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Rooting: What, Why, and How

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Disclaimer : All the experiments to be done on your risk. This article is for education purpose. I am not responsible for any bricked or damaged devices!  Before Rooting Device, always take a backup of Data , as some times it may go wrong and you may need to reset device to Factory Settings. 

 What is Rooting?

Rooting has been around for a long time. How long it’s been around, I couldn’t tell you, but it’s been a thing for quite a while.  For those of you who know what Jailbreaking is, Rooting is pretty much the Android equivalent to that. Rooting means  have full administrative rights to your device. If you’ve used a Windows machine then you know that you can run programs as administrator and mess around with the software and all that jazz. That’s what you can do with root privileges on your Android device.

Why Root

Like I said when you root your phone you get full administrative rights on your device. With root privileges you can do an infinite amount of things. You can install custom rom which means replacing the existing software with a custom version, you can remove preinstalled applications, and so many other things. By rooting your device you can cater android to do what you want it to do. By rooting you are able to customize your Android more then you were able to before. Some might say that rooting isn’t relevant anymore. I personally disagree. It all depends on how you look at it. A few years back rooting was something that lots of people did because they wanted certain features that could only be acquired by rooting your device, but now more and more features are being incorporated into stock roms that there isn’t a need to root your device since those features are already there. In that case then no. Rooting is not relevant to you. There is no reason you should do it. On the other hand rooting a device may make you want to use that device  as your daily driver because of the extra things you can do with you rooted device. It all depends on you, and what you plan to do with your device.

Why NOT to Root

There are lots of good reasons to root your device, but for every positive there’s always a negative. The first big reason why you shouldn’t root is because it will void your device warranty, so if you brick or brake your device the manufacturer or carrier you bought the device from can and most likely will refuse to fix it because it’s rooted, but this is why it’s wise to tinker only with devices that you know aren’t much use to you anymore. Another negative to rooting is that it can be risky. If something goes wrong your phone or tablet could get bricked, but the solution to that is to look at websites like XDA developers.

 How to Root 

There’s a numerous amount of way to root an Android device. I won’t explain them all here, but I will explain some of the more popular methods or rooting. The first method is using an application called Towelroot. Towelroot is a one click root method, so all you have to do is download the application onto the Android device that you want to root, open the application, and tap “make it rain”. that’s all there is to it. Please note though this method only works with Android version 4.4 and below. It does NOT work with devices 5.0 and above, but don’t fret because there is a method that works with Android 5.0 and above. The application you must download is called Kingroot. You can download it to your device or you can download the windows application and plug in your device to your windows computer. Kingroot is also a one click root method. How it works is it runs different scripts and when it the right script you device becomes rooted it’s as simple as that. Your not done yet though. There is one more very important thing that you must do. You must download an application that helps manage what apps get to have root privileges. The most popular app for this is is Called SuperSU, and you can find it on the Google Play store. Note that if you used the Kingroot method to root your device there will already be an app similar to SuperSU on your device. It is possible to switch it out with SuperSU, and you can find how to do that on XDA.

Please keep an eye out for more root related articles on SmartFoneArena. Next time I will explain what xposed modules are, what they do, and useful ones to have on your rooted Android device.

http://www.kingroot.net/

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.chainfire.supersu

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1WPZA_enUS676US676&ion=1&espv=2&es_th=1&ie=UTF-8#q=towelroot

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