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Old December 6th, 2011, 04:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey,

So I have a couple questions...

Currently I have an OG Droid running CM 7.1 and love it. The reason I installed CM was because my phone was just so slow and CM 7.1 sped it up a lot. I also wanted to have the latest and greatest gingerbread I could have on it...

Now my question is with this Galaxy Nexus...

1 - should I unlock the bootloader if I don't plan on ROMing, at least initially. If so why? If I unlock it, I know it wipes the phone to factory defaults, will I need to re-activate it w/ verizon?

2 - I was under the impression I would not need to really use custom ROMs because I would be getting the latest and greatest updates directly from google anyways... perhaps some people just like to ROM for fun?

3 - If I unlock the bootloader and do not root I understand that I can still get OTA updates just fine, however if I root as well, there may be an issue w/ recieving OTA updates? Why unlock the bootloader if you're not going to root? The only reason I root is to use wifi-tether and titanium backup.

Sorry for the "silly" questions, I was just looking form some clarity. I am very excited to get this phone but have not owned a nexus phone before. My only 2 smart phones i've had are the Droid Eris and OG Droid.

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1 - should I unlock the bootloader if I don't plan on ROMing, at least initially. If so why? If I unlock it, I know it wipes the phone to factory defaults, will I need to re-activate it w/ verizon?

2 - I was under the impression I would not need to really use custom ROMs because I would be getting the latest and greatest updates directly from google anyways... perhaps some people just like to ROM for fun?

3 - If I unlock the bootloader and do not root I understand that I can still get OTA updates just fine, however if I root as well, there may be an issue w/ recieving OTA updates? Why unlock the bootloader if you're not going to root? The only reason I root is to use wifi-tether and titanium backup.
1. Yes. Six months from now if you change your mind and decide to root then unlocking the bootloader will wipe all of your stuff. So i would do this first.

2. The G Nex will be vanilla android just like your OG droid was. So the same reason you put CM7 on your OG could also apply here. Yes if you stay stock you will be getting the latest and greatest updates from Google. Also yes some people like to just Rom for fun. It can be addictive.

3. Even if you root and unlock the bootloader i wouldn't worry too much about the updates. There will be plenty of Devs working on this phone that will probably make updates easily flash'able. Also i'm not sure about a Nexus phone but even on like a Droid X simply rooting won't prevent you from getting OTA updates. When you start modifying system files is what prevents the OTA's.
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So I'm new to this game. I've sadly had a garbage BB for 2.5 years and I've been waiting for something special to come out to upgrade. Now that it's about the be here(the Gnex obv!), I want to ask some basic questions about unlocking and rooting the phone. I'm green but I'm not totally non-techie or anything - I've worked in logistics systems consulting for 10 years, just to give some background. So here 'goes...

(I apologize in advance if these questions have been asked but the search feature has just been hanging for me and I've browsed threads and found mostly the 'hows' of the topic but not the 'whys'.)

1) Why unlock the bootloader? What is the advantage?

2) What is the difference between unlocking the bootloader and rooting?

3) If I unlock the bootloader but don't root the phone, what is the advantage?

3a) Will this void the warranty?

4) If I root the phone, and install a dev version of ICS (like CM9, proper terminology?):

4a) What less constraints do I have with the phone?

4b) Would I be able to tether using it?

4c) Will this void the warranty?

5) I've heard about bricking phones and frankly I find it pretty scary. Actually, I read somewhere on this forum or another that 'a good healthy fear of bricking a phone is a good start to rooting', lol. How concerned should I be about this?

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1) Why unlock the bootloader? What is the advantage?
You need to unlock the bootloader to be able to gain some lower-level access to your phone (one example: this will allow you to mount the /system partition in read/write mode so that the root programs can be installed)

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Unlocking the bootloader is removing the permissions / restrictions on gaining special access to lower-level features and functions of your device.

Rooting is installing the root programs (the su program and the Superuser.apk app). These programs, in combination with each other, allow you to run other programs under the "root" account under Android (which is actually a flavor of Linux). Programs that run under the root account are not restricted like normal apps are.

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For most folks, not much. For those trying to recover a semi- or soft-bricked device, having an unlocked bootloader will allow the use of some special and privileged fastboot commands.

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I believe so, yes.

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4a) What less constraints do I have with the phone?
Not exactly sure what you are asking...you mean, what will be different between standard ICS Android and CM9? Well, no "official" support from your carrier, etc. if you encounter issues. But you're likely to see lots of nice features and options, which is really what Android is all about: choice .

