Power users and tinkerers love making the most out of Android’s flexibility and the first step towards it is rooting your device. However, not all of us are convinced on the benefits of rooting, as the stock Android experience is pretty satisfying in its own right. But if you are a layman Android user who is thinking of rooting your device, there are a few things you should be aware of before you take the plunge.
We have already listed the reasons why you should root your device, so let’s see the other side of the coin. Here are 6 reasons why you should not root your Android device:
1. Goodbye to warranty
The first thing to take note is that if you root your Android smartphone, you will most probably lose the device’s warranty coverage. While some manufacturers like Xiaomi, OnePlus, Google Nexus and more do let you unlock a device’s bootloader and root with their official method, most other companies void your warranty if you do it. So, if your device is new and under warranty coverage, you should think twice before rooting it. While you can un-root a device, it’s important to note that rooting a device is illegal in a few countries.
2. You might brick your device
The term “brick” is used for a dead device that cannot be recovered since it’s just an expensive brick with no use whatsoever. Bricking your device is a legitimate concern, considering we put our hard earned money on the products we buy. Even though modern day rooting processes are way more secure, there’s always the risk of a wrong step that might even brick your device.
3. The process is not so easy
The biggest issue users face is that there’s no universal way to root all Android devices. Yes, there are apps that claim to do it, they generally don’t work. Instead, the process is different for every other device, so you need to make sure that you are following the right instructions. Manufacturers that allow rooting provide their own steps, which are full-proof but for most other devices, you will have to rely on various forums such as XDA. The process too is very taxing and it includes connecting your device to a PC, flashing files, entering some commands in the terminal etc. So, if you don’t like complex things, you should stay wary of rooting your Android device.
4. Security risks
While rooting does unlock a whole new world of tweaks, it brings a lot of security risks. Rooting exposes your Android smartphone to potentially harmful apps along with other malicious codes. For instance, we recently came across a “Stagefright” exploit on Android, which allowed attackers to remotely plant malicious code on devices. Manufacturers then released a security patch update to fix the exploit, which basically suggests that Android is not secure from attacks and a rooted device more so.
Rooting also permits apps to access system files, so any app can make changes, access sensitive info and plant any code. There are Root manager apps like SuperSU that let you control root access permissions but you need to be extra careful while granting permissions.
5. Update issues
Once you root your Android smartphone, chances are, it will no longer receive official OTA updates from the manufacturer, which means no more security patches. While some custom ROMs like CyanogenMod bring OTA updates, not all ROMs do that and if you don’t install a custom ROM, there will be no updates. Also, some major updates will require you to go through the root process again, which can be a great hassle. So, if you want to stay up to date when it comes to new Android version updates & security patches, you should not consider rooting your device.
6. Performance issues and bugs
While rooting your device does bring options to improve performance through various mods and tweaks, it also comes with various bugs. These bugs could take some time to be fixed for your particular device, considering these mods are developed by independent developers. It’s also important to keep in mind that once you root your device, it might not be as stable as you would like and bugs & performance issues will be part of your daily usage.
Still considering rooting your device?
This post isn’t aimed at convincing you to not root your device, instead we wanted to let you know the possible problems you might face after you have rooted your device. If you have a clear aim of installing a custom ROM and you know what you are doing, then you can still go ahead and root your device. However, you should still take into account the issues we mentioned. So, are you still planning to root your device? Do, let us know if you have any questions or concerns around rooting and we will surely get back to you. Thanks for reading!