Top 5 Things to Do Before Rooting Your Android Smartphone

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By Precious Silva | December 27, 2013 1:27 PM EST

The Android operating system offers a powerful experience in its native form already. Nonetheless, users will naturally want more from their systems. This is where rooting becomes handy. Rooting an Android phone offers a range of advantages. These include getting rid of bloatware, speeding up a handset and running high performing apps, among others. 

Despite the advantages of rooting, it can also be dangerous for a handset. Users should root at their own risk. There are several things people should know and do before rooting their smartphones. These should prevent problems from springing up. 

Look for Trusted Rooting Sources 

Prior to rooting an Android phone, users should check their rooting sources. There are many providers of rooting instructions but not all of them are credible. For those looking for a good rooting source, XDA developer's forum should be a good one. It has some of the best custom ROMs and updating discussions around. The forum also allows for users to post queries for a detailed discussion of their problems. 

Know the Handset 

Some rooting processes and updates are for specific model numbers. While tech manufacturers put out products under one product line name, there are also various model builds. Some are for international customers while others are for local customers. Some firmware cater only to specific models. Installing the wrong firmware can damage the handset for good. It is best to check the model number. The About Phone section should tell users the model number. 

Prepare a Backup 

Many users hesitate to root an Android phone due to inherent rooting risks. They are also at risk of bricking their devices. The problems can spring up for many reasons including technical incompatibility and human error. 

There are also instances handsets go into a booting loop period. This means the phone hangs or it restarts following a rooting attempt. User should always have a backup of their stock ROM. Most handset manufacturers provide this on their Web sites. Create a backup of all important settings and personal data. 

Test the Backup Prior to Android Rooting 

Test the backup on the SD card. There is no use in creating a backup if it does not work. Test the backup first before proceeding with rooting. Some backups can be corrupted. This will prevent users from loading important data and settings. Better be sure than sorry. 

Make Sure the Handset Has Enough Battery 

People take battery levels for granted. Some think it will not be a problem to do an update with less than 50 per cent battery. While it is possible, the handset can still die down along the process. Generally, charging up to 75 per cent should do. For even lesser worries, charge it to 100 per cent to avoid power interruptions.

A number of communities also offer to root Android devices. Smartphone owners can choose to make use of these services, too, instead of doing the manual rooting themselves.

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