So many Android users are talking about rooting their smartphones. Rooting has its own benefits and disadvantage also. Rooting means gaining root access on your smartphones and administrator privileges. When your device is not rooted, you can do only what the manufacturer allows you to do with him.
By default, you can not delete system apps and are not able to access root folders and system folders on your smartphones, but rooting allows you to get superuser privilege & allow you what you want to do with your device.
Root access is similar to jailbreaking Apple iOS devices. Well, we have tried to cover the Advantages & Disadvantages of Rooting smartphones here. Check this information before you root your device.
For example, just like you use Windows as a guest. You would not be able to make any changes to system files. It would ask for your administrator password each time you want to change something on the system.
Likewise, android smartphones allow users to use the system as a guest until they root it. After rooting it, you would be able to use your smartphone as a super administrator. If you have rooted your device, you can browse and modify system root files using ES File Explorer.
But, if you ask me, “Should I root my android smartphone?” I would say, “Yes, But only if you are a Pro android user and have detailed knowledge about Android !”If you don’t know much more about rooting, I would not recommend you to root because rooting has its own disadvantage.
Benefits of rooting android Smartphones :
There are so many advantages of rooting smartphone devices. When you root your smartphone, you would be able to increase battery life, install custom ROM, improve performance, Force install mobile apps to SD cards, and many more. Likewise, there are so many possibilities and benefits of rooting android smartphones and tablets.
- Install Apps for Rooted devices: There are so many apps available on Google Play Store that needs superuser permission to play and start. Apps like Titanium Backup ★ root, Root Uninstaller, and lots more apps for rooted devices can increase the performance of devices. E.g., Font installer-like apps allow you to modify and change your default android fonts; you can install custom fonts on your smartphones. If you have not rooted your device, that app will not work; you would have to use default fonts provided by your device manufacturer.
- Install Custom ROM (OS or Software): You would be able to install Custom ROM on your android tablets. ROM is software that runs your android device. Different ROM will perform and look in different ways on your Device. You can tell that you can install the latest updates by flashing your device. If your manufacturer doesn’t provide an updated version for your smartphone, you can update the latest version of Android on your device by rooting it.
- Blocking Unwanted Ads in All Apps: You might have observed a few ads while playing some games like Angry Birds, Subway Surf, and many more. Like you are downloading something from online websites, and dirty ads annoy you. You would be able to block popup ads from Games, browsers, and apps.
- Installing incompatible apps: All apps available on Google Play Store are not compatible with all smartphone devices. However, if you have a rooted device, you would be able to install & run incompatible apps on your device easily.
- Remove Unwanted System Apps: By default, android does not allow users to remove system apps; however, if you have a rooted device, you can dive into the system folder and remove system apps easily. Some of the default Android apps you are not using and seem to occupy unwanted space on your device; you can remove such apps easily.
- Fully Customize Your Device: You can have administrative privileges for customization and theming options. Install custom fonts of your choice. Install custom home screen launchers and widgets on your smartphones.
- Force Apps to install on SD Card: By default, any apps you install on your smartphone would be installed on system memory. However, if you have rooted your device, you can force apps to be installed on your SD card. So you can make your internal storage free and increase the device’s performance quickly and so many benefits of rooting android smartphones.
The disadvantage of Rooting Smartphones :
We all know every coin has two sides. The same is applicable to rooting smartphones. You would gain system root access and several other benefits of rooting an android phone, but it has its own disadvantage.
- Warranty will be void: This is the main disadvantage. If you root your device, its warranty would be voided, and you would no longer be able to complain to your manufacturer if any issues arise.
- Risk of bricking device: When you root your device, there is the possibility of getting bricked. Its software would get corrupted at the level; you can not fix it. However, you can fix bricked android device by flashing it and proceeding from step 1 to root it again. Most of the device that gets bricked during the rooting process have been successfully rooted after starting from step 1 again. However, you can avoid the risk of the device getting bricked by using standard rooting guides like XDA-developers or Android Rooting Guides.
- Virus Attack: Rooting allows you to install any external apps on your device. You can install incompatible apps on your smartphone from unknown sours(out of the Google Play Store). However, there would be a chance of a virus attack on your device. If you install some malware-containing apps, they will automatically download harmful information and spread it on your device. However, you would be able to prevent virus attacks on your smartphone using any Anti-Virus Apps on your phone.
Well, if you root your device, you would have so many advantages. However, disadvantages are there.
As I said, if you want to use your android as a power user, you can root it. The choice is always yours. Let me know your views by commenting in the comment section below.