How to Get Root Permission for an Android Wi-Fi Tether
By Chad Davis
Gaining administrative access to your mobile device and authorizing applications to do the same is a form of vertical privilege escalation. In the case of the Android operating system, these privileges are known as "root" or "superuser" rights. Rooted Android devices generally include a superuser app for the purpose of granting and revoking root access permissions to specific apps. A superuser app can be downloaded via the Google Play store if your device does not already include one (see links in Resources). Grant root permission to your Wi-Fi tether app using a superuser app on your rooted Android mobile device.
How to Grant Root Permissions Using Superuser by ChainsDD
Open the "Superuser" app on your Android device.
Scroll down the "Apps" tab and tap the name of the Wi-Fi tether app. You may need to open the app first if it is not listed yet in Superuser.
Tap "Allow" when prompted to with the Superuser Request. Check the box next to "Remember" if you want your device to remember the changes you make to the app's permissions.
How to Grant Root Permissions Using Superuser by ClockworkMod
Open ClockworkMod's "Superuser" app on your mobile device.
Scroll through the list of apps and tap the name of the Wi-Fi tether app you want to grant root permissions to. You may need to open the app first if you do not see it listed in Superuser's app list.
Tap one of the radio buttons on the Superuser Request screen. For example, tapping "Remember Choice Forever" will remember your app's permissions unless you manually change this setting later.
Tap the "Allow" button to save changes to the app's permissions.
How to Grant Root Permissions Using SuperSU by Chainfire
Open the "SuperSU" app by Chainfire on your Android mobile device.
Scroll down the "Apps" tab and locate the Wi-Fi tether app you wish to grant root permission to. If the app is not listed, you may need to open the app first in order for it to appear in the SuperSU apps list.
Tap the name of an app to edit its access permissions.
Tap the drop-down menu next to "Access," and then tap "Grant." Tapping "Prompt" will require you to grant permission to the app each time it is used.
Tap the "Save" button to finish granting root access to the app.
- Most superuser apps automatically prompt you for permission settings when you open an app that requires root access.
- Granting root permissions to apps on your device can enable system-wide administrative changes. Make sure you can trust an app and its developers before authorizing superuser access.
Located in Denver, Chad Davis has been writing about technology for more than 10 years. He is a technical writer for information technology and product development. Davis provides grant writing and marketing services to small businesses. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from the University of New Mexico.