Originally Posted by mecosmommy
So rooting an android is like jailbreaking an iphone? I had an iPhone for years, this is all new to me.
Rooting an Android is the same exact thing as getting admin access on your PC.
You don't have to change anything once rooted but you can if you want. You maintain access to the Play Store, same as before.
It's ok to say it's similar to jailbreaking, but conceptually, it's much more simple.
Rooting has its own insider language, that's the biggest barrier.
Root is the name of the Admin account. Rooting makes that you instead of the carrier. You get to install your most important admin tool that we call a custom recovery. With it, you do admin installations and we call installing, "flashing."
That's really the whole deal in a nutshell.
By the way, welcome to the forums!