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What is Android Rooting? Advantages and disadvantages of it.

From time to time while talking about word Android apps and tips, you’ll hear the word Rooting or Root. Rooting Android smart phone is actually similar to jail-broken in iPhone. Currently many of Android users have rooted their Android smartphones. There are some special apps full of features in Google Play Store which need root access to run. Here I have tried to presented some information about rooting Android smart phone.

What is rooting?

Rooting is the process in which the limitations are removed and full access are allowed. Rooting basically means obtaining Superuser rights and permissions to your Android’s software.Superuser is an application which will be automatically installed on your Android while rooting it.Its a very precious app. It allows the device with superuser permission. But this app doesn’t work if it is downloaded from playstore. Because it doesn’t work alone. Linux users know it very well. It’s more like to “Administrator” role on Windows computer. With an Administrator privilege on a Windows computer , you can virtually do anything and everything. The same level of permission in Linux is called Root. By rooting, users gain the ability to load custom OS (ROM’s), install custom themes, increase performance, increase battery life. Rooting is essentially “hacking” your Android device.

 

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Why Android’s aren’t rooted by default?

The Android devices are not rooted by default. The device makers lock it. The files kept in Root/Partition folder are very necessary. If any file is deleted or moved from the folder, your device may not work. Again harmful programme may take the control of your device. But if the device is locked , the users can’t get root access. That is why there is no chance for other programmes to get root access. System applications and files are another causes for locking device. Many users transfer apps in SD card to make free the internal memory. If the device is rooted, the System applications also can be transferred. Imagine a not so wise user wants to clear his device’s internal memory. Now,he decides to move all files from internal memory SD card and that includes all the system files as well. As he’s not a tech-wise user, he wouldn’t know what should not be moved. He will cut and paste all the files from root folder to SD card and then his device will brick, refusing to work. As the device makers don’t know if their customers are tech-wise or not. So they lock down the root access. But more than 90% devices can be rooted.

Why you will root your device?

Causes behind rooting depend on what you want.
Some people want to overlock and maximize their performance. Some want to undrelock and increase battery life. Some people root just to install custom ROMs and change their devices’ look and feel entirely.And some other people root just for the sake of rooting for their phones.

Lets see the benefits of Rooting.

Advantages:
1. Full control: By rooting Android smartphones you have full control over your Android phone. Rooting your Android gives you access to modify system files , boot images, delete native applications du.
2. Improve performance: Some system applications that improve the device’s overall performance required rooted device to work properly. When compared to regular applications, root applications provide more features.

3. Upgrade version: Rooting your Android phone lets you upgrade to the latest version of the Android operating system.
4.Overclocking: It increases the CPU speed to get maximum possible performance while playing HD games of multitasking.
5. Free internal storage: When you install an app on your phone, it is stored on the phone’s memory. If you have low internal memory, you can transfer any application from internal memory to SD card after rooting your phone.
6. Install custom ROMs: This is the most powerful feature of rooted phones. There are hundreds of custom ROM’s that can do anything from speeding up the processing speed of your phone to change the entire look. Get the most of your Android phone using Custom ROM. It will also improve battery life.
7. Delete stock applications: With root access you will be able to delete stock applications that you don’t use.
8. Underlocking: It minimizes CPU usage while the phone is idle to maximize the battery backup.

Lets see the demerits of Rooting Androids.

 

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Disadvantages of Rooting.
Lose Warranty: Rooting your device will void your warranty immediatly with most manufacturers. If somehow you got problem and bring it back to the shop they might be refused to fix it. While there are ways to unroot your device in most cases which can bring the value back to your warranty card but it may not always work.
Brick your phone: If something goes terribly wrong, you’ll end up with a dead phone which is also known as bricked phone. A bricked phone is no better than carrying around a brick in your pocket. But most bricked phones can be unbricked.
Fear of Overclocking & Underclocking: There is also the fear of overclocking and underclocking your processor during this process. This may cause the device to overheat and explode even in some extreme cases.

Other potential losses, but less serious are still worthy of consideration:

Poor performance: Though a phone is rooted to provide more performance but many users have found the phone to slow down the performance and feature of their phones had lost.
Viruses: The phones can get viruses. There is an increased risk when some Malicious Apps are installed.

How to root Android devices?
There are many Android devices in the market today. Each devices don’t have the same way for rooting.

I think you have been acquainted and warned. So Rooting your Android phone is totally your choice, as there are advantages and disadvantages. If you think that Rooting the phone is worth, go ahead. But after rooting you have to use your device carefully.
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