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What Is Android Rooting? Advantages and Disadvantages of Rooting

Sometimes, when you try to download apps from the official android market, you read prerequisites for the apps and it says “Root access required” for few apps. What is this Root Access ? What is rooting android phone ? Why do you do it ? Why should you avoid it? If you’ve been curious to find answers of these questions, you’re at the right place. Here on this website, we’ll cover everything you need to know about rooting and for any android phone available.

What Is Android Rooting

What Is Android Rooting ?

Rooting Any Android phone means getting Superuser access to your phone. With Superuser access means, you can now make system and firmware level changes, you can edit otherwise restricted system files, stock apps, roms, kernel, etc. On a non-rooted phone, you won’t be able to make internal changes to vital system files but on a rooted android phone, you can do almost anything like installing a new custom rom, firmware, like setting your cpu speed, overclocking, tweaking system files to get the most of your phone, unlocking hidden options and potentials of your phone which have been restricted by the phone manufacturers or carrier otherwise.

Many apps in android market require you to root your phone first so that those apps could work properly. Actually such apps require superuser level permission to modify your system files and actual behavior to meet the required purpose.

Why should I Root my Android Phone ?

Let us understand this part in points :

Few interesting apps in android market require rooted android phones to work properly as per the intended purpose.

  • Backing up entire system data and Restoring it including everything.
  • Superuser access.
  • To edit system files, locked folders, change default fonts.
  • To tweak UI.
  • To install custom firmware/roms and other improvement mods which add to the existing capabilities of your android phone so as to make it more powerful and productive.
  • TO improve baseband, add new features, enhance cpu and gpu speed, power.
  • To improve battery life by tweaking internal files.
  • To install other languages and several other exciting content.

By rooting your android phone, you get full access and freedom, full control over android phone.

Why should I not root my android phone ?

Rooting has several advantages but it has other disadvantages also which are worth mentioning. Here, they are :

  • Rooting may brick my phone (may cause my phone to come to the state of inoperable.)
  • It increases security risks – As with rooting, you grant superuser access to apps, certain apps from unknown
  • sources may be malicious in nature and thus may turn unsafe.
  • It may cause unwanted changes and thus may impact in negative way over the functions, features and usability of your android phone.

Does rooting android phone void warranty ?

The answer to this question is YES and NO.

Yes why – The phone manufacturers may consider this (rooting phone) to be case of mishandling and tampering with the product and thus disapprove of warranty claim.

NO why – In many cases, if you have rooted android phone, you can always unroot your phone back to its default state. So, you can easily go to your phone manufacturers and claim warranty services. Even if you have rooted phone and somehow you’re not able to unroot it, your phone manufacturer may entertain your warranty claim if the staff at the service center is a reasonable person and of kind nature. Further you may act as innocent claiming that you don’t know what rooting is and you have not done anything wrong. Hence, in this way, you can easily get warranty even on your rooted android phone.


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Harshil Barot is a Professional Blogger and Computer Geeks. Apart from Blogging , he is a fun loving person. His areas of Interest are Computers,Web Designing, Photography and Wordpress. At Just Web World he Writes about Blogging, Wordpress, Technology and Computer Tips and Tricks.

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