Some of you, and I suspect there may be quite a few, won’t have heard of “rooting”. On Android it’s not quite the same as “jailbreaking” is with iPhone devices, but it does mean that apps can have more control over your phone.
Rooting your phone will give you access “under the hood” of your phone. Although it’s perhaps not as widely used now, there’s still some who want to get that “superuser” access into their Android device.
Notice those permissions requests that pop up after you’ve installed an app on your phone? Well, this is basically giving an app full and total control of everythig. The “kitchen sink” of permissions. Everything.
As the old saying goes though with great power comes great responsibility. You have to be careful what you’re doing. That’s why you should perhaps do some research first. Check out some of the top best root apps for Android to see what you can actually do with this new-found power.
For many phones, rooting can invalidate your warranty too, so you really have to think before you leap.
Some people like to be able to get that root access because, as they’ve invested in the phone and paid a lot of money for it, they want full and complete control over the thing. There’s also many who want to flash a new ROM, tweak CPU settings, adjust memory management, backup your phone or have full file management access and control.
I guess some also like the “power kick” :)
Either way, although there’s less people wanting to root their handsets now, for those that do, it’s important to be aware of the control you’re giving and the consequences. It can be useful, but it can also be tricky too, so definitely go and research the steps, learn more about what could go wrong and read up on what you’re doing before going ahead.