Root your android device: Advantages and Disadvantages

If you are reading this article, then most likely you have heard the word “root-rights”, and you probably want to know what it means and why to get superuser rights on your smartphone and go through this whole incomprehensible process. We will try to explain in more detail what rutting is and why it is cool.

What does it mean to “get root-rights on Android”?

In short, in a nutshell, it will get root-rights means that you get superuser rights or, more simply, get admin rights on your phone. If in more detail, this means that you can edit all system files that are not accessible to ordinary users. That is, you or any applications that work only on rooted devices can access and change such system programs and chips, such as the camera flash, flashlights for notifications, etc.

You will remove all restrictions given to you by stock firmware. Obtaining root privileges on android is the same as jailbreak on Apple devices. On Windows computers, this is a change in your authority from a simple user to an administrator. Perhaps you will be more clear when you read the full article. So stay with us.

Benefits of getting root rights on Android smartphones and tablets

Administrator rights open up new horizons for customization and total customization of the gadget, and moreover, it helps you become more experienced in working with a smartphone. Below we present you a list of benefits with a detailed explanation.

You can make a full backup of files on your device

Let’s start with the biggest advantage of getting root rights: the best backups. With a rooted device, you most likely want to reconfigure the entire system, install a custom ROM or applications that require root-rights. Since you will be changing the system at the root, it is very useful to have a backup of applications, user data, or even the whole system. And what’s more, it never hurts to have a full backup, since you can accidentally delete an important system file.

The most popular application for backing up your system and individual files is Titanium Backup. Although the Pro version costs about $ 7, the program deserves it. The application helps you to backup all your installed programs and system data.

Another way to backup your device is called “Nandroid” backup. Restoring a system with such a backup is very similar to restoring Windows OS in the exact state at the time the last backup was made. So if your gadget stops working correctly, programs stop responding and loading, then the “Nandroid” backup will return you exactly to the point when the backup was made. This will protect you if, for example, you want to install another firmware or kernel, and something goes wrong, then you just use the “Nandroid” backup to fix the situation.

You can automate everything

If it comes to automation, then Tasker is the one and only application you need. With it, you can automate well, just everything. The program also works on devices without root, but with fewer features and options.

The application has exactly the same philosophy as the online tool “If This Then That” (IFTTT), but it works in a more complex way. For example, you can turn off / on WiFi every time you come home or go somewhere, or turn on Bluetooth and Google Maps when you connect your gadget to the car dock. And these are just flowers.

Monitor the device, even if someone does a “factory reset”

Losing a smartphone or tablet is always a big problem. Moreover, if the device was not lost, but stolen. Of course, it is impossible to prevent theft. But you can track your phone even without installing a special anti-theft application (“anti-theft”), especially since they are noticeable on the device. This means that a thief will be able to simply delete the application or make a “factory reset”.

When you have root rights, you have the option to install a smartphone tracking application, such as Cerberus. In this case, the program is installed at the root of the system. Thus, this program will survive even after a complete reset to the factory settings. You can also install a disguised version of the application so that it will be hidden in the “applications”.

Custom Firmware

You have the opportunity to put on your smartphone user (modified) versions of Android. Which are called custom firmware As the name implies, custom firmware is an adapted and customized version of Android. It often has unique features and improvements that you will never get on the standard version of this OS. The most popular custom firmware are CyanogenMod, Paranoid Android, and AOKP. These are just a couple of examples, and there are many more. If you want to get a more flexible and understandable system, a stable robot, greater performance and long battery life, then you just need to try all these firmware and choose the best one that suits all your requirements and desires.

Use the “Xposed Framework” to configure your device

Xposed is the basis for all available graphics modules, which allows you to customize the appearance of the system. That is, you can get all those settings and features of work that are on custom firmware, but for this, you do not need to install such firmware. Just configure the stock with the “Xposed Framework”. Also, this framework is suitable if you do not want to install the whole firmware because you need to configure only a few separate functions. It will be enough for you to install a certain module. Moreover, the framework is easy to install on a phone or tablet. In addition, it works on custom firmware.

Increase system performance and battery life

With superuser privileges, you have the ability to change the processor frequency on your device. Overclocking the CPU will give you more performance, while the reverse operation (underclocking CPU) will increase the battery life. Test the SetCPU app, which is available on Google Play for $ 2. This is an excellent program that has many useful functions. For example, creating a pair of CPU profiles that switch automatically, depending on the set conditions.

Say goodbye to advertising

Advertising is very annoying, especially on small-screen smartphones. If certain applications overwhelm you with tons of advertising, you can use blocking utilities and applications such as Adblock. But you should know that developers sometimes have income from such advertising, and if there is no advertising in the application, then most likely it is paid. Therefore, do not block all advertising entirely, support the developers, because without their work there would be no free programs.

