Android, being an open source operating system offers a wide range of options and features to its billions of users. 
 
Though most Android users don’t know about these or don’t feel the need for this kind of features, developers and Android enthusiasts are continuing to work hard to provide the users with a better experience.
 
One of the most awesome and extremely useful features among these is the ability to flash or install a custom ROM to your Android after rooting your device. Custom ROMs are similar to the Android OS but unlike the stock ROM that comes with your phone, Custom ROMs allows you to customize your phone to any extent like modifying your boot logo, setting custom Themes for individual apps, improving your audio effects, battery life and much more.
The features and the freedom these Custom ROMs offers are practically infinite and combine it with Mods like Xposed Framework or Lucky patcher and you have got a device more powerful than your computer. 
 
But all that aside, do you really need to root your phone just for the sake of installing and playing with Custom ROMs? 
 
Of course, most phone manufacturers do not provide timely updates to their users and you can upgrade your Android version by installing custom ROMs to your phones. 
 
But let’s be honest, do you really need to go through all that risk of bricking your phone by trying to root or installing Custom Recoveries just because you can enjoy the features from the latest version of Android, which in my opinion you can get mostly through third party apps? I don’t think so.
 
 
So, I am going to list down here the top 3 reasons why you should not root your Android phone in 2017. Read it before you make that risky decision to root your phone, which if unsuccessful may potentially soft or even hard brick your phone and also void your warranty. 
 
This may change your mind and set you on the right path.

Smartphones are already smart:

 
One of the main reason for rooting the smartphones is that you can over or under clock your CPU thus improving the performance of your phone or even to turn down some of your processors while you are sleeping to reduce the usage and saving the battery.
 
But let me tell you one thing, these kind of options and features were relevant a few years back when the most RAM phones had been 2GB and the maximum processor built into a phone had only 4 cores. Now in 2017, we are seeing phones with a minimum of 4 GB of RAM and with the recent One Plus 5 going all the way up to 8 GB of RAM there is rarely a necessity to overclock your CPU to boost your performance.
 
 
The batteries of today’s smartphone are also much larger and some phones even come with 5000mAh batteries. 
 
But this was not the case back then and which was one of the reasons why people rooted their phone with an aim of getting more battery life by installing apps like Greenify or Amplify and then limiting the services and the background processes of their phones.
 
But you don’t have to do these anymore since you already have an enormous amount of battery which would last a day or even a two based on your usage and you do not need to root your phone and limit the system services for that.

Apps do everything:

 
Back then when Android was still a growing operating system and only a few million users had Android phones, there were not many Android apps and only a few very basic ones were available at the play store like the Default Google apps, some music and video player apps and a few basic games with medium graphics. 
 
 
So, users had to root their phones to get their hands on exciting features like downloading videos from YouTube, replacing the default home button action, getting pie bars and side bars on their screen for quick access to apps and settings and many other customization options like changing the color of your icons, your status bar etc. 
 
But most of these features are now available as third party apps and instead of going through the hard way of rooting your want to enjoy these features, you can simply download the apps that provide similar functionality from the play store.

Native Integration of Features:

 
During the initial stages, Android was a simple operating system designed to serve the basic purposes like calling someone, listening to music, watching videos, playing games etc.
 
But as the user base began to grow exponentially more and more features were added to the Android operating system to keep it updated and interesting to its users.
 
So, long gone are the days when you can only use features like Multi-window, floating apps, night mode etc on the Custom ROMs or only if you root your phone. 
 
 
All these features are now natively supported by the stock version of the Android OS thus eliminating the necessity and risk of installing the Custom ROMs to enjoy these features.
 
And of course, these are only going to increase in the future which means you no longer have to root your phone nor have to install Custom ROMs to get a different experience. Because Android does it all for you with less risk and better support. 
 
You may argue that Custom ROMs gives you the latest version of Android which most phone manufacturers fail to do so. 
 
But as I already said most Android features that are available in the latest version of Android like the Doze feature or the automatic night mode are all available as third party apps which could be used to get these features even though you did not receive the latest update.
 
So say bye to rooting and have a risk free Android experience! Share this article with your friends who have gone through the tedious process of rooting them phones and let them know that you are enjoying all the features as they are without the struggle!

2 COMMENTS

  1. I root for these reasons in order of importance:
    1. Call Recorder – I want my smart phone to recall things spoken in calls. No more "wait! for me to write it down".
    Smart phones don't allow this out of the box and non-root apps are not consistent in success of recording calls.
    2. Backup – You can never know when you'd need you app data again.
    3. Crank up the volume – especially in bluetooth transmits -> V4A all the other apps are selling false hopes.

  2. Yea what you are saying is absolutely correct and I agree with you. But still there are many fine apps out there which has default call recording functionality and some phones from HTC, Xiaomi and Lenevo come with built in call recording option.

    Regarding the backing up of app data, Google is much more smart now than it was a few years back, so if you enable the back up option while you are setting up your phone for the first time, all of your apps along with the data will be backed up online thus eliminating the hurdle for you. There are also perfectly fine apps like helium backup which does this without root.

    Eventhough using V4A is a valid reason to root your phone, but since the article talks specifically about the necessity to root phones in 2017, the era of stero speakers and dual front facing speakers, I don't think that you should go through the process of rooting anymore!

    Thanks for your thoughts! It really made me rethink about the article!

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