There are times when people who constantly use their Android phones complain of it being slow and old. It is therefore often suggested by experts to root phones in circumstances like these.

There are several advantages of rooting the Android phone. First and foremost, it results in a real performance boost. By resulting in a better experience as well, the phone becomes more active. The new windows open without taking forever to load and the multi part home screen doesn’t go slow while swiping between screens. Secondly, many Android devices come with heavily capable hardware the performance of which is limited by the OS. Thus the OS proves to be the hindrance; however by the help of rooting, this hindrance is removed and the Android would be able to function at its best.

For instance, overclocking the CPU of a device is fairly simple; however the OS doesn’t allow it natively. Rooting is the only procedure through which over clocking can be done. Another advantage of rooting the phone is gaining access to features like Live Wallpapers, which are mostly unavailable with the incompatible software in new Android phones. Not only this, the rooting of your device can also enable you to share your cellular data connection with your laptop or PC, through a WiFi or Bluetooth tether.

Thus, the phone can be modified in a way that corresponds to the user’s liking. However, by being in the hands of inexperienced users who do not follow proper instructions, it is often modified incorrectly.

Instructions to root an Android Phone

While rooting an Android phone, great care and precautions are required as it generally voids the phone’s warranty. Go through the following steps to root an Android phone.

Step 1: The first step requires charging your phone enough to ensure that the battery is at 100% capacity. In these cases, it is preferable to charge the battery overnight.

Step 2: To allow installation of non market applications, you need to change the settings. For doing this, go to the ‘Settings’ option and then select ‘Applications’. Under ‘Applications’, choose ‘Unknown Sources’, that should light up the green check mark.

Step 3: Now open your browser and then go to the Cyanogen Recovery Flasher mirror site. Download the file, open it and then click on ‘Backup Recovery Image’. After that, click on ‘Flash Cyanogen Recovery 1.4’.

Step 4: Power the phone down and then reboot into recovery mode. It can be done by simultaneously pressing the ‘Home’ and ‘Power’ keys, and then the phone is rooted.

Step 5: Download a custom ROM of your choice to your SIM card and apply it through the instructions as above to install it.

As mentioned earlier in the article, you are required to familiarize yourself before following the instructions, as casually rooting the Android phone would only add to your problems. Also, the consequences of every action must be carefully studied by going through the literature that generally comes with the phone.