We as smartphone users are always keen on unlocking the full potential of our gadgets and using them in a way which benefits us all, such a way often leads us to unlocking certain aspects of our phone which companies usually hide from us, keep them out of our knowledge for the betterment of our beloved gadgets of course.
To unlock these certain aspects we use a technique called rooting (for Android phones) and jail-breaking (for iPhones) and as we talked in the one of the article, there are certain advantages of rooting the Android phones , unlocking their maximum potential.
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However, there is always a flip side to every coin, and there are certain disadvantages of rooting when it comes to using our phones and unlocking it’s abilities to achieve certain tasks which they wouldn’t have achieved if they had not been rooted, here we are going to talk distinctively about the disadvantages of rooting our beloved Android smart phones.
1. Violation of warranty
As soon as our phones get rooted, the manufacturer companies take no guarantee when it comes to any damage incurred thereafter. In other words the companies will hold no further responsibility if the user bricks (we’ll get to this later), damages his software or hardware to any extent and the user will have to incur all the expenses for the damages which have been caused.
2. Different smartphone different way
There are different ways to root different phones of different manufacturer companies.
Some have a boot-loader installed, some have a totally different (sometimes harder) ways to root a phone, these are usually done by the manufacturer company itself to ensure that the user does not root his or her phone, thus damaging it further.
3. Possibility of ‘bricking’ the smartphone.
There is a very high chance of getting the smartphone bricked if the user has no prerequisite knowledge of what he or she is doing and wants to do with the root feature.
Bricking is when a person messes up the default procedure when they are trying to root their phone. As been said earlier their are different ways to root different phones and there might be a very, very high chance of some person getting their smartphone bricked or if they are lucky there phone might boot up, but won’t be rooted.
As I mentioned earlier, some phones might have a boot-loader installed.
Boot-loaders are installed by the companies to ensure that they are notified by the user that they are getting their smartphones rooted or doing so themselves, thus ensuring that their warranty goes void and that both the manufacturer and the user/customer is notified of the same fact.
To unlock a boot-loader the person has to contact the manufacturer’s company, again different companies have different ways of doing so again, and then they give a ‘code’ to the user which enables them to unlock their boot-loader, also warning them that “Their warranty has been void.” and thus reminding them of the mishap they just committed (so cruel).
5. Is it really useful?
If a person is quite satisfied with the optimum usage of his smartphone but still wants his or her smartphone rooted, it’s quite a waste if their phones are still in their warranty period.
It’s sort of wasteful to get their smartphones rooted because once they do get them rooted, they are left clueless on what to do with their smartphones next because really, in the beginning the smartphones are the same, after you root them, it stays the same as it was before, unless you start experimenting with the stuff.
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A person might get their phone rooted if they need to, but if they do it even when they are satisfied with the performance, it’s a no-go. Again, if they don’t have any prerequisite knowledge of what to do with their phones next, if they do, they might as well get along with it.
If a person needs to know how to get their phones rooted they might as well head to different websites like XDA or Quora, as they do have most of their phones listed and extensive Android support (Original or Developer) and we are talking about XDA here, or they could just Google the same.
Rooting might be a boon to most of the users but to those who have no knowledge and are newborn to this specific field, my personal opinion would be to start off with Googling how to do the same stuff, for the internet does have answers to all the questions which may come into your mind.
Happy rooting (or not)!