The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 doesn’t have a whole heap going for it with low pixel density, a camera lacking autofocus, a camera with no flash, a battery that is non user replaceable, no front facing camera and no ambient light sensor. Nonetheless, that makes it the ideal candidate to unlock the OS with root and install some custom ROMs to get well away from the stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread it comes with out of the box.
Those that bought the IdeaPad are happy with what they got, but most are not hardcore Android enthusiasts. Therefore, when it comes to gaining root access, many owners will prefer the easiest method they can get their hands on to make the experience simplified. That is what we have here with the One-Click routine that takes a few minutes to complete and only a couple of taps. Before we get started on the steps there is a list of prerequisites that we want to run through to maximize your potential, knowledge and wisdom before we kick things off.
- The guide listed is suitable for people above the age of 10 as long as you have extensive knowledge with gadgets. The guide does not require advanced users if you are an older person.
- Above all, we want to make copies of the important data such as photo galleries, music and audio files, market applications, the contacts list, video footage, SMS and MMS texts and any other sensitive data you do not want to risk losing. We do this by taking a complete backup of the OS. Unfortunately, backing up our Android-based devices isn’t always easy. Thankfully though we can use apps to help us achieve what we want. If you already have root and want to unchain the operating system using the SuperOneClick instead, try using the app called Titanium. use the Helium app if you do not have root yet to make copies of data and apps. Furthermore, use SMS backup to store those text messages from friends and family you do not want to risk losing.
- Following the guide correctly does not result in data loss. We make copies to be on the safe side in case a full factory reset is required. The data are wiped during the resetting procure and therefore you will lose everything that was added on the phone by doing this unless you took the backups we mentioned.
- The tool we are using comes from the XDA Developers thread from CLShortFuse. When you click the link you can check out all the information on the page he gives about the tool, plus any replies posted by people reading. Doing so will increase your knowledge on the package that opens up the OS for you. In addition, you can see how many updates the package has received so far and it’s a lot. That will boost your confidence in what we are doing.
- The battery in this tablet is 3550 mAh and the connectivity does come with USB charging. That means when we connect it using the USB wire to the machine, it will start charging the battery much like a standard phone charger would. However, because we are not remaining connected for a long time we do need to have some battery life saved up prior to starting the steps. With that in mind, we recommend having 405 power to start with. Check the battery icon in the status bar to observe how much is left on the device. The tablet, must be turned on to see it first.
- Validate the Lenovo USB Drivers so we know they are up to date. Moreover, verify the USB Debugging Mode is enabled by visiting the Develop options menu from the Settings on the tablet.
- Opening up the core hardware like we are about to today always comes with risks. Worst case scenario is bricking the tablet. Luckily bricking is easily fixable in most cases thanks to a vast array of developers who make tools to help in that department. However, it will require extra research on your behalf to find the solution as we do not provide that here. A great place to start searching is the XDA forum where many of the best Droid developers loves to hang out and post their work.
- You need a notebook, laptop or computer to successfully complete the steps listed below. Make sure it has a USB slot so we can plug our devices into the slot and make the connection.
- Corresponding, it’s easier to stop any virus, spyware and malware protection from running on the tablet and computer.
- The guide we are creating here is for educational purposes only and we are not liable for any damages caused by following the steps. You follow all of them at your own risk and any problems you encounter are on you. We do our best to give accurate information, but nothing comes with a sealed guarantee.
How to root the Lenovo ideaPad A1 using the One-Click technique
1. Turn the computer on.
2. Log in to the account.
3. Download the package from here and save it to the C: Drive or desktop.
Make a mental note where you save the file so you remember where to find it soon.
4. Extract the file and place the contents on the desktop.
5. Find the USB cable
– check the phone charger if you can’t see the wire.
6. Plug the tablet using the wire.
7. Run the executable root SuperOneClick file.
8. Click the “root” option from the program that shows up on the monitor.
9. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish.
10. The tablet may reboot automatically when it finishes.
11. Visit the system tray if using Windows and stop the USB Mass Storage device.
Stop over at the Google Play Store and install any version of the Root Checker application to help verify it is working.