You may want to know what Rooting entails when it comes to an android device. Before I define what rooting is, have you heard anything about ‘Jailbreaking’. Jailbreaking is applicable to iPad, iPhone, etc while Rooting is for android devices. From the above demonstration, rooting simply mean hacking your android devices.
Root comes from the LINUX language showing that one has a super user privileges in the software. This implies that if you have rooted your android devices, you can access the files, directories etc that a guest cannot access on your device and thus giving you freedom and privileges to perform any action you want with your devices.
The Pros or Advantages of Rooting your Android
The following are the advantages of rooting your android devices
- Install and Run Special Applications:
There are some applications that needs root access on your device to function effectively. Rooting your device will enable you to install tethering applications that can allow you to share your internet connections with your other gadgets like laptop, etc
2. Install Custom ROM
Rooting your Android device will enable you to install Custom ROM applications. The ROM software are stored in the Read Only Memory of the devices thereby enhancing the effectiveness of the programs. You can install Custom ROM program that can help you to update your android software to the latest version.
3. Enhanced BackUp
Android on its own is difficult to back up data but after rooting the device, you can easily backup the device by downloading the applications
4. Freeing Your Memory
Without rooting, all applications are installed in the phone memory thus reducing the memory of the device and thus making it to be slow. Rooting your android device will give you the option of installing applications on the SD card. Though applications installed on the SD Card cannot be compared to the one stored on the phone memory in terms of performance
5. Enhanced Speed, Battery Life and Performance.
The most important advantage of rooting your device is that it can enable you to install Custom ROM Apps, there are lot of applications you can install to enhance the speed of your device. You can also improve the battery life of your android after rooting it.
Disadvantages of Rooting Your Android Device
In as much as rooting your android is good, there are lots of damage that can happen to your devices. Manufacturers don’t support rooting the device because of these reasons. The following are the disadvantages of rooting
- Risk of Bricking Your Device.
You know what a brick is. Rooting your phone follows specific steps which must be followed. Missing a step or failing to adhere to important instructions in the rooting steps can make your phone to be a brick. Brick means, you phone is dead and you will need to take it back to the manufacturer to work on it
- Another key disadvantage of rooting your android device is that you lose your warranty automatically. In case anything happen to the device, your manufacturer will charge you for services because your warranty is void
Rooting or not rooting your android is a decision you should make. You stand to gain or lose in every decision. All you have to do is to calculate the Benefit-loss analysis and decide because my next post will be on how to root your android device.