Should I Jailbreak my Phone?

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For a lot of people, an Apple device is pretty much perfect just the way it is. After all, they’re sleek, easy to use and there are plenty of apps to keep us happy on the App Store. However, if you have an iDevice, such as an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch then you may have heard of the term “jailbreaking”.

Jailbreaking your phone allows you to break free of the limitations that are imposed by Apple, giving you full control of your device. Apple’s iOS is designed to be one of the most stable and secure operating systems around, which many people find makes it too restrictive. When you jailbreak your device you bypass these restrictions, allowing you to fully customise your iPhone or iPad to suit you.

If you want to take full advantage of the device that’s at your fingertips then jailbreaking is the answer.  But, be warned, it doesn’t come without its risks. Here we weight up the pros and cons of jailbreaking to help you decide what’s right for you.


Access a whole host of new Apps

By jailbreaking your phone you open it up to a whole new world of apps. The closed nature of the iOS system is designed to secure your phone from unauthorised, harmful applications that can leave you with viruses and malware.  Naturally, this limits the amount of perfectly good apps available in the App Store. After jailbreaking however you can install a plethora of unauthorised apps that allow you to customise your phone exactly how you wish.

Free up space

Apple is notorious for its number of pre-installed apps on any new iDevice. What is particularly annoying is the fact that you can’t delete these apps either. That is unless your device has an active jailbreak. After jailbreaking, you can remove Apple’s default Apps and use third-party apps as defaults, creating much more memory space in the process.

Customise your phone to suit you

The default iOS is renowned for its sleek appearance and ease of use. However, there’s much more you can do to the operating system, once jailbroken, to make it suit your needs. Once you jailbreak your device you can install apps that allow you to change your icons, wallpaper, control centre and much more.

Improved security features

There are now much better security options on jailbroken phones (although, be warned- not all are 100% reliable!) Most iPhone users are aware of the Find My iPhone app, which tracks and locates your phone. However, once the phone is on airplane mode, turned off or offline, this app no longer works.

Jailbreaking gives you the option of installing key loggers, lock down individual apps and media files, remotely track and wipe your iPhone making it more difficult to access the device, and encrypt messages. There are even security apps similar to Find My iPhone that takes a picture of whoever is trying to guess your passcode and then notifies you by email.


Jailbreaking voids your warranty

In a bid to deter jailbreakers, Apple has the power to invalidate all warranties on jailbroken phones. In other words, if you damage your phone after jailbreaking, Apple won’t cover the service repairs. It is wise to take this into account, and the fact that iPhone’s are not cheap, before you make any irreversible changes to your device.

You might ‘brick’ your phone

Although the chances are low, it is possible to brick your phone through jailbreaking. ‘Bricking’ refers to a software error that renders your phone completely unrecoverable without changing the hardware. If this happens, it can be time-consuming and costly.

Limitations to software updates

A phone with an active jailbreak might have some permanent software damage, which might make future iOS updates inoperable on the device.  However, if you do manage to update the operating system, it is usually the case that the new version will not support jailbroken apps. Effectively, by updating the iOS you will erase the jailbreak and the customised features you have installed.

Weakened security

Apple’s iOS is one of the most secure operating systems available and is specifically designed to protect your personal information and the system itself. Once you jailbreak the device you are defeating the phone’s security, putting yourself at risk of hackers, spyware or viruses. You will have to put trust in the people who create the apps you download.

The verdict

Jailbreaking iOS certainly comes with its fair share of benefits. There are so many options out there for us to take our hand held devices to a new level. However, Apple is a leading brand for a reason. Our iDevices can pretty much do everything we want from a pocket computer.

Jailbreaking is not for anyone, and comes with some serious risks. If you’re not confident jailbreaking your phone, or you don’t necessarily need the added features of a jailbroken device, then there’s simply no need to tamper with it. It’s up to you to weight up the pros and cons and decide what best suits you.

We’re here to help

At MyTechy we can help you with all your home technology. Whether you need advice on jailbreaking your apple device or you want help fixing a bricked phone, then you can count on us. For more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  Call us on 01483 808008
or email

Should I Root my Android?

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Android is one of the most customisable operating systems around. When you buy a new android device the default settings limit what you can and can’t do. Now this is perfectly fine for most people, after all smartphones even on their factory settings are incredibly powerful.  However, rooting your device allows you complete access to everything in the operating system, and lets you customise your software to suit your needs.

In the past, Android phones didn’t live up to their potential, so many people found rooting their phone was the answer. Yet, the Androids on the market today are a lot more advanced, particularly in their default setting, and eclipse even the best devices that were available just a few years ago. So why do some people still want to root their androids?

Here we weigh up some advantages and disadvantages of rooting your android phone.


Install incompatible apps

As an android user you’ll find that some apps just aren’t available on your device. This is often because your phone carrier will block these apps because they are competing with their own ones. Rooting your phone lets you get around this block, allowing you to install any app you like.

Increase your phone’s speed and battery life

You can improve performance speed and battery life without rooting your phone, however rooting gives you even more power.  There are a number of apps out there (only available after rooting) which allow you to control these features to suit you and how you use your phone.

Custom ROMs

You can truly change how you use phone with a custom ROM. This is basically a customised version of Android and there are many out there to choose from. Some have new features that just enhance your OS slightly, and others completely revamp the OS. You can completely change the entire look of your phone so that it suits your needs.

Free internal storage

After rooting your phone you then have the ability to transfer any app from the internal memory to an SD card, freeing up plenty of lost space. You can also uninstall the battery-draining, space-wasting software that comes preinstalled on your device. Make sure to freeze the apps first to check the phone still operates as it should, then delete.


Rooting voids your warranty

As soon as you root your phone, you immediately void the warranty. With some devices it’s possible to restore to factory settings, but with most phones there’s no going back. If you damage your rooted phone, even during the warranty period, you will have to pay for it to be fixed.

You might ‘brick’ your phone

Although there are many tutorials out there, rooting your phone can be challenging. One wrong step and you could end up bricking your phone. If this happens, you will have to take it back to the manufacturer to be fixed, which can be time-consuming and costly.

Worsened performance

Rooting is intended to improve the performance of your device, however many people have found there phone has lost both performance speed and features after rooting. The stock operating system is often the most stable because it won’t allow you to accidentally change a setting leading to errors. Modified versions of the OS may lack stability and are often not thoroughly tested, so you may find errors or bugs. In these cases you may be left with old software while you wait for a modified OS update.

To root or not to root?

Rooting lets you experience the full potential your phone has to offer by allowing you to browse your root folder and make changes to the system files on your phone. You can install powerful apps, increase the performance, create a customisable interface and make all kinds of changes you can’t do on a non-rooted phone.

Yet, if none of these rooted features take your fancy, or you’re not confident rooting your device, then there’s simply no need. Even the latest androids with restricted root access offer just about everything we could want from a pocket computer. After all, why fix something that isn’t broken.

We’re here to help

At MyTechy we can help you with all your home technology. Whether you want advice on rooting your android device or you need help fixing a bricked phone, then you can count on us. For more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  Call us on 01483 808008 or email