Rooting your Android device means you are gaining super user access to system files and you can make system level or root level changed on your rooted device. That’s how this process got its name ‘rooting’ in the first place. However, rooting has its own pros and cons that you must know before you start experimenting with your Android phone or tablet. Let’s see what are the advantages and disadvantages of rooting an Android phone or tablet.
Advantages of rooting Android device
- You can install the latest update on your Android device whether it is officially available or not. Usually Nexus devices get latest updates sooner than devices from other vendors but if you have a rooted Android device you can download and install the latest update right away.
- Not only official versions but you can also install custom ROMs on your device. Some of these ROMs are built entirely for increasing the performance of Android devices while some focus on design and usability.
- The whole point of rooting your Android device is to get administrative access to your phone or tablet. You can get awesome features and apps on your rooted device. For example you can backup all of your data and apps on memory card. Additionally, some of the apps like Titanium Backup only work on rooted Android devices.
- Rooted Android device can use awesome themes and these themes are only available for rooted Android phones and tablets. Of course these themes change the entire look of the device.
- You can install power-ups apps and features to increase the performance of your device. These apps have root access to the device and system files, they allow users to tweak system files and system behavior according to their preferences.
Disadvantages of rooting Android device
- The biggest disadvantage of rooting an Android device is the security issues. As you are not getting official updates and even apps from official sources, there is no guarantee of those updates and apps being safe. Rooting your Android device makes it weaker against malware and infected apps.
- If you have no experience or proper knowledge of the rooting process then you might do some steps wrong as rooting is a complex process. These mistakes can cost you your device or at the best case you’ll get software bugs that would affect usability of the device.
- When you root your Android phone or tablet you actually violate your warrantee criteria and rooting voids your software warranty. If you want to keep your device warrantee then stay away from rooting.
- As mentioned in the Pros section, you can get your hands on latest updates whenever you want but if you update your device after rooting, it would remove the root access to your device. On the other hand, majority of rooted devices do not even receive OTA updates that means you need to do that manually.
Rooting has its own pros and cons; make sure you weigh both sides before rooting your Android phone or tablet.