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Yes, although I would caution you to be aware of your carriers terms-of-service regarding that.

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I certainly would caution everyone that is thinking of rooting to do their research, reading, and due-diligence prior to doing so. You, and you alone are taking responsibility for whatever actions you take on your phone.

Since there is not a 1-click root solution / tool or app for the GNex, the method we'll use for rooting, involving fastboot and the adb utility, might lead some folks to rush-in and type commands that they should not have. Paying careful attention to the instructions and always verifying the MD5 checksums prior to booting or flashing a file will go a long way towards keeping you and your phone safe.

That being said, this should be a pretty forgiving device, assuming that a stock image is available for reflashing.

Hope that helps .

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By the way, I do think I'll probably need to move this to the all-things-root sub-forum, but I might let it sit here overnight in case there are others that are wondering about this and haven't visited the root sub-forum yet.

Sound okay?

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I have a couple things to add/ask:

Can a rooted phone be un-rooted? For example, if I happen to have an issue with it requiring Asurion to replace it, can I un-root it so that it appears that I haven't done anything with it?

Also, you mention to be aware of the carrier's terms of service re: tethering. This is the absolute only reason I would have to root the phone as stock works just nice for me. Only, I will be getting a Transformer Prime and want to be able to use it when no wifi is available. What do you mean "be aware of your carriers terms-of-service"? I know that it's not legal to tether ... but is there a way that Verizon can see that I've tethered my TP to the Gnex? Otherwise, how would they know? I'm grandfathered into Unlimited Data and this is a huge thing for me to be able to use my TP with my Gnex.

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I have a couple things to add/ask:

Can a rooted phone be un-rooted? For example, if I happen to have an issue with it requiring Asurion to replace it, can I un-root it so that it appears that I haven't done anything with it?

Also, you mention to be aware of the carrier's terms of service re: tethering. This is the absolute only reason I would have to root the phone as stock works just nice for me. Only, I will be getting a Transformer Prime and want to be able to use it when no wifi is available. What do you mean "be aware of your carriers terms-of-service"? I know that it's not legal to tether ... but is there a way that Verizon can see that I've tethered my TP to the Gnex? Otherwise, how would they know? I'm grandfathered into Unlimited Data and this is a huge thing for me to be able to use my TP with my Gnex.

Thanks in advance for the answers.

Yes all can be undone although it is a bit more technical to unroot then to root
But very well step by step guides will be out soon

And no if you have unlimited vzw has no way of knowing without a police warent... The worse they can do is throttle your data to almost 2g speeds if they find out... But then you flag a data throttle remover and your up and running again

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Guys,

I have moved this thread to the all-things-root sub-forum.

To address Brandon's questions:

1. Yes, you'll be able to un-root. You'll either just remove the root apps that you've installed when you rooted and did not install a custom recovery and/or custom ROM. Or, you'll flash the stock recovery image back over your phone (that will put things back to how they were when you first received the phone).

2. As far as tethering goes, yes, the carriers can tell, even if you have an unlimited data plan. There are lots and lots of threads here at AF that discuss this issue and the technical details. I'll try to dig-up some of the better ones for you and post their links back here if you want.

Hope that helps.

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...and I've merged it with another similar topic. Hope nobody gets dizzy but it's best to keep important stuff in the one place. Thanks fellas!
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Ahhh to much moving owell the op of this thread and are pm ing so we working it out
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I'll try to dig-up some of the better ones for you and post their links back here if you want.
I would really appreciate that too.
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I would really appreciate that too.
Okay, firstly, one of our Guides has recently populated each of the Android carrier forums with a thread linking and repeating each carriers policy regarding tether. Here is a sampling of links to those threads for the major US carriers:

AT&T's Official Tethering Policy

Sprint's Official Tethering Policy

T-Mobile's Official Tethering Policy

Verizon's Official Tethering Policy

So, if you do have a question about whether or not tethering is acceptable on your carrier, please consult your specific device's forum for their tethering terms-of-service policy.

As far as other threads here at AF, I found a few (I couldn't find the one I really wanted that really received a lot of attention in the Droid X root forum--I'll keep looking for that one). But these are at least interesting to read in term of peoples positions and opinions regarding tethering.

