We use smartphones every day and almost every person owns the smartphone. We install different games and apps in it. Beside smartphone, you probably heard about rooting or root a mobile phone. May be you have already rooted your smartphone for any purpose. Now, I will guide you about it that what rooted device means and will discuss about their advantages and disadvantages.
Everything has it’s drawbacks and nothing is always good. Although rooting a smartphone has benefits but you don’t know it’s cons and I will teach you about these points in detail so that you think about it. Make sure to read the full article of what rooted device means and it’s pros and cons.
What Root Device Means?
Almost every person who owns the smartphone wants to know what root device means?
In simple words, When you root your smartphone, it means you attain the privileged control
i.e, root access over various android systems. I want you to know that android uses Linux Kernel
and by rooting smartphone, it gives administrative(superuser) permissions
to user. In short, you can do anything like developer and can change everything like administrator.
As the word Rooting derived from root (like a tree root), it means we dive deep into the Android OS and can do anything like change coding, modify or delete etc. You have full access to apps and system. In other words, you have reached the deepest level of your operating system and have entire control. Without rooting, system does not allow you to change some important settings since they may be a cause of damage your smartphone but by rooting, you gain access of such settings.
Rooted device user has complete access to files placed anywhere in the system whereas the other devices(non-rooting) have not access to do it. In Linux OS, you can do anything like hack anyone’s personal data, websites etc same is the case with rooting a phone. Even users hack applications and games by rooting. They modify and delete some options as well and add new settings since they know how to code. Rooting is also known as jailbreak.
Why Does We Root Mobile?
Without rooting a smartphone, you do not have enough permissions to change a certain settings. Usually, users root their mobile phone to break the restrictions. They want an independent smartphone in which they can do everything like administrator. Users root their phone to overcome the limitations. Thus, rooting allows you to replace system apps, run specialized apps that require administrator level permission or access.
Rooting also provide you the facility to remove and replace the operating system. Moreover, you can change or modify anything in an android operating system. In simple words, you are the owner and developer of the smartphone and can do anything including settings, coding and apps etc.
What is SystemLess Root?
Now after discussing about the term rooting, we will go ahead to systemless root. Before we dive into systemless root. I want to you to know that there are different kinds of partitions in our android system. Some partitions name are Boot( Contains boot image and kernel), Recovery( Contains
- Boot Partition: It contains boot image and kernel
- Recovery Partition: Contains recovery files through you can install ota properly.
- System Partition: This partition contains system files and apps
- Data Partition: It contains applications you installed and you data like music, images etc
- Cache Partition: Stores your operating system cache
These are some partitions in our android operating system. Now, we can discuss systemless root. This type of root does not make changes in your system partition. It stores itself in data and cache partition and patch your boot image. Since it does not modify system partition that’s why it is easy to unroot.
Advantages of Rooting
It’s time to discuss the advantages of rooting an android smartphone. It contains many benefits for those who know about the android operating system coding. Some pros are given below:
1) Increase Internal Storage
Increase an internal storage means that you can use your external SD (storage device) card as an internal storage. Yes, it is possible by rooting your android smartphone. If your android internal storage is 32GB and have an SD card of 64GB then you can use this SD card storage as an internal storage and your total internal storage will be 96GB. It means you have increased your internal storage .
2) Uninstall Built-in Apps
When you buy smartphone, it contains tom of pre-installed applications these apps are called built-in apps. You can not remove or uninstall these system apps without rooting your android phone since they requires administrator permission and you know after rooting your smartphone you attain these rights and you can easily uninstall these applications and increase your internal storage.
3) Upgrade Android Version
By rooting your android phone, you can easily upgrade your android version. For instance, you are using marshmallow operating system version then after rooting your android device you can upgrade to Nougat or higher etc. It is up to your. This is again a great thing. You have access of this feature as well.
4) Record Mobile Screen
This is also an advantage of rooting your android phone. You can record your mobile screen. However, there are third party apps available in the play store but you can add built-in feature of record your mobile screen. This is a built-in feature in some devices but if your smartphone does not have this feature, you can do it manually.
5) Additional Apps
There are many applications who require a root access to install on your smartphone. By rooting your android smartphone, you can install these typed of applications as well. You have complete control on these applications i.e, modify, delete settings etc.
Disadvantages of Rooting
After discussing about some pros of rooting your android smartphone, may be you have made your mind to root your android smartphone but don’t do that. Since everything has it’s disadvantages as well and rooting has also. So, let’s discuss about it’s disadvantages:
1) Lost Mobile Warranty
If you bought a new smartphone and want to root your mobile phone then you can loss your mobile warranty since companies claim that you should not root your smartphone otherwise we will not be responsible for any kind of loss. This is true that you can damage your smartphone or make it useless if you did any mistake.
2) Auto Apps install
When you root your android smartphone, many apps automatically install on your android phone. They contain virus or malware. They will harm your android device seriously and may make your device useless. This is one of the biggest disadvantage of rooting. In simple words, Rooting an android is the gateway to virus. Nothing is secure after rooting and your data is at risk.
3) Heat and Crash Problem
Another con of rooting an android device is that your smartphone begins to heat and crash. If you are facing this problem after rooting then you should understand that your phone is becoming useless and you can do nothing except unrooting it again before damaging.
4) Brick your Device
Now, come to the biggest disadvantage of rooting your android smartphone. Your phone can be brick i.e, completely dead and once your device is bricked then it can not be used again and then, you can do nothing. So, if you want to root your android phone them follow the instructions very carefully so that you should not face any loss.
5) Security Compromise
If you are rooting your android smartphone then, keep this point in your mind that you are taking a huge risk since your files will become unsafe. This is an ear of hackers and they develop malicious apps and once you install one of these apps then you can think that what can they do with your smartphone. When you root device, you must not save your personal data on your smartphone otherwise you may face a huge loss.
Also Read: How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos From Android?
Should You Root Your Smartphone?
Now, the question comes into mind that should you root your android smartphone or not? When you look at the advantages then you may decide to root your phone but it’s disadvantages are more worse than pros. Rooting your android device means opening a gate for viruses in simple words. However, it’s totally up to you since it has many advantages we well.
My honest opinion is that you shouldn’t root your device since your security or privacy is everything. You may be disagree with my opinion but I do not recommend. But the last decision is yours. I have almost covered the basic about rooting an android device and what rooted device means. I hope you have understood today’s topic and don’t forget to share with others.