Rooting is a process of unlocking the operating system that allows you to install unapproved apps, update the OS and customize any other feature available with a “rooted” smartphone. The same process in iOS is known as Jailbreaking. Although rooting offers a higher level of customizability, the downside is one wrong step could leave you with a device that’s only suitable as a paperweight.
Android devices use Linux permissions and file system ownership. The process of rooting simply adds a standard Linux function that was removed.
Question: Should I root my Android smartphone or tablet?
Answer: Yes, no, maybe…
The answer to your question depends on the reason you want to root your device. Perhaps you no longer like how the current software of your device works and you want to change it. Or, you want some additional features for your Android device which can only be implemented with a rooted device.
The process of rooting allows you to access an account with admin permissions,which gives you more control and freedom when using your mobile device. However, it also changes the inherent security from Google and the manufacturer of the device.
There are risks involved that come with the freedom after rooting your smartphone such as:
- Making a mistake in the process of rooting your smartphone and damaging it completely and permanently.
- Your device will not have any manufacturer warranty after rooting.
- It can increase the chances of a security breach and mobile malware attacking your phone or tablet.
- It can lead to complete data loss. (Always backup your data before rooting your mobile device).
You can easily root your Android phone or tablet with the help of rooting software such as: Kingo Android Root, One Click Root, and a host of other applications.
Kingo Android Root:
Kingo Android Root is a mobile device rooting application. It has a simple user interface and can be used by those with little technical skills. After installing the app, you can root your phone in just one tap.
Note: The app is not available on Google Play Store. You need to download the Kingo Root APK from the developer and install it manually.
You can also perform the rooting process by using the desktop version of the software. It automatically detects any gadget you connect to your system to start the rooting process. Once connected, it gives you an option to start the process and takes only a few minutes.
Download the PC version from here:
Download the Android APK file from the developer:
Nexus Root Toolkit:
This is an application that is specifically used to root the Nexus series of Android smartphones. It can perform a variety of operations which include unlocking and re-locking a device, as well as flashing stock Android releases. With this software, you can modify your device and have complete control over it.
After launching the program, simply select the phone model and Android version. It gives you an additional option to keep a complete backup of your data and settings, which we highly recommend. This is a useful feature as the stock kernel can be rewritten on the device and you can gain the warranty back.
Download Nexus Root Toolkit from here: