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Rooting is a very common jargon heard in smartphone parlance. The term is used with respect to the operating system in smartphones and is used to refer to unlocking of the same.

When you opt to root your Android device, you can do almost anything on your handset that would otherwise be close to impossible. In this article, we present you with some key pros and cons of rooting. Consider each pint carefully and make a well informed decision before you decide to root the original device. Remember to take a backup of your current ROM before you begin the rooting.

Advantages of Rooting

Rooting does offer your Android handset a few key advantages. More often than not, your smartphone has a lot of bloatware which can actually be in the form of many apps that you are never likely to use. These come preinstalled on the handset and you cannot install them. With a rooted handset, you can say goodbye to bloatware.

Apart from removal, you can also do addition to your smartphone by adding more ROM and/or special apps with additional features that help in customizing and your gadget and streamlining the same. These apps take periodic backup of the data in your device and block advertisements.

A third advantage is that you can set up wireless tethering even if your handset did not allow this before rooting. This can help you to convert your smartphone to a wireless hotspot.

For those who would like to own customized handsets, rooting can prove to be a good solution. Customization abilities include include updating the operating system, altering the clocking frequency of the processor, and even changing the inbuilt firmware in your gadget. This way you can make your handset operate faster than how it otherwise would or even enhance its battery life.

You can make your smartphone keyboard look different based on the device orientation. In other words, you will be able to use one kind of keyboard in portrait mode and another in landscape mode. To do this, you will have to install a free app called Keyboard Manager. This app is available only for rooted handsets. Although the installation process and the settings manipulation are not very straightforward, it is not very difficult to get this app working on your handset.

Disadvantages of Rooting

However if you are not an expert in hacking or do not have the confidence to do so, we advise you not to try out this task. This is because one fatal move can make your smartphone go for a toss. Also, rooting can put your smartphone’s warranty at stake when you give it for service or repair. Security threats also loom at large on a rooted device. For example, Google does not allow users to use its Google Wallet or Android Pay functionality on gadgets that have been rooted.

How to Root Your Android Device

If you have read the above points carefully and are still determined to root your device, we present you two commonly used utility tools to help you get started. One of them is the Kingo Root and the other is the SRS One Click Root. The two tools can be downloaded for free from their respective websites.

To use the Kingo Root, first establish a USB connection with your smartphone. The tool will then download the drivers essential for rooting. If the USB debugging option is not turned on, it will give you directions on how to get this done. After this, a check is done to assess that rooting is not already done. Following this, you will be required to click on the Root button. Note that the time taken for rooting can vary from smartphone to smartphone. Once the rooting is done, you will get a confirmation message displaying the completion of the process. To reverse or undo the rooting, all you have to do is run the tool again and click Remove Root.

Installing the other utility tool SRS One Click Root can be a bit of a challenge. Antivirus programs running in the background may try to stop the installation as the tool is coded to violate Android security. Also, if you are using Google’s very own Chrome browser for the installation, the browser is sure to block the installation. You will have to go to the Downloads section of the browser and recover it from there by clicking Recover Malicious File. Once this is done, the tool displays a notification screen telling you that USB Debugging and software installation from unauthorized sources must be allowed for rooting to take place. Once these requirements are met, you can opt for either the Root Device (All Methods) or the Root Device (SmartRoot) method. When the latter option is chosen, the tool makes a complete analysis of your handset to decide which rooting method works best on your handset. This may involve a few reboots of your handset. So, it could also take a longer time to get started with rooting your handset when compared to Kingo Root. You can also opt for unrooting with SRS One Click Root.