They told me rooting was bad, I showed them it isn't...

**Warning! This Blog is just for educational purpose and I am not responsible for any damage done to your device.**

If you have ever took some time off your busy schedule and tried to know more about how your Android Phone works, you might have noticed a term emerging frequently known as, 'Rooting'.

But what exactly is it? is it safe? and should you do it?

Let's find out.

Rooting 101

While for some of you, rooting might seem a very scary task, but trust me it is worth it especially if you have an old device or your device has too much of bloatware (unnecessary software) in it.

But what exactly is rooting?

This way, please!

The android system is built upon Linux-Kernel. This kernel has a method of assigning all those who use the system (including you) as 'user'.

So your are a user.

Now there is a user also known as 'root'. 

Each user is given permission in Android to access different files and do different operations.

But the normal users like us, don't have permission to access the system files (the files where all the operating system data and how your system behaves and operates is stored, also known as root directory)

But Unlike the normal user access, the root user has access to all the system files (you can actually say that the root is the most superior user or the 'Superuser', which they call it in the root community).

This Superuser can access all files on your smartphone. It can alter the system, copy, move, install or erase anything and everything (feared, huh?).

But the good thing is that this root user is essentially the system itself. So it's what your system is doing which you should not fear much about.

But then what is rooting process?

Since you don't have the 'full' control over your device, rooting gives you the privilege to have it.

This process has many ways to work, albeit the sake of simplicity, I will explain the two very popular ones.

1. Using Rooting Apps directly on your device.

This process is really easy (in some cases, all you need to do is one click!)

This process works by taking the advantage of bugs or you can say 'exploits' on your android system software (stock  software - the one that comes built-in your device).

However the process is long and trippy and so for this I am writing a separate blog on how it works, links will be out later!

But this process has some cons too; 

It consumes a substantial amount of battery.

Also, this isn't the process having very High success rates.

If your phone model is not very popular, chances are, this isn't going to work.

Plus, with this method, chances of BRICKING your phone are high. (What is BRICKING?)

If you are going with this method, you are doing it because:

1. You don't have a Computer.
2. You want to do it quick and easy.

Here are some one-click root apps that I have personally used,
KingoRoot & iRoot

You are free to use any app of your choice.

2. With the help of Computer.

This method is not the most easy method but surely has high success rates and work on a good variety of devices.

I will post a blog on how to use this method but for now, let's see how it works.

It works by sending commands to your phone using ADB (Android Debug Bridge).

It works as an administrator and this method is very safe (unless you do something you shouldn't while the process is running).
I am writing a complete and concise blog on this, so be sure to check it out (Links will be here).

OK! I understand all this, but how will rooting help me?

Rooting helps you get the administrator access to all the system files.

Which means that if you don't like the look of your system, you install supported apps that are root-permitted to change the look of your OS completely.

But you can't take this much risk on your phone just to change how it looks, right?

Yeah, and that's where it all begins!

If you have an old phone with low specifications (like 512 MB RAM and 4 GB ROM), and you are very frustrated of the lags in your normal operation of the device, you can overclock your phone according to your choice.

That being said, you can use your phone as you want with no restrictions.

For example, you are a performance freak, then you can (with the use of selected apps) adjust the internal settings of your phone so as to increase the performance greatly.

However, be advised that it comes at a price. If you are increasing performance of your phone, chances are that your battery life may decrease or apps are not running in your background anymore (not even the system apps).

And if your choice is to go complete haywire, then you should try booting another Operating system (preferably Linux) along with android in your phone.

You can also host a website on your phone, make it a web-server, run alternate operating systems on your android, etc.

I can safely conclude that possibilities are endless once you enter the root realm!

The Cost, rooting comes at.

However this process is free, it is certainly not the best thing to do with your device (especially when it is new).

Rooting comes at it's own costs. 

Since rooting open the portal in your device to it's very deep-down-tech-realm, it also possess a heavy threat to your device.

How? Well because now the normal user (you) has the root privileges, so does every application in your system.

Before rooting, if there were any virus in your phone, it might have affected your system, but only to a limit from where it still was recoverable.

But now, any app whether it be dangerous or not, has the full access to your phone's intrinsic files, which, by any means, is not a good thing.

But this last problem can be easily avoided by installing root management apps such as SuperSu, which asks you every time when an app tries to access the root directory (whether installed by you or automated).

But remember as this is not the only thing, you should worry about.

Since now, your phone is Rooted so any application might force access to your systems file and hence can damage your system temporarily or permanently.

It is recommended that after rooting, you should have a good anti-virus (especially the one from verified developer).

Also, rooting voids your phone's warranty. 
So if anything happens to your device, then you are completely stoned!

Therefore, It would be advisable to only root the android whose warranty period is over and is likely old.

**I don't recommend rooting devices younger than 2 years old**

By this note, I would like to end this blog.
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