January 20th, 2017
Facts, Tips and Myths about Android Rooting
Android being open source in nature, gives fascinating flexibility, both to the end users as well as developers. If you are an Android user (and it doesn’t matter if you’re a new user or have been using from a long time), you might have heard about Android rooting.
Some of you might be knowing what it is and for others, here’s a small explanation on the concept.
Android is based on the Linux Kernel. In Linux, the admin of the system is known as Root. So, the process of gaining the admin access on the Android system is known as rooting.
Now, it’s obvious that the system admin or in the case of Android, root, has some extra privileges than an unrooted device and hence we will move on to the facts section to know what these privileges are.
Tips & Facts
1. You can edit system files and apps
Do you want to get rid of those useless apps that the manufacturer included in the device? Rooting is the way!
Do you also want to edit some system files like the hosts file? Rooting is the way!
Do you want to use apps that you can only use on a rooted device? Obviously, Rooting is the way!
2. Modify how your Android looks and behaves
Yup. The customization of an Android device isn’t just limited to changing launchers and icons. You can use root supported apps like Xposed Framework to download and add modules that let you add some extra features into your Android device.
3. You can customize your CPU frequencies
Fed up of how slow or laggy your Android phone becomes sometimes? It’s a normal issue with low end Android devices. You can use apps like SetCPU to set CPU frequencies so that you can see a performance boost or to save battery by setting the CPU frequency low as well.
Use it at your own risk.
4. Say goodbye to your warranty
There’s a reason why the manufacturers don’t release rooted phones. You have the ability to edit system files on a rooted phone which may also lead to bricking of the device. Which means the device can stop working at all if something goes wrong.
Companies have strict policies against rooting which mentions that a rooted device’s warranty is lost the moment the device is rooted.
5. Un-Root your device to get your warranty back
Just unroot your device in order to claim your warranty back. But unrooting is not possible if your device is bricked so make sure you gather some knowledge about things you’re going to do before actually doing them.
1. Rooting makes your Android device SUPER FAST!
Everytime I hear someone say this, I start laughing like anything.
I already mentioned that Rooting is a process of getting admin access with elevated privileges on your phone and that’s just it. It doesn’t automatically add any nitrous boosters to your device to make it super fast.
But yeah, you can remove some useless apps and overclock your device that may just lift the performance a bit but it won’t have much effect.
2. Rooting gives you Android updates
The updates are decided by the manufacturers and they’re the ones who decide if the devices will get any further upgrades or not. But, you can use any alternative aftermarket ROMs by other developers.
3. Rooting an Android device is illegal
It’s not illegal. So, just go ahead and root your device if you want to.