We have all heard of rooting our android phones and how awesome it may be. Our own in house writer Anna has written an article about this previously. The procedure is simple enough, but is it worth doing? well I have some pros and cons of rooting listed below. The list is by no means complete, and will never be with all the new apps being released and procedures being found every day. so without further ado:
Android Root Pros
You can customize your phone from themes to default applications. You can change launchers, phone calling app, contacts app etc at a whim.
Phone carriers love to include bloatware and crapware with their phones. Rooting allows you to freeze or uninstall these applications so your phone runs better, faster and has better battery life.
You can backup individual apps, or entire partitions once you’re rooted so you can experiment with your phone or if you change phones you have a full backup.
Custom 3rd party roms
You can install custom roms to enjoy lower overhead, no tracking apps like carrierIQ or plain and simple more updated versions of android.
Ever hear of overclocking? which is basically making your phone go faster by allowing more voltage to go to the CPU or setting the control algorithms called governor to a different one that processes applications differently. rooting allows you to overclock, undervolt etc at whim.
Many carriers block certain apps because .. well mostly because of bullshit rules. Rooting allows you to install and enjoy any such apps.
You can install custom kernels which may allow wildly different capabilities than what comes stock with your android phone such as mounting different file systems via USB or sd card, or VPNs or
Android Root Cons
Most companies will void your warranty if you root your phone. 🙁
Not all roms and apps you can install via rooting are good for your phone, you may lose battery life or performance because third party rom may be put together in a terrible way.
Rooting is basically changing some of the basic infrastructure of your android rom, and inherently runs the risk of making your phone unbootable.
Unfortunately if you want to keep your root you have to disable or not accept any updates from your carrier/OEM.
So, is rooting for you? well that’s a decision you have to make on your own. Do you like tinkering? do you like to try out the coolest newest things out there without waiting for them to be released by your OEM, if they ever get released? and can you put up with some possible instability or minor issues.
Are we missing some Pros or cons? let us know in the comments along with any stories you may have of your rooting woes or triumphs!