Why Root your Android?
- Ability to download new Rom (software) developed or improved by the community. This means more features such as better speed, new UI.
- The ability to download later android versions such as Android 2.3 when your mobile manufacturer hasn’t got round to updating your more than capable phone. It normally takes developers no more than a month or 2 to release a fully working Rom of the latest Android version.
- Your phone will have full root access. This means that you can install apps that allow you to overclock your device (make your cpu run faster than it is set to), make your device a wifi hotspot for free, uninstall unwanted preinstalled apps like Kindle for some devices and much more.
- Install Pure Android.
- Root you android because you can.
Why Avoid rooting Android?
- You will void your warranty. This means that if your phone needs repair then your phone manufacturer may refuse to fix it because you rooted it. However, you can install stock Android again so effectively de-rooting so they will not know any better.
- If you install a new rom you will lose all carrier/manufacturer apps, customizations. This could be an app that you rely on such as the Tmobile wifi app that Roger in the comment uses and doesn’t want to lose, pre installed android games, widgets and themes that the manufacturer pre installs. You may have noticed that this is also an advantage, this is because some people love these customizations/add ons while others think they are a waste of space and slow down their device. However, this isn’t a very strong reason to avoid rooting your Android in any case because by simply rooting your device you will not lose anything, it is when you download a new Rom. So if you really want to keep your carrier/manufacturer specific apps/customizations then you can still root.
- You may want to keep things simple. Yes, rooting does bring a huge amount of benefits. However, whenever there is an update you have to download the update file, copy it to your device, install it and then possibly have to reinstall all of your apps and customizations again.
How to Root your Android?
Every android device has its own rooting process. Visit the Unlockr website here, choose your android phone and select the “How to Root…” guide. Follow the guide and then follow the guide on how to install a Rom.
Where to find Roms/Software
Visit my other blog www.android-roms.net if you have a Htc Desire, Htc Hero or Samsung Galaxy S. If you have another mobile then search for (your mobile name here) Roms.
Is it Legal/authorised?
Most of you will know that Android is open source so the software can be freely changed and distributed.
Is it Safe?
Rooting your device is safe if you read the instructions carefully before you start. However, if you do manage to break your device then you may have voided your warranty so do proceed with caution.
I have had a rooted Android device for over a year now and have enjoyed the latest android updates and improved speed and new features. If you are comfortable with rooting your device and its potential risks then I would highly recommend that you root your device!
If you are still confused about anything leave your question in the comments and I will get back to you ASAP.