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    What is the purpose of rooting a device?

    Read this thread to know the exact meaning of rooting a device. Also learn about its benefits and steps involved in rooting an Android device.

    Many a times I find people using term like rooting android device. I want to know what is the meaning of rooting a device in layman's term. Why we root any device? What is the need? How to root an Android device? Expecting some good responses from the TEC experts.
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  • You can use a device normally without rooting it. However, if you want to install some modified applications, you'll need to root it. Simply put, rooting opens up a lot possibilities for your device. You can do much more with it than you can do normally.

  • When you purchase a mobile device you have some purposes in mind. But there are certain limitations by the manufacturer on the device that may prevent you from using certain capabilities of the device. To overcome those limitations, rooting of device may help.

    There are many other reasons for rooting mobile devices:

    1. For installing incompatible Apps on your device.
    2. For unlocking hidden features of your device.
    3. You can increase processing speed of your device.
    4. Battery life can be enhanced.
    5. Some of the apps have unwanted and disturbing ads you can stop them by rooting your device.
    6. Total app and data backup for seamless transitions

  • The term 'Root' is used in Linux. In Linux OS, the username of admin is 'root'. If you give username as 'root' and its password you can modify anything in the OS. Only administrator or those who have good knowledge in Linux were recommended to use root user. If you know the password of 'root' user you too can login. For example take partitioning your hard disk or starting a service. It can be done only by login in root user.

    In Android you don't have multiple user facility. It is designed for single user and you will be either root user or normal user. Few mobile come rooted by default and most of them won't. Without root access you won't be able to un-install system apps. You need to login as root to un-install them. You can't switch to user like you do in Windows OS (desktop version). The only way is 'rooting'.
    If you are interested in customizing you phone then rooting will be playful. If you are normal user who spends most of time in internet, SMS and calls then rooting is not a big deal.

  • The purpose of rooting a smartphone device is to enable your phone's OS to do several stuff that it otherwise is not able to do. For example, after successful rooting of a phone, you can install some incompatible applications on your phone as well as delete some system default applications that came installed with your phone.

    It is advisable not to root your phone as a minor error during the rooting process can cause damage to your smartphone's OS. So, unless and until you have a step-by-step rooting tutorial that has proved successful for many people using your type of phone, you can better avoid it. Generally, people who buy cheap / budget smartphones with less features try rooting to get more value out of their phone. For people using a Google Nexus 5 or iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy Note 2, rooting is not required at all.

    Thanks & Best Regards,
    Bhakti Savla

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