Thinking Of Rooting Your Device - Then, Read This

Android Rooting has become a madness by now. Because Rooting is the best mechanism to reflect your preferences and desires. A non-rooted device never lets you fulfil your Android desires or hopes since device abides to perform manufacturers desires and preferences. If you are someone who is enthusiastic about Android, I am sure you may know that Android is an Open-Source platform. It means all Android users are free to make changes and customizations to the Android operating system. So, you may be thinking why you can't make at least a simple customization to your Android phone although  Android is officially released as  Open-source platform. Let's dive in to the topic and find out.

Android Operating System

Android is developed by Google and initially, Google released Android in 2008 as an Open-source operating system. It is based on a modified version of the Linux kernel. The Android operating system was originally developed for Google Pixel smartphones. As mentioned above Android is open-source and the source code has been released under a licence from Google. That is why you can find Android on your smartphone although it is not a Google Pixel smartphone. As Android has been designed to fit Pixel smartphones best, other device manufacturers change the original source code to match with their smartphones. This mechanism causes to become your  Android device slow and poor in performance when time passes. The changes which perform by device manufacturers to the Android system prevent you from customizing your device's Android operating system. Each manufacturer changes the Android as they want and lock the operating system before selling the device to keep devices out from unauthorized modifications.

How Do Android Device Manufacturers Prevent You From Android Customizations

As mentioned before, almost all Android smartphones manufacturers need to keep their devices away from unauthorized parties. The basic and key strategy of preventing modifications is to lock the bootloader of the  Android operating system. This mechanism is well-known as OEM Lock. The bootloader is the first programme that runs when you run your Android smartphones. It checks and initializes the hardware and software when the device starts. Most of the device manufacturers keep the bootloader locked to prevent installing Custom ROMs and doing Android rooting. Actually, unlocking a bootloader does not do any huge difference to your device. But it is the first step to unlock your device bootloader manually using a tethered fastboot mode command line. After unlocking your device technically, you are free to flash a custom recovery,  install a custom ROM or flash root package. But when it comes to rooting, OEM Lock becomes less important since you can root your device fully without unlocking the bootloader. OEM Lock depends on the devices and some devices come with it and some devices come with unlocked bootloaders.

 How To Root Your Device

As mentioned before, each Android smartphones come with a modified version of Android and users are not allowed to customize it. If you are willing to customize your Android smartphone according to your preferences you need to work against the manufactures law.  In Android, all the essential system files has been placed in the "Root" folder and it has been hidden in the deepest level of the Android operating system. Manufacturers has put a security layer to prevent users from accessing the root folder. When you root your device you pass this security layer and acess the root folder. Then, you become a superuser since you can acess all the system files and commands that are previously limited for device manufacturers and developers. Generally, Android vulnerabilities and security defects are exploited to acess the root folder.  You can use several ways to root your device and one-click rooting tools are most popular among them. Despite the one-click rooting tools, you can use fastboot and ADB commands, root flashing utilities to root your device.

Why Should You Root Your Device

Actually, it is hard to point out if the rooting is legal or illegal since it is a mechanism against the agreement between the users and the manufacturer.  In this case, the maximum drawback that you may have after rooting is losing your device warranty unless you have not used your rooted device for any criminal case. Despite these negative effects, you can have a number of positive results after a proper rooting mechanism. Here are the top rankings of them.

Allow users to install custom recovery and custom ROMs
Allow users to re-configure system settings
Flashes custom kernels
Install third-party apps, games, tweaks and themes
Allow users to use root-only apps

Final Word

If you are thinking of rooting your device based on others' inspirations or self inspirations, you need to study the rooting mechanism until you can understand the rooting process yourself and until you have the ability perform the mechanism yourself while taking appropriate decisions when necessary. It is because you are dealing with the valuable part of the Android system through the rooting process.


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