Jailbreaking devices, whether it’s your cell phone or smart TV, is common. Surprisingly, there are many people who don’t know anything about cell phone jailbreaking. What is it, what are the pros and cons, and should I do it? We answer just those questions below!
What Is Cell Phone Jailbreaking?
Jailbreaking your cell phone is basically hacking into your phone so you can utilize and customize it how you want. It can be done on both iPhone and Android smartphones. The jailbreaking process bypasses Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies on a cell phone lifting any media restrictions. This allows phone holders to download and use software and apps they want that are not available in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
For example, with most cell phone spy software programs, you have to jailbreak a device in order to download, install, and monitor a phone. Luckily, some spy software companies have found a way around this with iPhone No-Jailbreak software.
Should I Jailbreak My Cell Phone?
The choice to jailbreak your phone is up to you. To help you out, here are some pros and cons of jailbreaking a smartphone.
- Have cell phone freedom without restrictions
When you jailbreak your smartphone, you lift the media restrictions on your device. This allows phone holders to install whatever apps and software they want to that is not in the typical app stores. Also, users will have the ability to customize the look of their phone such as the app icon image.
- Remove pre-installed apps
When you get an Android or iOS device, there are always pre-installed apps that cannot be uninstalled. Honestly, one of my biggest cell phone pet peeves is not being able to remove pre-installed apps. If you jailbreak your device, you can remove those pesky apps that you don’t want which take up precious cell phone storage. If you decide not to jailbreak your phone and just want to get rid of these apps, view the video below.
- Cell phone jailbreaking is legal
It is legal to jailbreak your cell phone. So, if you decide to jailbreak it, there’s no need to worry whether or not you are breaking a law. You can read more about it here.
- Risk of viruses and cyber attacks
When downloading software or apps that are not in an official app store, there is always the risk of exposing your device to viruses and hackers. You could lose your precious cell phone data and your credit information could get stolen. No one wants that. That’s why it is always safe to make sure you download safe apps and backup your data.
- Could affect your battery life and data usage
Downloading and using external apps on your phone could affect your cell phone. These apps could use a lot more phone power resulting in decreased battery life and increased data usage. This isn’t good for phone users especially if they have a limited data plan.
- Could void your warranty
In some, but not all cases, cell phone jailbreaking could void your device warranty. So, if something were to happen to your phone, you would be out of luck. If you think jailbreaking is worth the risk, go for it! If not, it’s a wise decision.
After seeing what jailbreaking is and its pros and cons, will you jailbreak your phone? Depending on the software or app you are looking to download, you may not need to jailbreak your device.