A root device is good

How do I root my smartphone?

Have you ever come across the term root or have your friends bragged about the functions of their rooted smartphone? Find out in our article why you should think about rooting your Android phone. At the same time, we want to inform you about the disadvantages and show you how rooting your device works safely.

The developers assign various security rights so that operating systems can function safely and stably. So you are either the administrator or just a user on your Windows operating system. Mobile operating systems such as Android also use such user rights. Since Linux is the basis for Google's operating system, the administrator is called the "root user" or "super user".

What actually is rooting?

This user gets access to the heart of the operating system, the so-called kernel. By rooting you become a super user and receive the master key for your Android.

What's the point of root?

One of the most popular adaptations for rooted operating systems is the installation of custom ROMs such as Lineage OS (formerly Cyanogenmod). This refers to versions of Android that were independently programmed by independent developers and that are completely different from the software of your mobile phone manufacturer. In order to function stably and smoothly, custom Roms must be individually adapted for each cell phone model. Some manufacturers of custom ROMs offer device lists. This is how you can see whether the ROM is compatible with your smartphone. We have linked a list of smartphones compatible with LineageOS.

However, you don't have to completely replace your operating system right away. Exciting things can also be done with rooted manufacturer versions of Android. If your memory is occupied by preinstalled apps and you have not yet been able to delete them, rooting allows you a thorough thorough cleaning. As a rule, all apps can be freely installed, deleted and even copied to external SD cards. Google also provides this in its OS, but various smartphone manufacturers block the function called adoptable storage on their devices.

If you install apps that require root rights, new worlds open up for the configuration of your smartphone. Don't you like the icons in the system tray at the moment? Clever applications allow you to swap them for other icons or change their order. Do you think the vibration motor of your Android smartphone is too powerful? Thanks to Root you can throttle it or even set intervals. For almost every scenario, the Google Play Store has apps that do not work on normal smartphones.

New Android for old devices

The connection to the outside world can also be managed in more detail after rooting. If you are concerned about your privacy while surfing and using your smartphone, connections can now be managed better. There are apps for this that create connection logs on rooted smartphones and even warn of suspicious access.

Android smartphones usually only receive updates for 24 months. After this period you will have to do without the latest Android or buy a new device. In this case too, rooting your smartphone can help. Custom ROMs like Lineage OS often bring new Android versions to older devices, even if the manufacturer no longer provides official updates. Often you will receive the relevant updates even faster, as the custom ROMs do not have to go through any complex test and certification processes.

The possibilities that are opened up by rooting the smartphone sound tempting. Adapting your daily companion precisely to your needs is a nice idea. However, the intervention in your smartphone is similar to repairing your car yourself. In both cases you should be aware of the dangers and know exactly what you are doing with each step.

What are the disadvantages and dangers of rooting?

Although many users like changing the manufacturer's versions of Android, it is a thorn in the side of the manufacturers. In order to prevent the indiscriminate rooting and the complete failure of numerous devices, most manufacturers react with loss of warranty. If you send in your rooted device, it will likely be sent back with a warning letter.

Mobile access to your online bank will likely be denied when connecting via a rooted device. The certificates that are used in online banking ensure a particularly high level of security. Rooted smartphones fall through the grid and are rejected. Because where you as the main user have free access to the file system, malware and viruses can also rage at will. Reliable virus protection is therefore a must.

The situation is similar with some apps. Pokémon Go fans had to stay at home with their unlocked devices in the hype of the entertaining hidden object game. The camera was also missing on the popular social media app Snapchat. Before rooting, think carefully about which apps you could do without and which ones you absolutely need in everyday life.

Backup is absolutely necessary

If you are fascinated by the access to the entire file system and you are interested in the master key of your operating system, we have to warn you. In most cases, the intervention in your smartphone is so serious that the changes cannot be reversed manually. In any case, make a thorough data backup to secure your music, photos and contacts.

How do I root my Android smartphone?

The procedure for rooting the smartphone differs depending on the model and manufacturer. This is because security holes in the Android operating system are being exploited to gain SuperUser rights. These differ depending on the manufacturer and model. Clever developers have designed apps with which you can root various phones with just one click. All you need is a USB data cable and activated USB debugging.

However, we advise against these programs called one-click rooters. You can certainly be successful with these methods. However, the programs often fail because they try to exploit a security hole that the manufacturer has already closed. Sometimes your device can even be damaged. It is also not always possible to determine who is behind a one-click rooter. The risk of catching a fake app that contains ransomware and viruses is therefore high.

Manual installation reduces this risk. We have shown you how to do this in the following instructions for the most important manufacturers. Have you already done the rooting and looking for practical apps? We have put together the 10 best apps for rooted smartphones for you in the linked article.