Last Updated on February 27, 2022 by Vinay Kharayat
So you might have heard about “rooting android phone”. But being a researcher you might have come across some myths about rooting android phones. Before jumping into misconceptions of rooting let’s learn what rooting is?
What rooting android means?
Rooting is nothing but gaining superuser access. Now, what superuser is? Superuser means you will have complete access to your android phone, basically, if you have used Windows PC, it’s something like administrative access.
What do you mean by complete access?
It is believed that android has fewer restrictions than iOS. That’s true, but not completely. Android manufacturers limit the true potential of Android. Like those powers which will either make Android better or will make it stop working. Because people just google stuff and apply it without proper information about what it could do. Now let’s jump into the Mythbusters about rooting.
Definitely, it is good for Android but only if you know what you are doing. See I have used multiple rooted android phones for more than 7+ years. Still if you ask me would you root your Android device, I would say “Yes”, every time.
Android have a user ROOT that has access to everything. But as a normal user you are not allowed to change system files because you might mess it. After Rooting Android you get access to the ROOT user.
Just like in windows you have a Admin/Administrator User, other users. In Android you don’t have access to Admin user without Rooting.
No, not directly. But if you are rooting your Android Smartphone for the first time, you will have to follow a additional step of unlocking bootloader. After unlocking bootloader that is only one time process and your data will format. But after you have unlocked your bootloader you can Root/Unroot your phone without erasing data.
Yes, of course. Rooting your Android Smartphone is completely legal.
You can do multiple things with the rooted android phone. Some of the things that I use personally are as follows,
- You can control your charging, like if you want to disconnect charging when it reaches 80%, you can do it after rooting.
- Remove unnecessary apps installed by the company.
- Block Ads on whole Android phone. Like ads shown in Mobile Apps, Browsers etc.
- Enable battery optimisation for Google Play services.
- You can unlock 90-120 FPS for games if your phone supports it but not showing in Game settings.
- Improve your Gaming Experience by using Magisk Modules.
- If you don’t like Google Apps but want to use minimal google services just for Google Account that too in restricted mode you can do that using microG.
There are other more things that you can do.
Although rooting is safe if done by experienced person. You might face alot of issues during learning process. Also if somehow you end up deleting you system and take you phone to service center, they will charge you to fix the device.
Common myths about rooting an Android phone.
Rooting android device will make android slower
No, but it depends as I said earlier. If you will install useless scripts that executes when android boots will slow down it’s booting process. Booting means the starting of android devices when you press the power button. One reason could be faulty ROMs or kernel. It should be noted that not all android custom ROMs and kernels are good. So install those things which you are sure about, not every script that makes android faster.
If you will root android device it will stop receiving OTA updates
It’s true but if you can always flash updates manually. If you are in stock ROM then there are chances that you will still receive OTA updates. But if you are not receiving then you can google stuff and flash the OTA updates via TWRP. Many developers provide TWRP flashable OTA updates.
Rooting void warranty
No, actually. It depends on the person who is present at the service center. When you unlock bootloader your device will show a warning that its unlock like in Samsung and Asus. But you can always flash stock firmware and relock the bootloader. And warranty only covers software level issues so if you can flash the stock firmware than what possible help you can get from the service center?
These are some of the common myths I heard from my friends, whose friends tried to root and messed up their android devices.
But yeah rooting might make your android device stop working but the google has solution to most of the problem or issues.
Also you can ask me and I will also try to help you in any possible way.