What is Rooting?
When it comes to Android phones, the process of unlocking them is known as Rooting. Rooting basically allows you to extend your scope of your phone usage, as then you will be able to download and install any software you want without the need of permission of Manufacturer or Network carrier.
Android OS already offers you the authority to change, customize and install most of the files in your Android device (not all), but when you go with Rooting your phone or device you won’t be restricted in any way, you will be even allowed to change the core software of your device.
Android does not allow you to download every software or file, but when you Root your phone, you become the real boss, as you will be able to do anything as per your likings in your device.
Is Rooting Same as Jail Breaking?
In a way yes, but not exactly! The procedure of unlocking your iPhone and iPod Touch is known as Jail Breaking while rooting is known for Android devices. By default, Android devices give its users much authority that an iPhone or iPod user gets after getting Jail Breaking. However the ideal is similar, but one of them gives you less authority while the other one gives you complete control.
Is It Really Important to Root your Phone?
No not at all! One should not consider rotting his device until or unless he comes across a file that he really needs. If you are a normal user and you are not much concerned about out of the box third party apps then it is recommended that you should not root your phone. You should root your phone when you want to:
- Update Android OS of your phone.
- Clean cache of core applications.
- Adding software from another device.
- Install some important software that you cannot use without rooting (for e.g. Ad Blocking Software in apps)
- Have a complete system backup (not possible with un-rooted phones).
If you are doing something against the will of manufacturer, then you also have to be ready for the consequences involved. Normally a phone does not encounter any problem during or after the process of rooting, but definitely there are some drawbacks and risks involved when you go with the process of root. These include:
- Rooting voids the warranty of device.
- If the phone gets disconnected from the computer or turns off due to low power during the rooting process then it might damage or brick your phone.
- Rooting makes your phone more prone to future security risks.
Rooting process surely needs a strict set of compliance that you need to follow else you might damage your phone in this process. Before you plan to start the rooting process, you need to take the following precautions:
- Install USB driver so that your device can get successfully connected with your desktop or laptop.
- Make sure that your Smartphone has at least 80% to 90% charge.
- Guide you are following is updated and is targeted for your specific Smartphone model.
- You have all the updated software needed for rooting at your disposal and none of them are corrupt.
- Your phone is in 100% working condition and does not have any software or hardware issues.
- If you go through immense changes in the system files of Android device than you might not get OTA update from your carrier.
However one of the things that you need to take under consideration is that the method of rooting every device is different from the other one for example rooting of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is different from Samsung Galaxy S4, so before you plan to do that make sure you are getting the rooting information from the right source and you are doing it for your targeted model number.