In Android, rooting is a process to gain administrative privileges on the phone and have access to the Android system files. This allows the user to perform different operations (that a normal user cannot like changing the boot animation etc.) and install applications that require root access (like Wi-Fi sniffer). As one of the top Android Emulators, there is always a requirement from some advanced users to root the BlueStacks application.
There can be many methods both, automatic or manual to root BlueStacks, but we will try to use a simple approach so that a common user can follow the instructions.
Proceed at your own risk as rooting BlueStacks can cause it to become unstable and it may fail to launch. Also, it may harm data or your system. Moreover, in some cases, third-party applications are used, which are generally safe but may harm your system/data. Additionally, rooted BlueStacks can be used for some illegal activities, so, proceed with extreme caution and stay within the legal boundaries.
Create a New BlueStacks Instance
As you are going to try to root the BlueStacks, this comes with some risks, and trying it on a BlueStacks installation that has some essential data on it, may render the installation useless. In such a case, creating a new BlueStacks instance in the BlueStacks Multi-instance Manager will be a safe approach.
- Launch the BlueStacks Multi-Instance Manager and click New Instance (near the bottom right).
- Now select Fresh Instance and choose an Android version but it will be better to select Nougat 32-bit (the default BlueStacks installation at the time of writing this article).
- Then click Next and set the CPU Cores dropdown box to at least Medium (2 Cores).
- Now set the RAM dropdown to Medium 2GB and leave other options on the default values.
- Then click on the Create button and wait till the BlueStacks instance is created.
- Now in the Multi-Instance Manager, select the newly created instance and click on Start.
- Then, sign into the Play Store and then you can go ahead with the rooting process as discussed below.
Install a Root Checking Application from the Google Play Store
Whichever method is used to Root BlueStacks, you may need a root checking app to confirm if the process was successful.
- Launch the Google Play Store in BlueStacks and search for Root Check.
- Now open Root Checker (or any other application of your choice) and click Install.
- Then launch Root Checker and click on Agree (if you accept the T&Cs).
- Now click on Get Started and under Verify Root Status, click on Verify Root.
- Then you will be shown that the device is not rooted. Do not worry, when the BlueStacks installation is rooted, it will say the device is rooted.
Method 1: Root BlueStacks by Editing its Configuration File
This method is probably the easiest one as nothing has to be downloaded and installed. Also, the user will be using the tools he is quite familiar with.
- Firstly, close BlueStacks, and in case of a version less than 5, make sure to exit BlueStacks from the system’s tray.
- Then right-click Windows and select Run.
- Now navigate to the installation path of BlueStacks, usually, the following (some users might have to enable viewing of hidden and protected operating system files):
- Now open the BlueStacks or BlueStacks_nxt folder and right-click on the Bluestacks.config file.
- Then select Open With and expand More Apps.
- Now select Notepad and when the Notepad window is shown, expand Edit and select Find.
- Then search for root and change the value of bst.feature.rooting to 1.
- Again, search for root and change the value of bst.instance.Nougat32.enable_root_access to 1.
- If you have more than one instance of BlueStacks, change the value of all the values related to root to 1 from 0.
- Now save your changes and launch BlueStacks.
- Once booted, launch the Root Checker application and click on Verify Root.
- Hopefully, it will show a successful root message.
Once the BlueStacks are rooted, you can try startup managers, custom animations, script managers, etc. (e.g., System Tools Android app) to customize the BlueStacks installation. For best uses, you may search the web for the best apps for rooted Android.
Method 2: Root BlueStacks by One Click Root Applications
For many users, who just want to use root privileges for just a single app, the method discussed above will suffice. If you do not want to edit the Config file, then you may use a one-click rooting application like OneClickRoot or KingRoot. That process is very simple, so, we are not discussing it deeply.
- Download APK files of any of the one-click root apps like King Root or OneClickRoot from their websites and install the APK file in BlueStacks.
- Then launch the installed app and use the on-screen instructions to Root BlueStacks.
Method 3: Use the BS Tweaker Application to Root BlueStacks
For some of the advanced users, especially those users who need SuperSU, the above methods may not fulfill their requirements, although, the root may work, the installation of the SuperSU binary might require some extensive tweaking. The SuperSU can manually be installed but that will require quite a work, even for some experienced folks. If you are interested in manually installing SuperSU, then you may look into the XDA-developer forum post for more details. But there are other tools like the BS Tweaker that make this process very easy. Keep in mind SuperSU manages the root permissions for the apps by showing the user a prompt to either permit the root access for an application or not.
Install the BS Tweaker Application
- Launch a web browser and navigate to the BS Tweaker website.
- Now download the latest version of BS Tweaker and once downloaded, extract the downloaded zip.
- Then open the extracted zip folder and right-click on BlueStacksTweaker.exe.
- Now select Run as Administrator and click Yes, if a UAC prompt is received.
