10 Crucial Things You Should Know Before Rooting
I Guess you are reading this guide because you are fascinated about rooting your smartphone and yet not sure what is it to root your smartphone. You might be confused with things like should you root your smartphone or will it be bricked after rooting and many more things. Well, if you said yes to any of the above questions, this post is for you.
But before explaining any of the terms involved in rooting, let me break it down straight. Rooting is an act that involves tons of probabilities and risks. Still, there are tons of users who like to root their devices for the benefits of rooting. So, let’s explore what the whole thing is –
There can be a hard definition, but let me explain it in simple words. Rooting is a process that involves a couple of steps in order to gain root access of your smartphone. Sometimes, users think that they already have root access for their device, they are wrong !
Majority of the manufacturers install a customized interface layer over the main operating system in order to make the user feel more comfortable. For doing this, they also develop some features which aren’t required by you. For example users always prefer MX Player to be better than the default player. But unfortunately, you are not provided access to remove the default app.
Thereby, rooting your smartphone gives you the administrative power to control your smartphone and decide what you want to do and what not to.
The bootloader is nothing but a piece of coded modules which controls your device once it is swtiched on. The modules check up the condition of every hardware which is necessary and installed, and also then transfers this control over to the OS Kernal. You can assume the bootloader to be similar to BIOS application found in your computer.
Usually, this thing is locked in your smartphone thereby you need to unlock it if you want to start the whole rooting thing.
This is indeed the core level of any OS & thereby acts as the interpreter between the hardware and software. To break it down in simple words, you can define that this as the heart of your operating system. The key element that performs each and every instruction and controls every core hardware unit like camera, battery, RAM, GPU and even the processor.
The kernel comes in various editions for the android and due to this, you would need to pair up a specific kernel for the proper functioning of your phone. It is also recommended to check which of the kernels are compatible with your specific ROM.
ROM stands for that non-rewritable memory in technical computing language. But things are different in Android, a ROM here means repository of operating systems. This can be the stock ROM ( that was made by your smartphone manufactorer ) or may be a modified version by any individual or OEM.
To make things less confusing, consider ROM to be a particular version ( OS ) of Android.
This is a piece of software that would enable you to install ROMs that you have by booting your smartphone in Safe Mode ( calling it safe mode just for explaining ). This software usually has all the features that you need in order to install a different ROM on your smartphone.
This is why you need to install a recovery once you have installed a kernel. This allows to start your device with some combinations and read the contents of your SD card. The two most common custom recoveries are TWRP and ClockWorkMod.
You need to back up your data before installing a custom ROM on your device because while installing, all the in-storage data is wiped out. It is always safe to backup your entire system before even starting this process. Now when it comes to backing up, there are tons of apps for that. Some of these apps support normal devices while some work only with rooted devices.
Flashing : The process of installing any custom ROM on smartphone is called flashing. I also mentioned earlier that ROM highly differentiates the functionality and features. So much so that some ROMS are made specifically for some type of users. A part of ROM builders tend to provide as much stock android experience as possible while focus on boosting battery life and some focus on giving a better experience for camera.
For flashing on your device, you’d need to unlock bootloader ( explained above ), then root your smartphone ( guide coming soon ) and then install the right kernal along with recovery on your device. Once this is done, the device is started in recovery mode in order to initiate the flashing process.
ADB : It stands for Android Debug Bridge. It is basically a set of tools or ( SDK ). ADB needs to be installed not on the phone, but on the computer from which you want to control your device. In order to control ADB, there are some commands and synatax that you need to learn.
Risks assosiated with rooting
- If you pick up the wrong kernal or ROM, your phone can go non functional completely.
- Majority of the smartphone manfactorers don’t support rooting ( even if they provide an easy way to do that ). So, rooting would make your device out of warranty.