Android is a linux based Operating System primarily designed for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Thus “root access” is a term that signifies full access to the file system of the Android OS. Consider root access similar to “administrative privileges” on Windows. An even more extreme analogy may be if you were to buy a Windows computer and find that you only had access to “My Documents;”.
Root access allows you to do things you otherwise would not be able to do. Installing google apps is probably the biggest reason, but other reasons include making certain modifications to the device to allow you to do more “stuff.” Another big reason is to install indirect’s app which will allow you to flash (fancy word for install) a custom recovery to the internal memory of tyour android device. When you buy a new Android phone, you are just a guest user on the phone. You can use the phone, just as a guest would use Windows, but you will not be able to make any changes to the system files. You can also unroot your android device anytime you want. You need to download unroot package for your phone and flash it. Before talking about ‘ What Is Android Root Access ‘ let’s list some pros and cons of rooting.
Advantages & Disadvantages Of Rooting
Now you are curious to know what are the advantages and disadvantages of rooting. Well, we’ll take these up below.
The Advantages/ Benefits of rooting are as follows :
- The ability to completely modify the Android system such as boot animation, device info, user interface etc.
- The usability of root-only apps. There are great apps like Titanium Backup available in Googleplay. TB allows you to backup your entire device to sd card and manage all root functions.
- The ability to take back-ups of System & user apps
- The ability to uninstall or delete unwanted pre-installed (System) apps
- The ability to increase or decrease the processor speed. You can also overclock your CPU, ie if you have only 600 MHz processor overclocking allows you to increase it to 800 MHz.
- Maybe your device is running on old android OS like Froyo or Gingerbread. By rooting you can upgrade it to ICS or latest Jellybean (By Using custom ROMs)
Disadvantages Of Rooting:
- Lot of peoples think rooting your android device will void warranty, actually it won’t break the warrant! Your warranty only breaks if you installed custom ROM and bricked your device.
- Possibilities of bricking the device which means making the device unusable.
- The device may become unstable if you over clocked cpu too much.