Android, that word what makes endless fights about what OS is better, and now you will see one of the most powerful tools in Android and its risks, yes, I’m talking about the root, so, let’s see the pros and cons behind this word, but first, a brief explanation on what’s the root.
In Android (and in any Unix OS) exists a special user called root, and this user has all rights over Android system, for a Windows user is like the administrator type of user.
And now, the pros and cons of rooting an Android phone, below you’ll see the recovery that is the menu that you can access when you root your Android.
Pros of Rooting android device:
- With root you can uninstall any unnecessary app to clean your internal storage (like carriers ones, while you can “hide” carrier apps, the only way definitively removing them is with root)
- Update to a new Android version via custom ROMs e.g. Cyanogenmod & AOKP (that normally enhances device performance.
- Do system backup (for more security, while you can back up without root, back up with root is the most secure and complete option, as you can do a full back up, while without unroot, you only can do backup of less data, e.g. SMS, images and photos) –
- Navigate inside your Android data (to see its internal data, though I don’t recommend this if you don’t know what are you doing)
- Do extreme Android revamp (as with root you can change almost everything to your desires, this is further increased with root use)
- Do over/underclock (that means increasing/decreasing the CPU’s clock rate for more/less performance and energy need.
- Modify stock features to our will (e.g. adding a better image viewer, use your Android as hotspot)
This is the image you will see if you do root the wrong way, so, I extremely recommend that you research a lot before try rooting
But now, the dark side of rooting, the cons:
- If you don’t know what you are doing, probably you’ll end with a dead smartphone
- Rooting your Android can attract potential viruses (via mods, e.g. Xposed mods and external APKs, which are data packages that Android uses)
- Bad system management can kill/brick your phone (this can be one of two types of brick, soft one, which almost any time has a way to fix, and hard brick, which means that almost every time the phone can’t be fixed)
- And at last, but not least, rooting voids warranty (so, is better if you do after warranty expires)
As we read, Android rooting can open more doors than it closes, but, you have to research extensively and carefully do rooting, even more than normal because each Android phone has its own way of rooting (but someone’s, like flagships, are easy to root), if you do root, you’ll never regret doing so, but I say again, research a lot about your phone before doing root, if you don’t want to have a beautiful brick instead of phone.
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