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5 reasons NOT to root your smartphone

Root or not root, that's the question. When you have an Android smartphone, it is indeed one of the questions that we ask the most. It is not uncommon to read the many advantages offered by the root: remove the prinstalles applications, install indite apps, find deleted photos … But if the root seems so magical, why manufacturers do not sell us not so smartphones dj roots?

My first Android smartphone, a Nexus One, made me one of the happiest men on earth. I had a world of possibilities under my fingers. I spent the day trying new things, installing applications, changing the screens … It was paradise until the end of the first week when I realized that I could not install everything I wanted . The reason was simple: my smartphone was not root.

The Android system, by default, gives us a role of guest. Since I wanted to be a master of my smartphone, so naturally I decided to root my smartphone to free it from the yoke that Google had on my Nexus One. A new unviers opened before my eyes.

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Root, administrator or super user? AndroidPIT

After several flash ROMs but also several problems following the root, several questions have started to flood my mind: Why does not the system default the root since the start?

The answer is simple. The root is not for everyone. Rooting your smartphone can open a back door on your Android system and there are risks. Here are 5 reasons not to root his phone.

1. The root endangers the security of your Android smartphone

As you have already seen, every time you install an application, you must accept the permissions of it. If you have root your terminal, you can give access to all the files of the system for any application. That is, you cancel the action limits that applications normally have.

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This is a risk standard for your Android smartphone. If malware (malware) accidentally accesses your device, either by an infected application or by an unsecure connection to a public Wi-Fi network, it can be devastating because it will have access to the entire network. system.

2. Applications requiring root access are becoming less common

Each version of Android brings new possibilities to the public. At the birth of Android, the system was pretty closed. A root access was thus required for many things. But over time, Google has been able to evolve its mobile OS for more transparency and freedom.

For example, with Lollipop you can save your desktop while doing another task, something that up to Android 4.4 Kitkat was something only reserved for root users. And of course, the new version 6.0, Android Marshmallow, tends even more this process.

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3. Rooter your smartphone is complicated

Rooting your Android phone is not as easy as one might think, at least for a typical user who does not necessarily have very sophisticated computer skills. To begin, you need to look for useful information on the Internet to learn how to root your model. The process is indeed different according to the brands and versions of Android. It is thus often referred to cases of brick phones after a rooting attempt.

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The root is not as easy as it seems. AndroidPIT

Root is also complicated when you install applications. It will be necessary to remain very vigilant on the authorizations which you give. A bad surprise can happen quickly and a virus can catch your attention.

4. Problems with Updates

When you have root your Android smartphone, you may experience problems when updating your device via OTA (Over-The-Air). Updates warning messages tend to disappear when the phone is root.

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Update messages are not necessarily visible to root users. AndroidPIT

Although it is still possible to manually install new software, it complicates things a bit. For a person who is not necessarily expert or comfortable, it can quickly become a nightmare.

5. You can lose the warranty

In Europe root does not waive the guarantee unless the problem is caused by the procedure itself. And believe me, problems can happen. The comments are numerous and the topics on the forum are not lacking. Worse, if you are not in France, rooter is not allowed. In Canada, for example, root simply cancels the warranty.

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You can lose the guarantee with root. AndroidPIT

Still, if you do not want to procrastinate and negotiate 107 years with the SAV, I advise you to remove the root, or do not root purely and simply your Android.


It is advisable to think carefully before rooting your smartphone. The benefits are many, and here AndroidPIT we are well aware and we recommend it for Android fans who know their phone and its limits. But each user must also know the disadvantages that an Android root can generate in order to be fully informed to make his decision. Contrary to what one might think, root is not necessarily such an easy decision.

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