Rooting – The Big Enigma
Many of you might’ve heard the word root when it comes to Android. You might be wondering what exactly is root and what do users gain by rooting their device?
Let’s start with the basics, what is rooting? In simple words, rooting is a process by which a user gains access to various locked features of the smartphone that one can’t normally access. Rooting is the process of allowing users to attain privileged control (known as root access) over various Android subsystems.
The main purpose of rooting a device is to overcome the limitations that are set by the carriers and the hardware manufacturers on some devices. On the other hand, some users just root their devices because they are bored of their stock operating system and want to try out something new.
If you just want root access then there are many guides that you’ll find online. I recommend searching on Xda. But if you want to flash a custom ROM, then you will need to unlock your bootloader. For those of you who are new to this, flashing means loading a new android version on your device or the same android version with better customizations. I’ll cover more about the bootloader part here.
1) You will have the control to add or remove system apps. That said you can delete those useless apps that come with your phone and are just eating up your memory.
2) Install special apps that require root access. These apps are powerful enough to bring huge changes to your phones like saving your battery, completely changing the way your home screen looks and file managers with root access can also let you change the files in the root directory.
3) Move apps to your SD card. Possibly one of the biggest problems that android users faced in the previous versions of android. Rooting gives you access to certain apps that help you move apps from your phone’s memory to the internal storage.
4) Install any custom ROM on your device to ramp up your device’s performance and unlock many new features for your phone. If your device has enough developer support, you also might have the privilege to use the latest android versions even though your phone is stuck at an older version of android.
1) It voids your phone’s warranty.
Yes, this is one of the major reasons that prevents users from rooting their devices. Though some of the manufacturers like OnePlus and Xiaomi encourage users to root their devices by not voiding their warranty. But most of the big-name companies out there will most probably void your warranty if you root your device.
2) You might end up bricking your phone.
This is one of the worst things that can happen to your device as it makes your phone completely useless. But then again, there’s always a way to unbrick your device but if you are not a power user, then you might as well have to give it to the service center.
3) Increased vulnerability.
Rooting does not mean that your phone will get affected by viruses and malware. But then again, certain apps that request for root privileges could very well execute malicious codes intentionally or unintentionally that may harm your device. In conclusion, your phone’s security completely depends on how you use it and what measures you take to keep it safe(anti-viruses).
P.S. – You can download Root Checker to check if your phone is properly rooted.