If you own an android phone you will come across the word “Rooting” on many blogs,forums and almost all sites with gadgets info. But for those who are new to android , this word might seems strange. So here in this post I would like to explain about the meaning,advantages,disadvantages,procedure for rooting a device powered by android.
Rooting is a process of gaining super user access of the operating system by which you can avail many features which are locked on non rooted phones. You can find some in the advantages section below. In other words Rooting allows you run as “superuser”, effectively giving you total control over the OS.
The main reason for people to root their phones is that it gives freedom to access your os completely and to alter/utilize system resources as you wish. Here are some of the tweeks and uses of rooting.
Gain control over system files:
You might have seen that there are no options on a non rooted android phone to access/alter/uninstall preinstalled apps on android. But by rooting you can do anything you wish. YES, Practically, Anything and Everything you wish on your rooted phone.
By using some apps for rooted phones, you can play some tweaks on your phone which can increase performance of your android. One them is overclocking processor(There are many apps available for this, but I am not sure about how good this action is, for your device).
As I already said, Rooting gives you to gain complete control over system files. Which facilitates you to work with your system files to customize your phone as you wish. It may be theme customization or something else. By customizing I have installed Galaxy S2’s TouchWiz 4 on my Galaxy S.
There might be very less frequent updates being launched for your Phone model from your Manufacturer. But if you have a rooted phone, you can change different roms designed by third party developers and can be updated by your manufacturer’s future updates.
You can avail many apps on internet and android market just for phones with super user access(rooted phone).
Add Free Apps:
If you have the habit of using trail version apps then you might have seen ads on those apps which really annoys very much while using the app, especially in games. But by using a simple app by name “AddFree”, you can get rid of all ads which annoys you on android.
Backup & Restore:
By rooting your phone, you can take a complete backup of the settings and files of your android and can restore when ever if your os fails to perform some action.
Rooting a phone may looks interesting, But be known about the risks behind rooting your phone. There are many disadvantages in rooting android. Some of then are listed below.
By rooting your phone , You are going to loose the manufacturer’s warranty for the phone. Although you can gain this warranty back by unrooting your phone back to normal. It is still a risk to move on with if and only if you dont know what you are doing with your rooted phone.
As I said before, you must be well known about the actions you perform on your rooted phone otherwise it might brick your phone. For example if you delete a file related to camera software of your phone from systen files on a rooted phone . It makes the camera function unavailable by using that app.
-There are two ways to root your android phone, first one is by using softwares like SuperOneClick, Z4Root and Universal AndRoot. By which you can root and unroot your phone on a single click from your computer after connecting your phone to system by using usb as mentioned those softwares user guides.
-The second one is by searching for an rooting image file which you need to download on your phone PDA section which gets you the super user access.