Hardcore iPhone users know that the best way to customize your iPhone is to jailbreak it. Similarly, Android uses know that there are some things you simply cannot do with your phone without rooting it. Both terms refer to gaining unauthorized access to some system partitions to tweak files and customize the device to your taste. However, rooting is quite distinct from jailbreaking. Here are some features of both processes:
There are many benefits to rooting an Android device. For example, a lot of people root their smartphones in order to install a new version of Android. It is common knowledge that most Android OEMs discard their smartphones a few months after they are released. This means that these devices cannot get software updates, and thus it is left to third-party vendors to keep the phone going.
Also, some people root their smartphone in order to remove numerous bloatware, or preinstalled apps from their devices. This frees up a lot of internal storage on their devices. Other things you could achieve by rooting your phone include theming the systemUI of the OS, changing system fonts and enabling hidden features.
This means bypassing the restrictions imposed by Apple on your iPhone. Jailbreaking allows users to change the default system apps, replace system icons, use different launchers, customize the control center and so much more. Most iPhone users customize their iPhones for Cydia tweaks. These tweaks include Activator, BioProtect, Cylinder, iCleaner and Zeppelin. These make the existing features of the iPhone even better.
The downside of rooting your Android device or jailbreaking your iPhone is that you will no longer get software updates. Even if you get a notification for a new OTA update, you cannot install it without bricking your phone. Also, the security of your smartphone is compromised.
The major difference between these processes is that you don’t need to jailbreak an iPhone to improve its performance, remove bloatware or update it. You can do all that when you root an Android device. Also, changing system icons, replacing stock system apps and various other customizations are possible on Android without rooting.
The bottom line is that both processes have their advantages and disadvantages, and none of them is better than the other. They are both just means to an end, which is to gain greater control over your smartphone.