Most of the Android users might have thought at least once about rooting their device. May be some actually did root their phone. Some of you may did not do any rooting on their android device and the reason may be:
a) you are satisfied with the present performance of your phone, so not wanting to root
b) you have a fear of facing bad consequences after you actually root your Android device.
This post is meant for all the Android users who want to know about rooting an Android device and its advantages, disadvantages and results. You can treat this as a complete guide to rooting an Android device.
Before we actually jump into knowing the other things like pros and cons of rooting an Android device, let us begin by knowing what rooting an Android device actually means and what it does to the device after it is done.
Rooting is basically being able to get access to the Android OS code, and modify root level files. Simply put, rooting is a process which allows you to do things that were not possible on an official OS on your Android device. Usually manufacturers prevent/do not recommend it because it gives access to all the essential files of your phone and you may accidentally delete them, leading your phone to a bricked state.
Even manufacturers say that it is highly not recommended to root your Android device,using an android device in the normal way does put some limitations to some features, and rooting is like a one-time pass to get most of your Android device. However, before deciding about to root or to not root your device, we will have a look at the pros and cons of rooting an Android device.
Advantages of Rooting an Android device:
1) Update to latest Android version:
This is one of the major causes that compels people to root their Android devices. This is because, the device that they currently use will no longer receive any official software updates from their manufacturer.
2) Increase battery life:
Custom ROMs help give the battery of the Android device twice as much as battery life it currently has. While for some Android devices, there is only a little difference, in other Android devices, the battery life is significantly increased.
3) Install and Run any app :
By rooting your Android device, you can practically run any Android app available and this means all the apps even outside of Google Play. This might pave way for viruses some times, but still, it has its perks.
4) Get rid of carrier bloatware:
The carriers that you use with your Android device install a lot of apps on your device and this leads to consumption of storage space, eats up other resources of the phone. This happens without even you noticing it. When you root your phone, it becomes easy to delete all the carrier-installed apps from your Android device.
5) Remove ads from all apps:
This can be a hidden diamond of all the advantages of rooting.After you root your phone, with certain apps, you can remove all the ads from a app or a game that is installed on your device. As a result, you get the same benefit as you get with paid apps, but this is for absolutely free.
6) Install apps to SD card :
Installing apps to SD card is not possible for most of the non-rooted phones. Rooting lets you do that and this helps in freeing up internal memory of the device.
7) Make the Android device run faster:
By installing certain apps, the clock speed of your Android device can be increased and this makes your Android device to run faster than normal.
8) Customize your Android as you wish:
Rooting gives you access to perform some tweaks on your device. For example, you can change the way your home screen looks, shift a button from one screen to other etc. XDA forums have a lot of tips to help you with these kind of tweaks..
These are some of the advantages that people with rooted Android phones enjoy. Seem tempting and got ready to root your Android? Not before you take a look at the disadvantages of rooting.
Disadvantages of Rooting an Android device:
1) Rooting is not easy for ‘all’ Android devices:
There are many methods and one-step solutions to root and Android device. But the complexity of rooting an Android device may vary. If you do not follow the instructions carefully, you can brick your phone and it goes useless.
2) Rooting voids warranty:
Any smartphone manufacturer will not support warranty for an Android device if it is rooted, even if it is under the period of warranty. However, you need not worry about this if your device crossed the warranty period.
3) You may not receive OTA updates in the future:
Rooting an Android device may prevent it from receiving any Over-The-Air (OTA) software updates from the manufacturer in the future. However, if the reason that you decided to root your Android device is the reason 1 mentioned in the advantages, then it may not be a big deal.
4) Too much of speeding up can be dangerous:
As already said, it possible to increase the speed of the Android device with the help of certain apps, after it is rooted. But if this is done too often, then it may cause over-heating of the device and this could damage the phone’s hardware.
To Root or to Not Root your Android device:
By now, you might have a vague idea as to root or not to root your Android device. If not, may be this suggestion might help you:
If you are a normal user who use your Android device to stay connected to other people and have fun with it, then there is actually no necessity to root your phone.
On the other hand, if you are an Android enthusiast or a developer and wants to know how things actually work, and if you want to experiment with the OS, rooting can be an option for you.
Since you now have an overview about rooting at its consequences, you can decide whether to root or not to root your Android device. If you decide about rooting your Android device, these are some tips you should follow to make sure you sail smoothly through the rooting procedure.
Tips to follow before Rooting an Android device:
1) Be sure to acquire the detailed step-by-step procedure of rooting for the make and model of your Android device.
2) Gather every requisite like the Custom ROM software, drivers, essential apps etc before you start with the procedure.
3) It is mandatory that you take backup of all the data of your Android device because rooting wipes out it all from your device.
4) If at all you are not satisfied with the result of rooting your device, make sure you have the right procedure to revert it all back and go back to the original mode.
Remember that your carrier can be of zero help if you face any issues during the rooting process. So make sure you get all your doubts cleared, have an expert help ready at hand and then start with the procedure.
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