Android enables smartphones are the latest buzz in the town. With the introduction of smartphone, the user experience has taken a new turn and almost all are hooked to Internet for any of the reasons. Some spend hours of time in social networking and some used to do online marketing constantly for any product.

Life has become very short and the world is truly within the grips. And the task has been made simpler by Android by creating the most user-friendly operating system ever used in any phone. Actually, a smartphone is a replacement of a laptop in many cases.

One can easily check his mail, can reply to any important one, get in touch with social networking sites, can chat with buddies and many more. So, the importance of having Android as the operating system on the phone is enormous.

What is Android?

Android as an operating system also evolved in various forms and it keeps on updating itself in the regular course of time. That is why Jelly Bean version creates the path for KitKat and KitKat for Lollipop. With such advancements, the experience of users in terms of operating an Android phone is becoming easier.

But still, a user can’t access each and every feature of Android. He can access a few and rest remains locked. A normal user can’t take advantage of those benefits. But yes, it is possible to use those features to make the smartphone more effective.

In that case, one has to unlock that door. It is called “Rooting” in Android where one can explore unlimited options. The experience of smartphone usage will be totally changed if one gets access to the system as a root user. Lots of customization can be done and the entire phone might look like a new one in every aspect.

What is “Rooting” and why rooting is needed?

Rooting an Android enabled smartphone allows the user to get permission as a root user. Root user means a super user who can perform any operation on the core level contrary to the normal users who are having limited permissions. A “Rooted” phone can give permission to run almost all the apps, can delete several pre-installed ones including blotware and so many other functions.

But the million dollar question is why to root a smartphone? Let’s have a look:

  1. Total Customization Unless rooting is done, in several smartphones, one can’t access each and every app in its deep level. There are several apps which are not useful, but one can hardly remove those. Having the root access, one can easily uninstall all those unwanted apps and can have only those apps which he or she thinks required. It not only saves a huge space in the internal memory, but keeps the phone clutter free also.
  2. Unlimited Apps – There are several apps which need root access to run. The Backup apps mainly fall in this category and one can only get the full utility of such apps if the user has the root access. Else, there will be a limited usage of the same app which ultimately will not be much effective. There are also unlimited applications that can only work in the root environment and those can be used in the smartphone quite easily.
  3. Custom ROM – Obviously, ROM is an integral part of any operating system and Android is also not an exception. But, with root access, one can flash the existing ROM, can replace the same with other versions and many more things. The advantage lies in the productivity where a custom ROM specifically designed for your smartphone might work far better than the default one. Also, the Kernel can also be modified as per the requirements and that is why rooting is needed.
  4. Latest Version of OS – Often it has been noticed that a model might not be able to accept newer versions of Android due to its chipset configuration. Same happened in the case of transition from Jelly Bean to KitKat where several phones didn’t support the KitKat version. This is a very common problem for most of the smartphone users. With the introduction of Android’s latest version Lollipop, the same thing happens to a chunk of smartphones. But with a root access, one can easily install his desired version of the operating system as it gives flexibility to work with the ROM & Kernel.
  5. Tweaking the Apps – Once rooted, one can use even some alternative apps in place of the default one. For example, if someone is not happy with the given keyboard layout, he can easily change to same to a particular app that suits him to type fast. That app may need root access, so once done with rooting, now the same can be installed. In similar way, the entire display of the smartphone can also be changed without much hassle.
  6. Remove Blotware – One can easily uninstall all the bloat apps that usually comes with the phone as a pre-installed one. One can’t remove those and it used to occupy a fair amount of space in the internal memory. Using root, one can get hold of such crapware and can enjoy a seamless operation. This is another strong answer of the common question, why rooting is needed? It truly can create a huge spaces by removing the unnecessary ones.
  7. More Battery Life – Often smartphones become slow and drains battery very fast. Although it is normal for a big smartphone to have lesser battery life, but if the phone is rooted, one can solve this problem in a great way. The customized kernel can be used that might consume low power which in turn gives more battery life. Also, there are several tweaking apps that can set the CPU clock in such a fashion that one can easily experience a faster operation in the same smartphone.
  8. Full Backup – Full backup of your Android phone, starting from messages to important files can only be executed by some special backup and restore apps that need root access. Only then, it can work to the full extent.
  9. Advertisement Blocker – It is very annoying that while working with any apps, one often finds the pop-up of any advertisement. In some cases, the full version of the app removes such advertisements. But in several cases, one needs the root access to eliminate all sorts of pop up advertisements from the smartphone.
  10. Run Incompatible Apps also – Often found that several apps are dependent on the smartphone hardware specifications. So, those can’t run on each and every phone. But with rooting, one can simply use every app. There will be no question of incompatibility and it will run seamlessly for hours.

Word of Caution

Caution for Rooting

This is all about the advantages of rooting your smartphone. One has probably got the answer of why to root a smartphone. Obviously, a Pandora box will be opened up with so much flexibility and options. But one caution notice, Rooting is not officially accepted by any smartphone manufacturing company. So utmost care must be taken before rooting a phone. Every phone is of a different nature as companies use various chipsets to manufacture the same. So, what become successful, might not be the same in other cases. All data should be backed up as one can’t expect data to stay even after rooting. And in several cases, after rooting, the phone might not start due to either mismatched kernel version or ROM functions. In those cases, if a smartphone is under warranty, then the concerned manufacturing company might not accept the phone to repair free of cost as per their rules and regulations. So it is the decision of the user whether to root the phone or not.

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