Everything You Need To Know About Rooting Android
If you own an Android device, you would surely have heard about ROOTING. But what advantages does rooting have? Sure many geeky readers of Desi Android know what rooting is but many people still don’t. Let’s get acquainted with the basics of Android Rooting.
What is Rooting
If we look for an exact definition, we could say that rooting an Android device gives us absolute control of the device, ie, we obtain administrator privileges. To better understand this, let’s take a very simple example: if you buy a computer with Windows operating system, you have the option to create an account administrator where you will have full access to the entire system.
You can manage anything to your liking. In addition we also have the option to create us a user account where we can only have a number of basic options, but in any case we can manage the entire system. Well, Android works the same way, except that the user is not offered the possibility of system administrator but is directly given a “user account”.
Rooting your Android device grants you administrator privileges
What are the Advantages of Rooting my Android Device
Rooting a device, as we said, enables us to get administrator privileges of our system, but what good is it exactly? With root access, we can do many things such as customizations, modding and installing apps that offer greater funcationality. Of all the things we can do, the most important and commonly used are as follows –
- Remove system applications (bloatware) that are pre-installed by the manufacturer.
- Modify the configuration of hardware components, such as CPU, GPU, etc.
- Install a firewall that prevents internet connection for any particular application
- Hibernate any application that does not work in the background and consumes resources
- Update or change our operating system. With root permissions, we can change our operating system by installing any custom ROM that supports our device.
- Removes certain restrictions imposed by the manufacturer.
- These are just some of the things we can do by rooting but you can do virtually anything else you can think of. You just need to find a way or the necessary application to do so.
Are there are any Drawbacks of Rooting my Android Device
The answer to this question is simple, yes. Although some applications, such as Google Wallet may not work properly on rooted devices, it is certain that the rooting Android devices offers more advantages than disadvantages. You don’t need to worry about anything if you follow our tutorials. Here are some of the disadvantages –
- First we must be clear about the manufacturer’s policies regarding rooting, as in most cases, it voids the guarantee.
- Moreover you risk bricking your phone when you try rooting or change the ROM if done incorrectly. This means your Android phone or tablet will turn into a paperweight and no longer work.
- Without a doubt, the most dangerous part is how you use your device after the root. To have administrator privileges, we need access to the entire system by having permission to change, delete or overwrite any file type which is quite dangerous.
- If you are not careful with root permissions you may infect your device with viruses by giving administrator permissions to malicious files.
What Tools Can I Use for Rooting my Device?
There are many methods that you can use to root your smartphone. Each of these methods vary from device to device. Use methods/tools that are specific to your device only because you risk bricking your device if you use an incompatible tool. Although there are ways to get the Root access, the one-click Rooting Tools are generally the best for beginners because of their simplicity and learning curve.
- Kingo Root – An exclusive tool for Windows that allows you to root a very large number of devices in just a few steps. Just download, install and proceed with the Root.
- King Root – One of the simplest methods out there. This is done directly on your mobile or tablet without a PC. However, it installs various applications that should be deleted after the rooting process is over.
- iRoot – This is one of the more generic tools for rooting performing the whole process almost automatically. Just like Kingo Root, it is compatible with Windows only. Just install, run and connect your mobile or tablet and you’re set.
How Can I Unroot my Android Device
So you have rooted your Android smartphone with all the advantages of root access, but now you meet a problem? You have to send the phone in for service and do not wish the manufacturer to discover that you have modified it or you need an application that detects the root and hence disables its functions. Also, you might have to remove the root if you consider selling it. How to remove any trace of root?
As usual with these types of modifications, there are general methods to remove the root that do not always work on all devices. This is the best way to proceed –
- Install Super SU app.
- Go to the “Settings” tab.
- Select “Full Unroot” and confirm by selecting “Continue”.
- Reboot your phone/tablet.
- Uninstall SuperSU.
In addition, another fairly simple way to unroot is to reinstall the official ROM. This is very easy to do.
What I can do if I can not Root?
Unfortunately, and although it is possible to root many Android phones, this does not mean that yours can be rooted. Rooting/Jailbreak tools are developed by the community and the developers do not have any direct benefit by releasing these tools for free. The most popular models will be easily rooted.
Hence, rooting smartphones from obscure manufacturers may not be rooted. So always stick to reputed manufacturers if you like to tinker with your phone.
Recommended Apps For Rooted Devices
Once you have gained root access, you can install a number of specific applications that provide access to hidden or inactive device functions. Here we list some of the apps we recommend –
- SuperSU – Present in the vast majority of Rooted phones/tablets. It is used to manage admin privileges for apps.
- DroidWall – Restricts the applications which allow access to the Internet, either through WiFi or 3G access.
- Titanium Backup – Enables backing up of data.
- Root Browser – Access to all system files.
- SetCPU – Changes the maximum and minimum processor speed based on profiles.
- Voltage Control – Similar to the above app but in this case the change is made to start the phone. It also allows to modify the maximum voltage received by the processor for each speed, which can save battery.
So if you like additional functions on your devices, root it asap! If you are a basic user who just likes to call or text, you’re better off without rooting.