It may be that you are not satisfied with how your phone is running or the Android software may be older causing issues in how your phone works. A solution which many opt for, and so can you, is rooting your phone.
In simple terms, rooting refers to running root programs on your phone. It is similar to giving commands on Linus or being an administrator on Windows. Basically, you give yourself superuser access.
This is possible as, at its core, Android is easy to modify and customizable as an Operating System. And while Google provides base applications on each phone, each brand customizes the OS to add their features and apps.
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When they do this, they lock the OS in order to ensure that users do not damage the phone. However, you can override the security by rooting to do more than what the brand allows you to do on your phone.
Once your phone is rooted, you can use custom-ROMS to upgrade the phone and its features as you find convenient. You can also install root-only applications from Google Play to prevent the installation of malware. However, your phone will no longer be able to access the updates released by Google and will have to use third-party ROMs to install these.
If you are not cautious when rooting, there is a chance that you will ‘brick’ your phone – you will be unable to boot your phone, make calls or connect to the Wi-Fi. This will naturally obstruct your usage of your phone. To avoid these risks, you need to be aware of what you are doing.
Rooting your phone can give you the advantage of accessing features beyond what the manufacturer allows you. It also gives you control over your software and allows you to explore a lot more. However, it also carries several risks such as ‘bricking’ or permanently damaging your phone making it necessary to purchase a new phone.
You also run the risk of installing apps with ‘admin privileges’, which will give the admin complete access to your device. Therefore, one needs to be careful when rooting their phone, and it is best to avoid it unless it is absolutely necessary.
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