A lot of times, people ask about Busybox. Like what is it, what is the purpose of it and can we install Busybox without root? Well, today I will answer all of your questions regarding Busybox. I will also tell if there is a working “Busybox no root” method out there.
What is Busybox
Before we take a look at the Installation of Busybox, let’s see what is the BusyBox. If you are someone who has some basic knowledge about rooting on Android, you must be wondering, why the BusyBox No Root is even a question. That is because BusyBox is something which is only required to work at the root level. In other words, you can’t have Busybox working without root.
One reason for this answer could be the warranty issue. Almost every Android phone maker has the no root policy. Basically, if you tamper with your phone’s root, the company won’t accept a warranty claim. Because rooting allows system level modifications, you may cause hardware damage to the phone.
Android is based on Linux but it has a lot of tools missing from the Linux kernel. Those commands are not required by Android if you are just using it normally. Busybox binary is an app that has all of these tools. You only need those missing tools when you want to perform a system-level activity. And Busybox is the app that contains all those commands.
Download Busybox APK
You will need to have root access to your Android phone if you need to install Busybox. Many root apps don’t require Busybox binaries but some apps do. So, it is a good idea to have Busybox installed on your Android phone. This means ‘Busybox No Root’ is Not Possible.
You can download Busybox app from the Google Play Store using this link but if Google Play doesn’t work for you, below is the Busybox APK file download link.
Installation of Busybox is very simple. But keep in mind that Busybox is not available for your phone if it is not rooted. There are two ways you can install Busybox binaries. First one is the easier method, which is to use Google Play Store. Simply go to the Play Store, search for Busybox and Install it.
But if Google Play Store is not available to you, for whatever reason, you can install Busybox using the APK file given above.
- Download the Busybox APK file from the Download Now link, given above. If you are downloading it on your computer, you will need to copy the file to your phone.
- Once you have the APK file on your phone, you can begin the installation. Open Settings of your Android phone and navigate to Security option. Here you will need to enable the “Unknown Sources” option. If you already have it enabled, leave it as is.
- Now go back to the home screen and open your file manager. Some phones, like HTC, don’t come with a file manager. You can use Amaze File manager for that.
- Navigate the Download folder, or wherever you have stored the Busybox Installer APK file and open it. You will see an installation screen. Press Install and wait for the installation to complete.
- Open the Busybox app. As soon as you open it, you will be prompted with the root permission box. If you don’t have root on your phone, you can’t install Busybox without root.
- Grant the root access and then it will show you the installation screen. Press install and it will begin installing all the Busybox binaries on your Android phone.
Busybox No Root?
Now let’s address the elephant in the room. How to install Busybox without root. The simple answer to this question is that you can not. But, let me tell you how you can use Busybox and still have your phone’s warranty.
Most of the people who want to root their Android phone but end up not doing it are those who want to keep their phone’s warranty. It is well known among the smartphone community that most of the manufacturers will not give you warranty if you root your phone. What if I told you that it is even easier to unroot your phone, and no one can tell that you ever rooted your phone.
This method works on all Android phones but it will be undetectable if your phone doesn’t have a locked bootloader. For example, if your phone has a locked bootloader, you will need to unlock it before rooting. This unlocking will stay the same, even if you choose to unroot.
All you have to do is open the SuperSU app on your phone and select ‘Full unroot’ from the app settings. This will not remove the Super User instances completely, but it will remove root. Don’t forget to restart your phone after the unroot.
That sums it up for me if you found this tutorial useful and you were able to install Busybox without root, make sure to share this tutorial with your friends. Also, don’t forget to follow us on twitter @d_geeky and drop your questions and suggestions below.