22 Nov The Pros and Cons of Jailbreaking and Rooting
Jailbreaking and rooting are terms that are different but have quite the same purpose- gain root access over your iOS and Android devices, respectively. The aim of these procedures is to gain complete control of your handset by lifting the restrictions that was originally imposed by the manufacturer.
But is it always a good idea to jailbreak or root your phone? In this post, we’re going to dissect the pros and cons of both practices.
If you can access your system files, you can make changes or overwrite data which would otherwise won’t be allowed by the manufacturer because of security reasons. But this will give you the freedom to transfer data to and from your handset, install third-party apps, and fix corrupted files. Gaining root access also allows you to tether for free.
When your phone is rooted or jailbroken, you gain access to more customisation options with the help of third-party software. You can change the way your UI looks, from icons to wallpapers.
Typically, when you purchase a new handset under a contract, you’ll be tied with that specific network, unless your phone gets unlocked. Jailbreaking or rooting your phone allows you to unlock it, so that it will be compatible with any SIM card even from another network. This may help you save money by finding better tariffs elsewhere.
Now, here are the downsides of getting your smartphone jailbroken or rooted.
One of the biggest disadvantages of rooting or jailbreaking is the fact that you will void your warranty. Phone manufacturers simply don’t allow customers to tamper with their operating system, and in doing this, you become solely responsible for whatever happens to your device. Should you brick your phone after rooting or jailbreaking done wrong, you render your handset unusable and your warranty won’t be able to cover it.
If you jailbreak or root your smartphone, every app you install on it now gains complete access over your operating system. You are basically removing whatever protection is built by the manufacturer, and in turn makes your device prone to malwares and other attacks. It’s also very likely for third parties to obtain sensitive data because of lost protection.
Jailbreaking and rooting open a new portal for buggy apps to get through your phone, simply because these apps that were not originally approved by the App Store or Google Play Store now is given freedom to install. Some of these apps did not pass the standards of your operating system, and letting them in could lead to system crashes.
So there you have it! Next time you are considering to jailbreak or root your phone, make sure that you understand the risks, and that the benefits you will get will definitely outweigh them.