Rooting Android Smartphones – All You Should Know!

Rooting android smartphones became a popular activity among G.S.M technicians and firmware developers as certain circumstances necessitated this alternative. It is meant for tweaking phones so as to get away with some challenges users face!

What Is Rooting?

Rooting android smartphone is a kind of modification that unlocks certain system software configuration settings. It is sometimes called “jailbreaking”! This means that certain limitations are being unlocked so as to get complete access to your device’s root. This will by implication allow you do just anything you want, but usually at owners risk. If you are going to be rooting a phone, then you should have a good knowledge and reason for doing this!

Why Rooting?

Phone manufacturers are not left out of the “why’s” of rooting. Usually, phones are regularly supposed to be updated via OTA (Over The Air) updates. The purpose of the OTA is to keep the device’s operating system upgraded to the latest version. Updates usually allows phone to function optimally. After an update, you will normally notice a change in the software version of your device. Updates also allows for bug fix, new features, speed enhancement and better user experience and lots more. Remember, the question is why rooting?

Rooting could be for so many reasons. For example, if your phone manufacturer ceases to release an update for your model of phone, you can decide to go for an alternative. To get an alternative means opting for a third-party or custom firmware updates. Doing updates manually can eventually increase a device’s android version from 5.0 Lollipop to 7.0 Nougat or even more. Doing a custom update requires that you root phone and unlock the bootloader so as to allow the process. The bootloader is usually locked as manufacturers want you to stick to their stock firmware.

Furthermore, rooting may become necessary in the case of other apps or softwares requesting it. For example, let’s say you factory set your phone and lost all your data, a software installed on your PC to help in recovering your data might require that your phone be rooted first! So, not doing this will make it impossible for you to recover contacts, SMS, mp3s etc.

Additionally, when you want to unlock your phone security, or remove some viruses like when using a software called “Monkey Test Tool”, you might be required to root your phone to make the process possible.  

How To Root A Phone 

Rooting is normally done using softwares or apps. To root your phone using apps, go ahead and download rooting apps. e.g Kingoroot, Vroot and the likes.  Once download and installed, turn on USB Debugging and click on the rooting app on your phone. Once the process is completed, your phone becomes rooted! See how to use Kingo root here.

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Another way you can do this is by downloading the rooting software and installing on your PC. Once installed, go ahead and launch it, turn on USB Debugging on your phone, connect it to your PC. Once the phone is detected by your PC, your phone rooting will kick start till finished. Note also that your USB Drivers must be properly installed for this process to be successful. So, you might want to learn how to install android USB Drivers.

Is Rooting A Good Idea? 

Generally speaking, it’s not a good idea considering the downsides. Doing this will void your phones warranty. Sometimes, an interrupted rooting process could result in further complications for your device.  Finally, rooting your phone can make it vulnerable to hacks!

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