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Rooting is scary, but why wouldn’t you want to root your device when it opens up a world of possibilities? One of the most obvious benefits of rooting your Android device is to rid yourself of the bloatware (bloatware are unnecessary software usually included with factory builds) that are impossible to uninstall. You’ll be able to set up wireless tethering, even if it has been disabled by default. You can also access your entire file system, install special apps that require a root, and flash custom ROMs, which can add extra features and streamline your phone or tablet’s performance. A lot of people are tempted by the ability to completely customize the look of their phones. You can also manually accept or deny app permissions as you wish.

Just like the root administrator of a Windows operating system, with root access, you can get around any restrictions that your manufacturer or carrier may have applied. You can run more apps; you can customize your device to a greater degree; and you can potentially speed it up in a variety of ways.

So I’ll ask again,


Yes! I want to root my phone?

But wait!

Rooting your phone poses the following risks though:

  • You void your warranty (You can always unroot anytime you wish though)
  • You can brick your phone (bricking your phone renders it in a totally unusable state. The only way to avoid this is to follow instructions carefully, and make sure the instructions are specific to your device)

So now that you know both sides of the story, you can decide to go further or not.

If you have decided to root, join me in the next few stages

How to root your android phone

You could either go the easy one-size-fits-all way, or the device-specific way.

One-Size-Fits-All Rooting

One of the easiest methods of rooting, which also supports a long list of devices, is SuperOneClick. If in doubt, do more research. The XDA Developers forum is the most trustworthy source for rooting guides.

Get SuperOneClick here

Device-Specific Rooting

This is certainly a better method of rooting your device. There are numerous guides on how to root your device, a good example is a guide on how to root the Samsung Galaxy S2 I900 the best place to go looking is XDA Developers.

Thankfully, Android Central has a comprehensive list of guides on how to root your specific device. This list is here

Have you rooted your phone? Are you encountering challenges with rooting? Do you need any help? Tweet at the author or @echosolutionsng or just fill the contact form on this page, and someone is sure to help you out. The facebook page is also there for you to post your questions

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