July 26, 2018

Rooting Android Phones: Its Pros and Cons

If you are reading this article then probably by now, you have heard the word Rooting Android Phones. For any average user this term keeps least importance, but for a developer or a curious tech savvy fellow, this is a matter of keen interest. In this article, I have discussed everything about Rooting and I hope after you go all the way down to the end of this article you will have a clear notion about Rooting.


What is Rooting?

When you hear the word Root the first impression you are definitely going to have is about Roots of any Tree. Well that's exactly the case of any Android device. Rooting a device will actually give you access to the root directory of the device and consequently make you a super-user of that device. If you are still having any residual misconception about what rooting is? Lets get this through.


Rooting Android Phones


Normally when you purchase any device from the market, lets suppose the device is of Samsung. You will see that a particular phone from such brand even though runs Android OS, but still does not show exact look and feel of the same. There are also some extra apps that come pre-installed, commonly called as bloatware. Now these apps unnecessarily eat up a lot of space in the internal storage and thus keeps us getting offended. Also if you want to uninstall them, they just wont. They just wont for a non-rooted device, but any rooted device enables you to remove them too.


But it might sound exciting right? Once you gain root access then you can become ultimate user and no brand restrictions matter! But like everything in the world comes with pros and cons, Rooting a device is no exception. We will get to know all about the pros and cons one by one.


Cons of Rooting

Before proceeding with the positive aspects of rooting a device we must be aware of the possible threats it tend to carry within. Thus I felt like listing the cons in the first place.
1. Whenever a device is Rooted, it instantly looses warranty. Especially companies like Samsung, Sony, Motorola, Lenovo, these devices loose their warranty as soon as their devices are rooted. Naturally the question that follows is WHY?
That is because they don't want to be held responsible for any of your actions post rooting, as once if you have already rooted the device you can do hell lot of stuffs which you can't even imagine right now.


However, few brands like OnePlus support Rooting. In fact OnePlus's Oxygen OS happens to build with a lot of extra customizations, that is possible with other brands devices if that has a root access. Thus even after rooting your One Plus device the warranty persists.
2. Rooting definitely needs a proper knowledge on how things in the android ecosystem runs. A slight mistake results in a dead cell phone, or a bricked device. Without proper knowledge you can't even recover your frozen device and then you got to rush to local service center and then so on and so for...
But friends, Rooting is no culprit. Our lack of patience is. We tend to hurry and bypass several steps that actually messes with the device. Depending upon different OS versions, rooting steps vary along. So such steps must be followed sincerely, else it gets your device bricked.
Bricked device means a dead device which refuses to turn on and even if it turns on, it gets stuck at the boot logo. Thus it restricts you to work on that. So it actually behaves like a BRICK.


Bricked Phone

3. One more thing that I would like to add is about the security breach of the device. Once root access is enabled you are actually compromising with the security of the device. As a result of which, Android can no longer be held for a loop hole in device security, since you have intentionally broken that security barrier.
Now if you install any malicious apps or visit one such website, then there are higher chances that your devices' security be compromised and data might be stolen.
4. One more disadvantage of rooting is that your device won't receive any sort of OTA updates. Be it firmware updates or latest security patch.. Ahah, nothing comes.
But if you are as daring as Bear Grylls and want to Root your device, then you can definitely proceed below.

Pros of Rooting

Like I kept mentioning above about you becoming a superuser of your device once rooted you can barely imagine what you can turn your device into. From extending your device's RAM, to over-clocking and under-clocking your processor frequency, what not is possible. Remember Android OS is a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Once you ROOT it you just get access to the open source part of FOSS.

1. You can remove unwanted pre installed applications collectively called as bloatware when you have a rooted device. Though today's devices come with minimum 32GB internal storage but bloatware apps consume a lot of internal storage and this results in a chaos. With a rooted cellphone you can choose to uninstall those bloatwares.

2. Next thing is when you have installed few bulky games on your device and it occupied your internal storage in that case a non rooted phone will only allow user to move part of the game or app data to external SD card, however with root access you can move the entire chunk of data to external SD card.


3. Lastly I would like to add up about most searched topic about rooted device that is how to install a custom ROM.

When a custom ROM is flashed your phone's original firmware is changed into a custom firmware. Custom ROMs are developed for a particular phone keeping in mind about the device's capability and possible addons that may enhance a user's experience.

To conclude guys, I would like to say that you should keep in mind the negative aspects of rooting your device and only if you are sure about trying them then you can opt in for rooting your device.


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