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10 reasons to root your smartphone today

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Whether you have a Galaxy S7, a Pixel or an LG V20, there are 1001 reasons to root your smartphone: getting official Android updates after the device is no longer supported, security updates, suppressing bloatware for developer apps, overclocking, backing up information or even improving battery life. Here are the best examples that answer the question: why do you need to root your Android device?

1. Delete preinstalled apps

If you have a Samsung, for example, you know that the brand is a champion of preinstalled apps on Android. Although some are useful, if you don’t use most them, you’ll find yourself wasting storage space with them. These apps, that are often referred to as “bloatware”, are simply impossible to uninstall because the manufacturers rely on you using them.

Preinstalled apps are not a problem in themselves, it’s the inability to uninstall them and the space that they take up that cause problems. Rooting allows you to delete bloatware: how to uninstall preinstalled apps.

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You could have a bloatware-free screen and free up some space in your internal storage. / © NextPit

2. Improve your battery life with rooting

There are various apps that allow you to manage your battery and use root privileges. If you reduce the clock frequency of your processor, you’ll save energy and, therefore, you’ll save battery. For some devices, this can be very efficient. Obviously, if you have a modest processor, you won’t notice a great difference, otherwise, you’ll notice reduced performances. Here's an article which will show you how:

3. Install new apps

Rooting allows you to use apps that do amazing things. I’m thinking of Tasker here. It allows you to control everything from your smartphone: from turning lights on at a certain time to automatic calling depending on location. 99.9% of your smartphone’s functions are affected, it’s a major help to keep you from ever forgetting anything: putting the device into silent mode, sending messages to mom to say that you arrived safely, etc. Tasker does it all.

4. Back up everything, absolutely everything

Backing up and saving, it’s the same thing. Rooting offers the possibility of saving much more: data for entire apps, user preferences, but in particular, it allows you to back up NANDroid. These are system images that allow you to restore a device to its brand new, default state in case of a problem with flashing, for example.

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5. Overclock: improve performance

We already mentioned No-Frills CPU Control in the battery section. This allows you to reduce the processor’s clock frequency to save battery. The reverse is also possible, you can push the processor to give the best performance. So, be careful, it’s not about overheating it and damaging it. It’s about renewing an old device. It’s ideal for a tablet that has an underperforming battery and can’t be used as a mobile device, and transforming it into a multimedia station. Check out these tips for speeding up your smartphone, too.

6. Retrieve photos deleted on Android

Rooting allows you to recover photos that had been deleted from your Android device. The app DiskDigger is particularly easy to use: it scans, looks at a preview of the image and decides whether you would like to recover the image or not. A big plus: you can send it directly to your email address without recovering it.  

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Recover your once-in-a-lifetime photos when you accidentally delete them. / © NextPit

7. Change systems with a custom ROM

This could be the main reason why most users root their Android device: flashing a custom ROM. In fact, for a smartphone that doesn’t receive official updates, this is ideal. CyanogenMod or even ParanoidAndroid bring the latest Android versions to devices that haven’t had the latest updates.

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Get the latest version of Android even if Google doesn't support your old device. / © NextPit

8. Personalize your phone

Without going as far as flashing a complete custom ROM, you can personalize your Android device through rooting. The Android customization tool is called Xposed Framework. Although it requires technical knowledge to use it, once you’re familiar with it, you’ll never go without it!

The app isn’t available on the Google Play Store, you can download the APK on the official site: Install Xposed. You can modify the booting animation with it, meaning the animation that appears when you switch your device on or off.

9. Increase your Android device’s memory

This says it all! The tutorial is a little long, but once you have done it, you can install many more apps than before. The idea is that your external microSD card can pose as your internal memory through rooting, and Android won’t know the difference! Need more space? Root! The last section of this article will tell you how.

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Need more space? Get a MicroSD car and root! / © NextPit

Root your Android for fun!