It was my understanding that tethering could be discussed here at AF, but not in terms of how to circumvent or violate a carrier's terms of service. You'll see that a few of the threads below were locked by one of our Moderators for doing just that.

If you do have a question about something, please hit the !Report button to contact a Moderator, or feel free to PM a Moderator to get their final word on a tethering-related post.

what's the difference between free wifi tethering and 3g/4g tethering?

Risk of Free WiFi Tether?

New Optimus V versions work with wifi tether.

Wireless/USB Tethering on Sprint Nexus S 4G

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Still waiting, like everyone else in USA. In the meantime I'm wondering if anyone knows (from personal experience preferably) if the device can be oem unlocked straight out of the box without any activation/setup first other than a battery charge. That is, the very first time it's turned on is by a boot to bootloader (fastboot mode) ?
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Still waiting, like everyone else in USA. In the meantime I'm wondering if anyone knows (from personal experience preferably) if the device can be oem unlocked straight out of the box without any activation/setup first other than a battery charge. That is, the very first time it's turned on is by a boot to bootloader (fastboot mode) ?
I don't know for sure, but that was what I was (am) planning to do, too. I was going to purchase it at a local store and tell them I would activate it myself since I didn't want to deactivate my Droid X yet.

I would think that being activated shouldn't have anything to do with its unlocked status...

Perhaps our GSM brethren will shed some light on this...

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I don't know for sure, but that was what I was (am) planning to do, too. I was going to purchase it at a local store and tell them I would activate it myself since I didn't want to deactivate my Droid X yet.

I would think that being activated shouldn't have anything to do with its unlocked status...

Perhaps our GSM brethren will shed some light on this...

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Exactly my plan as well. Any UK users out there who have done this?.....
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+1000 ^^^ this

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Since there is not a 1-click root solution / tool or app for the GNex,<snip>

Actually p3droid has written a one click root app as of Dec 5.
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I also saw this last night--interesting...

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My questions are:
-Once I oem unlock the bootloader I can replace it with something else, say CWM without having to root, right?
-Assuming I can replace to bootloader without having to root, will I be able to do backups and restore from backups without root? (I understand the rom manager app requires root but I am fine doing things manually)
-regardless of wether I need to root to use CWM, will flashing (and wiping cache/data reset/etc.) wipe backups made in CWM or only affect the "partition" with the system files (not to sure it is an entirely different partition of the drive, but the location of the system file, please feel free to clarify how this portion of the phone storage works) Essentially I'm also asking if things like app data stored on the Gnex will get wiped as well.
-What specifically will probably prevent me from getting OTA's (unlocking the bootloader, changing the bootloader, rooting) I know flashing something other than the stock ROM (radios etc) will stop this but I don't plan to do that in the near future.
-Assuming I do put another bootloader on the Gnex (like CWM), will I still be able to manually flash the OTA files once google releases them online? I read that is the best option for rooted Gnexii, but I wanna know if the bootloader used will make a difference. I'm guessing I would need something like CWM as the stock bootloader AFAIK can't flash files like that.
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First-off, welcome to the AndroidForums!

Secondly, whoa!, that's a big set of questions , but I'll take a quick shot at them.

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Well, the bootloader and ClockworkMod are two totally different animals. The bootloader is what actually gets your Android device up and running (loading other parts of the OS, etc.). ClockworkMod is a customized version of the recovery utility which lets you perform recovery and special functions on your Android device. The stock recovery is pretty limited in what you can do (purposely so, to keep folks from wielding power they may not necessarily be ready for).

Well, you can flash and soft-boot ClockworkMod custom recovery without being rooted, but you won't be able to keep Android from overwriting it with the stock recovery upon first reboot without rooting and deleting a specific file that tells Android to re-flash recovery.

So, if you want a custom recovery to "stick" on the Galaxy Nexus, you'll need to install the root binaries (su / Superuser.apk).

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Same answer as the above. Running ClockworkMod custom recovery (to do your backups and restores) doesn't require that you be rooted, but it helps .

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-regardless of wether I need to root to use CWM, will flashing (and wiping cache/data reset/etc.) wipe backups made in CWM or only affect the "partition" with the system files (not to sure it is an entirely different partition of the drive, but the location of the system file, please feel free to clarify how this portion of the phone storage works) Essentially I'm also asking if things like app data stored on the Gnex will get wiped as well.
The wiping functions won't (shouldn't--see more comments below) affect / impact your Nandroid backups that you'll make with custom recovery.

