Rooting an android device isn’t that risky as most people think, though warranty of your gadget is at stake. Rooting your device gives you some advantages that aren’t possible to have on a non-rooted device. Here are some of the reasons why you should root your phone or tablet.

1) Firewall 

After rooting your device, you can install application such as DroidWall. Firewall applications could be helpful as they restrict apps to access the network.  Apps like DroidWall are handy to make your data plan last longer. Some of the applications running in background often eat your precious network data. DroidWall works like a back-end agent to block unwanted  apps to access the network. There are also number of other applications that allow you to get full access to firewall.

2) Anonymous Browsing 

If you want to remain anonymous on the internet, then Orbot application is a great solution for you.  It is an official port of Tor on android. This app requires root access to provide you with a network of virtual tunnels for your privacy and security on internet. Orbot not only hides your IP address, it allows you to access blocked websites in your country. Of course you can use VPN for anonymous browsing but having an app like this takes full control of your mobile OS to enable anonymous browsing.

3) CPU overclocking

All you need is a root access and you would be able achieve CPU over clocking just like your PC. Over clocking of CPU can be done by two different methods. Manually by altering build.prop or by using an app to do your dirty work.

4) Access to Whole File system

By rooting your device you can access restricted file system. This way you can access system files such as build.prop. You can access the directory where your apps are installed. ES file explorer and Root explorer can be used in a rooted android system to access the whole file system.

5) Application backup

You can backup your apps on your rooted android system. Sometimes app update removes some features that you might like. You can backup a particular version of the app, through apps like titanium backup. You can rollback to any version of your favorite app. This tool is also helpful to make backup of your files and apps before doing a factory reset.

6) Moving apps to SD card

Some phones comes up with limited internal storage, and at a particular stage you run out of internal memory for installing new apps. A simple solution is to root your phone and install apps like move to SD card , to free up some internal memory.

7) Removing Pre-installed apps (Crapware)

Some applications come pre-installed on your phone or tablet, most of them are utterly useless and the worst thing is that you can’t even uninstall those apps. Only way to get rid of those apps is to to root your phone.

8) Market Enabler

Most apps don’t run on your phone or tablet simply because of manufacturer’s restriction. You can simply remove those restrictions by editing build.prop file, to make your app more market friendly.

9) Switching to Native OS

Most manufactures tweak the android OS, by making their own custom UI. UI such as HTC sense eats up most of your RAM, making your phone to work a bit slower. You can easily get rid of manufacturers custom android OS and switch to native OS on your rooted phone or tablet.

10) Installing a Custom ROM

You can always maximize the potential of your phone by installing a custom ROM. Custom ROM such as MIUI, makes your phone faster to use and navigate. It also maximizes the phone’s potential by modifying changes in build.prop. Another advantage of installing a Custom ROM is …if your phone/ tablet doesn’t get official update of any new version of android, you can always get it by installing a custom ROM.

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