10 Reasons To Root And Not Root Android Phone

The article lists the top reasons why you should root your Android device. The post also throws light on what is rooting and what are the benefits of rooting your smartphone. Besides this, we also shared the opposite so you’ll also get to know the reasons why you should not root your Android device.

We live in a ‘smart’ time, our lives rendered incomplete without the use of a gadget or some devices, because we as humans are way too much dependent on it. Aren’t we? Record your actions from waking up to when you sleep. How many times did you reach out for your phone or had a mini heart attack when you couldn’t find your phone in your pocket? Countless, exactly.

However, most of these gadgets are now powered by different operating softwares, abbreviated as OS, a majority of them are iOS, Android, Windows, Ubuntu and the list goes on and on.

Two of the afore mentioned are open source softwares, in easier terms, we can customize it however we want it to be, with little knowledge too, a person can do a lot on these OSs.

Root Smartphone – What Does It Mean?

Android itself allows us to do whatever we want with our phone, from using it as a barcode scanner to playing high-end games on our phones, almost everything (you can’t call out a genie and have your wishes fulfilled, not happening).

However, it’s still limited.

The manufacturers have tied the user’s hands to their own span, the span which they themselves have limited us, users, too.

How to break free from the limit?

There is a process called ‘Rooting’ an Android phone. As the name itself suggests, it gives us access to the ‘root’ folders or the system folders of our phone. The process in itself is a different story altogether, let’s talk about the 5 basic reasons why you should root your Android phone.

It is highly recommended to take the full backup of your Android device before proceeding to root your android phone.

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Reasons To Root Android Phone

1. Flashing a Custom ROM

Anyone who has rooted their phone does so with the sole purpose of flashing a custom ROM on their Android-powered gadgets. A Custom ROM is a software basically, which we all use in our phones and they look just like (sometimes) the ones that the companies provide us.

So why do we use it?

These ROMs might, however, “look” just the same, they are customized, as the ‘Custom’ suggests, they can be customized for different purposes, some provide amazing battery backup, some provide powerful gaming performances, some provide a new UI and some might also provide us with a new Android version altogether (I upgraded from 4.4.4 to Android 5.0 Lollipop before the update even came to my country). It depends on the developer though, however they want to customize their ROM and for what purpose.
There are different developers of these ROMs like CyanogenMod, Mokee and AOSP. Go try them out for your phone!

2. Under-clocking And Overclocking

The companies which offer their phones usually don’t unleash the full potential of our devices, mainly because of the fact that they sometimes backfire, which happens in very, very rare cases.
Overclocking means to maximize the performance and the power of your phone to the full limit of what the processor can provide. If the processors provide 2.5 Ghz the companies usually keep it clocked at 2 Ghz or 2.3 Ghz, to unlock the full potential overclocking is mainly used, there are apps like SETCpu or Kernel Adiutor to control it. However overclocking also means less battery backup, as the performance of the CPU has been set to the maximum.
Under-clocking is the exact opposite, it reduces the performance of your phone which might slow down your work and speed, but also does an excellent work for your battery.

3. Playing High-end Games

As I covered earlier, a custom ROM might help you playhigh-end games but it won’t be as effective as this.
An app called Chainfire3D lets you play high-end games by ‘bluffing’ or ‘lying’ to the game about the GPU your phone has, you can change the emulated GPU however you want on your phone, this usually helps when a specific GPU isn’t supported by some high-end games like Asphalt 8 or FIFA 15.

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4. Xposed Framework

Don’t want to flash a custom ROM but still want to try out some features?
Xposed Framework is just the thing you’ve been looking for, it provides a tremendous number of modules specified for different phones and are really good and provide a lot of different features like a Network Indicator on your status bar, changing tracks with your volume rockers, playing YouTube videos in the background etc.
Xposed Framework for Lollipop is still in it’s BETA tasting but almost all of the modules are fully functional on almost all phones.

5. Providing Better Security For Your Android Device

Rooting does step you up on securing your Android devices.
Got bored of the same patterns, passwords and pins? Use a gesture now!
Even patterns come in 6×6, 5×5, 4×4 rather than the boring 3×3 dots.

These were the 5 benefits of why you should root your Android device, however, do keep in mind, THIS WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY, we take no responsibility of your Android phone and whatever you do is at your own risk.

5 Reasons Not To Root Android Device

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 its 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 smartphones.

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.

4. Bootloader

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.

Final Verdict

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)!

Nishith Nair is an 18 year old who currently resides in Mumbai. He is a freelancer at TechUntold and pursing his UG degree in Mass Media. He also has his interests in sports and technical field.


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