The only caveat is that the SD card, which is normally a separately mounted /sdcard filesystem, is apparently just a separate mount-point off of another partition on the internal memory (i.e., since its not a separately, removable card like in other Android devices).

I think that a "factory reset" (i.e., which also happens when you unlock the bootloader), will indeed wipe the internal SD card, but I'm not 100% sure about that at this point in time.

I do believe that this (wipes from within CWM) will all be sorted-out by Koush (author / dev of ClockworkMod custom recovery) at some point so that custom recovery behaves in the same way we've all come to know and love . By the way, the USB toggle for the SD card is apparently not yet working correctly in CWM for the GNex.

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-What specifically will probably prevent me from getting OTA's (unlocking the bootloader, changing the bootloader, rooting) I know flashing something other than the stock ROM (radios etc) will stop this but I don't plan to do that in the near future.
Usually, the OTA's update.zip files have assert checks that validate OS and other key file version information. So, if you remove, modify, or freeze various system files, the OTA might attempt to install, but will fail. There are also things you can do to explicitly keep the OTAs from being checked-for.

Simply installing the root binaries (su and Superuser.apk) should not cause you to recieve a future OTA (you might find that you'll lose root after an OTA and have to re-root, but that's pretty easy to fix; btw, the reason you "lose root" is that the su and Superuser.apk files get their root permissions undone during the OTA installation--the files are still there, but they won't be "rooty" .

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-Assuming I do put another bootloader on the Gnex (like CWM), will I still be able to manually flash the OTA files once google releases them online? I read that is the best option for rooted Gnexii, but I wanna know if the bootloader used will make a difference. I'm guessing I would need something like CWM as the stock bootloader AFAIK can't flash files like that.
You could always re-flash your phone completely back to stock (including the recovery partition), or, if you are still stock Android, you could just re-flash (or allow Android to) the stock recovery. I believe that there should be a way to flash / install the OTA .zip file from CWM, but you'd certainly want to make sure that you are not running a custom ROM when you do so (i.e., don't want to mix your apples with their oranges).

That's all I got . Hope that helps .

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It seems there are different software versions for stock Nexus.

Google engineer also commented that other/localized versions ("yakjuxw", "yakjuux" etc) than pure Google ("yakju") of GN receive updates (or don't) from Samsung, rather than Google.

First time android user, didn't think I would start fiddling around with ROMs and rooting, since only thing I might be interested would be undervolting. However it might be worthwile to flash the official Google "yakju" build to get timely updates. Since stock localized images might not be available for downloads, would it be beneficial for warranty purposes to do a backup of unrooted system at first boot?
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It seems there are different software versions for stock Nexus.

Google engineer also commented that other/localized versions ("yakjuxw", "yakjuux" etc) than pure Google ("yakju&quot of GN receive updates (or don't) from Samsung, rather than Google.

First time android user, didn't think I would start fiddling around with ROMs and rooting, since only thing I might be interested would be undervolting. However it might be worthwile to flash the official Google "yakju" build to get timely updates. Since stock localized images might not be available for downloads, would it be beneficial for warranty purposes to do a backup of unrooted system at first boot?

You can't do a full ndroid backup unless you are rooted and there in lies the caviat
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If you unlock the bootloader, you could use a fastboot command to dump (save) a copy of your partitions to the SD card for later re-flashing. I won't post the commands here because its a very dangerous thing to do if you get the partition information wrong, but it could be used as a poor man's backup and doesn't actually require that you be rooted.

Certainly not a substitute for a good Nandroid backup, though .

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If you unlock the bootloader, you could use a fastboot command to dump (save) a copy of your partitions to the SD card for later re-flashing. I won't post the commands here because its a very dangerous thing to do if you get the partition information wrong, but it could be used as a poor man's backup and doesn't actually require that you be rooted.

Certainly not a substitute for a good Nandroid backup, though .

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That is to much work and it ain't as good lol
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So I will definitely unlock the bootloader day 1 but I woudl also like to root it for the simple reason of using tether. Its the only reason I personally like to root. Will I need to re-root every OTA update? Will I still be able to recieve OTA updates?
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rooting is worth it for free tethering and AdFree alone. i usually include "removing bloatware" in that list as well, but it doesn't apply so much to the nexus.

i have been dieing having to see ads in the apps on my unrooted razr. since i have never had to see them before, they are all i can look at when they are on the screen. also, since the only difference between many "free" and "paid" versions of the same app is the inclusion of ads, you can save yourself a couple bucks by using AdFree.

per mod request, i won't post anything further on free tethering. just know that it is an option, and will save you significantly more than the "couple bucks" AdFree will save you.
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I am aware of the "risks" when tethering and the advantages as well ;0. I dont use it much just here and there occasionally when I need internet for my laptop.

