Five Reasons to Root Your Android Smartphone
Rooting is simply gaining access to your mobile phone’s back-end and administrative dashboard. You cannot do this before rooting because your phone’s manufacturer believes they reserve the right to access the system root and you don’t. They do know too that once you root your Android phone, they won’t have any power over you. They can’t force you to use their customized OS, their Apps, or even their heavy skins. They are afraid of losing you but they aren’t better for you. Rooting is actually better for you. You can apologize to them, say ‘sorry’ but you just had to because it’s all fun and games in the rooted Android phones world.
1. Want a Sea of Apps?
Android is one of the mobile operating systems with an extremely large pool of mobile apps. I am even thinking it’s the highest but then again there is Apple’s iOS which has millions of apps too. There is a good side to having a large number of mobile apps in the store – you have a lot of apps to choose from for almost anything. There is a bad side too – Not being able to use some particular applications just because you have not rooted your mobile phone.
Rooting gives you access to the root of your phone, deep within the back-end where it all began. Where your smartphone’s first cell actually breathed life. With this power of accessing the root of your phone, you can get all the apps you wanted. You can install each app you want without being restricted just because you haven’t rooted your smartphone. There just too many apps and infinite features you will fall in love with.
2. Superb Backing up
The Android version that you buy your phone with comes with the ability to back up contacts and files. However, it’s not the same any more when you finally root your phone. Imagine spending a lot of your time downloading and setting up mobile apps then maybe format your phone, and are forced to begin reinstalling apps and setting them up for proper functioning. These are things you had already dealt with at first. Not rooting your mobile phone makes you undergo the same process all over again afresh.
Applications like Titanium Backup will back up everything on your mobile phone including your settings and system applications. Each application that you downloaded will be backed up, together with all your preferences. Wondering why you just can’t use Titanium Backup? It’s because your mobile phone is not rooted. You can even schedule Titanium Backup to back up everything on your phone automatically on a particular schedule, maybe once in 2 days or something close to that. It’s faster and easier, more convenient and amazingly simple how you can just have the backup done for you as you continue with the rest of your life.
If you were playing a game like Temple Run, for example, and you backup with Titanium Backup, when you reinstall this app, you will start the game where you left off.
3. Improved Battery Life and Phone performance
Android mobile phones do not have a very reliable battery life. To improve your battery life, you will need to take a few steps some of which will involve rooting your device. If your battery cannot survive on a single charge or your mobile phone is getting laggy and dragging the operation of each application, installing applications like SetCPU allow you to underclock or overclock your processor. Using such an application you can set rules for using your phone’s usage and how the processor dedicates its power to various mobile processes. Also, being able to install custom kernels which have been optimized for low-power consumption will increase your Android battery life.
Applications like Greenify, which can only work for you if you are rooted, will enhance your mobile phone performance by hibernating all your chosen apps, so that you do not have applications running in the background making your phone perform faster than usual.
4. Extreme Customization of your OS
When you purchase your phone, it usually comes with the default and customized operating system from the manufacturer. The only downside to these operating systems from the manufacturers is that they do not give us the power to take off what we don’t need and stick to what we need. If you haven’t rooted your phone, you realize that there are several things you do not like about your OS but you can’t change them. And other applications were pre-installed, you have them on your phone, you can’t take them off. In Android Jelly Bean, they enabled someone to disable such applications, but they still occupy space on your phone. So how do you get to uninstall them so they can get off your phone completely? By rooting your phone.
In essence, you can customize your OS by removing all that pre-installed crapware, you can take off the themes you don’t like and still have more than a million other themes to choose from. If you live in those countries where tethering your mobile internet via Wi-Fi hotspot is actually a service you pay for, when you root your phone you can tether a free Wi-Fi hotspot and incur charges that are a result of using the internet only, not payment for tethering.
You also realize that the manufacturer’s operating system carries heavy skins most of the time with a lot of bloat ware. You have seen those widgets on your home screen that come with the phone, some you can take off, and some you can’t. You’ve also seen those applications you will never use but can’t take off. Rooting will give you the power to do just what you want with your phone. You can take everything you do not want out, and welcome all your favourite apps.
5. Latest OS updates
Until now, most phones have not received system upgrades. The operating system could still be Gingerbread (Android 2.3) or Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). But time is long gone for these operating systems, it’s just that your phone’s manufacturer has stopped bothering about you and your phone. They are not going to send you updates so you can upgrade to the latest operating system in the market, Jelly Bean (Android 4.3). Jelly Bean OS is soon also going to be history as we expect Android KitKat to be released any time from now. Expectations with the Android KitKat (Android 4.4) are high. But you still will not get this update on your phone by default. If you root your phone, you can save yourself the time of waiting upon the manufacturers to sort you out. You can install the latest system updates without waiting for the manufacturers to release them for your phone. Maybe they won’t release the update, or you will wait for a year or so before they do. You know what’s wrong with waiting for a year? Android 5 will be coming home, as you still waiting for the already one year old KitKat to be released for you.
Maybe you are wondering why you should upgrade your phone’s OS. Well, it’s simple, a newer version of Android comes with better features, corrects the system bugs that have been bothering your older OS and makes things better, lighter for your phone and more interesting.
If you are convinced that you should root your phone, welcome aboard. There is excitement aplenty waiting for you. Of course you should be careful not to brick your phone because you will wish you didn’t. As a matter of fact, the only 2 disadvantages of rooting your phone is that you lose your manufacturer’s warranty. Secondly, you can brick your phone if you do not do it right. So if you actually do it right, then you have only one disadvantage which if you ask me is not much of a great deal. Rooting your android is like Jail breaking your iPhone. Both of these actions actually give you the power to run and fully own your phone. Despite the few disadvantages, it’s very clear to you that there are several advantages that actually cancel out the risks. You know what? Take the risk, take a leap of faith and root your phone right, you will never regret.
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