All joking aside, rooting is a great first step into the passionate world of Android. You’ll discover terms like bootloader, root, kernel, etc. And if you’re truly passionate about it, you can go even further! Stick with us, you’ll find a mod or root tutorial on that works for you!

Don’t forget, rooting is a serious thing and verifying app permissions is very important. The security risk becomes much more apparent on a rooted Android! What are app permissions?

What is the first thing that you do with a rooted smartphone? Personalizing, increasing performance or securing your data?

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Pierre has a strong passion for new technologies and mobile since its first StarTac. Android user since 2011, Pierre became totally hooked. He never leaves his smartphone and smartwatch and still believes in the success of Google Glass. That's why he joined to be the head of content.

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  • Sreekanth TS Jan 7, 2017 Link to comment

    When you rooted your lovely device ..important to make a Nandroid backup.
    Then you can explore the hidden features of your monster without any risk..

  • nathan chisholm Jan 7, 2017 Link to comment

    Don't root your expensive phone if you haven't done it before! as it can end up a real mess or worse a brick...

  • Kalyan sankula Jan 6, 2017 Link to comment

    I tried unlocking and rooting my nexus 5 using pc, USB debugging, adb my nexus is unlocked but when verify with root checker ,it says root access is not installed properly on this device.wat should I do now, please help

    • Jerry's W. Jan 7, 2017 Link to comment

      I think you should go to it's the world's best forum for hacking and rooting your phone.
      My guess is you find answers there.
      peace ✌

    • Sreekanth TS Jan 7, 2017 Link to comment

      Flash it with TWRP recovery and then flash file. Google it for more details

  • Al Cha Jan 6, 2017 Link to comment

    My only problem with rooting is updates

  • rick Jan 6, 2017 Link to comment

    I will fuck up my phone, s7, I don't know anything about rooting a phone. I use different launchers, icons. Widgets. But no rooting.

    • Christiaan Putter Jan 6, 2017 Link to comment

      Dont root your S7 its a new phone uou are going to fuck up your phone.
      You can rather root an old piece of shit samsung you dont care about

      • nathan chisholm Jan 7, 2017 Link to comment

        Agreed don't root your new s7 if you know nothing about the process! Use a old shitty phone...

  • John B. Jan 6, 2017 Link to comment

    I can't believe that more people don't root their phones or even want to. Its the best thing that I have done with my phone, I enjoy being able to change the whole look of my device it makes it feel like a brand new device.

    • Patrick Gosselin Jan 6, 2017 Link to comment

      Well, one reason for me: my bank app will not work on a rooted device :(

  • GrimJimCrowley Jan 6, 2017 Link to comment

    I've thought about rooting my S6 on AT&T, but as it's my daily driver I'm very skeptical of it's usefulness.

    • Bastian Siewers Jan 6, 2017 Link to comment

      Always ask yourself the question: Why? Is there a specific reason for you to root your phone? If it's simply for fun, don't root your phone ;)

  • Sasi Kumar Jan 5, 2017 Link to comment

    How to root android 6.0 without pc <a href=""></a> This method not works for me

    • Bastian Siewers Jan 5, 2017 Link to comment

      Which phone are you using Sasi?

    • Jerry's W. Jan 18, 2017 Link to comment

      Google this: XDA DEVELOPERS
      Go read on that forum and learn.

  • Anand Jan 5, 2017 Link to comment

    Too Lazy? Mentioned about Samsung as king of preinstalled apps and supplied screenshot from a non-samsung phone...

    • Bastian Siewers Jan 5, 2017 Link to comment

      As it says "Samsung for example". It's not a problem that only exists on Samsung phones ;)

  • Carl Parsons Jan 4, 2017 Link to comment

    Can you root with a locked bootloader which is not unlockable

    • Bastian Siewers Jan 5, 2017 Link to comment

      It depends on the phone. There are root methods available for some phones with the locked bootloader.
      Which phone are you using?

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