The Android rooting community received some excellent news today, as it was revealed that a loophole in a law from 1975 could allow you to root with no downsides.
As published by Motherboard.Vice.com, many phone companies and carriers will void your warranty if it’s found that you rooted (or jailbroke, in Apple’s case) your device.
However, that report claims that due to a US law from 1975, it’s illegal to void those warranties due to jailbreaking or rooting.
That’s a follow-up from a previous article that also claims it’s illegal for companies to void warranties when you open a device.
The specific law is the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975. The law states that manufacturers cannot legally void your hardware warranty simply because you altered the software of an electronic device.
There’s a Loophole to this Loophole
There are two main restrictions to this law:
-First, this law only applies in the United States
-Second, the law only applies in cases where your modifications did not directly lead to a hardware malfunction
Ultimately, if you harmlessly rooted your phone and then suffered a problem due to an unrelated incident, then you’ll be perfectly fine.
However, if you rooted and bricked your phone (say, because you didn’t use One Click Root), then your warranty could legally be voided.
In any case, the manufacturer has to prove that your rooting, jailbreaking, or modifications directly led to the problem for which you’re seeking warranty coverage.
Ultimately, this is huge news for the Android rooting community. For years, one of the few real downsides about rooting a phone was that you did lose warranty coverage. Now, thanks to the sleuths at Motherboard, that no longer appears to be the case.