Should I root my smartphone?

Why do you want to have root access to your smartphone? ... like that of Titanium, it works without the intervention of the Roots...

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With root privileges, you get new possibilities in Android to customize your smartphone to your own wishes and optimize the performance. But do you really need the full access, or is the step too far? We weigh for you.


What are the advantages of root?

Why do you want to have root access to your smartphone? Does not a particular app work as you wish? Have you already tried all alternative solutions?

Backups are easier

If you want to make a complete backup of your phone including app data and settings, and that without any detours via the PC, does not get around root. Thanks to apps such as Titanium Backup, it is a children's game to secure its important data in one go.

The alternative without root is helium backup. Its backups are not as complete and the feature size is not as big as that of Titanium, it works without the intervention of the Roots.

Adjustments are easier

You do not like certain aspects of your smartphone, such as the notification bars or privacy settings? Simply install the Xposed Framework. Thanks to this tool and the extension of modules, you can really let off steam and thanks to the modular design you have the possibility to take back changes.

The simple alternative many smartphone manufacturers already offer in their designs or themes. Sony, Samsung, HTC and other manufacturers provide appropriate solutions. In addition, you can find numerous launcher and icon packs in the Play Store to personalize your smartphone.

Protection of privacy is easier

Whether in the form of the xposed module XPrivacy or as a privacy guard in the custom ROM CyanogenMod: The protection of privacy is excellent with certain root solutions.

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But thanks to the authorization administration Android 6.0 Marshmallow has taken many people the reason for the Roots. Finally, you can refuse or grant access to apps at run time, and subsequently revoke them.

System apps are removable

With super-user privileges, you'll loose unwelcome, preinstalled vendor or provider apps and free up space. With a tool like the System App Remover you can delete the system apps and restore them in case of problems.

The tendency of smartphone manufacturers goes to less preinstalled apps on the smartphones. Other manufacturers install it so that you can uninstall it, as you can see in the Bloatware of the Honor 8. In addition, thanks to the improved MicroSD support of Android Marshmallow and larger internal storage, there are less frequent memory problems.

Disadvantages of Root

Often you lose the warranty

Several smartphone manufacturers do not tolerate any intervention in the standard software and refuse to guarantee you after the Roots. The manufacturers can determine a root by software side fuses (Temper Flag, QFuse, Knox, etc.), even if you have retreated it later (by un-root).

System updates become more complex

One of the main drawbacks of Root on Android is that in most cases the automatic software updates of your smartphones no longer work. System updates are still announced, but the installation is usually blocked with an error message. In the age of monthly security updates in Android, this is counterproductive.

In the worst case, the installation will start, but it will be faulty. Then your smartphone catches itself in an endless loop (boot loop) when restarting and is no longer operable for the time being. Finally, you should empty the system partition (wiping) and reload it in a custom recovery.

In many cases, this is even the only way to upgrade rooted smartphones. So if you really insist on root access without Custom-ROM, you need to adjust to exactly this fact before any software update.

Some apps do not work anymore

Payment apps or PokéMon GO can no longer be used easily if your smartphone is rooted. This is because root access gives you the ability to cheat those apps. Of course, there is the possibility to hide the root status of your smartphone in front of them, but these instructions are beyond the scope of this article.

Is Android root still useful? Conclusion

It is hardly useful to roam the software of your smartphone. The fact that it means for the important software updates is no longer worth it. Custom ROMs are a better way to get a rooted smartphone. These can often be automatically updated and are automatically backed up with root access during the update. Only so you have the full comfort and functional range.

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