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I would not recommend rooting a device that is still under warranty.

I am trying to find a way to root my old device from 2014 that has become my daily because the new one got damaged and cannot afford a new one. It runs on Android Lollipop.

I am trying to avoid the traditional root way which involves unlocking the bootloader and then flashing it with different files. I am not comfortable in doing that since it is risky and my brick my phone from a mistake. There are tutorials on doing it for my exact phone model so that is not the requirement here at all.

I also know about the one click root solutions but there seems to be a lot of debate on its safety as it is not clear what info is being collected by the app developer. I did kingroot on my test device and it is fine for that device but I don't want it on my daily.

I have found a way which "on paper" seems the safest. It roots without rooting the device. However, I would still like to make sure that it is safe before I use it.

In the below link there is a video that is about an app called VMOS which allows to duplicate the O/S (done automatically) and creates a virtual O/S on top of the locked one on the device and then the virtual one can be rooted.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUTxMGsM_Uc

The app has been removed from the "Android Play Store". I am adding below the FAQ from their website. In the FAQ they mention that they do not collect any data and that the only data they collect is for error logs. 

https://www.vmos.com/faq.htm

Can that claim be trusted? Would anyone trust that they are honest and do not collect any other data.

I don't think that the app can be put behind a firewall because then it might block all the apps that are running on it as it is the main gateway for them.

I am also sure that running a virtual O/S would require to use more resources on the device. So this solution would not be useful for just any device.

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    Rooting is basically exploiting a security breach . See Pros and cons of rooting using apps ("Soft Root") compared to other methods ("Hard Root") for Pros and Cons . As far as security implications go, it is your choice. No one except the developers can say if their code is not open sourced (and assuming they are being truthful). Next, it looks to be Chinese origin, who don't have a great reputation in these matters-Your call – beeshyams May 19 at 12:53
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    See answers to "I am trying to avoid the traditional root way which involves unlocking the bootloader and then flashing it with different files." here: Is there a way to root an Android phone without unlocking the bootloader? and here: How to manually root a phone?. "Can that claim be trusted? Would anyone trust that they are honest and do not collect data.". It's opinion based. No one can assure you of this except the developer. You need to trust them as @beeshyams said. – Irfan Latif May 19 at 13:12
  • The idea of rooting or Jail break is so annoying, after using PCs or even windows phones which used to run on Windows 8. Everything was always rooted and the idea of rooting something did not exist. I understand that Smartphones need to be locked so that the servers that are being contacted are protected and if they detect that the phone is rooted then it might get blocked. So that seems like a problem. – Johncool May 24 at 11:08
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As far as the app you found my impression is, that it is as of until someone of standing in the community can legitimately say otherwise, that its ability and origin are "questionable" at this time. I have only seen a few people even comment ABOUT it, let alone bonafide users that actually USED it and have some form of empirical data that can back up any claim to it being effective/non-spyware related/not full of issues like bricking peoples Galaxies, Lg ThinQ's (god I love mine), Note, etc., and so on. If it is a usable way of being able to solve some issues for the general public than I'm all for it but hopefully someone can start showing some good hard data on this for everyone.

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You have to use the tool towelroot by Geohot (https://towelroot.com/) or FrameRoot Apk from XDA Developers(https://forum.xda-developers.com/apps/framaroot/root-framaroot-one-click-apk-to-root-t2130276). All this toolks are .apk files that you can install on your smartphone and click root once installed.

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