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Need To Root A Chromebook?

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It doesn’t seem to matter what a new piece of technology is designed for before people everywhere are trying to find a way to hack it. When computers first came out, everyone wanted to figure out how they worked and how they could make them work better (or in some cases worse).

When the iPhone came out you could find entire blog dedicated to “jail breaking” your phone in order to get out from under the AT&T service. Well right now the thing everybody seems to want to figure out is how to root a Chromebook.

Rooting a Chromebook is pretty much an extension of rooting the Android phone, and while there are good reasons to want to root a Chromebook, if you don’t do it right you can cause yourself a lot of problems.

So what exactly is rooting anyway?

Rooting is a process in which the user finds a way to unlock the root of the Android operating system. Basically think about it like a car. A car works very well as it is designed but there are things you can do to make it work better.

Most people choose to leave their car alone and don’t really worry about doing anything to make it work better. On the other hand, some people will buy a brand new car then take it home and immediately start tinkering with it. While there is nothing wrong with tinkering with a car you just bought, if you don’t know what you are doing you can have a very expensive car that doesn’t work pretty easily.

When it comes to rooting a Chromebook, the reason why most people want to do it comes down to a combination of they want to have more control over their computer, and the fact that they can. While rooting a Chromebook can yield certain benefits such as a greater amount of control over your computer, it can also break your computer and now you have a very expensive computer that doesn’t do anything at all but maybe serve as a coaster for your coffee cup. When you choose to access the root of any operating system whether it is in your Chromebook or in your phone, one wrong step can totally ruin everything.

Why would someone want to root a Chromebook?

root androidWhile this answer was touched on a bit above, the fact is that there are probably as many different reasons for rooting a Chromebook as there are people who do it. The main thing that rooting does for a Chromebook owner is gives them access to the root of the operating system the machine uses.

By having access to this code, they can tell it to do many different things. For instance let’s say that you want your Chromebook to change what it does when you press the shift key. While there is already an app for this (or you could easily develop one) you can go into the root of the operating system and change the input and output of the shift key.

Whether you wanted the shift key to print out a letter when it was pressed or making a really annoying sound, you can do this in the root.

However, while you can make changes to your Chromebook by rooting it, the thing to consider is that most of the time there are apps that let you do what you want without having to change your machine at the core level. Before you even consider rooting a Chromebook the first thing you might want to do is look for an app that could work for whatever you want to do with rooting. If you don’t find one, think about developing an app.

Ask a Professional to Help

If you are insistent on rooting a Chromebook then you really do want to be careful about how you go about it. Unless you have training as a computer programmer, you might want to have a professional show you how rooting is done the first couple times before trying it yourself.

This isn’t to say you can’t or shouldn’t do it, but you spent good money on your Chromebook and if you screw up when you root it, you could see that money flush away very quickly. By taking the time to have a professional help you root your Chromebook, you not only have less of a chance of breaking your machine, but you also have a great opportunity to learn something new.

If getting the help of a professional is something you either are unwilling or unable to do, then the next best source to learn how to root a Chromebook is to look online. Here you want to be a bit careful and make sure you do your search though. There are a lot of people out there that have absolutely no idea what they are talking about but can sound like they do.

If you happen to listen to one of these people who really doesn’t have a clue, then you can wind up destroying your Chromebook and that is something no one wants to happen. There is good information on the internet but make sure you do your research before you try anything. If you don’t, you could end up wishing you had.

In the end, whether you root a Chromebook or not is a decision that is totally up to you. However, before you decide to do it, make sure you know how. Along with knowing how to root a Chromebook, give some careful consideration to whether or not you really need to.

There are advantages of rooting any computer, it doesn’t matter what it is called, but there are also risks. If you are willing to accept the risks, and you decide that yes, you want to try rooting your Chromebook, think about getting the assistance of a professional.

If this is just something you don’t want to do, then spend some time researching rooting online. There are a couple of really good guides on rooting software, and these will help ensure that you don’t turn your Chromebook into an oversized decoration.


Chris Smith knows a lot about Android. He routinely writes about Android and other topics like how to root your Android phone, working with Chromebook laptops, and reviews for many tech websites.

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