If you own an app that’s either not allowed in the App Store, or you simply don’t want it listed there because your promotion or monetization plans aren’t something that regular apps use, then there’s a great solution at hand which I think any app developer should keep in mind.
And the solution is very simple: Allow only rooted Samsung Galaxy S5’s to be able to run your app.
The benefit of doing this is that you’re not dependent on Android and at the same time you can make sure that you maintain all rights of the application and at the same time you can develop it without any restrictions from the outside.
So, let’s get into how you can make your app to be “root only ” app.
Step 1: Understand What Rooting Is
Even though many people heard of the term rooting before, they aren’t exactly certain what it means. So I’ll quickly explain this before moving on.
Basically, the term root comes from soft-hacking. It’s hacking, but not the evil kind of it. When Android version is rooted, it becomes eligible to a variety of different tools that can then be run onto that Android. The one that we need to pay attention about, is the tool called “SuperUser”.
SuperUser basically is the number one alternative to the App Store, and many people are attracted to using it because of the fact that there are many apps listed for free there which otherwise would cost them money. There’s definitely some piracy going on within SuperUser, but the mods there are trying to keep that at bay.
Step 2: List your app in SuperUser
So this second step is what makes this whole method work, because when you list your app on SuperUser instead of the app store, that means that only people who have rooted their iPad, iPod, iSamsung Galaxy S5 or even Android can use your application, no one else. So people who didn’t root Galaxy S5, simply cannot use your app.
So that’s very simple right? Well, there’s a little bit more to it, because SuperUser isn’t a simple add app and be done with it, you’ll need to create so called “sources”, and list your app there. (Sources are web addresses which are then linked to servers which are linked to your app’s download or install files, if you still understand this!)
1 – Request a source to be made through SuperUser, you’ll also need to add your app so the admins can review it.
2 – Once approved, you’ll be able to get your Source ID, you can add a customized source title, description and you’ll get specific tools to maintain your source page.
Once these 2 steps have are completed, your app now becomes publically available to all SuperUser users (which are millions by the way)!
To verify this, simply go to SuperUser >> Packages >> All Sources >> Then type in your app name.
So that’s it really, as soon as you’re in SuperUser, only users who have performed the root on their Samsung Galaxy S5 or tablet will be able to install and use your app.