Here’s Why You Should Root Your Android Phone (Video)

Two terms you hear thrown around a lot in the Android community are “root” and “rooting“. You always hear of all these advantages to having a “rooted” device. But what does it all mean?

In short, “rooting” is gaining access to the root directory on the system partition of your device. In other words, it’s similar to granting yourself administrative privileges to your own device. Superuser (or SuperSU) acts as the gateway between the root directory and applications that extend the capabilities of Android.

For example, taking a screenshot used to require root access, as did tethering and the hotspot feature. These features are now part of the Android system now and no longer require root access, but other features similar to those still require root. In the video below, I go over some of the best reasons you should root your device.

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Taylor Martin
Based out of Charlotte, NC, Taylor Martin started writing about technology in 2009 while working in wireless retail. He has used BlackBerry off and on for over seven years, Android for nearly four years, iOS for three years, and has experimented with both webOS and Windows Phone. Taylor has reviewed countless smartphones and tablets, and doesn't go anywhere without a couple gadgets in his pockets or "nerd bag." In his free time, Taylor enjoys playing disc golf with friends, rock climbing, and playing video games. He also enjoys the occasional hockey game, and would do unspeakable things for some salmon nigiri. For more on Taylor Martin, checkout his Pocketnow Insider edition. | Google+