Top 5 reasons not to root your Android device

Dec 07, 2017 7808 Komal Rangoonwala rooting

There are lots of benefits after rooting your android device. But along lots of benefits, there are some disadvantage also like security, void warranty etc. So read this article before rooting your android device.

For tech geeks, it is a thrilling experience to root an Android device to get to the core of the OS, being able to install and use custom ROMs, and especially use those exciting apps that are specifically developed for rooted devices. Although there are many cool reasons to root your Android device, today we’ll look at 5 reasons why you shouldn’t root your android device.

It voids the warranty of the device (in most cases)

Rooting an Android device generally voids the warranty in most cases, depending on the manufacturer. The manufacturer does not guarantee to cover the damages caused due to rooting or after rooting the device. In some of the Android devices there is a feature called switch. What happens is this switch flips when you root your Android device.

It is almost impossible to revert that switch back. And this is not something you want when you just got a super expensive Android device. You must have an agreement beforehand if you want your manufacturer to fix your rooted device.

Some apps do not support rooted phones


Most of the security concerned apps will give you a warning that the app cannot run as the device is rooted. I’ve faced such problems myself. These apps usually include banking applications. This happens because such security concerned apps are built into thinking they will be run under administrative control.

But then again, there are various methods you can use to trick the app into thinking your device is not rooted. However, it’s quite a lot of hassle if you aren’t a tech geek.

Rooted devices are most susceptible to malware


Rooting your device gives you access to pretty much everything on the device. It gives you the root access. It means that you can modify the source code in order to make your device act the way you want. But malware can make your data vulnerable to security threats. Say, you are browsing and you click a link accidentally or intentionally. But something undesirable happens and you quickly close it.

You think everything’s fine. But it only takes few seconds for a bug or virus to auto-download and install itself. This bug can even multiple itself. These bugs can contain some bad code to in turn change your system software code. Or a single script starts running and infects your device causing you trouble.

You can really break your device (or we can say brick it)

Bricked Android device

Rooting an Android device is arduous. It is not advisable that someone with no experience or knowledge about Android devices take a chance on rooting the device. If something goes wrong while rooting the device and it stops working, it become extremely difficult to make it work. If one likes to experiment with technology and wants to root an Android device, they are recommended to do so on a low price Android device which even if wrecked, it won’t cost you and cause you much damage.

So rather than having to use your Android device like a paperweight, have some expert root your device or do not root it at all.

You are devoid of latest updates


You can get OTA (Over-The-Air) updates even after you root your device. But, you will not get OTA updates if you modify components of your device such as kernel, bootloader, etc. And if you have flashed a custom ROM, then you will have to manually check for the updates specifically for that ROM.

So winding up, I would like to say that you should definitely consider these 5 reasons before you root your Android device. If your knowledge and gut tell you to go for it then go ahead. But if you feel like you are not experienced enough to take such risk, I’d say do not root your Android device.