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Have you ever thought about rooting your phone? What is it really? Does rooting Android cause any problems? Should a regular user root their phone?

You are just in the right place if these are your concerns. I've written this article as a response to your numerous questions about rooting Android devices. Ready to learn all about it?

First Of All, What Is Rooting?

Rooting, as the same suggests, is acquiring root access to the Android OS code by creating a superuser account with all the privileges to access and modify root-level system files.

Normally, manufacturers prevent users from accessing these files and making any modifications to them (mostly for security reasons).

However, since Android is an open OS and the number of its developers is growing like crazy people developed many methods of rooting it  to allow its users make most of their devices by making modifications to these root-level files.

Does Rooting Android Cause Problems?

What Are The Advantages Of Rooting Android? Why Do People Root Their Devices?

Most often people decide to root their Android devices because they want to either improve its performance or they need some feature which is not available in the unrooted phone. The most often reasons why people root their devices are:

  • They want to update Android to the latest version because there are no updates available for their device any longer.
  • They want to get rid of carrier bloatware which is usually full of unneeded apps  and works slower.
  • Their goal is to extend battery life of their device.
  • They want to be able install any kind of app (not only those from Google Play).
  • They want to fully customize their phone by installing custom ROMs (i.e. custom themes, graphics, get rid of banner ads and brand software).
  • They want to be able to install apps to SD card (which is not possible in most unrooted devices).
  • If done properly, rooting lets you really make most of your device and customize it in any way you want.

So Does Rooting Android Cause Problems?

Unless you are an advanced user who knows what he's doing and why he's doing it, it's best to left your phone unrooted. It's because rooting Android can cause problems (even very serious ones) if you do it improperly.

What problems can you expect?

  • You can almost literally brick your phone. If you do this process improperly, you can damage your phone so much that it will become as useless as a brick. This process is unfortunately irreversible.
  • By rooting your phone you void the warranty so let rooting be a well-thought decision.
  • You may not be able to automatically update software after rooting your device. After I rooted my S4, I couldn't update  to the KitKat version.
  • If your aim is to speed up your phone , you can easily overclock it and even damage its processor.
  • You will make it more easy for malware to infect your phone. By rooting your phone you also get rid of many default security solutions and grant root access to malicious software too. That's why if you root your phone you must use some good AntiVirus app.
  • Some apps may stop working properly. This was the case with my S4. After I rooted it, my alarm clock sometimes simply didn't ring and I always had to use another phone to make sure the alarm clock will really ring.

Final Thoughts: To Root Or Not To Root?

If you are an advanced user with a clear goal in mind (e.g. to be able to install apps to SD because you have little internal memory), rooting Android may be a good idea. However, you should at first do some research regarding your device model and read a few tutorials.

But... if you are a regular user who uses their Android phone to stay in touch with the world, take photos and play games, there is no need to root it and risk damaging it.

Here's a more in-depth article about rooting Android.

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