What I am wondering is with this nexus, if I simply unlock the bootload and unroot and nothing else, will I still be able to receive OTA updates or will I need to re-flash every update and re-root?
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I am aware of the "risks" when tethering and the advantages as well ;0. I dont use it much just here and there occasionally when I need internet for my laptop.

What I am wondering is with this nexus, if I simply unlock the bootload and unroot and nothing else, will I still be able to receive OTA updates or will I need to re-flash every update and re-root?
If you root and keep the stock ROM, you will still receive OTA updates. If you load a custom ROM, you may or may not.
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Correction you have to root and remove nothing and you MIGHT get ota updates but google has already given a reflash image so going back to stock will be super easy... And your other option is just waiting for the ROM developers to include the ota updates in their rom which normally happens before it gets pushed to the masses
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Hello all.

I am taking my first step into the World of Android tomorrow and would like to root/bootload unlock the SGN but I want to read up on it first and make sure I don't do any fatal flaws. Since I will be getting (and, presumably, activating) the phone tomorrow and using it prior to rooting, what is the best way to back up numbers, etc. before rooting? TIA.
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I am taking my first step into the World of Android tomorrow and would like to root/bootload unlock the SGN but I want to read up on it first and make sure I don't do any fatal flaws. Since I will be getting (and, presumably, activating) the phone tomorrow and using it prior to rooting, what is the best way to back up numbers, etc. before rooting? TIA.
Back up all your contacts to gmail and you won't have to worry about losing any.

If you plan on flashing roms all the time, pay for Titanium Backup. It allows you to backup/restore all of your apps with a single click. Totally worth the $5 or whatever it costs. Note that you'll have to have rooted the phone before you can back it up since Ti needs SU permission.
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You need to unlock the bootloader to be able to gain some lower-level access to your phone (one example: this will allow you to mount the /system partition in read/write mode so that the root programs can be installed)
For someone that's never unlocked or rooted a phone, can you give more specific examples as to why one would do this (e.g. run particular apps, enable certain features, etc)? I understand the concept based on the example you provided, but I need a bigger picture to understand if its something I want to do before I start using the galaxy nexus that I ordered today.
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As of now, I don't think I'll be flashing roms, but I'm thinking of rooting because I want to be able to use Titanium Backup and also want to leave open the possibility of seeing what developers come up with in the future that I might want.

Does this make sense, and at this point is the unlock and root process for the Nexus simple enough, as long as I carefully follow instructions?

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As of now, I don't think I'll be flashing roms, but I'm thinking of rooting because I want to be able to use Titanium Backup and also want to leave open the possibility of seeing what developers come up with in the future that I might want.

Does this make sense, and at this point is the unlock and root process for the Nexus simple enough, as long as I carefully follow instructions?

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Yes, the best and simplest process is actually at the top of page six of the how to root thread. Finding the files that poster referenced in the OP of that thread is the tricky part and IMHO it's kind of a jumble right now.

And I prefer MyBackupRoot. Less problems that TiBu and it's free.

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And I prefer MyBackupRoot. Less problems that TiBu and it's free.

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Cleanup of the how-to thread is high on my list... Never imagined that the unsecured boot.img files that were made for the GSM version would be so problematic for us VZW LTE folks.

I'll also try to add a reference to rooting methods using CWM (I believe I promised that to Teddy earlier this week, but circumstances have prevented me from doing that, but hope to tonight).

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On my Incredible, I was able to to get free wi-fi tethering without rooting the phone. Does that same method work on the GN?
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On my Incredible, I was able to to get free wi-fi tethering without rooting the phone. Does that same method work on the GN?

What? You were lol???

And I have no idea I won't have my phone until Monday so I couldn't tell ya
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What? You were lol???

And I have no idea I won't have my phone until Monday so I couldn't tell ya

Yeah...I followed directions that were posted in the Incredible Tips & Tricks forum about changing some settings after dialing #778.
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Yes, the best and simplest process is actually at the top of page six of the how to root thread. Finding the files that poster referenced in the OP of that thread is the tricky part and IMHO it's kind of a jumble right now.

