SuperSU, the complete guide: what it is, what it is for and how to use it

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SuperSU and root have always been two traditional elements with which Android has always gone hand in hand, especially in those times when many users were forced to change the ROM and make changes to the terminal to increase its performance, compared to the power offered by the device when it was released.


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Today we deepen the topic and we will explain to you in detail SuperSU, answering to the most common questions about this application and offering you the data you need to know what it is for, how to use it and how to install it on your device.



What is SuperSU?

SuperSU is an application developed by Chainfire with which it is possible to manage the root and grant permissions to applications that require it, because, after all, these privileges as an administrator, should not be granted lightly, and Android itself, it does not incorporate a native manager when it comes to root.

As you know, thanks to root we can grant some applications administrative permissions, to perform activities on our smartphone that, by itself, Android cannot do, such as removing any application from the system. Something that has its advantages, but which in turn may have some risks. How To Remove Bloatware On Android Devices!


To put it briefly, SuperSU is the tool that is used to manage application root access that we must install on our terminal and, in this way, have some control over the activities that this type of application performs.

How to install SuperSU on Android?

Even though Google removed this application from the official store some time ago, its installation today is simple, just search for it its Google Play and download it, although you can always use Chainfire's official website to do the same thing.



On the official page of Chainfire, unlike Google Play, we will download a ZIP which we will have to access by accessing the custom recovery that we have already installed on our smartphone. How to Install TWRP on Android Phones Using Flashify


To do this, it is necessary to save this ZIP in the internal memory of the terminal and access the custom recovery by pressing the button to turn off and lower the volume while the smartphone is off. Once there, click Install and look for the ZIP file in your smartphone's memory. After doing this, you can restart the terminal and you will find the application installed correctly. How to install SuperSu on Android

However, the method described is the most complicated and some problems may arise with the installation, so it is best to download it from the Play Store to avoid any possible problems with this procedure. Of course, it is important to know that, of course, if you don't have root access on terminal, this app won't help, since it does not root the device, nor does it manage root permissions. How to root Android

Therefore, if you want to root the terminal, it is advisable to go to forums like XDA Developers or HTC Mania and search for the subforum of your smartphone. There, you will find - if it is possible - a tutorial on how to root your smartphone or tablet, since depending on the model, it can be done one way or another.



How to use SuperSU?

SuperSU is a root permissions manager and, as such, its main mission is to give us the ability to grant or deny superuser permission to applications that require it, and we can do this in two different ways. 

First of all, when the application requests authorization, a pop-up window will appear in which we can give a positive or negative answer to this request. 


However, if we enter the application itself, we will see a list of applications that use this type of permission. Of course, if you don't press either option in 15 seconds, SuperSU will automatically deny root access.

If we have granted it, a green box will appear next to the symbol and the application name, if denied, will appear in red. 


Here, we can change the decision we made when the application first requested it, something that comes in handy in case we gave it by mistake, we can change our decision or just grant root permission only at specific times.

On the other hand, the application has other related functions that provide great added value and even a Premium mode with which you can access more complex options, such as:

  • Temporarily remove root access.
  • Notification of access to superuser permissions of applications.
  • Permanently delete root access.
  • Configure individual access notifications for each application.
  • Convert third party applications to system applications.
  • Application hibernation.
  • 4 different themes for the application.
  • Automatic start before turning on the terminal completely.
  • Ghost mode.

These are features that make the root access experience more complete. 


And, for example, some applications, like Super Mario Run, don't work if they detect that these permissions are available on your terminal, so you might decide to temporarily disable root access to play a game. Or, you could convert Nova Launcher into a system application and thus not delete it by mistake.

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