When I should root my device?

Rooting means breaking the security barrier of Android. Let us imagine, that you drive a taxi. If you have an experienced driver, your journey is going to be smooth and relaxing. However, when there is something wrong with him or her, it is better to get the wheel, even though driving a car, stranger to you, might be dangerous.

Rooting means nothing mysterious, but telling the driver to go away, and sit into its position. Of course it means that from the very you jailbreak into the system, you have to take special care on your device, because the inbuilt security adjustments might not save you. However, in many cases, rooting is the only solution to keep the system running smooth, or use it in its whole complexity.

Mainly, there are two main reasons to break into Android system. One is that your device gets full of bloatware – harmful software that you cannot get rid of in any other ways. Another reason is that you want to use features on the device, which are restricted by your service provider or require resources that you cannot use due to your security standards.

The procedure of routing is not difficult, and if you handle your phone with care, it will not do any harm to your device. However, it is good to know, that you might lose the warranty of your gadget, and – when it is realized, you might get fined by your provider as rooting may violate your contract.

What are the risks of rooting?

When rooting a device, you shall be very-very careful. First of all, you take some security risks, because the developers cannot guarantee that your software won’t have vulnerabilities. Secondly, your phone might get bricked. This happens often when the user does not follow the instructions clearly. Thirdly, as mentioned above, you might lose your warranty,

Practically, rooting has 3 main disadvantages. Firstly, certain programs can detect when your device is rooted – therefore they are not possible to be used on it. One very good example is Google Wallet  – which does not support rooted environment because of the security risks. (It’s more for your good than for bothering you, I must tell.) Moreover, when your phone needs to be repaired and you have to send it back to manufacturer you’ll need to flash the original backup. (You’ll know what it is.)

Why you should take the risk?

Although rooting is risky, there might be a plenty of things you gain once you rooted your device. most of the service providers, for example, sell phones that have certain blockages in their system so they disable Skype and Facebook video calls. There are other restrictions as well: some dirty programs are, for instance, able to block out all the ads, and enable you to use free versions of software without limitation.

Okay, but how to do it?

The easiest way to root Android devices is to find a software which takes you through all the work. There are plenty of them in the net, so just take some time and surf around – it has no meaning to mention names, freshest is the best. Before you start the rooting, read the instructions of the software and look around in forum themes, so that you can get instant help, if needed. Then a rather tricky process starts.

First thing first: Backup everything on your phone. If you are lucky enough, your device will guide you through this project. After you finished, make sure that your phone is charged fully. Open the About Phone option on your device. There must be a tab with “built number” – on. Tap the sign seven times, and a Developer menu comes up. Go to the main page of “Settings” (or “Options” in some issues).

Tap the Back key and you are going to see Developer options again. Tap on it, and switch USV Debugging tool and OEM Unlock on. (In some cases it might be tricky.) Now, it is time to check your device. Some phones require to install Android SDK tools, so browse around forums to check if it is so. After having all the necessary tools on the device, unlock your bootloader. This program is responsible to load in the programs when the phone is in the startup process. This is also a tricky thing. Manufacturers usually provide a guide to help you through this process – check the website and keep in might that they might be in a restricted area for developers – so you might need to sign up to get an access.

From here, you will have to search for a software that can root your device. The best idea is search for Youtube videos, which help you through all the process. At this point the best thing to do is to ask for help from the community – rooting a phone is quite a usual process, so you can get instant help from those who are familiar with the thing. Android Operation system are very diverse, so it is impossible to provide one method which applies to all. There is a plenty of great programs to help, there is a little chance to be unable to root your phone.

If you finished with the rooting, do not forget to download a root management app – for this there are advices on the forums and websites as well – so there is always one who can recommend you a solution best fitting to your device. A root management app can reduce the security risks of rooting and helps you to keep an eye on your device. Of course, once you have rooted the device, it is also possible to unroot it – for this there are also software, and we are going to provide you more detailed guidance soon.

Isn’t it illegal?

Whoa… That is a difficult question. There are different laws in different countries, therefore there is no single answer for the problem of illegality.

In the USA, it is illegal to root any portable devices. The only example is to rooting of mobile phones that need a jailbreak to be compatible with legally purchased and authorized tools like headsets and certain software – unfortunately, this rule does not apply for tablets, the rooting of which is completely illegal.

In Canada, there are certain cases in which jailbreak and rooting is allowed, like installing root-only programs or those that are not available at iTunes. Funnily enough, it is not allowed to root your device “just for fun”. That is a crime if you do not have a specific reason that falls under the regulation.  Funnily enough, it is illegal to sell and make tools for rooting – so what you’ll do will necessary be illegal some ways.

In the EU rooting is considered as a violation of copyright, but if it is necessary for interoperability, so you have a reason and you do it for “fair use”, it is not a crime.

Most of the sources agree that you might not be sentenced for breaking into your own phone if you used it for private purposes – however, we still do not recommend you to act against the law. Please, use these products with respect to the programmers and developers as well, who earn a living on providing you product and whose work is mostly financed by ads and customer purchases.