With the need to gain control over the Android system, we presented 11 reasons to root your device and today we’ll show you the other side of the coin: 5 reasons as to why you shouldn’t get root access on your device. No doubt, rooting does give you a bunch more options with what you can do with your Android device, but what are the risk involves in root access? Take a look.
Kiss Warranty GoodBye
There is a reason rooting is not officially supported by manufacturers, otherwise we’d start seeing device coming already rooted straight from the factory. As such, if you gain root access on your device, you can more than likely kiss your warranty goodbye.
Some devices, such as Samsung, even have a flash counter built into them that will keep track of whether or not a user has tampered with the firmware and installed unofficial software and this can be checked even if the phone has been unrooted and locked again. While there are methods of restoring this back to zero, there are no guarantees that the Warranty department won’t catch on.
It is true that by gaining root access, you get total control over the entire system. With the right skills and tools, you can read and modify almost any parameter on your device. This is the reason why some apps, as as SuperSU, require root access in order to work properly. However, this type of access is a double edged sword as with root access nothing is there to prevent malicious applications from wreaking havoc on your system: system files can be corrupted or deleted, personal information can be skimmed, and you could even soft brick your device.
All devices are not created equal
Android devices are unique and different from manufacturer to manufacturer hence there is no one-rule-for-all that will guarantee root access at any point in time. For example, rooting Nexus devices requires you to download a toolset and then use the PC command prompt to gain access while most Samsung devices requires you to use the Odin software on your PC to get the same results. As such, with device specific instructions that often require multiple steps and at least a decent understanding of computers, there is a much larger chance for things to go wrong and possibly rendering your device unusable.[irp]
Problems with updates
With phones like Nexus, system updates will only work on completely stock unrooted devices. This is because of a
change to the way Android processes the OTA file. Updates now patch the entire system directory as a single blob, so any changes or extra files (i.e. root) will throw off the verification and the update will abort.
On other phones and tablets, virtually every OTA update you get will wipe out root and block the method from working again. If having root access is really important to you, you might be left waiting on older buggy software while you beg for a new root method or a modded OS update.
Another common issue that comes along with rooting your device is that you’ll start seeing that automatic updates to the firmware stop being pushed to you. For example, you’ll no longer have the convenience of seeing updates via Wi-Fi (OTA) and management software such as Samsung KIES will no longer work properly. You’ll still be able to manually update the firmware and flashing it to your device, but it is a relatively cumbersome process to have to do each time a new version of your firmware is released.
If you’re not familiar with Android’s tools and how to fix issues with a command line, you might want to give this some thought. Root can be a lot of fun to play around with, but it can also lead to plenty of frustration as you try to fix errors caused by overzealous modding.[irp]
Okay, My phone is rooted, What next?
Rooting isn’t that scary, and it’s beneficial when your cell gets older, and gets behind the times. Moreover, this article is not written to scare anyone from getting root but rather highlight some of the risks associated with the process itself.
One of the most important thing to consider: when you’ve rooted your device, you gain a ton more access to areas of your device that were previously out of your reach.
Rooting your phone or tablet gives you complete control over the system, and that power can be misused if you’re not careful.
Have you ever had any issues when attempting to root your device? Let us know in the comments.