And I prefer MyBackupRoot. Less problems that TiBu and it's free.

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Thanks. I looked through the thread and downloaded the files. Going to give it a shot. Also, I already own MyBackup Pro, so your recommendation is helpful.
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Just got my Galaxy Nexus and have been loving it (except the battery life), but have only been a reader up until now..

My question has simply to do with the upgrading process. Many of us opted for the Galaxy Nexus as it is a true Google device running vanilla android, and as such, would be the first to receive updates to the operating system. With this in mind, these are my questions:

  • If I only 'unlock' the phone and upgrade later to 4.0.3, would the phone still remain unlocked? and if so, would it always remain unlocked until manually adjusted otherwise?


  • Are there any drawbacks to unlocking (apart from warranty, that is)?


  • What would be the point of unlocking and rooting the phone (specifically the nexus) with a custom ROM (for example CM9)? Wouldn't you not be able to get the latest updates when they become available, which was the point of the nexus to begin with?


  • Should I wait a while to unlock/root as the Galaxy Nexus is still in its infancy? Or would it not matter either way?


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<snip>Never imagined that the unsecured boot.img files that were made for the GSM version would be so problematic for us VZW LTE folks.<snip>
Yeah, as I mentioned, sometimes you really have to look out for that

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As do I, but those buggers came out with MyBackupRoot for free after I already bought pro
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  • If I only 'unlock' the phone and upgrade later to 4.0.3, would the phone still remain unlocked? and if so, would it always remain unlocked until manually adjusted otherwise?

Yes it should unless verizon tries to pull something on us that would relock it but unlikely... Yea it should remain unlocked no matter what
  • Are there any drawbacks to unlocking (apart from warranty, that is)?

To me I look at it from a development side and for me no there is not it can also always be undone with the reflash image that Google has put out so if you have a little bit of knowledge and can follow directions this should not be an issue
  • What would be the point of unlocking and rooting the phone (specifically the nexus) with a custom ROM (for example CM9)? Wouldn't you not be able to get the latest updates when they become available, which was the point of the nexus to begin with?

Yes and no... Cm9 comes out with nightly builds meaning there are big fixes and new updates everyday and when google post new coding to the. ASOP CM team has them and be updated that way fast ... Compared to google who updates maybe once every other month and the. Threads it goes to Verizon to get there crap tested with it
  • Should I wait a while to unlock/root as the Galaxy Nexus is still in its infancy? Or would it not matter either way?

This one is up to you and your comfort level my friend yes there are a lot of advantages to having it unlocked bit its still ics stock so it's kick a** eaither way

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Grrrr... rooted Nexus won't play Pocket Blu or other digital copy content. Makes me mad when I buy LEGIT and can't see my goods. Way to reward paying customers. Nobody's gonna use their smartphone to pirate when they probably have a faster PC at home for doing such duties. I rip personally owned dvd's and blurays at home frequently to store on my HTPC. Someone who wanted to pirate would be WAY more likely to nab a redbox rental and rip it to his computer rather than try to decrypt and convert and then share protected content on their blasted smartphone. Wow. There are some really stupid people out there making these dumb rules.
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Grrrr... rooted Nexus won't play Pocket Blu or other digital copy content. Makes me mad when I buy LEGIT and can't see my goods. Way to reward paying customers. Nobody's gonna use their smartphone to pirate when they probably have a faster PC at home for doing such duties. I rip personally owned dvd's and blurays at home frequently to store on my HTPC. Someone who wanted to pirate would be WAY more likely to nab a redbox rental and rip it to his computer rather than try to decrypt and convert and then share protected content on their blasted smartphone. Wow. There are some really stupid people out there making these dumb rules.

Have you different play back apps? Or vlc player for android there should be no reason why you can't play the movies on your phone
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Have you different play back apps? Or vlc player for android there should be no reason why you can't play the movies on your phone
Pocket Blu won't even let you download the content to a rooted device, and other apps won't even let you stream.
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humm i havent herd of this one but i really just use netflix for movies
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So netflix works ok on rooted devices? At least there's that. All my rips I make play fine using MX Player. It just saves me time if I can simply get my digital copy I paid for rather than have to go through the rip and conversion process on my computer. And some blurays, like the new Xmen, have some really tricky copy protection on them.
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Yeah I have rooted every device I have owned back to the original incredible and have ran Netflix on all of them either hacked versions or market versions
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