Why Root My Android Phone?

A question I get probably at least 10 times a week is, “Why root my Android phone?”

First of all, what is rooting?

Rooting means you can get “full root access” to your Android operating system, allowing you to do whatever you want, install new ROMs, modify the operating system, and a whole lot more.

Why root does not come with phones?

Well, mostly because carriers (especially U.S. carriers like Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T) want full control over their users, not the other way around. By locking down Android smartphones, carriers are able to do evil things like charge you twice for the internet you paid for already by introducing BS mobile hotspot plans that cost you $20-30/month extra.

Now, that’s probably one big reason to root your Android smartphone because you shouldn’t have to pay carriers TWICE for the same internet off your ONE phone! And this is just common sense but for those of you who have been paying for it for years you just don’t get it.

As an example, most countries other than U.S. offer mobile hotspot/wifi tethering as part of the phone’s feature, no extra cost added. In fact, America is probably one of the only countries in the world where your hard money goes into some idiot executive’s bank account.

There’s also many other cool benefits from rooting your phone such as being able to overclock/underclock your phone, get twice better battery life, enable Cisco VPN, connect USB peripheral devices such as your USB flash drive/hard disk, and its literally endless.

On the other hand, if you get an iPhone, you might be able to jailbreak it but you can get maybe 10% of what Android phones have to offer because Apple is a close-system where system code isn’t open source like Android is.

It all really boils down to whether you need those extra features and a lot of people simply root to get free tether. As for me, that’s how I got started, I wanted to tether my off my phone whenever I was going on a trip but I would never want to pay the extra monthly fees because I don’t go on trips all the time. Of course, there’s going to be people who abuse the system and download gigs of bittorrent off their phone’s internet connection but the point is, it’s not illegal nor is it illegal for carriers to charge you twice.

Anyways, just sayin’, rooting your phone can give you wings.

6 Responses

  1. Jaroos says:

    Thanks! That’s an awesome summary.

  2. Nando says:

    Awesome! I might root my Epic 4G Touch but I gotta ask this: What are the chances of bricking my brand new Epic 4G Touch if I try to root it? I mean, I don’t know jack about any of this but I’m great at following instructions. 😀 Thanks for the videos!

  3. Alwaseem says:

    i have a rooted Galaxy S II, but i didn’t know about OverClocking!!!!
    now my Galaxy S II runs with 1.6 GHz speed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i can’t believe it!!

  4. Dan says:

    Question is, if I root and there’s an Android update, how does that flow? Do I have to manually install the update, re-root my phone and/or reinstall all of my apps and rooted features?

  5. json says:

    yo bro i am with u im redy to root my evo but im a newb so im scared of briking phone can u give me a step by step over phone or video or somthing i subscrbied on twiter youtube google plus please PLEEEESE HELP.WAITNG FOR UR HELP. OR SOME ONE YOU NO CAN HELP ME IM RUNNING 2.3.5 I HAVE APPinstaler alredy to back up apps also i have an auto root app called universalroot.wich roots phone in seconds but im scared cuz i dnt no

  6. David says:

    I’ve rooted my og Droid, a Droid 2, a cliq xt, a galaxy s, a galaxy s2 , htc evo, a magic, a razr maxx, a RAZR. And screwed up in the line by line adb commands few times, not once have i read a rooting process, that i thought would brick a phone, I’ve read done that i didn’t think would work, the bricking comes from bad custom rom installs, and really I’ve never herd of someone truly bricking a phone. Bad software eventuality can be fixed. Open source means manufactures release oem software and test devises. That software can be used to fix your phone and is available to anyone . True hard ware bricking I’ve never heard of on a Android, soft brick.. all the time, for almost 3 hours till one of the thousands in the Android community, can point you in the right direction.

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