Discover the 3 Main Disadvantages of Android Rooting

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2015-12-11 16:34

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If you listen to rooted Android users, thenyou might think that Android rooting is the best decision you’ll ever make andthere’s nothing that could ever go wrong.

In reality, Android rooting is a decisionyou need to carefully consider. There are three main disadvantages of Androidrooting. Discover those disadvantages today and decide whether or not they’redeal breakers:

1) You Immediately Void your Phone’sWarranty
It’s true: no manufacturer lets you rootyour Android device and keep your warranty. The whole reason you have to root your phone is that your manufacturer doesn’t want youmessing around with core files on your device, because you could potentiallywreck something.
  • Why It’s Not Always a Big Deal
It’s not always a big deal because the vastmajority of Android users never cash in on their warranty and never need to useit.
It’s also not a big deal because mostAndroid users root older phones that have already left their warranty programs.Depending on where you live and which phone you own, Android warranties lastanywhere from 1 to 3 years.

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Finally, you can actually trick somemanufacturers into accepting your warranty simply by unrooting your device beforeyou send it in. This doesn’t work on Samsung’s newer devices (due to KnoxSecurity), but it works on a surprising number of others.

2) You Could Brick Your Device
In the old days of Android, rooting couldabsolutely brick your device. You often had to read through poorly-writtenAndroid rooting tutorials online and download weird files from shady Russianfile hosting sites.
Today, many people refuse to root theirAndroid device because they believe rooting will brick it.

  • Why It’s Not Always a Big Deal
Today, things have changed and rooting –not to mention Android – is more popular than ever before.
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There are well-established rooting methodsavailable for every popular Android device on the market. There’s evenprofessional software options like One Click Root that guarantee not to brick your device.

3) You Miss Over the Air Updates from yourCarrier
This is the only real disadvantage ofAndroid rooting to most users. After rooting your device, you will no longer beable to install over the air (OTA) updates from your carrier.
Your carrier will try to install thoseupdates. But once it scans your files, it will realize something has beenchanged, and the update will not be installed.
  • Why It’s Not Always a Big Deal
Fortunately, there’s an easy way aroundthis problem: you temporarily unroot your device.
Unrooting your device is easy. You can findfree unrooting apps on the Google Play Store. You can also unroot using yourrooting software or app you used to root in the first place – including OneClick Root or SuperSU.
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You unroot your app, download the OTAupdate, and reroot. You might have to do this every 6 to 12 months, dependingon how frequently you receive updates. It shouldn’t take you longer than 5minutes.