The BLU Studio One is an effective budget smartphone that performs well for the price but is even better once you root it. Thankfully, the BLU Studio One isn’t very difficult to root, but there are still a few things you need to know about rooting first. No matter how easy it is to root a phone, there are inherent problems with the process you need to know about.
Once you’re knowledgeable about the process, there isn’t much left but to get right down to it. There are several rooting methods that work on the BLU Studio One, and I’ll cover each one step by step. If you’re ready to root your phone, all you need to do is keep reading until the end.
Method 1: Kingroot
Kingroot is one of the more tried and true methods for rooting. To use Kingroot, you don’t need any additional downloads besides the application, and you don’t need to mess around with flashing. Once you have the app installed, just launch it, and you’re ready to go; the hardest part of the entire process is waiting for the root to finish.
1. Obtaining Kingroot
Kingroot isn’t a hard application to track down, but you can find the most recent version here. This is the most recent version of the Kingroot APK, straight from the XDA developers website, so there’s no fear of it being illegitimate.
As soon as the download is done, make sure you have your phone ready.
2. Moving the APK
Copy the APK file onto your phone’s SD card if it isn’t there already. If you downloaded the APK on your phone directly, and not a PC, you’re already in the clear.
3. Setting the Stage
Before you can use the APK correctly, a few things about your phone need to be in order:
- You need developer access.
- You need to turn on installation from unknown sources in the apps settings menu.
- You need a file manager.
- Your phone needs to be above 70% battery.
If everything is already in order, you can skip ahead to the next step, otherwise, let’s get started.
Developer access: You don’t need any special talents, skills, or permission for developer access. Just follow this simple path, starting from your home screen.
- Go to your Settings.
- Scroll down to About Phone.
- Go all the way down to your Build Number.
- Tap your Build Number until you get a notification.
You now have developer access; it’s as easy as that.
Unknown sources: This is just as easy as enabling developer options, so just follow this quick path.
- From your home screen, or elsewhere, go to your Settings.
- Scroll until you reach Security.
- Under Security, enable Unknown Sources.
File Manager: Most Android users already have a file manager, but if you don’t, my two recommended managers are File Commander,
File Commander Download
and the popular ES File Explorer.
ES File Explorer
Either file manager will do the job just fine, and with one installed, your BLU Studio One is almost prepared to root.
4. Please Backup Your Device
I mention this every time I talk about rooting, but please, no matter how many times you’ve made backups before, backup all of your data. While Kingroot is one of the safest rooting methods, nothing has a 100% success rate.
Must Read: Using Titanium Backup, the Easy Way
5. Install the APK
Now that everything is ready, and all of your data is protected, it’s time to install Kingroot. Open your file explorer of choice, and search for the Kingroot APK.
Once you’ve found it, select it, and then choose to install it with your package installer. If you get a warning message like this below:
Tap More details, and then Install anyway(unsafe) to complete the installation. Now just wait for the installation to finish.
6. Try Rooting
Once you’re done installing Kingroot, either open it from your home screen, app drawer or right on the install screen to get started. Swipe down to get through the opening messages, and then click the TRY IT button at the bottom of the screen once you’re sure you’re ready.
This process takes a few minutes, but the app guides you through the rest, and by the end of it; the app will confirm your root status.
Method 2: Other Auto Root Apps
There are at least four more auto rooting apps we recommend if Kingroot doesn’t get the job done, and you can read all about them here. I highly suggest you give any of them a shot if you either don’t feel like using Kingroot, can’t get it to work, or just want more options.
Method 3: Flashing Through Custom Recovery
I’m giving you a warning up front, which this is only for Android users ready to get their hands dirty. While flashing a root through a custom recovery sound complicated enough, it’s even harder on the BLU Studio One. If you don’t already have TWRP installed, you need to compile a version of it yourself using the TWRP source code.
This is the most complicated method out of all of the other rooting options, so I only recommend this if you either: already have a custom recovery installed, or don’t want to use rooting apps. So let’s get started by looking at a guide made by the TWRP devs themselves.
If you already have TWRP installed, please skip to Step 4.
1. Reading the Information
This is going to be a long process, so grab a snack and start taking a look at this thread on the XDA developers forum. This thread has all of the step by step information you need to get TWRP running on your BLU Studio One. If you follow all the steps correctly, it’ll work without a doubt.
All of this just leaves one question behind, is it worth it? For someone experienced with code, this will take around fifteen minutes, but if this is your first rodeo, stay far away from something like this. If you’re thinking about giving this a shot, look over all of the information from top to bottom first, and then make your decision.
I repeat, do not attempt this if you do not have Linux or compiling knowledge. You will damage your device, or worse, brick it completely and render it unusable. Proceed with caution.
2. Downloading the Source Code
Now that you’re sure you want to give this a shot, and if you’re using CM, visit this page to download the source code. That’s the page for devices running Android 4.4, to change the version, click this button on the page:
Then select the version of Android that your BLU Studio One is running. Now that you’re all set, click Clone or download and then download it as a ZIP file.
Otherwise, visit this page to get a version of the source code with fewer branches.
3. Back to Business
So now that you have everything you need to work with, what do you do? Here’s where things start to get dicey if you aren’t familiar with Linux. As I mentioned before, this guide is going to be your best bet. I don’t have the knowledge or the space to describe the process better than the XDA guide, so please reference the guide during compiling.
4. Downloading SuperSU
After you’ve installed TWRP, or are fortunate enough to have a custom recovery already working on your BLU Studio One, visit chainfire’s website for a SuperSU ZIP file.
After you download the ZIP, make sure you know where it is.
5. Moving the ZIP
If your SuperSU ZIP isn’t already on your phone, transfer it to the root of your directory. If you don’t know where the root is, it’s the first place you can move files to on your phone without entering any folders.
6. Booting into Recovery
To boot into recovery mode:
- Power off your device.
- Hold down both the Power and Volume Up key.
- When the BLU logo appears on screen, release the Power key, but still hold the Volume Up key.
Now use the volume keys to scroll up and down, and the power key to confirm selections.
7. Flashing the ZIP and Finishing the Root
Next, in the TWRP menu, select install.
From here, search for the SuperSU zip on your BLU Studio One using the volume keys. After you’ve found it, select it with the power key, and then confirm to install/flash the zip onto your device.
This will take a few minutes, but once it’s done, your BLU Studio One will have root access.
The BLU Studio One is an easy phone to root as long as you don’t mind using apps to get the job done. If you’d rather take another route, the road is much longer, but worthwhile if you have faith in your Linux knowledge. Thankfully, as long as you have the right information, rooting the Studio One is fast, easy, and painless.
If you have any trouble along the way, leave a comment below, and we’ll help you as soon as possible!