What Rooting does to your Smartfone? (in simple terms)

Fact: We have been using Rooted Devices all along. Windows, Macs, etc. are all rooted operating systems. And if some day, Microsoft/Apple decide to unroot their OS, we will be doomed! But, sadly our “Pocket PCs” (smartfones are not rooted) !

What is Rooting (in Layman’s Terms)?


When you buy an android, you buy a stack of resources. Now, Google creates tools or APIs which the apps use. For example, Google creates a tool to allow widgets in the lock screen and developers create apps to take advantage of that. Apps need APIs to do their job.

Android is based on Linux. So developers can rather create APIs required by their apps so as to get the job done instead of waiting for Google to create them. But when you root the device, the apps do not have to rely on the set of tools. They can directly access the resources according to needs. So, now, now you can have widgets even in the Notifications Bar.

Now, people often restrain from rooting coz it voids warranty. Now the question lies is how risky is to take the leap of faith and root?

First of all, the root applications are mostly found in Google Play Store. So you know it’s from a reliable source and there is almost as much chance of your device getting infected by Root Apps as there is of Usual Apps. Also, not everything from your terms of warranty gets void and the problems arising later is mostly covered by the warranty.

Secondly, Google is much more relaxed on rooting coz apps from sources other than play store is allowed even when not rooted so piracy isn’t really an issue here, unlike jailbreaking an iPhone. iOS is is much more restricted and hence jail break an iPhone is much more riskier.

The other question lies: is rooting worth the time and effort?

For that, I would suggest to check out the perks you get after rooting and ask if you require them! For me, Rooting is great. It takes me further in the timeline of technology. Why settle for good if there is great. Anyways, Click here to know the benefits of rooting!


Author: Abhishek Agarwal

"My most clear memories are those of the moments which seemed to cause a cognitive development in me."

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