Rooting your Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Sony Xperia Z2, HTC One M8, Google Nexus 5 or any Android: the Pros and Cons

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What does it mean for you to root your Android anyway? Rooting technically means that you access the root menu of your Android phone and basically get to mess around or modify anything you want about it that the hardware can (or in some cases, cannot) handle.

Once you?ve rooted your phone, a lot of perks are suddenly opened up to you as the user. Take a look at the pros of rooting your Android phone:?

1. ?You get to use a lot more mods to change the way your UI looks. If you want pink frilly butterflies or dripping blood on your screen, there?s a mod or launcher out there for you. You basically get to make your phone look however you want.

2. You get to bypass a lot of paid apps, add-ons and in-app purchases and simply add them for free. If you know where to look and how, you can get in-game currency or upgrades and such for free.

3. You can flash your firmware to whatever you want?even Linux distros or other Android mods.

4. You can control how hard you phone works?making it underclock or lower performance to save battery or overclock itself to run at top speed at the cost of power.

5. You can remove bloatware or all those apps you don?t use, but cannot remove due to the fact that they?re native to your Android phone.

But rooting can be a can of worms as well?messing with what makes the phone an Android phone can have some serious downsides such as:

1. You can brick your phone. When you modify your phone too much beyond what the manufacturer has determined as the best setup for the device, you can fry actual circuitry or hardware on the phone and turn it into nothing more than a brick. Overclocking can do this quite easily.

2. Your manufacturer warranty is voided. Depending on what model your phone is, your manufacturer and carrier can void your warranty when they see that the phone has been modded or rooted?especially if they find out what you?ve done after the root.

3. You?re more susceptible to bugs. Since you?re installing third-party mods to your firmware, these updates don?t go through the same tests that manufacturer apps and software go through. Your apps and phone may crash more frequently and some features may simply not work as intended?if they work at all.

4. You can destroy components of your phone. Depending on how you use your phone after it?s rooted, you run the chance to fry your SD card, burn pixels and kill your Wifi receptor just for starters.

So should you root your Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Sony Xperia Z2, HTC One M8 or Google Nexus 5? It depends a lot on how tech-savvy you are. You can certainly be more careful and more qualified to fix errors or revert to earlier firmware versions if you?re knowledgeable. As an average user, you might not have enough know-how to perform the root successfully.

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