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We pay a lot for smartphones, so it makes sense that we would want to tailor our devices to our specific needs. Unfortunately, many smartphone manufacturers place restrictions on their devices—restrictions that can only be circumvented by rooting or jailbreaking your phone. As glamorous as rooting or jailbreaking a phone is, the process is not without its risks.
Rooting or jailbreaking a smartphone is pretty easy…
If you have no idea what rooting is or have never heard of jailbreak, rooting or jailbreaking your smartphone is probably not the smartest idea, even if it looks cool. However, you can spend time learning all the ins and outs of jailbreaking or rooting a phone and watch instruction videos thoroughly to see if it’s something that interests you.
The process for jailbreaking and rooting seems pretty easy, but it’s not something you should try after reading an article or watching a single video. If you need a start, we have a guide on how to root an Android phone as well as a guide on how to jailbreak an iPhone.
The terms rooted and jailbroken can be applied to many devices, but when it comes to smartphones, Android phones are rooted and iPhones are jailbroken. Both processes are similar and allow you to make major changes to your device and install apps that provide more opportunities to make changes.
However, rooting or jailbreaking a phone can quickly go wrong, especially if you’re not sure what you’re doing. Trying to rescue a phone that has failed due to rooting or jailbreak can be incredibly difficult and sometimes impossible.
…But you run the risk of damaging your phone or voiding the warranty
If rooting or jailbreaking a phone seems scary, it’s because it can be. Oftentimes, you have absolutely no issues and can easily carry around your neat rooted phone that suits your needs. But sometimes a poorly timed update or other minor issue can completely shut down your phone, and in rare cases you could end up with a bricked phone — or a phone that’s basically a paperweight.
If you accidentally bricked your phone, there are still a few methods you can try to unbrick your Android device. But this risk is a real possibility that you must consider when rooting your phone.
In many cases, rooting or jailbreaking a smartphone will void the warranty. With either process, it’s possible to undo what you’ve done and make the phone look like it was never rooted or jailbroken. But if your smartphone manufacturer ever finds out, your warranty will be void immediately.
Have you ever rooted or jailbroken your smartphone? would you do it again
Personally, I’ve never rooted or jailbroken a smartphone, but I have a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra with a permanently locked bootloader, so rooting is pretty much out of the question. I’ve had many friends root or jailbreak their devices and they absolutely love the experience.
If you’ve ever rooted or jailbroken a smartphone – successful or not – let us know! Would you ever do it again with a new phone?
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