What is Rooting? Advantages and Disadvantages of Rooting

If you are an Android user, then you probably might be aware of the word ‘rooting’. If not, then Today I will explain to you what is rooting. Most of the people know what is rooting but they are not aware of the advantages and disadvantages of rooting. In this post, you will find all the advantages and disadvantages of rooting your android phone.

What is Rooting?

Rooting is nothing but gaining administrative access on your android phone. If you are from Linux background, then Rooting means getting root folder access on your android file system.

When you buy a phone from your manufacturer, you are only a guest user on your phone with limited access. Once you root your phone, you get access to the root folder and you will be able to view and modify any system file present on your android.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Rooting :

Rooting your phone is a great thing. But, with great things comes great responsibility. Rooting can be dangerous sometimes. Below I list various advantages and disadvantages of rooting. After reading them, decide for yourself if rooting is worth for your device.

Disadvantages of Rooting :

Below are the disadvantages of Rooting your android phone. The list doesn’t mean that you these things will definitely happen to your phone. If you do not follow the correct procedure for rooting, you may face these disadvantages.

  • Rooting Bricks Your Device

Rooting your phone involves a complicated procedure which may not be easily understood if you are a beginner. If you miss any step or follow a wrong method, then your phone may become a useless piece of brick. You can also make your phone useless if you flash a corrupt file while rooting your device. I have rooted many phones but never got them bricked. So if you follow the steps correctly from a clearly explained tutorial then you will be totally in luck.

  • Phone’s Warranty will be Void

As mentioned above you may brick your phone while rooting. The only option you will have is to take your phone to a service center. But here come’s the second disadvantage of rooting. Your warranty will be void if you root your device. If the service center guys found that your phone was rooted, then your warranty will be void and they may charge you for repairing your phone even if it is under warranty.

  • Your Device’s Security at Risk

When you buy the phone, your device manufacturer imposes software limitations. This gives security to your files, apps and system components. But when you root your device, your root access is open to applications and other users. However, Android doesn’t allow apps to modify files without your permission. Still, you have to be careful after root access is granted to an application.

  • Few Apps Not Supported

Once you root your device, your system files are modified. Some App developers make apps in such a way that the apps don’t run on rooted devices. There is no way you can run some apps like Banking Apps, Google’s Tez, Pokemon GO etc on rooted phones.

  • No Official System Updates

One of the important disadvantages of rooting is that you do not get system updates if you root your device. You have to manually download latest updated ROM file and flash it from your computer. It is a complicated process to manually update system updates.

Advantages of Rooting :

There are more advantages of rooting than disadvantages. But you decide if you want to take the risk for its numerous advantages.

Install Custom ROMs :

One of the major reason people root their phone is to install custom ROMs on their devices. Sometimes, the User Interface provided by the manufacturer of the device is not so attractive. Also, you cannot customize the interface as per your requirement. Rooting allows you to install different custom ROMs of your choice.

Install Special Apps :

Rooting Phones allows you to install some special apps like Titanium Backup, Link2SD, Greenify etc. Non rooted phones don’t support these apps.

Increase Performance :

After rooting your device, you can also increase the performance of your phone. Rooting your phone lets you modify the clock speed of your phone. Setting the CPU Clock speed to optimal value can significantly boost the processor speed. Modifying clock speed can be very risky. It’s like giving a heart attach to your phone if something goes wrong.

Install Recovery Tools :

With a rooted phone, you can install recovery tools like TWRP recovery, CWM recovery etc. These recovery tools have many amazing features. You can flash packages from these tools. Also, you can take a Nandroid backup of your device. Nandroid Backup is a complete and full backup which backups each and every bit of your phone. The backup includes call logs, messages, settings, caches, apps, wallpaper, lock screen and everything. The backup is so full and complete that it restores the phone how you left while taking backup.

Remove Bloatware :

A new device comes with so many pre-installed bloatware. One of the most powerful uses of Rooting is that you can remove this bloatware. I personally like this use of rooting. As soon as I root the first thing I do is remove bloatware. And the apps which I rarely use them, I freeze the apps so that they don’t consume memory and battery. You can do this only on a rooted phone.

Increase battery life :

There are some apps like Greenify which increases battery life by hibernating applications. Remove bloatware also increases your battery life.

Free Internal Storage :

Most of the devices have very less internal storage. You cannot install large applications. Also, with less storage space, you cannot install more apps. The rooted phone allows you to move apps from internal storage to SD card. You can also change the location of the cache to free up internal storage.

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