How to Tell Android Phone is Rooted

Many people want to root their Android phone or tablet to download new apps or install latest OS update. However, sometimes you followed the guide to proceed the rooting but don’t know if you did it successfully. The method to check if phone is rooted or not is pretty easy but some users still haven’t discovered it. Fortunately, in this post, we’ll guide you how to determine if a phone is rooted or not with detailed steps.

Part 1: 3 Ways to See If Phone Is Rooted

Way 1: Find If There Is Kinguser or SuperSU Icon on Your Phone

If you have rooted your Android device, you’ll be able to see Kinguser or Superuser icon. Kinguser and Superuser are the apps that manage your root access; they are getting installed while rooting the smartphone.

Way 2: Check If Phone Is Rooted or Not with Root Checker

  • Go to Google Play and find Root Checker app, download and install it on your android device.

  • Open the app and select “ROOT” option from the following screen.

    open root checker
  • Tap on the screen, the app will check your device is rooted or not quickly and display the result.

    display result

Way 3: Use Terminal to Know If a Cell Phone Is Rooted

When the above methods are not applicable in your specific situation, download and install a “terminal” client on the phone.

  • Open the terminal, if you see “#”, then the phone has root access.

  • If there’s “$” instead of “#”, then your phone is still not in superuser mode, but it doesn’t mean it’s not rooted. Type “su” and if the device won’t recognize it, it signifies the phone is not rooted yet.

    type su

Part 2: How to Recover Lost Data after Rooting

There are a lot of users complaining that they lost files from Android device after rooting, which is pretty annoying. If you are one of those unlucky ones, don’t be upset, you are always able to recover missing data like contacts, messages, photos etc. from rooted phones with Tenorshare Android Data Recovery. This software is designed to get back all lost or deleted data from Android phone’s internal memory and SD card with high efficiency.

  • Download and install the program on your PC or Mac, connect phone to computer and click “Connect”. Tap “OK” on your device to turn on USB storage.

    connect device
  • Tap “Allow” on the device and then click “Next” on the program to scan files. The scanning process will during for seconds.

    start scan
  • After scanning, all the data including the lost one and existed ones will be listed out. Choose the items you need and click “Recover” to save them in your computer.

    preview files


In this article, we’ve shown you how to check if your Android phone is rooted or not in 3 ways and introduced an easy tool to recover lost data on Android phones. If you still have any further questions about Android rooting, don’t hesitate to contact us.

  Updated on 2020-01-14 / Update for  Root

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