbreak for iOS devices. Both processes are different from one another but there are some similarities. This time it’s not about differences between iOS and Android but about Transformer Prime Rooting running the Android ICS 4.0.3.
Android rooting is different from one device to another as each device requires different tool and process to root it. The simples way to root device is by installing simple APK application (Android application package file (APK) is the file format used to distribute and install application onto Google’s Android). These are applications that you can find on Google Play and other resources that offer apps for Android. While this sounds cool there are only few devices out there that can be rooted with simple APK app.
Like most other Android roots SparkyRoot also one comes from xda-developers forum but we took one step forward and wrote step-by-step tutorial that will guide you how to root Asus Transformed and Asus Transformer Prime devices without risk to make any damage.
When rooting involves APK based applications it becomes very simple process even for people who know nothing about rooting, coding or tech in general. This method will work for any Transformer or Transformer Prime firmware so it means current OTAs for the ASUS Transformer (TF101) and Transformer Prime (TF201) Devices.
This includes ROM’s v188.8.131.52 for the TF201 and v184.108.40.206 for the TF101.
Note: Newer versions are not supported at this point but I believe this root needs only small adjustments to make it work again.
DISCLAIMER: TheNextLab are not responsible for damaged devices or lost data by using this tutorial. While it’s safe to root Android devices and risk is minimal we still want to clarify that you do rooting on your own risk. Before performing any rooting we strongly suggest to backup your data.
This guide, if followed correctly, should have your AUS Transformer rooted in no time:
- Step 1: Download and Install SparkyRoot from XDA thread.
- Step 2: Once installed, run, and click “Exploit”.
- Step 3: Click step 2 -> open the ASUS App Backup tool, and backup your apps.
- Step 4: Return to this app, and then click “Install SuperUser”, which will install the SuperUser app. SuperUser app like he name already states will grant you privileged user status so you can star using your rooted device to fullest.
- Step 5: Click step 4 -> Cleanup, and that’s it; your Transformer or Transformer Prime now is rooted.
While there are many advantages from rooting it’s more for advanced users than regular ones. Rooting allows you to install custom ROM as well as gives better control over some system processes and files. There are also some very useful and powerful apps available that are banned from Google Play but also rooting increases potential risk to get malware but if you have basic understanding about malware on regular computer then risk is very minimal.