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When the Apple iPhone was originally released, it wasn’t long before the hacking community had made the first jailbreaks. Initially, jailbreaking was a huge waste of time suitable only for ubernerds with time to burn and that probably needed to get out more.

Things soon changed and now that Android has genuinely caught up with iOS, the Android answer to jailbreaking (known as rooting) is very much in the limelight. Android devices already offer a level of accessibility and customizability lacking in iOS. However, rooting your Android phone opens even more end-user doors, making it an exciting prospect.

The concept of these processes are intuitive and easy to grasp for your average geek and there are a lot of articles on how to jailbreak out there written in such a way which reflects this. However, if you’re an Android owner and not necessarily initiated into the world of hacking geekery, you may not be familiar with the ramifications of what rooting really means. In this article, we’re going to look at some of the frequently asked questions which arise surrounding the subject.

What Does Rooting Mean in the First Place?

tree rootsThe etymology of the word root (in this context at least) dates back to an operating system called UNIX which was developed in the late 60s. While this nuts-and-bolts operating system is now surpassing 40 years old, it forms the foundation for many operating systems today including both Android and iOS.

The word root refers to the fact that you are allowed access to the root (or top-most)) directory, thus affording you complete administrative control over your operating system.

What Will That Level of Control Give Me?

All commercially available operating systems have certain restrictions. This level of administrative access will allow you the opportunities to have greater levels of customisability of your operating system and give you access to apps, games and tweaks which are not available in the official stores.

Will It Cost Me Anything?

The short answer is no. To elaborate further, the software needed to root your android device is entirely free and the process is essentially a simplified homebrew hack. To money is necessary.

Is It Safe to Hack My Beloved Android Device?

Typically speaking, routing is a safe process as long as you the take time to arm yourself with some prior knowledge. At the end of the day, rooting is hacking and so carries with it some risks. When the time comes to follow the process to root your android phone, make sure that you read everything carefully and allot yourself an appropriate amount of time to properly digest information. One final bit of advice on safety is to make sure that you have a full battery charge so that your device doesn’t go flat during the rooting process which could pose problems.

Will Rooting My Entry Device Void My Warranty?

The short answer this is technically yes. However, if you experience any issues with your rooted android device you can execute a rollback whereby you set the software back to its original version. If you have to send or bring the device in for repair, there’s no way anybody to know that you rooted in the first place. Thus, your warranty is technically void but, you’re good to go as nobody will know.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

This is all of the important information that you need to know prior to rooting. As mentioned, the key takeaways are the following should you decide that you’d like to tinker around to gain an improved user experience with your and with device. Remember to do your homework on whichever method of rooting your choosing do, always allow sufficient time to do the research properly so you don’t end up rushing it, and make sure the handful battery life before getting stuck in. We hope this article has given you a bit more of an insight into what routing is and what it entails.