You must have heard of jailbreaking for Apple phones. It is mostly done in iOS devices considering the stringent software regulations that Apple comes up with thereby restricting the user from exploring much. The Android phone (although not so restricted) can also be freed from incarceration.
What is Android Rooting?
Rooting was popular previously, soon after Android was first launched. It is primarily because Android’s first versions were a bit imperfect with software bugs and the like which created numerous problems for the phone ranging from hangs to software crashes. Rooting is basically gaining control on the way that the phone’s core processes work. However, with new age smartphones and continuous software updates rooting is not so necessary as the software comes fully optimized and problem-free.
So, rooting is basically the ability to change even those attributes of the phone which appear unchangeable.
The Necessity of Android Rooting:
The need to root depends on many factors and the type of user. The common goal for the majority of Android rooting public is to get rid of bloatware- the extra “inbuilt” software that the phone comes with. Also, many people have a situation where they love the phone hardware but not the software; the Android rooting is then called upon. Many people also opine that since they have paid for the phone, it should behave like they want and not like the developer thinks and therefore, Android rooting is resorted to.
Android rooting frees the phone completely, unlocking the device’s full potential. More apps can be installed (even the ones from unknown sources), you get to install the latest Android version very quickly after it becomes available, battery life increases, the performance of the phone is enhanced, and most importantly, wi-fi tethering comes at a very low cost.
Be aware of these while Android Rooting:
There are many positives of Android rooting. There are disadvantages too, but they are less, thankfully! The biggest problem with Android rooting is that, as soon as the device is rooted the manufacturer warranty becomes null and void. The good news, however, is that if you unroot, then your warranty is back in place again.
Be very careful and follow the steps of Android rooting very carefully or your smartphone will end up as a paperweight, especially if you are doing it for the first time and without qualified supervision. Before that, make sure that you absolutely need it. Back your phone up properly and then proceed with it.
How to root your Android phone?
The simplest to root your phone is by using a commercial rooting app that is available on the Google Play Store. There are numerous apps which will help you in Android rooting without you having to worry much. There are, however, some security concerns as these apps will access everything on your phone, and you may end up with malware or have your information and data siphoned to some dark and dangerous place.
It is, therefore, better to backup everything and then factory reset your phone before downloading the application. You then install the app, follow the instructions religiously, and you are all set. However, before you sign in and sync your device, it is advisable that you factory reset it once more to get rid of malicious software if there is any. Do not worry; the root will be intact.
Also, be very aware whether your phone can be rooted by a particular Android rooting app which you have chosen.
Some of the best root apps you could try if you are in the mood to gain control of your phone include- Greenify (one of the most popular apps now), Flashify, Nandroid Manager, Quick Boot, Super SU, Servicely.
How to Un-root your Android:
If you are done having fun with Android rooting and want to get back your warranties and safety, then unrooting is here for you. The simplest process is to unroot with an app, but the hurdle is that finding the right app to unroot your phone may be difficult as most of these apps cater to only one or two brands. The best app which unroots a variety of brands is Universal Unroot and Super SU. They have options called Unroot which completes the process without you having to worry much.
Unrooting is also achievable via a file manager. You just have to delete the “busybox” and “su” files from bin and xbin in your phone. As soon as you delete the “superuser.apk”, it is done! OTA updates and installing stock firmware might also do the trick for you.