Android is one of the famous and most widely used operating systems that are used in present day mobile phones, tablet PCs etc. This is a Linux based operating system which has attractive features like great User Interface and huge number of applications that can be used. There are many activities which can be done in an Android device. One of them is Rooting.
Rooting, it is clear by the word that rooting is a process by which we can access into the root of the Android device. In broad sense, rooting can be defined as a process which allows the users to remove the limitations while using an android device. When an Android device is bought, the user only gets guest privileges (like in Guest account in computers) in it. But, rooting is such a process which lets the user gain all the administrative privileges of the device. This process allows the user to get full-access of the Android device. Thus, rooting is the act of getting to the root of the operating system and gaining the ability to make global changes.
By the above statements, many people can find this process as interesting one. But this process is not only interesting but also quite dangerous. Since everything has its own advantages and disadvantages, here we are going to describe about the advantages and disadvantages of rooting an Android device.
Advantages of Rooting an Android Device
The advantages of rooting an Android device are given below:
- Upgrades performance: After rooting your Android device, the performance of your device will be superfine. Your device will work faster than before. Similarly, the battery backup of your Android device will be increased so that you will be able to use its features for a longer time.
- Ability to use custom ROMs: While telling about ROM, it is the operating system which runs in your Android device. This operating system is stored in Read Only Memory (ROM) of your Android device. These days, several custom ROMs can be found in the Internet with which you will be able to make your Android device look and work in drastically different way. With the help of custom ROMs, you will be able to make your Android device different from other Android devices of same kind.
- Availability of custom themes: Themes can simply be defined as the graphics that appear in your device. After rooting an Android device and installing a custom ROM in it, you will be able to get huge amount of attractive custom themes. These themes will make you feel better with the help of different gadgets, innovating icons, new options and User Interface etc. while using your Android device.
- Upgrades baseband versions: A baseband is the element of your Android device which controls radio in it. By rooting it, you will be able to improve both signal and quality of your Android device’s network.
- Access to latest versions of Android: By rooting your Android device and installing custom ROM in it, you will be able to get access to the latest versions of Android operating system before the official release of them. This is a wonderful feature for such users who always want to be at the top of greatest software before they are out in the market. This feature will also help you if you have outdated operating system in your Android device.
- Enables to backup your device: You will be able to backup all the elements of your Android device. These elements include the programs and applications installed in your device, messages, contacts as well as the operating system which is contained in your device. Not only that much, you will also be able to restore these elements whenever you want by uninstalling your custom ROM.
Disadvantages of Rooting an Android Device
The disadvantages of rooting an Android device are:
- Chances of bricking: The potentialities of bricking is the first reason why you won’t like to root your Android device. Due to rooting, the chances of getting your Android device bricked increases. Bricking means damaging or screwing up your Android device so badly that it no longer becomes able to work or function properly. In this state, your device becomes like a brick which cannot be used for communication purposes at all.
- Decreases security: After rooting your Android device, you will put your Android device to danger to some extent. The danger is that you might unknowingly install malicious software in your Android device. Due to this your Android device might become a victim of several malicious attacks, viruses, adware, spyware etc. Fortunately, no such effects have been discovered till date. But our recommendation for you is to install any antivirus software in your Android device so as to ensure that your device is free of malicious attacks.
These are the advantages and disadvantages of rooting your Android device. It is a guilty pleasure since it might start innocently but end up by voiding your warranty. So, we would like to request you to root your Android device at your own risk.