What is “Rooting?”
The Android phone that you have learned to love and enjoy is running an operating system that was designed for commercial and private use. Like most any operating system, several features have been disabled, either for future use or to prevent the casual user from causing permanent damage to the operating system. “Rooting” is the process in which the limitations are removed and full-access is allowed. Once rooted, the Android phone owner will have more control over many settings, features and performance of their phone. Basically, “rooting” means to get to the root of the operating system and to have the ability to make global changes. it is possible to ruin the performance of the phone, and/or brick the device altogether. So here are some reasons why it may, or may not be worth it to root and customize your phone. Keep in mind, be careful what software you flash, and make sure its the right software for your phone.
So read the para below for ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES of ROOTING
ADVANTAGES of ROOTING:
- Unlock Bootloader: First and foremost, with root access and an unlocked bootloader, you now have an infinite amount of customization options, from launchers, ROMs, themes to custom kernels.
- Freeing up memory: When you install an app on your phone, it is stored on the phone’s memory. “Rooting” allows you to move installed applications to your SD card, thus freeing up system memory for additional files or apps.
- Custom ROM’s-This is the most powerful feature of “rooted” phones. There are hundreds of custom ROM’s that can do anything from speeding up the processing speed of your phone to changing the entire look and feel of your phone. The software and hardware on custom ROMs are also usually better optimized, leading to more fluidity, which is always a plus. This is also due to the fact that custom ROMs get updated on a daily to weekly basis, compared to stock software.
DISADVANTAGES of ROOTING:
- Rooting immediately voids your phone’s warranty: Once rooted, don’t try to take your phone to service center for warranty
- Rooting involves the risk of “bricking” your phone: if the wrong software gets flashed there are chances that your phone gets brucked, a “bricked” phone is no better than carrying around a brick in your pocket. The phone is dead when it has been “bricked.”
- Poor performance: Though the intention of “rooting” a phone is to give the phone more performance, several users have found that, in their attempts to speed up the phone or add additional features, that their phones lost both performance speed and features. Remember that when you “root” your Android phone, you are making changes to the stock operating system.
- Viruses: Yes, even phones can get viruses. A common practice that people do with “rooted” phones is to flash their ROM’s with custom programs. Whenever you make changes to the code of a software, you run the risk of introducing a virus.
Rooting and customization isn’t for a lot of people, but I would suggest everyone try it at least once, its worth the experience to see what you can really do with an open source OS. It gives you the option to do whatever you want with the software, because its open, and you can change it to suit your needs.
If you are not a techie guy then dont go for it- In my opinion as long as you’re cautious and obtain the knowledge needed to root, unlock and customize your specific device(s), then you should go give it a try! It’s really a mind blowing experience to realize what you can really do with the mini computer in your pocket.
NOTE: this articles does not motivate to root your phone. In case of any damage techieCode will not be held liable.