Rooting is a term that optimize your Android device. With the increase of millions of new Android owners each month, we decided to give a basic introduction to root and let you decide if it's something you'd like to do.

What is Rooting?

Rooting is a process by which you regain the administrative access to your phone. Though Android is an open source operating system, you don't have full "root access" to do whatever you want. When iPhone launched in 2007, core technical personnels soon realized the potential of the device. Apple sealed its devices with cruel software limitations, what made "JailBreak" appeared on iPhone and quickly be applied to other platforms. And when people saw the first Android in 2008, the term "Root" was born.


Why Root Your Android Phone/Tablet?

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The main reason people root their Android devices is for free control. After you root your Android phone or tablet, you can gain full control over your system and can tweak it to your liking.

Improved Performance: You can speed up your Android device by relocating your phones cache thus allowing you to save phone memory and have a faster phone. There are applications available in the Android Market that will allow you to overclock your device to make it go as fast as you dare.

Alter System Files: You can replace many parts of the "Android Core" which include the ability to add new themes, edit the core apps (maps, calendar, clock, etc), change the recovery & boot images, add linux binaries.

More Application Choices: You will be able to install apps that are only compatible with rooted phones, some of these apps include an app that will allow you to take a screenshot on your phone, overclock your device and tether apps.

Install applications to your SD CARD: One of the most talked-about feature (or disadvantage) of any Android device is the limitation where you can install applications only in the phone's internal memory and not the SD card. While Google may reason that SD cards are slower in general and cannot run apps as effectively as internal memory, fact of the matter is that most Android devices do not come with massive internal storage spaces, and hence greatly limit the number of applications that can be installed at a time. With rooted devices, you can use Apps2SD, which will copy ALL your applications to a ext2/3/4 formatted SD card an will also store future builds in card. Freedom to choose!

Latest Android OS (Operating System): With many carriers holding back the updates to the latest Android operating system, rooting your device will give you the option to install any current and future OS's by installing custom-tailored ROMs.

WI-FI and Bluetooth Tethering: After having rooted your device, you can also use WiFi or Bluetooth tether to share your cellular data connection with your laptop or PC. The application works with ad hoc connections and will get you up and running online on your laptop in no time. Similarly, tethering can also be achieved over a Bluetooth connection.

How to Root Your Phone/Tablet?

To root your phone, you have to download Unlock Root tool from unlockroot.com.

1. Your device must in USB Debugging mode. Turn it on, go to Settings > Applications > Development and check the box.(Look Here

2. Connect your device to your PC, run UnlockRoot.exe.

3. Click "Unlock Root", Enjoy!

What are the Risks of Rooting?

Root your phone does comes with some risks. The most notable risk is that you will void any warranty that you have on your device. However, you may be able to find the stock ROM for your device in which case you can reverse the root and make your phone stock again. You may have difficulty in finding the stock ROM for your device, it all depends on your device, but it's something worth finding before you do root.

Other then the voiding your warranty, there isn't that much risks involved. There have been some users on Android forums that have run into problems. Bricking your device is a possibility if a freak accident occurs while flashing archives. You should, however, not run into any problems. Most users report the process as being a painless and easy process.

Rooting your device can be a fun process. It gives you the free control of your phone and takes your phone to a whole new level of function. We do recommend that you do your due diligence to ensure the rooting process goes as smoothly as possible. What are your thoughts on rooting? Was it an easy experience? Do you recommend it to others? We'd love to hear your thoughts.