The major reason why Android could build an identity of its own when iPhone was already the biggest smartphone contender in the market, wiping out Nokia’s Symbian OS and Samsung’s Bada OS, was customizability. Android truly allowed us to have a personalized touch at our phones, unlike Apple’s not so open-source environment.
However, where Android leaves iPhone miles behind in the race of customizability is root access, or simply called Rooting. Now many may argue about how iPhone’s Jailbreaking is similar to Android’s Rooting, but the difference is huge. The former allows you to remove software restrictions from your iPhone, enabling you to install third party apps on your phone, whereas the latter can do the same and more. By rooting your Android, not only you can install third party apps, but also boost the hardware performance of your phone, clock up the processor, enjoy superuser rights and much more. In simpler words, Jailbreaking is nowhere near in offering what Rooting does.
In this article I will cover what benefits you gain from rooting your Android device:
Own the processor
After rooting, you can literally control the hardware capabilities of your Android smartphone, one of the best among which is controlling the processor. Mobile processors have fixed clock speed or processor speed due to default administrative restrictions. But when you root the device, you gain superuser rights over your phone, which means you can download some of the third party mobile apps or even Play Store apps that allow you to clock your processor speed up or down. One such popular app for under or over clocking your Android smartphone is No-frills CPU Control. You can view your phone’s default CPU power and simply select the clock power from the drop down list.
Backups get better … for real!
The default Android system backup allows you to backup your important data like contacts, emails, system settings, purchased content, smart lock data and more. But is that enough? What about important files? And media files including those photos and videos you shot? And the documents you saved in your phone? Well, for everything that Android automatic backup does not cover, we have Titanium Backup and similar apps, which provide you with a complete backup solution for your smartphone. But for these apps to operate in your phone, you need to have root access. Another reason to root your device, right? Hold on, there is more.
Don’t like Ads? Then root!
How many times have anonymous or even legitimate ads have ruined your experience of your favourite app? Running out of fingers to count? Makes sense! However, the good news is that once you root, you don’t have to live with that. You will be able to fully control which apps shall display ads and which not, though eventually you will end up not seeing ads on any apps because it is just so much better than having ads annoy you every minute.
Leverage the power of advanced applications
Although the Google Play Store shows you a list of all the Mobile applications registered with it, it doesn’t allow you to download all of them. And trust me, when I say that there is a lot that Google Play Store holds in its treasure. For instance, take Tasker. Tasker allows you to automate just about everything your Android smartphone can do. With more than 200 built-in actions, you can schedule time-based and action-based tasks such as media player control, brightness control, volume control and much more. But in order to use all the features, tasker needs root access. However, there are a few apps that you can download and use without rooting your device, and enjoy similar features. But in no way, such Android apps provide hardware.
Because it boosts your smartphone’s battery life
The more you explore the positives of rooting your phone, the more you will discover that it gives you control over some of the most untouched aspects for a generic android user. Like controlling battery life isn’t in the hands of a generic user, but is possible for a generic user. With root access, users can alter the default tuning between battery life and performance. To prolong the battery life, a superuser can simply turn down the processor clock speed, thereby lowering the processing frequency of the processor, though it would also slow down the phone. In order to enhance the processing power at the cost of better battery life, users can overclock or increase the processor speed to achieve a higher performance quotient than that set default by the smartphone manufacturer.
A statement passed generically, in general, doesn’t apply in all scenarios. But when I say nobody likes those bloatware applications that are shoved down your throat every time you buy a new phone. Well, useless apps being forced upon you shouldn’t be a problem unless you can remove them because Google embeds that power in the system settings, which you being a generic android user, don’t have. So what do you do? You simply root.
Once rooted, you decide which app stays in your phone and which not. Although, even without rooting, you could have disabled the apps that you don’t want to see. But where is the fun in that! Besides, in the latest Android versions, some of the apps you can’t even disable. But with root access, you can remove even those apps. All in all, to have complete authority over your device, root.
Install Custom ROMs
Millions of Android users rely on Google to have a fresh experience with the release of a new Android version. But remember those times when the transition from Jelly Bean to KitKat was nothing more than a little touch up. Or that time when Google transitioned from Lollipop to Marshmallow? In terms of design and UI, would that even be considered a transition? For some, maybe not.
Moving on (but hold on to the last paragraph in the back of your head. I will come back to why I mentioned that). There are times when you think your phone deserves the latest update because some of the devices with the same or even lower configuration already got those updates. But for some reason, your smartphone manufacturer would not release the update for your device. Disappointing it would be, but there is nothing you can do about it.
And sometimes, just for the heck of it, you want more customizability than what your phone manufacturer offers. New themes, new feel, more power and a smartphone that stays on the edge when it comes to performance; who would want it all.
The answer to everything I have talked about is rooting your smartphone. In a more elaborate sense, rooting empowers you to install custom ROMs, which are nothing but amped up or modified versions of your custom Android ROM. Some of the most popular custom Android ROMs are Paranoid Android, CyanogenMod, and LineageOS. Root and get these ROMs to feel the difference and unleash the potential of what a smartphone can truly offer.
Here were some of the benefits of rooting. However, if you are not a professional developer, we would advise you to take help of someone who is; because if performed wrongly, you may end up your phone as a paper weight for the rest of its life.