#1. Root Access / Super User access
Sure, it’s seems pretty nice to have this. Up until something goes wrong. Do note that one wrong setting or move in the wrong place/time, and “here comes the pain”.
#2. CPU Clocking
Although there’s a wide variety of apps out there to help you increase and decrease CPU speed and at least some have pretty good safety features, someone is almost always bound to get it wrong and BBQ their device.
This is the dreaded word of the rooting world. When you brick your device, it simply means your Android device is now a very fancy and very unusable brick. Yes, there are ways to fix it. It can be surprisingly easy to brick your device. The list of ways is mountain sized. You’d be amazed at some of them.
What did you think was going to happen when you adjust a setting wrong? If you guessed “nothing pretty”, you’re good!! Sure, anyone can tweak their device all day long. Find out how FIRST. Otherwise, get ready for that “nothing pretty” wreck!!
#5. Ad Blocking
Yes, this one is also considered a downside. Keep in mind that those ads we’re all stuck with are also used to help generate income for the developers. Said income is often used to further develop the app you like using. Blocking those ads all the time might actually become a bigger problem than most would think. Attempting to edit/change an app manually for this purpose could render the app useless.
#6. Custom ROMs and Kernels
Yes, they sure can be pretty nice to have and use. They can also be a total nightmare wanting to happen. Get the wrong ROM and/or kernel, your device gets bricked or just outright goes crazy on you. These disasters can cost you a lot in the way of time, money, and effort to fix.
It’s well known that rooting an Android device will void its warranty. Un-rooting might not work every time. So this particular problem is definitely situation dependent. It’s a matter of if you care about it or not and if the device was under warranty to begin with?
Should I root android device?
At this point, you most likely have noticed that most of the pros are the cons at the same time. That’s just how Android has always been. What it amounts to are these questions:
Can you live with or outright get around the cons part of it and really enjoy rooting your device?
Did you make a backup of your device before you attempt anything involved with rooting?
Did you take the time to find out how to root your device properly?
With just 2 out of 3 of these questions answered as “yes”, you should be okay. All 3 and you should be in great shape to root android. If any 2 are answered as no, you might want to get help from someone that knows what they’re doing and perhaps will either charge you little or nothing to do it. Or outright leave rooting alone all together.