There is a lot of talk about the pros and cons of smartphone rooting. It does come with a lot of benefits, but there is also the element of risk involved. But then, there are some really cool things you can do without rooting your smartphone.
One of the risks that rooting your smartphone poses is that of voiding your warranty. Another is the risk of bricking your device. The good news is that Android OS is fairly customisable enough to allow you do lots of things without needing to root. Some of them are listed below.
- You could remotely lock your device with Android Device Manager. This is extra useful if your phone gets lost or stolen. With this feature, you can keep your data safe. You can even remotely wipe your smartphone if you wish.
- Using Google’s Remote Desktop app, you can control your PC remotely with your Android smartphone. In addition to installing the app on your phone, you also need to install and configure the Chrome app on your PC.
- You could set up a trusted location, where your phone remains unlocked. This feature varies among devices, but the most important thing is that you don’t need a password to unlock your phone in these trusted locations. Just be there. To activate this feature, go to Settings > Screen Lock > Smart Lock.
- You can record your screen. All you need is one of the available apps in Google Play. Some brands now have screen recording functionality pre-installed into their smartphones, so be sure to check.
- You can use your smartphone as a heart monitor. However, it’s not the same as a real heart monitor, but it is a cool thing to try out. The technology makes use of your phone’s LED flash to track color changes under your skin and monitor the amount of blood that flows through it.
- There’s an app called Home2 Shortcut, with which you can assign various shortcuts to your navigation buttons. This helps you access your favorite apps from any screen. You can do this, and more, without rooting your smartphone.
There you go. Do you know any other cool things you can do without rooting your Android smartphone? Do share in the comments section.