Is the lure of being a superuser fascinating you? Rooting opens up a world of possibility.
What is Rooting ?
An Administrator on a Windows machine, have access to the entire operating system , that’s essentially what happens if you root your Android device. With root access, you can get around any restrictions that your manufacturer or carrier may have applied.
The important thing is to be careful. Read up about what you are going to do before you begin. Make sure that you backup your data. Follow the instructions to the letter. Manufacturers and carriers have a vested interest in dissuading you from rooting. If you’re careful, the risk is minimal, and the potential benefits are impressive.
The process involves backing up your current software and then flashing (installing) a new custom ROM (modified version of Android).
Why would you root?
One of the most obvious incentives to root your Android device is to rid yourself of the bloatware that’s impossible to uninstall.
You’ll be able to set up wireless tethering, even if it has been disabled by default.
You can also access your entire file system, install special apps that require a root, and flash custom ROMs, which can add extra features and streamline your phone or tablet’s performance.
A lot of people are tempted by the ability to completely customize the look of their phones. You can also manually accept or deny app permissions.
You won’t find a lot of amazing must-have apps when you root, but there are enough to make it worthwhile. For example, some apps allow you to automatically backup all of your apps and all of their data, completely block advertisements, create secure tunnels to the Internet, overclock your processor, or make your device a wireless hotspot.
Benefits of Rooting/Jailbreaking your Device
1. Unrestrained Software Updates
By rooting you will be able to install all the latest updates on your device which is blocked by the manufacturer.
Like installing restricted apps on your device from restricted site.
2. Manage Preinstalled Software
Complete access to your device’s back-end software and hardware control lets you remove any preinstalled applications.
You can uninstall any preinstalled software by the manufacturer which can't modifiy,
3. Add Extra Fuel to Your Processor
By rooting android device, you can easily increase your processor’s power . The power can be increased upto 200% on some device.
NOTE: OVERCLOCKING PROCESSOR REQUIRES KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLFULNESS. SO DON'T TRY UNTIL YOU HAVE THE PROPER KNOWLEDGE.
4. Customized ROMs
TouchWiz or Sense UI is some of the tailored ROMs which fit the bill of Android. They may not have the Google affiliation mark, but still they can do wonder. By rooting your device you can actually install custom ROMs like CyanogenMod and get the best of customized features and Android themes.
5. Better Battery Backup
Custom ROMs ensure a better battery performance as it erases all the unnecessary bloatware and applications from your Android device. You can also enjoy using apps like Superpower designed for enhanced power management. But remember that Rooting will just ensure that the power is not misused over unnecessary tasks.
6. Small Yet Significant Modifications Anytime
By Rooting you can install any software on any device. Like you can install Samsung Siri Clone on any cheap Samsung Handset.
Apart from these advantages, rooting android device also helps users to create better backups, configure otherwise restricted device settings and protect your device from any sort of security threats.
Why wouldn't you root?
The two main disadvantages of rooting your Android device are:
1. Rooting will void the manufacturer’s warranty – Rooting your android device will immediately void the warranty and if something happens to the phone during the warranty period you will be charged for the repairs. It’s worth keeping in mind that you can always unroot. If you need to send the device back for repair, simply flash the original backup ROM you made and no one will ever know that it was rooted.
2. You may end up with a ‘Brick phone’ – No matter how well the rooting tutorial is you may end up with a dead (broken) phone if you use a corrupt zip file to flash or miss out any step. Then you have to visit your phone manufacture service center to get it fixed.The obvious way to avoid it happening is to follow instructions carefully. Make sure that the guide you are following works for your device and that any custom ROM you flash is designed specifically for it. If you do your research and pay attention to feedback from others, bricking should never occur.
3. Security risks - Rooting may introduce some security risks. Depending on what services or apps you use on your device, rooting could create a security vulnerability. For example, Google refuses to support the Google Wallet service for rooted devices.
Rooting Android Device
Before you actually try to root your device, make sure that you do some reading. It’s worth spending some time researching the right method for your device.
Preparation for root
- Make sure you follow the instructions and install all of it before proceeding.
- Before you begin You’ll need to ensure that your device is fully charged before you begin.
- You NEED to put your phone on USB Debugging mode.
- On the Samsung Devices you'll find it in Menu > Settings > Developer options and then check the box next to USB debugging.
- It’s likely you'll need to install the Android SDK.
- You NEED to install make sure the Android drivers for your phone are installed.
- Make sure you DO NOT mount your SD card.
- If you still can't get something to run, try doing it in recovery mode.
EASY ONE-CLICK ROOTING
XDA Developers forum : One of the simplest and easiest methods of rooting is XDA Developers SuperOneClick.
It also supports a long list of devices,
You will find all the instructions discussions, forums and videos on this link XDA Developers SuperOneClick.
The XDA Developers forum is the most trustworthy source for rooting guides.
You will need to install some software to prepare, but the actual rooting process is one click. It will only take a few minutes to complete and then you’ll need to restart your Android device.
The Phandroid forums (Android Forums) aren't quite as popular as XDA, but they have always done a pretty good job of organizing information on rooting. This is a good place to start. Search the forum for your device and look for the "All Things Root" subforum.
RootzWiki may not be as popular as it once was, but there's still good information to be had on these forums, especially pertaining to new ROMs, kernels, and other things on the development side.
The CyanogenMod: CyanogenMod, one of the most popular ROMs out there, has a fantastic wiki with a ton of information on different devices. Even if you don't plan on flashing CyanogenMod (or any ROM, for that matter), you can often find information on how to root your phone within their device-specific instructions on installing CyanogenMod.
There is software out there that claims to provide one click rooting with no extra installs, but you should not have to pay to root your device and it’s very important to be wary about the method you choose. If in doubt, do more research.
The reason rooting isn’t more straightforward is that all Android devices are not created equal. There are significant differences between Android smartphones, between manufacturers, and even between carrier specific versions of the same phone model. Make sure that any rooting guide or custom ROM you intend to use does support your specific device or you are asking for trouble.
Once you have found the right guide for your phone or tablet, it’s simply a case of working through the listed steps methodically. It can be a complicated procedure and it can take a while.
Gaining full root access to your Android device can be thrilling, especially if you want to tinker with settings and customize your device. How much it changes your experience depends largely on the device you have. If you have a shuttered device, like a Kindle Fire tablet, then it’s a great way to get the full Android experience.
The potential benefits for all Android users include improved battery life, root-only apps, custom ROMs, overclocking, an end to bloatware, improved performance, and the ability to upgrade your phone when you want.