The Chinese start up company OnePlus quickly took the world by surprise when they announced company’s first smart phone the One. As odd as the name sounds, the One ended up being truly the one. The smart phone was officially announced in April. OnePlus’ one was deemed as the flagship killer. Considering how powerful the phone actually was, the title given to it was quite suitable. Prior to the announcement, there were a couple of leaked AnTunTu benchmarks in which OnePlus One clearly bested devices such as Galaxy S5, Note 3, and Xperia Z.
So… what is so special about this device that everyone wants to get their hands on it? The answer is pretty simple. OnePlus One is the most affordable flagship in the market as of yet and is offering the best specs we’ve seen in any of the phone. The One comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad core processor with each core clocked at 2.5 gigahertz, there’s an Adreno 330 under the hood for all the graphical work, there’s 3 gigs of RAM on board, the phone has a 5.5 inches of display that offers a full HD resolution with a pixel density of 401 ppi. On the back, there’s a 13 mega pixel Sony Exmor camera that offers 6 element lens instead of 4 that we usually get in a lot of phones these days. The camera is capable of recording videos at 4k resolution as well as slow mo videos at 720p. On the front, there’s a 5 mega pixel camera.
OnePlus’ One comes in two variants, one with 16 gigs of internal storage (Silk White) and second in 64 gigs of on board storage (Sandstone Black) However, there’s no micro SD card lot. The phone will be running on exclusively built Cyanogen Mod 11S that is based on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat, the device also covers almost all the basic and advanced connectivity options. Lastly, there’s a 3,100 mAh Li-Po battery that will be non-removable.
Now that some lucky ones finally got their hands on the device, they are on the look to get the most out of their phones. For those who were wondering if OnePlus One would be rooted out of the box, it won’t. This is because of the regulations by Google. However, if you have your hands on this brilliant device and are looking forward to gain root access so you can do the tweaking with freedom. The root is here, and it is fairly straightforward. Note that rooting doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll change the phone’s official firmware. Rooting OnePlus One is very easy, let’s get started.
Prerequisites: Before you start the rooting process, you must have some knowledge on how to work with ADB and Fastboot, if you don’t, you shouldn’t continue.
Step 1: First of all, you’ll need to download the TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) recovery. To download the recovery, go to the following page; TWRP for OnePlue One.
Step 2: The second step requires you to download the SuperSu. Download the zip and copy it to your phone’s internal memory. It is advised but not mandatory to put the zip file in the root of your folder. Download the SuperSu from the following link; SuperSu.
Step 3: You will now need to boot into the boot loader. To do so, open the command prompt in the ADB folder, and enter; adb reboot bootloader.
Step 4: Once you’re in the bootloader, you will now need to flash the recovery. To do so, enter the following command; fastboot boot twrpimgname.img.
Step 5: It will take a few seconds to boot into the recovery, once you’re done, flash the SuperSu.zip and reboot your device.
Step 6: Once the device is booted, go to SuperSu’s setting and uncheck “Respect CM’s root policy”
That’s all, your OnePlus One is now rooted and ready to be tweaked. You can download ADB from the link given below, in case you don’ t know what ADB is, the link covers the introduction as well.