It would seem that Android is an open system: customize, remove branded shells, and do what you want. However, this is only an illusion. The “green robot” also has a bunch of restrictions set by Google. In this article, we will analyze the root of Android and its features.
Root Android: what it is and why do you need it?
In Unix and Unix-like operating systems (which includes Linux, and hence Android based on it), the average user has the rights of the Guest, which allow you to perform the usual actions, such as listening to music, watching videos, games and the like. But the Guest does not have the opportunity to delete or in any way modify the system files or expand the functionality of the “operating system”, it is available only to the Administrator or, as it is often called, the Superuser. Root (Superuser) is a special account, the owner of which has the right to perform any transactions. The concept of “root” should be understood as a built-in administrator account, which has advanced capabilities for working with the Android system, which is inaccessible to ordinary users.
There are the following root rights:
- Temporary root – temporary rights. This type is deleted immediately after the first reboot of the “green robot”;
- Shell root – permanent rights, in which, however, there is no possibility to make changes to the system section;
- Full root – the most “pumped” version of root-rights. Allows you to make changes to the system section.
On some devices, you cannot set superuser rights. Gadgets have special protection that allows you to get only Temporary or Shell Root.
Root rights functionality
Rooted devices are used to remove the restrictions set by the manufacturer to protect the gadget from potentially dangerous system settings, malware and to protect programs from unauthorized copying. The owner of root rights has unrestricted access to all system files, despite the established restrictions on access rights. It can be necessary, for instance, for Reddit android gaming. If you have root rights, you get full control over your gadget.
Now let’s talk in more detail about what specific opportunities root provides. There is the following list of options:
- You can freeze and restore the firmware;
- It is possible to get applications without advertising;
- You can get rid of audio files and applications built by the manufacturer;
- You can embed audio files and applications yourself (this means that it will not be possible to delete them with a Guest account);
- Changing the appearance of the operating system (it’s not about a banal change of design themes, but about changing the design of each icon to your liking, etc.), edit the functionality of applications;
- Increase battery life from one charge to two times (however, this can result in faster battery wear);
- Increasing (overclocking) and decreasing the clock speed of the processor (again, may result in a shorter service life);
- Unlock the graphic key;
- Creating your own firmware.
How to get Root access?
Root access can be obtained using special programs. And if you see a message that this program is infected, do not pay attention to it. Programs require access to the core of your device, and this is a hack, so for this reason they are marked as threats.
So, there are the following alternatives of root applications:
- 360 Root
- Stump Root
- Root Zenfone
- Root Genius
- Root Master
- OneClick Root.