Reasons to Rooting Your Android Phone

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Android is one of the most open, versatile, and customizable mobile operating systems out there. You may think you don’t need to root your Android phone, but you’d be surprised at how much more you can accomplish with a little work. Here are 5 reasons rooting your phone is worth the hassle.

Top 1-Unlock Hidden Features and Install “Incompatible” Apps

Sometimes, even Android isn’t open enough to give you some of the features you want. Either an app is blocked by carriers, hacks into Android’s system files, or otherwise isn’t available. Luckily, rooting can help with that: you can install carrier-blocked apps, get features from the latest version of Android, make incompatible apps compatible, power up your hardware, get features like Beats Audio from other phones, or emulate exclusive features like those on the Moto X. Whatever you want, rooting gives you the power to do a lot more.

Top 2-Boost Your Phone’s Speed and Battery Life

You can do a lot of things to speed up your phone and boost its battery life without rooting, but with root—as always—you have even more power. For example, with an app like SetCPU you can overclock your phone for better performance, or underclock it for better battery life. You can also use an app like Greenify to automatically hibernate apps you aren’t using—perfect for those apps that always want to run in the background when you’re not looking.

Top 3-Block Ads in Any App

Look, we of all people understand the need for occasional ads—it’s how we make money. But ads can also get in the way and use up data. If you want to block ads in certain apps or on certain devices, rooting is by far the best way to do so. AdFree, AdBlock Plus, and Ad Away are all great options. Of course, if you aren’t rooted, going into airplane mode works in a pinch too.

Top 4-Tweak the Dark Corners of Android

If you’re the kind of person that likes to fiddle with every little feature—both on the surface and under the hood—rooting is for you. Whether you want to customize your keyboard layout with something like Keyboard Manager or give yourself faster scrolling, improved multitasking, and extra themes with Pimp My ROM, rooting gives you the power to tweak just about any corner you can think of. If you want to do it, chances are someone over on a forum like XDA has created a mini-app or tweak that will help.

Top 5-Truly Own Your Device

In the end, all of this boils down to one thing: you own your device, and you should be able to do with it as you please. Certain manufacturers and carriers try to keep that from happening, but with root access, you truly own your device and open yourself up to all the possibilities other parties try to block. Sure, there’s some risk involved, and we don’t usually recommend rooting other people’s phones, but in the end, you can’t put a price on true openness and control.