What is rooting?
Rooting basically is a jailbreak for Android operating system with which we can
- Install paid apps for free
- Unlock unapproved applications by google
- Replace the firmware
- And customize just about anything.
Now we will be discussing pros and cons of rooting the android phone or tablet:
Why should we root our android phone or tablet?
ADVANTAGES OF ROOTING:
- Full themeing capabilities, meaning that everything can be changed and themed from the color of the battery indicator, to the look of the dialer or contact list, to the video that plays while the android phone or tablet boots up.
- Full application control including the ability to backup, restore, or batch edit applications, or to remove bloatware that comes pre-loaded on many phones.
- We can install carrier-blocked apps.
- Increase the performance of our phone is the biggest merit of rooting android android phone or tablet.
- Make incompatible apps compatible.
- Power up your hardware.
- In short, whatever you want, rooting gives you the power to do a lot more
DISADVANTAGES OF ROOTING:
- The main demerit of rooting is that we loose our phone’s/tablet’s warranty.
- The android phone or tablet will no more be secure as rooting could create a security vulnerable issue.
- Bricking your phone
Custom versions of Android, known as custom ROMs, allow additional levels of control on a rooted android phone or tablet. As Android is open source, anyone with the proper skills can create their own customized version. These versions are often more feature-rich, more efficient, and better looking that standard OEM versions, which can be restrictive.
After getting those many advantages of rooting, you must be wondering how to root android phone or tablet. Now we will be discussingÂ methods of rooting:
How to root android phone or tablet:-
- TheÂ CyanogenMod: is one of the most popular ROMs out there, has a fantastic wiki with a ton of information on different android phone or tablets. Even if you don’t plan on flashing CyanogenMod (or any ROM, for that matter), you can often find information on how to root your phone within their android phone or tablet-specific instructions on installing CyanogenMod, so it’s worth checking out.
- The Phandroid forums: aren’t quite as popular as XDA, but they have always done a pretty good job of organizing information on rooting. This is a good place to start. Head to the forum for your android phone or tablet and look for the “All Things Root” sub forum.
- The XDA Developers forums: are the number one place to look for information on your phone. This is where all the best hackers and tweakers gather to discuss phones, share links and guides, create rooting tools, and more. Head to the forums, find your android phone or tablet, and poke around the different sub-forums for your phone. You should find a number of threads that will direct you to information on how to root your phone, what ROMs and kernels are available, and more. And, when in doubt, ask the other users.
What Youâ€™ll Need
- An Android Â phone or tablet.
- The USB cable portable to your android phone or tablet and laptop.
- Installation of rooting software mentioned above.
How to operate.
- Attach your Android phone or tablet to you laptop via the USB Cable.
- The rooting software should recognise your phone
- Then select the â€œRootâ€ button and wait for few minutes for software to operate.
- Meanwhile you would incure with rebooting of your android phone or tablet.
Frequently Asked Rooting Questions
1) Can I unroot my phone?Â Yes. If you decide you don’t like being rooted, you can often find instructions on unrooting your phone as well. Usually it involves flashing an RUU, SBF, or something similar to return the phone to truly stock settings.
2) Is rooting illegal?Â No. Technically, it once was, but exceptions to the DCMAÂ have made it legal for most phones. Either way, it’s hard to imagine anyone actually enforcing this rule.
3) Will rooting void my warranty?Â Yes. Unlocking your bootloader will void the warranty on your phone, even if your manufacturer provides a way for you to do it. That said, if you need warranty service for a hardware issue, you can sometimes unroot your phone and take it in for service with no one the wiser. However, some phones have a digital “switch” that flips when you unlock your phone that is very difficult or impossible to revert, so do your research before unlocking if you want to preserve your warranty.
4) Could rooting brick my phone?Â It’s possible, but pretty unlikely. As long as you follow instructions well, you probably won’t brick anything (but we’re not responsible yadda yadda yadda). Flashing custom kernels and radios is a little riskier than just rooting or flashing ROMs, but again, if you follow directions you should be okay. Keep in mind that bricking means your phone means it won’t turn on or function at allâ€”if you’re stuck in a boot loop or boot straight to recovery, your phone is not bricked, andÂ it can be fixed.