Android devices, as we all know have invaded the market for a few years now, and their fame is getting even big with time. The experience of going home with a new Android device is pretty much evident to all of us. But have you ever experienced difficulty in downloading an app that requires rooted Android device? Or have you ever been able to custom or replace any of your system application without facing any hurdles in doing it?
The answer for the questions isn’t that straight because we can’t do whatever we want to our smartphones. The main reason behind the restricted usage is to keep your device secure from possible malware attacks. A rooted phone or tablet will not be protected from attacks unless it’s in the hands of an expert user or you don’t know the risks of rooting Android.
What is rooting Android?
Root an Android phone, and you will have full access to customize and control anything from software to hardware level. Rooting your Android device means to get access to all the Android operating system files and folders that usually are not accessible, and you’re trying to modify codes or add new software that is not provided by the manufacturing company or available on the Play Store.
Risks of Rooting Android Device
As a newbie to Rooting, the first question that comes to mind is: “Is it safe to root your android phone or tablet?” Usually, people are encouraged about the liberty to root your Android smartphone without emphasizing on the risks you may encounter by doing so. Rooting your device is safe only if the user is expert and know how to allow or deny permissions to different apps when asked. Rooting is not safe for a regular user’s device. Rooting no doubt gives you a complete control of your device but with greater power comes an even bigger responsibility. You have to be very clear about the rooting method or consult a professional that can perform the process for your device safely. If anything goes wrong, the loss is beyond repair thus making your device no less than a brick. Here are some of the common risks involved with rooting an Android phone or tablet:
Rooting your phone can void warranty
As rooting gives access to the boot loader of your phone allowing to make changes directly in the OS, the first risk of rooting Android device is that it will cease your device’s warranty. As you get root access to the phone, the warranty will be voided Even if the manufacturer of your device provides a method for safe rooting. Usually, on some devices, there is a method provided to unroot the phone that makes the hardware safe and keeps it in warranty. But there is a digital switch in devices that flip once they are rooted, and it’s not easy to revert it. So if you want to keep the device under warranty then do perform some research on the methods it allows for rooting or what measures are needed to make it safe.
May result in brick your phone
We have already made the point in the process of rooting and safety risks that are involved with it. It might be fun if done with all important condition but could result in circumstances that would result in making your device more of a brick. Risk of bricking your device with rooting means that it may never turn on or get functional anyway, but if you get stuck during the rooting process in loop condition or recovery phase, then it can be fixed. Experts have made their opinion on rooting to be safe if done with all security measures, but again the no-loss condition is not assured this makes it a risky process.
Benefits of rooting your phone
While rooting your Android smartphone or tablet is a risky affair, but the reward is pretty sweet nonetheless. Rooting your phone does give you an exceptional opportunity to handle the device the way you want to. But as mentioned earlier the process has to be done with adequate protection and if done so following rooting benefits are gained;
- Install latest Android version on old devices when they don’t receive any official updates.
- Install custom ROMS (unofficially customized ROMS designed for Android devices).
- Install apps that require root permissions.
- Backup each bit of your device instead just apps and profile.
- Overclock/underclock processor to control performance and battery life. Search for SetCPU app If you are interested in controlling performance.
- Enable WiFi Tethering, by the providers this feature, is disabled by default and you have to pay some fee to use WiFi tethering. A rooted phone allows you enjoy this feature for free.
- Block ads completely across all apps. Also search for AdBlock Plus, and AdAware apps.
- Uninstall crap, remove Bloatware apps that already installed on your device by the provider or manufacturer. Uninstall all of them and get more space and speed after uninstalling bloatware.
- From just controlling Android visually you can control your device’s hardware, physical button, sensors and set your options (search for Tasker app).
Should I Root Android or not?
If you’re not a power user and do not know what exactly you’re doing, No is the answer. Just stay away from rooting your Android device! You might be in trouble as mentioned above.
Yes, If you know what you are going to do and you want to play with your device freely with all the benefits mentioned above. Once again you must know how to do the rooting process carefully with the right tools otherwise this can be very risky.