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- May 20, 2018 at 9:51 AM #37240
Android is built on top of Linux kernel which has something called as superuser privileges. Android ROOTING is nothing but getting the Superuser privilege. With the ROOTING privilege there is some Advantage and disadvantage associated. With this post I bring you some of the advantage and disadvantage of Android ROOTING.
Many Android users don’t even know what is rooting, forget about how to ROOT.
Well, in a simple statement:
Rooting gives your Android phone, super power and wings to fly.
There are many endless possibilities are opened when you ROOT your Android phone, in this case when you ROOT Android.
Following are few of the benefits of ROOTING an Android Phone:
- You can remove pre-installed junk applications called as bloatware
– Most of the Android phones come with pre-installed applications by manufacturers such as: Samsung Apps on Samsung phones, Honor Apps on Huawei Honor phones etc.
- You can update the phone manually
– No need to wait for OTAs to be pushed by your OEM.
- After rooting the phone, there is a possibility that you can install incompatible apps which are only available for specific devices.
– One such example is Google Camera or Xposed modules etc.
- Rooting helps you install ad-blocker application phone wide
- You can install Custom ROMs like LineageOS, Resurrection Remix OS, OmniROM etc on your Android Phone
– OEM updates for latest Android releases are pretty much slower as compared to the custom ROMs. Rooting helps you taste the latest Oreo almost as soon as it is released, provided it should be built for the phone by one of the developers.
– After couple of years when your Android Phone no longer will get Android upgrades, custom ROMs will be the only way to keep the phone updated to the latest Android
- You can access to system files after rooting your Android phone
– Initially when OnePlus 3 was released it was restricted to use the full potential of RAM by using only almost half of the RAM.
– Unlocking that potential was only possible after rooting the phone and then modifying the system file.
- Rooting the Android Phone allows to install more themes, and customization.
Rooting is more attractive for above said reasons but there are a handful disadvantages of rooting an Android phone too which you should consider before you root the Android phone.
Let’s see some of the key downfalls of rooting and Android phone:
- You may lose warranty
– Many of the manufacturers now a days supporting software customization on Android phones but on the other hand many OEMs discourage the use of altering software on the phone.
– Although this can completely reverted back to original state, but still OEMs like Samsung user binary or hardware counters that tells how many times the software has been changed on an Android phone.
- You may lose all your data on the phone
– Rooting a device involves unlocking the phone’s bootloader and installing a custom recovery.
– This process may erase all the data of your phone.
- Rooted Android phones may not pass SafetyNet
– Android has a security mechanism to know if a device is tempered or can be still reliable for security.
– Most of the banking apps use SafetyNet as a security measure, which will be broken after rooting the Android phone.
- Official OTA updates for your phone will be stopped
– you have to manually install OTA updates.
– This is an advantage if you know where to download and how to install stock firmware updates otherwise it is the other way round.
- Rooting gives system file access, which is very dangerous.
– If any of the core system file is missing, the whole Android system is gone, and the Android phone could be bricked.
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