Pulse Tech Tips 5 reasons you should never root your Android phone

You open the door to the 'bad guys' when you root your Android device, and that's just one of the potential risks.

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Rooting your Android phone is the equivalent temptation of a child opening the fridge to seeing all the goodness of Chocolate sweets and cakes, with no one around to caution him.

The benefits look enticing on the surface, with you having access to your phone’s operating system like never before, beyond the limits of what you could do ordinarily do before, like boosting your phone battery life, recovering deleted files (similar to what the recycle bin does in the PC), boosting processing power, removing apps that come pre-installed with your phone, that you can’t delete, amongst other cool stuff.

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Note the warning when you root an Android phone.

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This gives you some sort of prestige among your peers, but trust me the disadvantages and risks far outweigh the benefits.

Here are 5 reasons to not root your Android device.

Warranty of the phone is rendered invalid

This becomes a headache especially for those who have got expensive phones on their hands. If something were to go awfully wrong while rooting, warranty won’t get covered. So unless you are a super geek who can restore the phone to its original state at any point in time, I would pass for rooting my phone.


You give room to potential Android malware accessing your phone and taking over.

This is a serious possibility, one of the ways android malware make their way into phones is through rooting. These malwares such as the “Super Mario” app ends up controlling your phone, which gets ugly real quick. Super Mario can take full control over your phone, as they request privileges to edit, read, receive and send text messages, as well as take photos and video and even track your precise location using GPS.

 It could prompt users to install an update, which turns out to be something called 9Apps, which asks for more rights, including recording audio, reading modifying the calendar and complete SD-card access.

Your phone could also ‘hit a brick wall’ and die

This means your precious device could stop working altogether if you fall into errors bothering on software manipulation. It’s as simple as that.

You get faced with unending update requests

If that doesn’t sound stressful to you already, then I don’t know what to say.

Third-party ROMS (Read Only Memory) arising from rooting your device will in turn demand manual updates from the phone owner. There is the risk of running an incompatible configuration with your newly installed mobile apps, because developers of these apps are testing it with the stable build of Android.

Advancement in computing

First of all, Android operating systems are seeing significant improvement in the functionalities that should make rooting no longer attractive. Battery usage and management is getting more efficient, phone-based Wi-Fi hotspots are now a thing (formerly a top reason for rooting), split-screen mode with Android Nougat 7.0 OS among other awesome new features is awesome.

Also, Artificial intelligence with digital assistants, and cloud computing all being adopted by the tech giants Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon are rendering any urgent need for rooting worthless.

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