Risks/Disadvantages of getting root rights

Greater features come with greater risks.

If you have planned to root your device after reading all of the above benefits, then Hold on for a minute! You must also be familiar with the dangers or risks that you might face after rooting your device. It is always good to know the pros and cons of anything.

Loss of warranty service

If you decide to get root on your Android device, then be prepared that your gadget will lose warranty service from the seller. In almost all cases, obtaining superuser privileges entails a loss of warranty, which means that the device cannot be repaired for free in the event of a breakdown or replaced if a defect is discovered. Obtaining root rights is equivalent to opening a seal, which is located on the body of a gadget, or to water entering the device without proper protection.

Experienced users may try to return to the factory firmware of a smartphone or tablet, but this requires certain skills. Yes, and many manufacturers (Samsung and some others) have learned to build a so-called “counter” for obtaining root rights and other dangerous actions. What are the ways out of this situation? You can either experiment on some cheap gadget from China that doesn’t even have a guarantee. Or wait until the expiration of the warranty period at your main device. If you like risk, you can get root on Android and hope that everything will be in order, otherwise, contact third-party service centers.

It is worth noting that some manufacturers sell smartphones with built-in root “out of the box” and with warranty service. These are mainly Chinese companies.

Risk of rusting

The process of getting root on Android is not the easiest in the case of some devices. If the user does something not according to the instructions, then with a high probability he will turn his gadget into a brick that does not turn on, or falls into bootloop (constant reboot without logging in). “Digging” also means losing all data. Do not forget that all actions for obtaining root privileges are done at your own peril and risk.

You can avoid “bricking” by simply studying the topic and methods of rutting your device. Follow the instructions carefully and do not step away from it a single step. Otherwise, your smartphone will “turn into a pumpkin”. Carrying it to the SC under warranty is pointless since such cases are not covered by the service. Have to solve the problem in other ways or carry the unit to third-party repairmen. Another disadvantage comes from all this – installing root is difficult and time-consuming.

If you have already installed root and are now only experimenting with applications and firmware, then do not forget to make full backups of the operating system (NanDroid) using a custom recovery. In this case, the device can be brought to life, even if Android does not boot.

Update issues

Full root rights in 99% of cases mean that you can no longer receive official firmware updates. The superuser account involves changing the system files in the / system directory, and this does not get sticky with the installation of official OTA updates.

However, there are cases when the update can be installed with root, but when the installation is complete, the superuser account is deleted. You will have to root the gadget again, but in the new firmware, the old method may not work. In general, if you received an update with root installed, and after that, it was installed and works fine, then consider that you are very lucky.

To receive updates, you can install a non-system root (systemless root) – a kind of root-rights that does not involve modifying the system directory/system. Instead, all the necessary files are in the / su folder.

Security and Vulnerabilities

Obtaining superuser rights on Android means that you open a number of vulnerabilities in the operating system. And these “security holes” are an order of magnitude more dangerous than what is used by viruses for ordinary, non-root Android. Therefore, if you are not careful, then catching a very dangerous malware with all the consequences is quite easy. The result of this can be a leak of personal information up to account data and bank cards, as well as the introduction of viruses into the system.

But all this can be avoided by using special utilities and not installing suspicious programs. For example, the SuperSU program is specifically designed to give root privileges to other applications. If some program asks for root-rights, then SuperSU will certainly notify the user about this, and he may refuse or agree.

In general, great features bring high responsibility, so handle root carefully.

Why did we uninstall Framaroot and other applications from Treshbox

Since we touched on the topic of security, we need to immediately clarify the situation with applications that can be root in one click. In 2015, cleaning was carried out on the Treshbox, in the framework of which we removed a number of programs for quickly obtaining root rights on old and even some new versions of Android. Among them were Framaroot, Baidu Root, CT Hack Root, Root Dashi, DingDong Root and several others. Download Framaroot for Android on the Treshbox is no longer possible.

Why? The fact is that such programs exploit certain vulnerabilities in the Android operating system. Especially in older versions, in order to gain superuser rights. Moreover, they often work incorrectly and can even lead to unforeseen consequences. There are many fake versions of these applications on the network like Framaroot on Android. Which not only gets root but also installs several dangerous trojans.

Another argument against all these applications is that Google Safe Browsing technology blocks access to Framaroot and other similar “routers”. The best way to obtain root rights is through a computer or by installing a good third-party firmware. If it is possible not to resort to rutoviks “in one click”, then avoid them. One of the few safe one-click rooting programs is Kingo Root.

If you avoid getting root on Android, then why? Tell us about it in the comments.

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