Rooting is sometimes essential if you understand the vast opportunities your device is open to against the restrictions set by the hardware manufacturer. Rooting helps you to remove the restrictions put forward by the manufacturer and give more freedom to make changes as you wish.
But rooting comes with its own risk. Once you root an android device, the manufacturer no longer supports your device even if it is inside guarantee or warranty period. Here are some precautions to take before rooting Android.
- Backup data
The most important of all steps is to back up data. Rooting your Android comes with its own risk. There is always a risk of rooting being not successful even when it is done by an expert. In case if it failed, you might loss all the data and it might even render your device unusable. So make sure you understand the risk, take a backup and then continue with the rooting procedure.
- Keep enough charge in your battery
When you do a rooting, it goes through a lot of process which include making changes to firmware and software. This process takes a lot of resource which means lot of power is drained from your battery. In case, if the battery is drained completely in the middle of updating firmware, you may end up in a situation where you can’t start the process from the beginning or continue where it left off. It means the device is completely dead.
Make sure you start a rooting process, when you have 100% battery charge to avoid the risk.
- Know about your Android
Before rooting, make sure you understand the Android which is installed in your device. Simply go to Settings -> About Device -> Software info -> Android version. Check the Android version. In case, if the rooting didn’t work, you need to know the Android that was already in your device to restore it back.
- Disable security software
It is recommended to disable all security software’s including Firewall, Antivirus and malware tools. Whenever you try to do a rooting process, it needs to make changes to the Android OS. The security software’s might try to block these changes assuming the changes are made by malware. Since these software’s might interfere with the rooting process and render it ineffective, it is recommended to disable or better remove it from your device before the rooting process.
- Restore Firmware to defaults
If you are sure to proceed with rooting, it is recommended to restore your firmware to default. This way, you have a high probability of success while rooting.
- Learn the rooting process
Even if you are new to the rooting process, it is recommended that you learn the process completely before trying it practically. Refer related books or it is highly recommended to check related videos which show the rooting process in detail. If you are lucky, you may even find the entire rooting process done on the same model as your device.
Learn which is the best method to root your device and how to do it before making the changes.
- Learn how to enter recovery mode
Android Stock recovery is a troubleshooting mode where you can wipe out everything and start from beginning. This is very useful if something goes wrong during the process of rooting.
The process to enter Android stock recovery mode is simple. Press the Power button + Volume Up + Home button simultaneously.
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