5 Easy ways to root you Android phone is actually a bit of a misstatement. This isn’t because Android phones are hard to root, this is because every manufacturer that makes an Android phone has made gaining root access to their phone a little different.
This means that what works to root one company’s phone may not necessarily work to root any other manufacturer’s Android phone. For this reason when someone wants to root their Android Phone the first step in the process is understanding what rooting is, why it is done, and how it is done before they even attempt to root their Android.
What is Rooting?
Rooting is the term used to describe the act of gaining root access to the Android phone’s software. Most manufacturers deny root access as a default setting in their phones because they know that most people have no idea how to use root access.
They don’t do this to make money, they don’t do this to deprive the customer of anything, companies deny root access because they know how easy it is to completely destroy a phone by mishandling root access, and they don’t want you breaking your phone.
The truth is that the average person actually has no real reason to have this root access and most people really don’t know what to do with it when they get it. However, this doesn’t mean that rooting doesn’t yield benefits, in fact if you want to design apps, one of the first things you want to do is understand how root access works so your app will work with Android.
What is a Root System?
The easiest way to describe a root system is to say that it acts like the phone’s brain. This system is what tells the phone to do everything it does. Much like the brain when it receives a message (generally produced by a button being pushed) it decides what to do with that information.
For example if you are stung by a bee the brain reacts by telling your body that something hurts and that it hurts because of a bee. The next thing that happens is that you slap at the bee and probably scream a bit in both pain and fear. None of this happens without the brain.
Just like being stung by a bee, an Android phone needs to know what to do with the information it receives and that is the function of the root system. This system takes the information it receives, decides what it is, then puts the phone into action.
That is why messing around with this should only be done by people who know what they are doing. However, the truth is that people are going to do what they want and that no amount of warning is going to stop them from doing it.
Why do People Root their Android?
The answer to this question is as varied as the people who chose to root their Android phones. For some people, rooting the Android phone is done simply because they can. They don’t have a particular reason for it they simply want to be able to do it. While there are indeed many people who root their Android phones for no real reason other than to say they have done it, some people have good reasons for rooting their phones.
The primary reason for rooting an Android phone is so someone who wants to create an app can get access to the root system of Android. Root systems work very much like DOS does for computers, it acts as the place where every other piece of software goes in order to make the phone do what it wants it to do. When developing apps for Android, knowing how the root system works is extremely important or there is a good chance that your app may not work.
Another common reason people choose to root their Android phone is to free their phone from having to be used on a specific network. Most manufacturers have contracts with particular cell service providers and during the manufacture of the phone they commit the Android phone to a particular network. For some people this is seen as a challenge, for others this is see as a limitation and it probably is which makes it understandable why someone would root their Android phone for this purpose.
How Do I Root my Android phone?
So now you understand what rooting is and you also have a reason to root your phone, so the next logical step is learning how to root your Android phone. While again rooting a phone is really not a difficult process, the fact is that because there are so many different manufacturers of Android phones out there, it’s almost impossible to give a one size fits all lesson on how to root your particular phone.
Not only do different manufacturers prevent access to the root system in different ways, they often do it differently for each model making a one size fit all solution even more difficult. While it is definitely true that there isn’t a one size fits all kind of answer to the question of how to root a phone, that really doesn’t help you figure out how to do it.
If you are truly wanting to root your phone and are willing to accept the risks of completely breaking it if you mess something up then your best bet is to check the internet. Log onto your favorite search engine and type in the name of your Android phone’s manufacturer and the words how to root.
This of course is going to give you a lot of results because every single technology blog out there has an article or two about rooting the Android. You will have to sift through some information, and be careful because not everything out there is actually a good idea, but if you are careful and willing to take your time, you can probably figure out how to root your Android phone.
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This article was written by Jim Thompson who writes for OneClickRoot.com.