What is Root ?? / Advantages / Disadvantages

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What is Root ??

Rooting an Android phone means giving yourself superuser access. A superuser is an administrator who has access to more features and functions of a system and can make changes to it beyond its standard behavior. This grants more access to the operating system, which means more power over how the device works, but it also brings with it a greater potential to do damage to the device’s proper operation. One of the best features of the Android phone is that it has an open source operating system. However, this doesn’t mean it is completely open; phone service carriers and device manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, Huawei, Xiaomi, and others, put quite a few modifications and restrictions on their phone products. Even Google puts some restrictions into its own operating system for safety and security reasons, but also at the request of carriers and phone manufacturers.

The advantages of rooting Android

#1 – Rooting Android – Installation of custom ROMs

You can install a custom ROM or Kernel after you root you device, which essentially means you get a new device software-wise. In fact, this is often the biggest reason for people to root their devices. Custom ROMs offer several performance fixes and tweaks to your system, and are typically more user-friendly than stock ones. They are optimized for battery and performance and update more frequently than stock ROMS do.

A kernel is part of the Android operating system that helps apps and others control hardware aspects of the device. There are several goodies that accompany a custom kernel for a rooted Android device. For one, you can add features previously not available and improve the battery life and performance of your device. A ROM is essentially a modified Android version that can be installed, once again with extra features and several other benefits. Custom ROMs can be installed even without rooting, but it is much better to use one on a rooted device than an un-rooted one. They can significantly change the look and feel of your device. What’s great about them is that they also come as stock Android, which gives you the basic Android install typical in most devices. This can come surprisingly in handy when you want to un-root your device.

#2 – Rooting Android – Removing pre-installed OEM apps

Every Android phones comes with a bunch of apps directly from the manufacturer. Some of them are good, but most of them are plain useless, if not worse, and you cannot even remove them. Once you root your device, however, all those apps can go away and you can get the most out of your machine.

#3 – Rooting Android – Ad-blocking for all apps

Ad-blocking is simple on a web browser, but it gets infinitely more complicated on a smartphone or device. Pop-ups are considered a regular problem in most games and apps, but rooting takes care of it all immediately.

#4 – Rooting Android – Installing incompatible apps

Some of the best apps right now may not even be compatible with your phone. But Rooting Android gives you access to all the apps you can find. You even get the latest Android updates before your phone maker release its own, plus bonus features. You can run special applications that require root access, which are generally more power and feature-rich than other apps. These applications directly deal with Android system files, tweaking your Android operating system more extensively than other surface-level apps can.  For instance, you could silently uninstall several applications after you download e Uninstall with root access.

#5 – Rooting Android – More display options and internal storage

Most devices come with three to four default skins to choose from, but rooting android phone lets you install new ROMs to fully customize and tweak your device skins for a truly unique display. Another big benefit is that rooting android frees up your device’s internal storage. People with low internal storage space can transfer whatever application they want to the SD card after they root their device. Some applications can be transferred by default, but an un-rooted device typically blocks you from doing this for all devices. Once rooted, you can force move an app with a symlink.

#6 – Rooting Android – Greater battery life and speed

While most of the above benefits have been largely cosmetic or convenience-based, this one is a more practical benefit. Rooting Android helps unlock the full potential of your phone. You can use apps like Greenify to close useless applications automatically, effectively improving your device performance. But it does need root access to do that.

#7 – Rooting Android – Making full device backups

When you have an unrooted Android phone, you can only back up so many things, like your apps or some settings. Once rooted, however, you will find plenty of apps like Titanium that will entirely back up your rooted device.

#8 – Rooting Android – Access to root files

When you are Rooting Android device, you have access to a number of files, sections and parts of your device that would otherwise not be available. This is what gives you so much access and freedom to do what you want with your device. You can use existing apps or, with a little knowledge, tweak the files and sections of your device yourself.

#9 – Rooting Android – CPU Clocking

Un-rooted devices typically do not have CPU clocking capabilities, which enable you to increase and/or decrease the CPU or processor speed of your device. Increasing processor clock speed helps you extract maximum performance, while lowering it helps extend batter life. No Frills CPU Control is one such device that does this with ease, and it is free from Google Play. You can find other such apps that quickly let you take control of your CPU performance without worrying about the technical terms or setting, and while ensuring that the device is working within safe limits.

#10 – Rooting Android – More tweaking

With a rooted Android device, you can configure and optimize your device for a customized feel and for better performance. Android can be tweaked to a significant extent, which is why it is so popular in the first place. Depending on what you want with your device, you can make several changes.

 

Disadvantages for rooting Android

#1 – Rooting Android -It can brick your device

One of the most common threats to a rooted Android device is misoperation, which could turn your device into an expensive, unusable brick. To avoid this, you should always get your apps from reliable sources, like Google Play, and do not delete files that rooting apps suggest not to delete. The risk of ending up bricking your phone is even greater if you are new to rooting. You can find some pretty detailed tutorials on the internet to root your device, but it can still be a daunting task. If you flash a corrupt zip file or miss any step, you will likely end up with a bricked device. If this happens, you will have to either get your device fixed at the manufacturer’s service center or, if you are a power user, fix it yourself. If you opt for the first option, you will face the second big disadvantage of rooting an Android device. Bricking is a dreaded term in the rooting world.  Although there are ways to fix it, it can be surprising easy to brick a device.

#2 – Rooting Android – No more warranty

Another big disadvantage of rooting Android is the fact that you lose your device warranty. Device makers will not cover damage caused after you root the device or if you realize that the phone was bricked while it was being rooted. In some devices, you can still unroot the device after rooting so that device makers do not know whether you rooted it or not. On the other hand, device makers can go to great extents to find out the truth about your device. For most users, your phone warranty is pretty much permanently voided once you root your phone.

#3 – Rooting Android – Root and super user access

Having root access sounds amazing, and it is too, right up until things go wrong. A wrong setting or moving the wrong item into the wrong place and the wrong time can cause huge problems. Similarly, CPU clocking can also turn out to be a disadvantage. Overclocking or increasing processor speed can maximize performance but also comes with the risk of overheating your processor, which is the heart of your device. That means you may likely give a heart-attack to your device.

#4 – Rooting Android – Tweaking risks

There are also risks that come with tweaking your device. What will happen when you adjust certain settings. The worst case scenario is that you will brick the device, but another likely situation is that nothing will happen, which is frustrating too!

There is also the risk of getting the wrong kernel or ROM, which comes with its own problems. Your device could end up bricked or worse. Fixing these disasters can also cost a lot of time, money and effort.

#5 – Rooting Android – Ad-blocking

Ad-blocking is listed as an advantage, so how can it be a disadvantage to rooting? Well, the truth is that those ads generate revenue for developers, which is used to further develop the app and give you, the customer, more features. If too many people root their device and block these ads, it translates to revenue lost, causing a big problem for developers and you in the long run. Apart from that, changing or editing the app manually for blocking ads could turn the app useless.

#6 – Rooting Android – Update problems

A good thing about unrooted Android devices is that the system update, no matter how late it comes, will definitely install and work well. The risk with rooted devices is that this may not happen. You may find that automated firmware updates may not be working. In some cases, updates will not install because of software modifications made during the rooting process itself.

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