What is it?
Simply, it is changing the standard operating system of an Android device. As a result of this process, the device comes under your control. With regard to the cell phone technology, the term “rooting” gives a sense that you are taking authority from the operating software to command your mobile phone. Many mobile devices come to the market with several limitations created by manufacturers or mobile network operators. Really, they have set these limitations or restrictions for the purpose of security of your phone. It performs a task that is similar to what “Administrator” does in Windows.
There are several reasons or occasions you need to do such “rooting” by which you are authorized to change or replace the settings of the operating system. There are some applications that need administrator level permissions to run on the device. Sometimes you may want to install an updated version of existing operating software or change the appearance of the phone with different themes.
The process can be applied to all other devices that are running Android operating system. Here we consider the facts that are related to this device, a large size cell phone but it has several limitations that can be avoided by “rooting”.
Before starting the applying of the process, you need to get all your data saved or backed up. Your contacts and messages can be saved in your Google account or backed up in Google Play Store so that you will be able to retrieve them after rooting your phone. Contents of your SD card needs to be saved in your computer.
There are some free software you can download and use to root Android. After connecting the phone and computer using the USB cable, make the “USB debugging” on the phone enable. Then from the computer interface, you have to select the instructions matched to your Android version and follow them to start the process. When it is completed, you need to allow your phone to be re-booted.
Actually what is happening when you change it with Android operating system? You were removing the limitations or restrictions established by the manufacturer or carrier or both of them. Therefore, you have to be careful before rooting Android as different rules and regulations are being imposed by different countries.
Several mobile phone manufacturers have allowed “rooting” on their devices. In contrary to that, some manufacturers have disallowed change of the operating system of their devices. However, in both cases, the users can do it on their-own accord, carefully considering its benefits and detriments that are given below briefly.
Some mobile applications require some changes of system in order to run properly. If you have already done the Android root, you are able to run such specific applications easily. There are specific applications like Superusers that can be run only on rooted phones.
When you gained access to administrative functions, or in other words, if your Android is rooted, it prevents the operating system from consuming further battery life.
It allows you to add newer versions of Android, e.g. ROMs. If you can install a new ROM in your phone, you are able to gain other latest versions of Android or add amazing features to your existing operating system. Furthermore, you are able to install new applications on SD card, leaving the system memory for more data files.
Though you rooted Android with an intention of accelerating its speed, performance, or features, there is possibility of negative outcomes and impact on smooth function of your device.
When you are using and working with the device, the process needs to be completed entirely and successfully. If you failed to complete while in the middle of the process, the operating system could be damaged together with your valuable data saved in.
Warranty is something offered by the manufacturer to the users. Generally, warranty remains active for 1 to 2 years. For consumable products like battery, etc., it is valid only for few months – in many cases, only for 6 months. For example, Samsung cell phones have 24 months for the device and 6 for accessories.
Warranty guarantees repair or repair cost of your device, if the damage caused to your phone is beyond your control. Hardware issues caused by accidental incidents are never covered with warranty.
Unfortunately, doing all of this can make the warranty of your phone invalid and it is the most difficult situation you will have to face having such a phone in hand.
If you own a rooted Android device, you will have to face some difficulties in updating and repairing it. Then you will have to think of a way of revising the process. Yes, there is possibility of going back to previous state. It is not a complex task because there are software that can be used. You can search and find one such software within your phone itself. The process may differ from device to device or software to software.
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