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 How to check if your Android phone is rooted in two steps

How to check if your Android phone is rooted in two steps

If you bought a used Android phone (or tablet) to save some cash or you tried to root your phone, you can easily check if it’s actually rooted. There are multiple ways to tell if you have root access, but I don’t want to bore you with every single method (you only need one that’s easy and works).

2 steps to tell if your phone is rooted

  1. First, head to Google Play and download a terminal client app, if you don’t have one already on your phone. I recommend getting “Terminal Emulator for Android” which is for free. Launch the app and you should get the well-known terminal interface with a text entry prompt.
  2. Now, check the character right before your entry prompt.
    • If there’s a pound sign (#) then you’re rooted
    • Is there a dollar sign? If so, type in su and hit enter. Should the dollar sign change into a pound sign (#), then you’re rooted! During that process, you might see a popup asking you to give the terminal app superuser permissions, which you should grant.

terminal app screenshot

Well, that’s all there is to it. A rooted phone opens you up to a whole new world of custom ROMs, the Xposed Framework and a lot of other cool stuff. If you didn’t get to see a pound sign after trying to root your phone, repeat the process and make sure you’re following the right steps.

Marc Knoll

Marc Knoll

Marc is an online marketer, avid blogger and technology enthusiast. His focus is on Android, tech and gadget reviews. He likes spending time travelling and reading all about what's going on in the tech world.
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17 thoughts on “How to check if your Android phone is rooted in two steps

BeginnerRootersays:

It says ” su: not found” does this mean i have to reroot my phone or can i just download the file again

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Ďakujemsays:

This was 100% not useful.

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bobsays:

thanks bro!!!!

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shalowsays:

how to root my Samsung tab 4

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Paddysays:

this was very useful…………
nice one!!!

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josesays:

Mine says is rooted by kingo, I bought my cellphone from guy, should I be concern about my privacy, can this person track or have access to my information

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Nikkisays:

It says /system/bin/sh: su: not found. now what do I do??

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Tiger is backsays:

My also says su:not found
Help

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Chaithra C Poojarysays:

It says permissiom denied so doeit mean my phone is not rooted?

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Mohammed Aqeebsays:

$ su –

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Harshitsays:

How to root mi3

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dakotasays:

It says “credentials different than expected”

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what window do I use

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Panyin Poku- Dankwasays:

It keeps telling me su not found

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RealityChecksays:

This does not work and there is no prompt screen, what an absolute waste.

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Nikhil Nikzzsays:

not found is giving wat should i do now

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I did, now i can see (#) mark,is my phone rooted now?

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