Rooting has been with us for almost the entire life of Android, opening doors and windows to greater control of our smartphones thanks to different applications and ROMs. However, for some time, each version of the operating system has made it more difficult to root devices and allow access to certain applications if you have carried out the process.
One of the ways in which the user can benefit from root and, at the same time, be able to install apps that do not allow it is to hide it, something that Google has tried to avoid lately with the continuous updates of SafetyNet, the main responsible for not being can download the Netflix app if you are root. Even so, Next we will explain how you can hide the root and thus bypass the security controls of Google Play.
Hide root through applications
There are users who do not want to give up being root to use some apps, which, however, they need or like, such as Pokemon GO, Fire Emblem: Heroes or Android Pay. The easiest way to hide root is through apps, some of which we show you below.
Is about one of the Xposed modules dedicated to hiding the most famous root, although it only supports up to Android Marshmallow. Activating it is very easy, like any module, you just have to download it, install it, activate it in Xposed and restart your device. The developer himself warns in the repository that he does not allow to use Android Pay.
Hide my Root
Another application that serves to hide the root, although this time it is not necessary to use Xposed, but can be installed from Google Play (link in the box). Hide my Root works by hiding the SU binary, although you can also uninstall, reinstall, or uninstall the SuperSU application. Obviously, if you don’t have SuperSU, Hide my Root won’t work.
Hide my Root
Another of the most famous applications that can be used to hide the root, although in this case it is not exclusively for this, but its main use is to root a device. In order to use Magisk it is necessary to have a custom recovery to flash it, and it is also recommended to have the uninstaller on the device in case something goes wrong.
If you just want to make use of the stable version, you can download it from this XDA thread, but the developer, ‘Topjohnwu’, has launched the beta with several updates (and, obviously, it will continue to allow hiding the root) that you can download from this other link. We recommend, of course, that you make a backup copy and follow the instructions to the letter to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Instead of hiding the root, you can remove it temporarily
It is possible that, for some reason, the apps do not work for you or you do not want to complicate yourself too much when you have simpler options at your disposal. In this case, the best way to hide the root is temporarily remove it, a process that can be done with tremendous ease and that allows you to recover it very quickly.
The best solution for this are the Pre-rooted ROMs, such as those of CyanogenMod, LineageOS or those based on MIUI. This kind of ROMs allow you to root and unroot your device very easily, without the need to install or flash applications, simply from the settings.
In the case of ROMs based on CyanogenMod (LineageOS included), we simply have to go to the device settings and enter ‘Development options’. If you do not have this part active, go to ‘Phone information’ and tap several times on ‘Build number’ until it tells you that the development options are already active.
One of the advantages of pre-rooted ROMs is that you can enable and disable root from the development options at your convenience.
Once inside, you only have to go down slightly until you find the option ‘Administrative access’ which, when pressed, offers you four options. Choose the one that suits you best at all times (Disabled so that root does not work) and make sure the root status is what you want using a Root Checker app.
The process should not be very different in other types of pre-rooted ROMs, since this option is usually found in the settings section. This method is also quite effective because, in fact, it does not hide the root, but disables it until you activate it again, but if you do not have a pre-rooted ROM, it is best to go to applications like those exposed above or similar. Do you usually hide the root to bypass the Google Play security controls in some way?
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