Having a smartphone is a nice thing and you can do almost everything on it. There are lots of fun apps that can be downloaded on Android devices. Watch movies, sports, read news, listen to music, and do all kinds of other things as supported by the phone.
But can any app be downloaded on this device? Have you ever thought of altering applications that are not so user friendly? Truthfully, you can’t alter your phone as you want. Phone manufacturers and mobile network operators put limitations on every mobile software. But these limitations can be bypassed through rooting.
Conversely, rooting your Android phone is not an advisable thing to do. Many people believe that rooting Android devices brings ease and freedom, forgetting the dangers that comes with it. Below are the pros and cons of rooting your Android phone, and the exact meaning of rooting.
What is rooting?
Before defining rooting, let’s understand why it exist in the first place. For every Android device file structure, some permissions are been used known as Linux based permissions. So, on every Android device file, partition, and folder, there are always permissions. However, it is these permissions that decides the following;
- who can read and access the contents without necessarily making any changes to them
- who can alter the content files or make new contents file or create a new one inside a partition, and
- Who can run the file just like an app if it is a file that can be run. Some set of users have access and permissions, while some who doesn’t have such permissions are been blocked from securing such access.
So, what is rooting? The act of gaining unrestricted access to Android operating system code is known as rooting. Rooting your Android phone or tablet will give you remarkable advantages compared to an unrooted Android device. It allows the user to alter software code on the smartphone and install some software that ordinarily the manufacturer won’t install. Consequently, this is because altering the system code can damage the device beyond repair.
For instance, rooting of Android devices enables the users to change completely the look of the device; change the menu options location and set them as you want; download apps and themes that ordinarily, the phone manufacturers won’t install themselves and; as well remove restrictions set by the wireless carrier. This is termed ‘Jail breaking’ according to Apple Inc.
Nonetheless, there are some rooting tips that can be done that will allow for a seamless rooting, but this depends on the phone itself. Several rooting methods are available on the Internet too.
Here are some of the pros of rooting your Android device;
- Enables you to customize your device to your taste and specification.
- Allows you to update your device software if the manufacturer doesn’t provide updates due to device outdate.
- Enables you to download different kinds of apps.
- Prolongs battery life.
- Increases device performance.
Conversely, there is no good sides without bad sides. And same goes for rooting. Rooting your Android phone in the wrong way or forcefully will leave you with many damages and may even make your phone become useless and completely bricked. Rooting your device without a good Antivirus protection properly installed on it will expose it to various viruses (malware) and security threats.
Cons of rooting your device
- Rooting your Android device can render your phone practically useless, never repairable, also known as brick.
- Rooting your phone brings about several security threats, Trojans, viruses and all sorts. Hence the need for a strong Antivirus protection on your device. Malware can enter your device through downloads, opening infected pages on Google, opening infected links and so on. These allows unauthorized users to gain access to your device and have access to vital information on your device including your emails and contact lists (hacking).
- No more warranty on your device. Rooting is actually a legal process but, doing so turns off your warranty. It renders it invalid. If your device develops any software issue, the manufacturer will not be liable for it.
- The device becomes unstable and malfunctions.
A quick advice
- Firstly, before you root your device, ensure you have a strong Antivirus protection on it. There are several mobile Antivirus protection that you can purchase or download freely from Google Play store and Apps store.
- And secondly, ensure you consult a professional to root you device for you. Never try to do this yourself, you will end up doing more damage to the phone than good.