Rooting means breaking the security barrier of Android. Let us imagine, that you drive a taxi. If you have an experienced driver, your journey is going to be smooth and relaxing. However, when there is something wrong with him or her, it is better to get the wheel, even though driving a car, stranger to you, might be dangerous.
Rooting means nothing mysterious, but telling the driver to go away, and sit into its position. Of course it means that from the very you jailbreak into the system, you have to take special care on your device, because the inbuilt security adjustments might not save you. However, in many cases, rooting is the only solution to keep the system running smooth, or use it in its whole complexity.
Mainly, there are two main reasons to break into Android system. One is that your device gets full of bloatware – harmful software that you cannot get rid of in any other ways. Another reason is that you want to use features on the device, which are restricted by your service provider or require resources that you cannot use due to your security standards.
The procedure of routing is not difficult, and if you handle your phone with care, it will not do any harm to your device. However, it is good to know, that you might lose the warranty of your gadget, and – when it is realized, you might get fined by your provider as rooting may violate your contract.
When rooting a device, you shall be very-very careful. First of all, you take some security risks, because the developers cannot guarantee that your software won’t have vulnerabilities. Secondly, your phone might get bricked. This happens often when the user does not follow the instructions clearly. Thirdly, as mentioned above, you might lose your warranty,
Practically, rooting has 3 main disadvantages. Firstly, certain programs can detect when your device is rooted – therefore they are not possible to be used on it. One very good example is Google Wallet – which does not support rooted environment because of the security risks. (It’s more for your good than for bothering you, I must tell.) Moreover, when your phone needs to be repaired and you have to send it back to manufacturer you’ll need to flash the original backup. (You’ll know what it is.)
n the USA, it is illegal to root any portable devices. The only example is to rooting of mobile phones that need a jailbreak to be compatible with legally purchased and authorized tools like headsets and certain software – unfortunately, this rule does not apply for tablets, the rooting of which is completely illegal.
In Canada, there are certain cases in which jailbreak and rooting is allowed, like installing root-only programs or those that are not available at iTunes. Funnily enough, it is not allowed to root your device “just for fun”. That is a crime if you do not have a specific reason that falls under the regulation. Funnily enough, it is illegal to sell and make tools for rooting – so what you’ll do will necessary be illegal some ways.
In the EU rooting is considered as a violation of copyright, but if it is necessary for interoperability, so you have a reason and you do it for “fair use”, it is not a crime.
Most of the sources agree that you might not be sentenced for breaking into your own phone if you used it for private purposes – however, we still do not recommend you to act against the law. Please, use these products with respect to the programmers and developers as well, who earn a living on providing you product and whose work is mostly financed by ads and customer purchases.