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No matter what Android smartphone you own, there are plenty of reasons to root it for it allows you to get more control over the device. It let's you customise your smartphone to how you want it to be rather than using it the way respective smartphone vendor wants you to use it.
But, does that mean you won't face any problems on rooting your Android handset? Is it an all pros but no cons affair?
Well, we are afraid it's not. Sure there are many advantages of rooting an Android smartphone. But it also means that you'll have to compromise on a few aspects, especially security.
Take a look at 5 reasons why rooting an Android smartphone is not a good idea below.
Bye Bye software updates!
One of the biggest disadvantages of rooting is the fact that it halts the handset from receiving software updates.
Most of the smartphones out there don't receive timely software updates, why is this a concern, you ask?
Well, apart from missing out on some cool new additions, the smartphone will be left vulnerable if seen from security's point of view. Usually, software updates bring along several security patches with every update to make it difficult for cybercriminals to get access to your smartphone.
Custom ROMs are not always trustable
Okay let's get this straight out of the way, a good number of Android users install custom ROMs. But the worst part is not many know what they are actually doing with their smartphone. They just simply follow a step-by-step guide available on the internet.
This is not to say that all the custom ROMs are untrustworthy but the process itself leaves them vulnerable. Additionally, the developers behind the custom ROMs don't have the might of companies like Google, Sony, HTC, Motorola or any other vendor to immediately roll out software updates if something goes wrong.
Giving root access to apps can turn out to be a disaster
On rooting your Android smartphone, some apps ask for root access. A few users will blindly "Allow" the apps to get access without having any idea of what they are doing.
Giving root access to apps means providing them with access to the entire operating system. As a result, these apps can install and monitor any apps on your smartphone without your knowledge to gain sensitive information stored on your device.
Malware and more malware
Rooting your Android smartphone will make it instantly vulnerable to malwares such as worms, trojans, viruses, etc. in the form of downloads, malicious links or infected apps.
Of course, voids warranty
Smartphone vendors strictly oppose rooting and doing so will instantly void warranty. This means, if your smartphone ever runs into troubles (software issues), the repair will not be covered under warranty.
While there are many methods to recover your smartphone after rooting it, most of the smartphones usually have a firmware installed to keep track of the device's software to check if it's been tampered or not while you claim your warranty.