Rooting your Android isn’t as big of a decision as it used to be. Today, rooting Android is a straightforward and mostly safe process.
Still, there are some important things to consider before you root. Today, we’re going to help you decide whether or not to root your Android. Here are some things to consider before you do it:
5) Make Sure Your Device has a Known and Stable Root
Before you begin, you should make sure that you can root your device at all. Most Android devices can be rooted, but not all Android devices can easily be rooted.
Check with One Click Root (you can download the software for free and check compatibility) or contact One Click Root tech support to ask if your phone or tablet is supported.
Most phones or tablets can be rooted, but it’s always a good idea to check before you begin.
4) Understand What a Bootloader, Root, Recovery, ROMs, and More All Mean
At Search 4 Roots, we toss around words like bootloader, recovery, ROMs, and other terms like everybody knows what they mean.
If you’re new to rooting, however, then you may be in the dark. Here’s a quick and easy overview:
-Bootloader: The bootloader is like the BIOS of your Android device. When the bootloader is locked, you can’t make significant changes to the “base” levels of your device. That’s why you need to unlock the bootloader before you root.
-Root: Rooting is the process of giving yourself elevated administrative privileges on your Android device. This lets you customize your device in other ways – like by installing custom ROMs or removing bloatware apps that were pre-installed onto your device.
-Recovery: Recovery is a barebones operating system that will run in place of your normal Android OS. It provides basic software management functions – similar to the BIOS on your computer. Recovery runs before your Android OS boots up. The main difference between recovery and your BIOS is that the recovery on Android focuses mostly on managing the software side of things.
ROMs: ROMs are alternative Android operating systems. They include major names like CyanogenMod, Paranoid Android, and AOSP. AOSP is just the pure open source version of Android available to anyone, while CyanogenMod and Paranoid Android are different versions of Android created by independent developers. Some custom ROMs focus on speed. Others focus on battery management. Some are designed for specific devices, while others just want to look really badass.
3) Back Up your Android
Rooting is never 100% guaranteed to work. That’s why it’s always a good idea to do a backup before rooting.
Of course, when you unlock your bootloader, your Android will also go through a full system reset anyway – so you’re losing all your data regardless.
After you root, you can back up literally everything on your Android device using popular apps like Titanium Backup. Before you root, however, you can only really backup your user data and apps.
Your phone might already have a backup platform. In other cases, your rooting application will back up data for you. Try backing up your data using apps like Helium before you root. Helium no longer requires root access.
2) Prepare to Void your Warranty
Most Android devices forbid you from unlocking the bootloader. Rooting isn’t specifically against the rules of your warranty, but unlocking the bootloader generally is.
That’s why many people wait 1 or 2 years before rooting their flagship devices. If you’re the type of person who uses your warranty coverage or breaks devices frequently, then you may need to use this warranty in the future.
In any case, the moment you unlock your bootloader, your warranty is probably voided.
1) Prepare for your Phone to Act Funny During the Root
During the actual rooting process, your phone will go through some weird animations and motions. Your phone will reboot several times. The screen flashes. Weird codes and messages can pop up on your screen.
The important thing to remember is to not get scared: unless your phone stops responding for like 30 minutes, this is all part of the normal rooting process.
Some of the worst damage that occurs during rooting occurs when you rip out your USB cord halfway through the process thinking that there’s a problem with the root. in reality, the root was going perfectly fine until you did something.
In any case, don’t get impatient. Be prepared for your phone to do weird things. If something really seems like it’s going wrong, Google the problem (on a separate device) before you even think of touching your Android.