You might have noticed that when get a new Android device, it has hell lot of apps that are useless. This is most common problem in Samsung devices. Moreover, they do eat up your internal memory, so you have to give up on installing new apps. Though Samsung allows you to move apps to SD card, it is still not present on many devices. You can do this by rooting your device and using external SD card as default installation media.
What is rooting?
Rooting of an android smartphone or tablet means obtaining full control over your android device, or you can say super-user permissions. When you root your device, you will have full control of your device. You will be able to change boot screens, install custom ROM’s, and overclock your processor and many more other features. If you want to know what all things you can do with your android device, than I had advice you to go through the article, “reasons for rooting android device” It’s already explained in depth what all things you will be able to access with rooted android.
In this post, I will not be going into detail on how to actually root your devices. If you perform simple Google search, you will find in detail guide for your devices. You can follow those guides and get it done with ease. However, it is recommended that you back-up your stock ROM just in case if the ROM doesn’t function properly or there are some errors with it.
Disadvantages of rooting your android devices:
This is the very first disadvantage of rooting. If you do not know much about the entire process, than let me tell you, you will lose your manufacturer warranty after performing this operation. So, its better you do not try to root when your device is still under warranty, just to be on safe side. There is a possibility that you may brick your phone which is not at all desired.
This is another reason why many people stay away from rooting their devices. Bricking of device means breaking up your device so that it will not be able to perform its specified functions. Once bricked, your phone can only be used as an antique material or brick, the way it is called. You won’t be able to regain it in working condition and hence, will have to settle with new android smartphone.
The intention of rooting your android device is to perform certain tweaks so that you will be able to improve performance and customize it the way you want. But in certain cases, users have found that in an attempt to speed up their phone, they have lost both performance and features. Once you change ROM or root, you are actually making changes to your stock operating system so it is recommended that you do it wisely.
You might be wondering that how smartphones get viruses and malwares? Unfortunately, when you make changes to the code that resides in your phone, you are making it more prone to viruses. One of the common reasons for rooting is to install custom ROM’s. It is highly recommended that you install these ROMS only from reputed sources like XDAforums or wait for your manufacturer to provide OTA updates. If your device gets infected by malware, your personal data might be at risk. Among the malware attacks that take place on mobile phones, the android smartphones are highly targeted.
Author bio – Mujtaba Patwegar is a graduate of University of Pune. He owns the blog, Grudgets where he as published about various guides for rooting your Android device. You can catch him on Twitter at @mujtaba93.