Android Rooting FAQs

Top 10 Reasons to Root Your Android Phone

10. Unlock Hidden Features and Install "Incompatible" Apps

Sometimes, even Android isn't open enough to give you some of the features you want. Either an app is blocked by carriers, hacks into Android's system files, or otherwise isn't available. Luckily, rooting can help with that you can install carrier blocked apps, get features from the latest version of Android, make incompatible apps compatible, power up your hardware, get features like Beats Audio from other phones, or emulate exclusive features like those on the Moto X. Whatever you want, rooting gives you the power to do a lot more.

 

9. Automate Everything

You've probably heard of Tasker, the awesome app that automates just about anything on your phone. You don't need to root your phone to use it, but if you're rooted, it can do a whole lot more. Certain tasks, like toggling 3G, GPS, changing CPU speed, turning the screen on, and others require root access. So, if you want to get the full benefit of an app like Tasker, you'll definitely want to root your phone. For more automation inspiration, check out your best Tasker actions, as well as our most recently featured Tasker tricks.

8. Boost Your Phone's Speed and Battery Life

You can do a lot of things to speed up your phone and boost its battery life without rooting, but with root as always you have even more power. For example, with an app like SetCPU you can overclock your phone for better performance, or underclock it for better battery life. You can also use an app like Greenify to automatically hibernate apps you aren't using perfect for those apps that always want to run in the background when you're not looking.

7. Block Ads in Any App

Look, we of all people understand the need for occasional ads it's how we make money. But ads can also get in the way and use up data. If you want to block ads in certain apps or on certain devices, rooting is by far the best way to do so. AdFree, AdBlock Plus, and Ad Away are all great options.

6. Back Up Your Phone for Seamless Transitions

When you move to a new Android device or restore your device to stock for any reason you can make your life a lot easier by backing up your apps and settings first. That way, you can get your entire setup back in just a few taps. If you aren't rooted, you can back up a few things like apps and data, but you won't necessarily be able to backup system apps and their data, or automate the entire process as well as Titanium Backup can.

5. Remove Preinstalled Crapware

Titanium Backup is good for more than just backups, too. It can also uninstall that annoying, battery draining, space wasting crapware that comes preinstalled on so many phones these days and, sadly, this feature is root-only. Freeze them first to make sure your phone operates normally without them, then delete them completely to free up that space. You'll be glad you did.

4. Tweak the Dark Corners of Android

If you're the kind of person that likes to fiddle with every little feature both on the surface and under the hood rooting is for you. Whether you want to customize your keyboard layout with something like Keyboard Manager or give yourself faster scrolling, improved multitasking, and extra themes with Pimp My ROM, rooting gives you the power to tweak just about any corner you can think of.

3. Flash a Custom Kernel

Some of Android's most under the hood tweaks require a custom kernel, which you can only flash with a rooted device. The kernel is responsible for helping your apps communicate with the hardware of your phone, which means a custom kernel can give you better performance, battery life, and even extra features like WiFi tethering (on unsupported phones), faster battery charging, and lots more.

2. Flash a Custom ROM

Checkout our FAQs at the right side to know what is Custom ROM

1. Truly Own Your Device

In the end, all of this boils down to one thing you own your device, and you should be able to do with it as you please. Certain manufacturers and carriers try to keep that from happening, but with root access, you truly own your device and open yourself up to all the possibilities!!

What Is Rooting, Exactly?

Rooting, for those of you that don't know, means giving yourself root permissions on your phone. It's similar running programs as administrators in Windows, or running a command with sudo in Linux. With a rooted phone, you can run apps that require access to certain system settings, as well as flash custom ROMs to your phone, which add all sorts of extra features.

Can I unroot my phone?

Yes! . If you decide you don't like being rooted, you can unroot your phone as well. Usually it involves flashing the phone to truly stock settings

Is rooting illegal?

No. It once was, but exceptions to the DCMA have made it legal for all phones. Either way, it's hard to imagine anyone actually enforcing this rule (much like ripping DVDs for your own personal use)

Could rooting brick my phone?

No! when we are here these things doesn't happen

Will I still get over-the-air (OTA) updates? Will downloading them break my root?

If we root your phone without flashing a custom ROM, then you will likely still get OTA updates from your carrier, and they will break your root. We highly recommend against downloading these updates, since you may not be able to re root your phone for awhile after updating. Alternatively, you can use an app like OTA Rootkeeper that will help you keep your root access (though it doesn't work with every version of Android).If we flash a custom ROM, you will not get OTA updates from your carrier. You may however, get notifications for updates to your specific ROM. Those are safe to download.

Will rooting speed up my phone?

Not on its own all rooting does is give you root access. However, it does open up the possibility for other tweaks that can speed up a slow phone.

What are stock and custom rom?

A stock ROM is the version of the phone's operating system that comes with your phone when you buy it. A custom ROM is a fully standalone version of the OS, including the kernel (which makes everything run), apps, services, etc everything you need to operate the device, except it's customized by someone in some way. So what does the "customized" part mean? Since Android is open source, developers are free to take stock ROMs, modify them, strip them of garbage, optimize them, add things, and pretty much do whatever their imagination and skills allow.

Why do we want Custom ROMs ?

Custom ROMs are of ten times faster, more efficient, and use less memory because the developer ripped out useless garbage, such as carrier installed apps or the developer optimized the kernel. For example, an undervolted kernel can provide a much better battery life than the stock one.

Can we install all heavy apps to SD card?

Yes when we root you get the ability to install applications to the SD card, called Apps2SD (or A2SD). This is currently not possible on stock unrooted ROMs, If you have run out of space on your phone, Apps2SD is a killer feature to have