If you listen to rooted Android users, then you might think that Android rooting is the best decision you’ll ever make and there’s nothing that could ever go wrong.

In reality, Android rooting is a decision you need to carefully consider. There are three main disadvantages of Android rooting. Discover those disadvantages today and decide whether or not they’re deal breakers:

1) You Immediately Void your Phone’s Warranty

It’s true: no manufacturer lets you root your Android device and keep your warranty. The whole reason you have to root your phone is that your manufacturer doesn’t want you messing around with core files on your device, because you could potentially wreck something.

Why It’s Not Always a Big Deal

It’s not always a big deal because the vast majority of Android users never cash in on their warranty and never need to use it.

It’s also not a big deal because most Android users root older phones that have already left their warranty programs. Depending on where you live and which phone you own, Android warranties last anywhere from 1 to 3 years.

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Finally, you can actually trick some manufacturers into accepting your warranty simply by unrooting your device before you send it in. This doesn’t work on Samsung’s newer devices (due to Knox Security), but it works on a surprising number of others.

2) You Could Brick Your Device

In the old days of Android, rooting could absolutely brick your device. You often had to read through poorly-written Android rooting tutorials online and download weird files from shady Russian file hosting sites.

Today, many people refuse to root their Android device because they believe rooting will brick it.

Why It’s Not Always a Big Deal

Today, things have changed and rooting – not to mention Android – is more popular than ever before.

brick android

There are well-established rooting methods available for every popular Android device on the market. There’s even professional software options like One Click Root that guarantee not to brick your device.

3) You Miss Over the Air Updates from your Carrier

This is the only real disadvantage of Android rooting to most users. After rooting your device, you will no longer be able to install over the air (OTA) updates from your carrier.

Your carrier will try to install those updates. But once it scans your files, it will realize something has been changed, and the update will not be installed.

Why It’s Not Always a Big Deal

Fortunately, there’s an easy way around this problem: you temporarily unroot your device.

Unrooting your device is easy. You can find free unrooting apps on the Google Play Store. You can also unroot using your rooting software or app you used to root in the first place – including One Click Root or SuperSU.

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You unroot your app, download the OTA update, and reroot. You might have to do this every 6 to 12 months, depending on how frequently you receive updates. It shouldn’t take you longer than 5 minutes.

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