“I have rooted my phone. Now what? What do I gain from rooting?” This is a common question by those who have just rooted their phones. Actually, before you root your phone, you may want to know what apps, ROMs and other benefits you can get from rooting. And here is why you should root your Android phone.
The phone manufacturer always adds its own apps to the phone which are often marked as system apps and hence cannot be uninstalled (e.g.: Samsung’s Music Hub, Book hub etc). They may make your phone slow and occupy memory and space. With root access, you can get rid of them.
Overclock or underclock CPU
With an app like SetCPU, you can control the processor speed of your phone by overclocking (set your CPU max frequency higher than its standard value) or underclocking (set it lower than its min value). Overclocking helps if you want to run an app that needs high requirements. While underclocking helps in getting a better battery life.
For example, you can make your processor overclocked when you play graphics-intensive games, but have them draw the bare minimum power when the screen is turned off.
Google does a good job of keeping the contacts, mail, messages, calendars, photos, apps and other Google-y things in order. But with an app called Titanium Backup, not only back up all of your apps, but also can back up all of the data stored in those apps.
Get updates quicker
Android phone manufacturers always take months to release the latest Android updates (and some phones even have no chance to upgrade). When Google announced Lollipop, maybe you were yet to get the JellyBean. So why are you still waiting for the latest OS when you could simply root your phone and get it right now? Who has the patience?
Android’s developer community are often able to get the new OS onto a phone months before the carrier releases the update. Once you’re rooted, you just need to find the OS version you want and install it (optimized for your specific device).
With an awesome app Tasker, which uses the “if this, then that” mentality, you can make your phone a genius. It can automate everything on your phone. For example, you can automatically silence your phone at night, turn on your Wi-Fi when you’re at home, open up music app when you connect to your car’s Bluetooth. Actually, it doesn’t need root access, but if you are rooted, it can do much more than you think. For more automation inspiration, check out here.
Flash a custom ROM
This is one of the best benefits of rooting. A custom ROM is basically a custom version of Android, it may be a stock version of Android, adds a few handy features, adds lots of really unique features, or change your Android from head to toe. By the way, CyanogenMod is a very popular rom that many people put on their phones.
Note: You don’t actually need root access to flash a custom ROM, though you will need to unlock your bootloader (a process that sometimes comes bundled with root access). And you should always do a backup before installing any ROM, because you may also need to wipe all data and cache on your phone before installing a ROM.
Addition to the above, there are other benefits that you can dig by yourself. In the end, I have to remind you that rooting will brick your phone forever, so please be cautious. But I think it worth the risk.