Rooting is a term that almost every Android user is familiar with. But have you ever thought what rooting is in reality? In this article we will try to answer all your doubts related to rooting, flashing, unrooting and much more. Also, we will tell you why you should root android and why you shouldn’t!
WHAT IS ROOTING?
Did you ever want to unlock our Android smartphone’s full potential? Rooting allows you to get access to system files, commands and other locations that are most of the times locked for the users. Rooting allows you to get most out of your device! Rooting allows Android smartphones, tablets, etc. to acquire free control, popularly called root access. Through rooting, you can run several applications which require administrator-level permissions. Through rooting, a user can delete, modify or remove pre-installed system apps.
IS ROOTING LEGAL?
Of course, this is a tough question to answer whether it is legal to root android!. This depends on various country’s laws. Most of the countries allow bypassing security restrictions set by the device manufacturers while some not! For example, in Australia, it is not clear whether rooting is legal or not and anti-circumvention laws may apply! On the other hand, the Free Software Foundation Europe argues that it is entirely legal to root or flash any android device! The New Zealand’s law states that it is legal but only if used for non-copyright-infringing purposes. India’s copyright law permits circumventing DRM for non-copyright-infringing purposes.
Well, no one has ever been brought up on charges for rooting their android device do far, but maybe you should check your country’s laws before rooting your device!
ADVANTAGES OF ROOT!
Starting with the good, let’s talk about the advantages of rooting your Android device!
1) Install ‘INCOMPATIBLE’ apps:-
Yes ! you read right. Rooting allows you to install incompatible apps on your Android device. Now, there are many causes why any particular app may be incompatible with your Android device. It could either be blocked by the carrier, or maybe the app is not available in your region Rooting solves this problem easily. Just grab an app called MARKET HELPER and you are all set!
2) Boost your device performance:-
Through rooting, you can speed up your device very quickly. You can even change the minimum speed of your device processors or GPU! For example, an app called KERNEL ADIUTOR ( Yes! its Auditor) lets you tweak your device kernel! You can set the minimum CPU speed, change GPU value and much more! Isn’t it interesting?
3) Boost the battery life:-
Nobody likes a smartphone having poor battery life! Rooting solves this issue too. Through an app called GREENIFY, you can control all the running applications and stop it. The app will automatically hibernate (Force Stop) the unnecessary running apps in the background!
4) Backup your phone:-
Whenever you move to a new Android device, you can easily backup all your apps and settings first. So, you can easily get all of your settings in just one tap. But if you’re rooted then you can even backup system setting easily by an app called TITANIUM BACKUP!
5) Remove pre-installed ‘JUNK’:-
Whenever you get a new device, there are some pre-installed apps that the user is unable you remove completely but rooting can make life very easy by letting you remove pre-installed system apps! TITANIUM BACKUP does the job done very easily!
6) Flash a new ROM or a new KERNEL:-
Probably, this is the biggest advantage of rooting that you can flash a custom ROM or a custom Kernel in your device quickly without any hassles! What is a custom ROM? A custom ROM is a custom version of Android with many features that you will not get in the stock ROM!But we advice flashing only that ROM which is stable and available for your device as improper ROMs and Kernels can damage your device !
DISADVANTAGES OF ROOTING!
1) You may end up bricking your device:-
Just one corrupt ROM or Kernel and your Android device may brick whether it is soft brick or hard brick! You may never be able to operate your device! Also, if you took your device to any service center and they came to know that you have rooted your device then probably you have to pay for it!
2) Rooting will void your device warranty:-
The moment you root android device, you also void your device warranty, and if anything happens to your device during the warranty period, then you have to pay for it! There are ways to unroot your device but in some cases you cannot unroot !
HOW TO UNROOT?
Now as you have known everything about rooting then let me tell you how to remove root or unroot your Android Device Now, there is two way to do that. One is manually, and one is the natural method! So, let’s begin with natural way first!
Launch the SuperSU app and go to the settings. Scroll down until you find the ‘CLEANUP” section. There, search for and on the option which says ‘FULL UNROOT.’ Read the confirmation prompt and tap on ‘CONTINUE’ option. Once the app closes, just restart the phone and voila! You have successfully unrooted your device.
2) SECOND METHOD ( MANUALLY) :-
Open the Root file manager app like ES File Explorer or ROOT Explorer. Search for ‘/system/bin’. There you will find a file named ‘SU.’ Delete that! Now search for ‘/system/xbin/’. There will be the ‘SU’ file. Delete that. Now, find ‘system/app/’ and delete the ‘Superuser.apk.’ file . Lastly, just reboot and done!
Rooting lets you fully unlock your Android device and to get most out of it! We discussed all the advantages and disadvantages of rooting so now it depends on you whether you want to root you android device or not! Before flashing any ROMs or Kernels, always check whether they are compatible with your android phone or not! Again, we repeat that we are not responsible if anything happens to your device! So, this was all about rooting! Do share your opinions in the comments section!