Should You Root Your Device?

Posted on Dec 26 2012 - 11:33am by Brad Ward

How to Root your Android Smartphone with simple easy rooting process

Rooting can be a potentially dangerous action for your smartphone, especially if it were an expensive smartphone. I’ve listed a few questions to ask yourself before rooting your device below.

Should I risk it?

This — from what I have noticed — is one of the popular questions when it comes to rooting a device.  There is definitely a risk when you root your phone. Bricking your phone and the device becoming nonfunctional isn’t something that anyone would want to happen. Granted, if you follow instructions carefully, read up on what rooting is, watch a few video tutorials and etc, you should be entirely in the safe zone. Accidents do happen though, but most of the time if you just follow instructions carefully you should be smooth sailing.

The process of rooting is not fool proof, but a lot of heartache and trouble can be avoided if you follow instructions down to the letter. The worse thing that can happen is that you will brick your phone and you won’t be able to send it in for repairs or a replacement because your warranty is voided when you root your device.

On another note, often it is not even worth risking your smartphone for root access. As an example, we’ll use the Motorola Atrix II. There are two reasons why it really isn’t worth rooting. The first reason is that Motorola hates it when you do any sort of modification to your Motorola smartphone. They have pages and pages of legal documents talking about the subject. The second reason is that Motorola refuses to unlock the bootloader. Most people get root access so that a ROM can be put on their smartphone. You can’t really get a good ROM unless your smartphone’s bootloader is unlocked. That said, if you can’t get a good ROM, why root?

Is there a benefit?

Most of what you read about rooting and flashing your device almost makes it sound like rooting is the unforgivable sin. It isn’t though. The benefit is that you have full control over your smartphone like you should have upon purchasing your device. Granted, I’d argue that you don’t have the right to root your device if you purchased it subsidized and are still on your two-year contract, but that’s a topic for another time.

Sometimes bloatware can’t be uninstalled on the stock firmware. For instance, AT&T Locker sucks the life out of your battery (on the Note II at least). Oddly enough, you can’t uninstall it, but only “disable” it, which seems to do nothing. Now, you can uninstall it once you root your device because you then become the “Super User.” This basically gives you permissions to do anything you’d like on your device.

The other benefit of rooting is the ability to make numerous backups of your smartphone. If you’re active in the modding community for Android devices, the ability to back up your smartphone is glorious.

There is a whole lot more to talk about, but hopefully this has given you a better understanding as to whether you should root your smartphone or not. Rooting isn’t hard to do, but you definitely should do some reading before attempting to take on the process.

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About the Author

Residing in Eastern Michigan, Brad is a lover of all-things Android. Technology has always been a fascination for Brad, which has led to an interesting in writing. His first phone was the Motorola Atrix 2. He currently works at The Droid Guy and enjoys gaming, weightlifting, reading, creating ideas and watching start ups.

  • george

    I tried rooting my galaxy note snd wad successfull but lost some features. Now I own a note 2 with AT& T. Based on some readings in the different forums, the customized ROMS remove bloatware and may have the latest in the OS but then it loses some of the features that the stock rom had..some camera features are lost, radio is lost.

    So that’s why I sm hesitant in rooting my note 2 and besides..can’t get OTA updates when it is rooted.

    My observation only.