October 20, 2020

Why Root Your Phone? Pros & Cons

Android is the ever growing operating systems for smartphones in 2020. Almost all major brands other than Apple and BlackBerry have their devices shipped with this OS. Why? Cuz it comes with tens of thousands of apps and immense level of flexibility and rigorous design.

We have apps for accomplishing pretty much any task. Want to be reminded to drink water? Check. Want to play games where you squish ants mercilessly? Check. Are you looking for an app to do certain things based on certain conditions? Check, that’s IFTTT.

Despite all these features and ease of use, there are still many hidden portions to Android. Although most of its features are available in standard mode, however, some apps require root access to enable high level features. Your device need to be rooted beforehand. Which is a pretty complicated process you need to go through.

Rooting will void the device’s warranty, and you won’t be able to claim it unless you unroot your device. So think well about it before rooting your device. It’s risky, however, it’s worth considering the pros of rooting.

See a couple rooting guides on following devices:

Here is a list of Pros & Cons of rooting your mobile phone.

Pros & Cons of Rooting Your Mobile Phone

Pros

Unlock Hidden Features and Install “Incompatible” Apps

Some apps require root, otherwise only a handful of their capabilities can be used. A lot of the device’s hidden features and “incompatible” apps can be installed, if you just root your device.

Complete control

The entire premise of rooting is that, you’ll basically be running Windows or Linux in a root user. Which has access to all system files, privileges to do crucial tasks and also potentially damage things. Cuz with great power, comes great responsibility. Meaning, rooting will give you complete control of your device. It’s fun, but also risky. I guess, this is a pro in the right hands, with right skillset.

Block ads

If you are anything like me, you will hate ads. There are ad blockers to block ads sure, however, they don’t always block ads in all apps. Also, I am not against ads, cuz, it’s also how we make money ourselves. However, occasionally ads take up data, so having a rooted device makes it easy to block them all. For such occasions.

Back up phone for seamless transition

On a standard, non-rooted device there’s only so much you can backup. You can take backup of apps and data, however, you won’t necessarily be able to back up system data and configuration. That’s where Titanium Backup comes. It’s an app that majorly eases the of transitioning from one Android device to another. However, it works well on rooted device.

Flash a custom ROM

One of the craziest things you can do after rooting, is flash a custom ROM. A custom ROM is basically a custom version of Android. It completely alters how you interact with your phone. There are a number of ROMs roaming the blogosphere, pick any and try flashing it. Some ROMs bring stock version of Android to non-stock Android devices, others higher version of Android that’s not released for your phone yet.

Flash a custom kernel

Some of the most under the hood tweaks you can do with Android devices is with a custom kernel, that you can only flash with a rooted device. That’s another pro of rooting, you can flash custom kernel. Kernel is responsible for the communication of apps with hardware of your device. Thus a custom kernel will improve your device’s battery, enable features like Wi-Fi tethering and the like. You can try Kernel Manager to sooth the process of flashing a custom kernel.

Cons

Security

Rooting your device gives you complete control over the system. That enable to you to modify system files, authority to execute certain commands and if you’re not careful, it can be quite damaging. Android is designing in such a way that only limited access is given to the user by default. It’s hard to break into in a standard user profile. A superuser can however break things provided he removes certain crucial files or by installing a malicious app.

Android is also compromised to a certain level as root apps have much more access to the system.

Void warranty

Often rooting methods are messy and downright dangerous. You might brick your device simply by trying to root it. Also you’ll probably void your warranty doing so. So beware.

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