About a decade ago, the use of a rooted smartphone (direct intervention in the system) was very common, even if you are using a rooted device, you can be proud of being a “parent”. Doctor”, installs applications that only people with access to the system can.
However, now things have changed and quickly rooting a device is a thing of the past. In 2014, AndroidPolice conducted a survey on rooting, and 63% of 14,353 votes said that the device they used every day was rooted.
By the end of 2022, according to a survey by AndroidAuthority of more than 3,300 votes, the situation has reversed when 77.4% of users said they had not rooted their existing device.
Meanwhile, 19.7% of the readers surveyed said their phones are rooted, and 2.9% answered that they don’t know whether their device is rooted or not.
Pro-rooting reviews mention the benefits, such as ad-blocking, call-recording software, custom ROMs, and advanced backup support, but the sheer number of “no-root” options comes to light. Today, most users are no longer interested in rooting. why is that?
Sure, the benefits of rooting are obvious, but what matters is whether it’s worth the effort and sacrifice you put into rooting.
Moreover, Android has also come a long way and now users can do a lot of things without root privileges. Here are some of the reasons why Android users are not interested in rooting their devices.
1. Loss of warranty
Your phone’s warranty is the most important factor regarding manufacturing and other defects in your device. Since root permissions involve control over sensitive system files, which can easily corrupt a device’s software if not handled carefully, manufacturers generally discourage rooting their devices. As a result, most device manufacturers will terminate warranties if a device is found to be rooted.
Some manufacturers like Poco, Google, and One Plus allow users to unlock the bootloader and root their device. However, other manufacturers such as Xiaomi, Realme, and Huawei do not support these methods.
This reason is even more important if you have a new phone with a long warranty period in the future.
After rooting your device, the device may reboot unexpectedly, even while performing the simplest tasks. This usually happens when the operating system encounters an error due to root privileges.
Manufacturers build their own software interface and all system apps for non-rooted devices; How the device works after unlocking the bootloader is not their concern.
How often these devices reboot and freeze or even boot loop and fail completely depends on the phone, manufacturer, chip, rooting method and ROM.
3. Many apps do not run on rooted devices
Due to the many security risks associated with rooted devices, many apps will not work with a rooted device. These apps often include things with sensitive information, such as payment apps and financial apps.
With the increasing development of digital payments, it is inconvenient to carry a smartphone without this convenient payment method.
Rooted devices will not receive official updates. Smartphones usually receive two types of official updates; Security patches and Android version updates. In it, security patches improve resistance to malware and other harmful things.
Not having the latest security patches along with a rooted device is a recipe for disaster. These devices can become easy targets for malware and hackers.
5. Rooting is not a simple process
There is no consistent process for rooting every Android device; Many factors determine which method is best for your phone. Everything from your device, manufacturer, current software, and more will affect the rooting process.
Therefore, more and more people don’t want to spend time trying to root.
Of course, the above reasons have been around since the early days of rooting and still don’t stop many people from wanting to root their devices. But perhaps the most important reason why users don’t see the need for rooting lies in the Android operating system itself.
6. Android is mature enough that it doesn’t need root
The Android operating system is not as young as it was ten years ago. Nowadays, almost everything is available in the operating system. Android today is very mature and basically there are a lot of things available that users have gone root to use before and more.
One example given by users is that being able to backup to the cloud is much better. “I no longer have to use Titanium Backup which requires root when I want to backup certain apps. So root for me is no longer a necessity,” one user shared.
Today, one can do many things previously only available to root users (add custom ROMs, screencast, etc.) and many third-party apps offer other convenient capabilities. Not to mention that even mid-range phones these days are very fast, so overclocking is no longer a significant reason to root Android.
Rooting can also cause the phone to lose some functions, and it is no longer an ideal and necessary solution. Rooting is an interesting process and of course it still has its own benefits, but it is not as beneficial as it used to be.
In the end, these make users wonder if they still need to root the device or not? After all, rooting is now only useful in certain cases, for most people this is too small to trade off the risks as well as limitations and time that rooting again brings.