Reasons you should not root your new smart phone…
Surprisingly they are a lot of guys, especially tech guys, who are crazy about rooting their phone. They might even talk you into doing one.
While it might sound as so much fun to root a phone, you have to consider the risk associated with it to be sure that you do not create future problems to yourself while having fun.
Read also: Why You Should Root Your New Android Phone
8 Reasons You Should not Root Your New Smart Phone
Here are some considerations you have to make when rooting your phone.
1. Losing Phone Warranty
The most prominent risk of rooting is that you loss the warranty on your phone.
Obviously, gaining root access isn’t something that is officially supported by manufacturers, otherwise we’d start seeing device coming already rooted straight from the factory.
As such, if you gain root access on your device, you can more than likely kiss your warranty goodbye.
If something goes wrong and the phone stop working altogether, it is a risk you’ll have to consider.
This could be a frustrating problem if it is a new phone that you have bought at an expensive price.
People with excellent development skills may restore the phones to their original state there are no guarantees that the Warranty department won’t catch on.
It’s not a guarantee that ALL warranty claims will be denied due to rooting your device, but anything having to do with the software side of things (ie: softbricking your device on accident) most likely won’t be approved.
2. Malware Risk
There is also an increased chance to encounter Android malware.
Rooted phones becomes more susceptible to android malware as your custom ROM is very unlikely to be kept up-to-date with the latest Google security updates, which are released each month.
Yes, it’s true that not all manufacturers release these updates to their devices each month.
3. Unstable New Apps
The other issue with rooting comes with the required upkeep with unstable new apps. A lot of third-party ROMS may require numerous manual updates to have the device working properly.
Sometimes you run the risk that mobile apps will not work with your particular configuration, because, in general, developers are testing their apps with stable builds of Android.
For example, consider this caveat on the app Get Assistant – Root: “Warning: Nexus devices running Nougat only. By downloading, you assume responsibility for all damages that may be caused by the use of this app. Root access required.”
In general, there are far more hazards and problems associated with rooting that will outweigh any perceived benefits from rooting.
4. Android Getting Better
The major reason that rooting is no longer necessary is that Google has done a lot of work to improve Android.
First, Android isn’t ugly anymore. Once Material Design came along with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google had a dedicated design language that gave the operating system an aesthetic that could finally rival that of iOS. No more external paint jobs were needed.
Android now elegantly does just about anything you’d want it to do. Here are 7 Things You Didn’t Know Android Phone Could Do.
Another issue is the vastly enhanced Android feature set. Many rooters were trying to add features such as the ability to do precise backups to a preferred cloud service, experiment with rogue applications or try out other tricks.
However, Android now elegantly and smartly does just about anything you’d want it to do.
5. Artificial intelligence Influence
There’s one final reason why rooting isn’t worth it: Computing is moving past the stage of rooting a device. What we do on a smartphone will be increasingly dominated by interactions such as voice commands, or automation thanks to artificial intelligence, with digital assistants providing context-aware info depending on your location or the time of day. Such interactions with voice assistants will be tightly controlled by Google, Amazon, Apple or Microsoft.
Rooting may still have a role in accessing certain software on a device, but the real power will be in some company’s cloud.
6. Security Risks
By gaining root access, you get total control over the entire system. With the right skills and tools, you can read and modify almost any parameter on your device. This is the reason why some apps, as as SuperSU, require root access in order to work properly.
However, this type of access is a double edged sword as with root access nothing is there to prevent malicious applications from wreaking havoc on your system: system files can be corrupted or deleted, personal information can be skimmed, and you could even soft brick your device.
However, the silver lining to all this is that the user has to allow an application access to root privileges before they can gain the access, so it is always a good idea to do some research on applications that are asking for root permission.
7. Different Rooting Procedure
The procedure to root a phone varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and even from device to device.
That means that you can be good in rooting a particular device and not being able to root another device.
As such with the specific instructions on a device that often requires multiple steps anddecent computer know-how, there is a growing chance for things to go wrong. When that happen it can possibly render your device unusable.
8. Problems with Updates
Another common issue that comes along with rooting your device is that you’ll stop seeing automatic updates to the firmware being pushed to you.
You won’t see any more of ‘update your device’ messages if you root your device.
While you will still be able to manually update your firmware and flash it to your device,why go through the cumbersome process each time a new version of your firmware is released.
In spite of all these benefits and disadvantages, only you can know whether rooting is right for you. For some people it’s just not worth the time and effort. For others, it’s a godsend that allows them to use their phones in a better way and for a longer time. If you decide to take the plunge, read up and make sure you follow instructions involved in rooting a phone carefully. After that, go hog wild. It’s your phone, after all.