For advanced iPhone users, the best way to customize their phone is to jailbreak it. Though with the latest releases, it is becoming more and more difficult to jailbreak, a significant number of people are jailbreaking their devices to use their favorite jailbreak tweaks.

Then, coming to Android, there is root. It is similar to jailbreaking a device. If you root your device, you are able to use a large number of hacks and tools to increase your phone’s performance as well as UI & UX. Similar to jailbreaking, rooting is quite popular among Android users though its popularity has declined over the years.

Rooting an Android Phone vs Jailbreaking an iPhone?

There have been many debates as to which one is better. We have compiled a list of similarities and differences between both:

  • On the surface, both are same as you have unauthorized access to certain system partitions so that you can use the tweaks of your choice,
  • Both, jailbreaking and rooting, bypass the security checks and restrictions implemented by the OEMs so that you can access system files and modify them.
  • Both void the warranty of a device and you can get back to the initial state of the devices.
  • Rooting an Android device is a really complex and time-consuming process while jailbreaking an iPhone usually takes a few steps.
  • You can root almost each and every Android device irrespective of its Operating System, while jailbreaking is rarely possible in the latest released versions of iOS.
  • There are some manufacturers like OnePlus that embrace the power of rooting. While on the other hand, Apple stands hard against jailbreaking and regularly releases security patches.
  • Bye Bye to Updates: Irrespective of whether you root your Android Phone or jailbreak your iPhone, you have to bid a final goodbye to the updates.

What’s better?

In iOS, even for the slightest of the advancements, one has to jailbreak his device. While same is not true for Android as there are a lot of apps providing such services even without jailbreaking. However, iPhone users do not need to jailbreak their phone just because they want to remove bloatware, or to improve its performance or to update it to the latest version.


To conclude, both rooting and jailbreaking have their own pros and cons. But both have the same motto – to provide greater access controls over system files to a user.

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