What is rooting?
Basically, what happens when an Android device is rooted is that the owner of the device gains access to the device’s “root features”. While the settings of an Android device can be tweaked to quite an extent when it is taken out of the box, only the settings which the manufacturer wants tweaked can be tweaked. However, once a phone is rooted, a person has total command over it and can control each and everything that it does.
Why should a person root their Android device?
Besides the question “what is rooting?” many rookie Android users also wonder why they should root their Android device and what the advantages of rooting an Android device are. The following are some of the most important advantages of rooting an Android cell phone or tablet:
Hidden features are unlocked
When an Android device is rooted, any features that the device’s manufacturer may have hidden or may have locked are unlocked. In most cases, these hidden features can act as keys to completely new worlds of opportunities for the person who owns the rooted Android device.
Ability to install “incompatible” apps
Most Android users already know that there are some applications which are not compatible with their device, as stated by the Google Play Store. Well, if a person roots their device, they gain the ability to install such “incompatible” apps. The number of incompatible apps which a person can install on a rooted device depends on the device and its capabilities.
Ability to flash a custom ROM
A person can easily flash a custom ROM onto a rooted Android device, meaning that they can unofficially update or downgrade the Android Operating System which their device runs on. In addition, a person can also gain access to a number of features, depending on the ROM which they flash, once they flash a custom ROM onto their device.
Ability to get rid of manufacturer skins or launchers
A person can easily get rid of manufacturer skins or manufacturer launchers on their rooted Android device, which is one of the most important advantages of rooting an Android device.
Ability to get rid of preinstalled applications
Once a person has rooted their Android device, they can get rid of any applications which might have come preinstalled on their device.
Ability to over clock or under clock the device’s processor
A person can improve the performance of a rooted Android device by over clocking its processor and a person can also improve its battery life by under clocking its processor.
Ability to block Ads in any application
Ads can be extremely annoying and can also cost a person a considerable amount of money since they use up data. A person can easily block advertisements in any or all of the applications which they have installed on their rooted Android device using one of the many ad-blocking applications which are available on the Google Play Store.
Ability to tweak the darkest corners of the device
A person can tweak even the darkest corners of a rooted Android device.