An Android phone is capable of doing way more than you can think of. With more than 12 million lines of code, the operating system can do wonders. Majority of the Android users who hear about Rooting Android get confused.
There are a lot of questions amongst new Android users who want to explore more: Should I root my Android phone or not? Is rooting Android Safe? Will it harm my device? Will it void the warranty? What are the advantages of rooting my Andoird phone?
Well, these questions are prevalent among users. However, they are not tough to answer. In today’s post, I am going to clear all your confusions about rooting android and let you be the judge. This article will answer all your questions. Go through it well to get in-depth details about the pros and cons of rooting an Android phone.
Before I go into the depth, here’s an overview of the article.
What is Android Rooting?
When you purchase a smartphone, the manufacturer imposes certain restrictions on how you’re going to use it. A lot of features are locked by the manufacturer to ensure your safety and security. However, rooting your Android phone will help you unlock everything. Technically, you will get the ‘master control’ or the ‘administrator access’ to your phone.
Rooting Android does not mean you are doing any harm to your Android device. It merely means you have the key to your device software, all of it. What you do with your access tool determines whether rooting android is safe or not.
Mentioned below are the advantages and disadvantages of rooting your Android phone.
Advantages of Rooting Android:
There are innumerable things that you can do after rooting your Android phone. Thus, you have loads of advantages to it as well.
- Custom ROMs: The manufacturers tend to delay the latest Android updates. In some cases, you stop receiving updates after a while. However, after rooting the Android phone, you can use Custom ROMs. They are unofficial software upgrades made available by Android Developers for almost all major smartphones.
- Compatibility: There are specific applications available for Android phones that require root access. These apps include the Xposed Framework, Titanium Backup, Battery Calibration, etc. After rooting, you can take advantage of all such apps.
- Automation: The hardware of your phone can be automated after rooting. For instance, you can automate things like CPU. Also, various third-party apps will help you automate innumerable things.
- Remove Unwanted Applications: A majority of the smartphone manufacturers tend to provide pre-installed apps that can’t be uninstalled. After rooting, all such applications can be removed with ease.
- Flash Custom Kernel: The pre-installed kernel on a smartphone prevents it from doing certain things. By installing a new one, you can enable fast charging, lessen battery usage, etc.
- Remarkable Backup: After rooting the Android device, the backup options get outspread. Using third-party apps like Titanium Backup, you can backup contacts, SMS, call logs, and almost everything you have done to date.
- Boost Speed: After specific Android updates from the manufacturer, the phones tend to get slower day after day. To overcome this problem, you can boost the speed of your phone using third-party apps that require root access.
- Reduce Battery Drainage: Most of us demand more and more battery life from our smartphone. However, for various reasons, the battery gets drained too fast. To prevent this, some apps can be used after rooting the device.
- Unlimited Theming Options: A few third-party applications available in the market that require root access can tweak the themes on your phone. Using the Xposed Framework and Substratum, you can change the look and feel of the device’s interface completely.
- Unlimited Optimisations: Now that you have rooted the Android device, the phone is open to accept every command you give. You can optimize the device up to a greater extent. Using Custom ROMs, Custom Kernels, and various third-party apps, you can play around with loads of tweaking options.
Everything has its own merits and demerits. Similar is the case with rooting android. Now that you have learned about the advantages let’s move forward to the disadvantages of rooting an Android phone.
Disadvantages of Rooting Android:
With so many pros of rooting android, you should look for the cons as well. Go through them thoroughly before you root your Android phone.
- Voids Warranty: The majority of the manufacturers have distinctly remarked that rooting your phone will void the warranty. This is also applicable when you unlock the bootloader. However, a few manufacturers such as OnePlus and Xiaomi doesn’t void warranty even after rooting your device. (But hey, you can quickly unroot your device and get back your warranty again, and pretend nothing happened at all).
- The device may get bricked: Due to various circumstances like malfunctioned zip files or improper procedure, the phone might get bricked. This can be both the soft brick (that can be fixed with software change) and hard brick (that malfunctions the motherboard and requires to get it changed). Thus, you need to be very careful while rooting an Android device.
- Risks of Malware: In the beginning, I said that rooting Android unlocks your phone. You own the key now, and you are responsible for securing it. So, you also get into the risk of getting infected. A lot of third-party applications can’t be trusted that require root access. Malware, especially ransomware, can enter with ease when you have rooted the device as the application might access administrator controls. Thus, you must verify the source of use before downloading and installing it on your device.
- Poor Performance: A lot of users have reported that their device lacked performance after they rooted it. Thus, you need to think twice before you root your Android phone. The hardware of Android devices available in the market is not necessarily capable of rooting the software. Therefore, you must read various blogs and forums before your root your device.
- No Manufacturer Software Updates: As soon as you root an Android phone, you will stop receiving official Android updates from the manufacturer. However, you can always use the unofficial update via Custom ROMs.
Final Verdict: Is Rooting Android Good or Bad?
Well, to be very honest, the decision should be entirely yours. I would prefer rooting the Android device for various customization options and the latest Android updates. The majority of the devices that I’ve used to date, I’ve rooted them within a week of purchase. However, your opinions may differ from mine.
You’ve read enough about the pros and cons of rooting android. So, what are your thoughts on this? Is rooting android good or bad? Do let us know in the comment section below. I would love to have a healthy conversation with you. For more android and tech updates, keep following HiTricks!