Rooting this device is actually quite a simple and easy process. Before you begin, it is recommended that you at least try to understand what each part of the process will do. Although this guide will elongate each step in order to show all of the details, the method used can be broken up into 3 main steps: Unlocking the Bootloader, Installing a Custom Recovery and finally Rooting. Each new step relies on the previous step to have been completed, and a basic summary of each part is:
- Unlocking Bootloader: Opens the door to the internal memory of the device to be written on to. This allows you to flash images onto the main partitions of the phone.
- Installing a Custom Recovery: A custom recovery is flashed onto the recovery partition of the device and overwrites the stock recovery that exists by default. Custom recoveries bring lots of functionality and give you the ability to perform wipes, install flashable zips, create full backups of your NAND (Nandroid backup), and various other features. An unlocked bootloader is needed to install a custom recovery.
- Rooting: You can gain root by either flashing via recovery a pre-rooted custom rom, or flashing a zip containing the SuperSU binaries. A custom recovery is necessary to do this.
After completing these steps your phone will be rooted, the phone will have a custom recovery installed, and the phones bootloader will be unlocked. This, in our opinion, is the most practical and beneficial method for rooting your phone. It gives you some basic adb/fastboot knowledge, and should hopefully help you have a decent understanding of what is going on. Also this method will work regardless of what android version your phone has.
If you are confused by anything in this guide, we would highly suggest getting it clarified being before moving on. Ask your question in this thread and we or someone else will likely answer. Also we would suggest that you read over the whole thread a few times before actually doing anything to the phone.
Before you proceed please OTA up to 3.5.3 as TWRP has an issue with Decryption on 3.5.1
DECRYPTION NOT WORKING?
If your device isn’t decrypting in TWRP, chances are you still have the old crypto key format from the 3.5.1 release firmware.
You can solve this by updating to 3.5.3 and changing your boot up password in your device OS’s settings.
By changing your password after updating to 3.5.3 or newer, your OS will rewrite your crypto key to be compatible with TWRP.
You are free to disable your password after this if you don’t want one, and TWRP will decrypt with the default password.