You’ve probably heard someone say that they have rooted their device, or you ran into an app that required root access. So what’s this whole rooting business? Basically, it’s like acquiring administrator rights to the phone’s system, and you’re able to modify it. Normally, phones are released with some files restricted by the manufacturer because tampering with them could render the device unusable, commonly referred to as ‘bricked’.
As you can already tell, rooting your device has potentially disastrous results, but only if you’re careless. The potential advantages, though, are much more than the downsides, these are just a few:
Get more functionality from apps that require root access. Some applications require root access to perform special tasks such as Root Explorer, which is able to copy system apps and save or send them via Bluetooth. If you don’t want to download all your apps all over again after a factory reset, this would be of great assistance.
You can also delete system apps that you deem unimportant, especially those apps that are bundled by the carrier, thereby creating more space on the device.
If you have a low-end device and want to enjoy the qualities of a flagship phone, or maybe you already have a high-end phone and would like to extend its capabilities for the hell of it, you should root your device. Applications such as SetCPU can over-clock your device’s processor, sometimes even doubling its speed.
I had a Samsung Galaxy S Blaze once, it has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, but with SetCPU, you could turn it into 2 GHz. I know of 768 MHz devices that were capable of running Temple Run or even Candy Crush, both which require at least 1 GHz, dual core to run smoothly.
With root access, you can also send almost all apps to SD card creating room for more apps, same with RAM, by partitioning your SD card and creating an ext4 partition. This partition of the SD card will be used as part of the phone’s memory, enlarging its capacity.
Are you tired of the same old interface as all your friend? Time to try a custom ROM. Developed from stock/manufacturer source code, you get all the functionality of a regular OS with added goodies. First, you get the latest Android version, so if your device doesn’t have official Lollipop update, you might get it in a custom ROM.
Then there’s the interface, forget the boring interface, with a custom ROM you can change almost everything, even the battery icon or the position of the clock on the notification bar. You can customize any part of your device’s interface.
I get it, nobody wants to destroy their device and lose all their data. But errors rarely happen, and only when you don’t follow procedures, I know because I haven’t used an ‘unrooted’ phone ever since I discovered its benefits.
My favorite forum online is XDA-Developers where you can find the guide to rooting your device because all devices’ procedure are different: some can be rooted by simply installing an app while others require that you use your computer, so I can’t give you a universal procedure. Here, you will find the procedure to root, unroot or unbrick your phone if you happen to make a mistake. And you can always ask questions if you’re unsure about something.
Bottom line, rooting is good, but be cautious, especially if you’re new to it, and follow instructions to the letter. Good luck rooting!
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