Install the Root Checker Pro Application
The Root Checker Basic may work with the above methods, but for the BS Tweaker, the user may have to use Root Checker Pro.
- Now, at the right bottom of the BS Tweaker, click on the BS Tweaker website URL.
- A new browser window will open and the BS Tweaker website will be shown.
- Then, in the top bar, click on Utils, and under Manage and Check Root section, in front of Root Checker Pro, click on Download.
- Now save the file on your desktop and switch to the BlueStacks instance window.
- Then click on the Install APK button in the right bar. You may also use try the shortcut key combination of Ctrl + Shift + B.
- Now double-click Root Checker Pro and wait till the Root Checker Pro icon is shown in BlueStacks. Do not launch the Root Check Pro application yet.
Root BlueStacks by Using the BS Tweaker Application
- Afterward, switch to the BS Tweaker window and click on the stop button in front of the BlueStacks instance (if started) that you want to root.
- Then, in the left pane of the BS Tweaker, select the BlueStacks instance that you want to root by selecting the relevant checkbox.
- Now, in the right pane, head to the Root tab and click on the Unlock button.
- Then confirm the warning and wait till the bottom bar shows the instance name with unlocking true message.
- Afterward, start the BlueStacks instance by clicking the Play button and wait till the BlueStacks instance is launched.
Install and Update the SuperSu Binary
- Now, switch to the BS Tweaker window and click on Install SuperSU.
- Then switch to the BlueStack window and wait till the SuperSU app icon is shown on the window but do not launch it.
- Now, switch back to the BS Tweaker window and check the lower status bar for a message stating the installation of SuperSu is true.
- Then click on Update SU Binary and wait till the status bar shows the Updates SU Binary is true. The BlueStacks instance might close automatically.
- Again, click on the Play button in front of the BlueStacks instance being rooted and let it completely boot.
Verify BlueStacks Rooting by Using the Root Check Pro
- Now, in the BlueStacks window, launch the Root Checker Pro and accept the agreement (if agreed to).
- Now click on Verify Root and if asked to, accept to Grant the root permissions to the Root Checker Pro.
- Then hopefully, the BlueStacks instance is completely rooted status will be shown
Update the SuperSU Through the Latest APK
- Now, switch to the BS Tweaker window and click on the BS Tweaker URL near the bottom right.
- Then, on the Tweaker website, head to the Utils tab and download the latest SuperSu APK file.
- Now save the file on your desktop and switch to the BlueStacks window.
- Then click on the Install APK icon in the right bar and double-click on SuperSU APK.
- Now click on the SuperSU icon on the Home screen if it asks to be updated, click Continue.
- Then select Normal (if using non-custom ROM) and when the SuperSU app is updated, click OK.
- Then select Reboot and wait till the BlueStackks instance is closed.
- Now initialize the BlueStacks instance from the BS Tweaker window.
- Once the BlueStacks instance is launched, open the SuperSU application and check its different settings.
Install the Xposed Framework
The Xposed Framework provides a user with different modules that can give a user a lot of utilities to customize the Android and BlueStacks.
- Switch to the BS Tweakers application and start the BlueStacks instance that was rooted earlier.
- Now, select the BlueStacks instance in BS Tweaker and head to the Root tab.
- Then, in the Xposed section, click on Patch and wait till the status bar shows the Xposed patch is true.
- Now click on Install and wait till the status bar shows the Xposed installed message.
- Then click on Flash and wait till the Xposed flash True message is shown.
- Now switch to the BlueStacks window and hopefully, you will note the Xposed Installer icon but do not launch it.
- Then close the BlueStacks instance and afterward, launch it from the BS Tweaker application.
Use the Xposed Installer to Take Advantage of Rooted BlueStacks
- Once the BlueStacks instance is launched, open Xposed Installer and click OK on the warning dialogue box.
- Now make sure the Xposed Status is set to Xposed Framework is active.
- Then click on the hamburger menu in the top left and select Download.
- Now click on the search icon and search for BootManager (without space).
- Then select BootManager and head to the versions tab.
- Now in the box of the most recent version, click on Download, and once downloaded, click on Install. Then Confirm to Install BootManager.
- Once installed, close the BlueStacks instance and start it from BS Tweaker.
- Once the BlueStack instance is launched, open the Xposed Installer and expand its Menu.
- Now navigate to the Modules tab and checkmark the BootManager app.
- Then restart the BlueStack instance and upon restart, open BootManager.
- Now select the apps that you do not want to start at the BlueStacks startup (like IPTV Smarters Pro).
- Now restart BlueStacks and the selected app will not start with BlueStacks.
So dear readers, in this way, you can use different modules of the Xposed installer to tweak the BlueStacks instance. Also, there are plenty of other apps for rooted BlueStacks (the Internet is your best friend) to take full advantage of the rooting process.