Explorer: All Things Root Guide - updated 16/03/12


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  1. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    *** Important Note ***

    Since this is a new root guide for your all-things-root sub-forum, we need your help to populate it and keep it organized with the best and most relevant information. Please contact (by PM) your favorite Guide, or drop us a note in the private chat section if you have any good information to contribute, update, or correct in the root guide. Alternatively, hit the !Report button and ask a Mod to bring it to our attention.

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    Explorer: All Things Root Guide

    Click the "Show" button below for a root warning / disclaimer:
    Quick note / disclaimer: as always, you are ultimately responsible for any root-related activities on your phone.

    You should understand not only the benefits of rooting, but also any possible consequences (voided warranty, boot-loops, bricking, etc.) that might occur as a result of your root-related actions.

    AndroidForums.com / Phandroid.com, its owner, and staff are not liable for any root actions you might undertake as a result of information used from this site.

    Reading, researching, understanding, and carefully following the published steps and instructions can go a long way towards helping to make your rooting efforts a successful one.
    General Information


    Guides


    • rooting guide
    • un-rooting guide
    • removing apps guide / safe apps to remove
    Once you have rooted, it is then possible to install “root only” apps, such as Titanium Backup. TB allows you to remove any apps (including pre-installed carrier apps). It is worth noting that some apps, even if you don’t use/want them, could be used by your system, so it is important not to just start removing apps. Please also note that if it is safe to remove apps for one device, it doesn't necessarily mean that the app is safe to remove for ALL devices. It really depends on the services provided by the app as specified by the particular rom/build. More importantly, system apps are not easily restorable like simply installing an .apk file. And once deleted, even a factory reset will not recover them. You will have to locate and flash a stock rom image to get them back.

    One option in TB allows you to freeze apps – I would suggest that you do this initially, as you can always unfreeze the app if you notice that you are experiencing any issues. If, once apps are frozen, your phone is behaving normally, then you can look to removing them. It would be a good idea to freeze apps individually, so that you will notice if each one affects your phone adversely.


    It is worth noting that, if you root and install a custom ROM, all the carrier bloatware (which is tied in to the ROM already on your phone) will no longer be on your phone anyway.

    ROMs


    • None as of yet
    • N/A
    • N/A
    Themes


    Overclocking / Underclocking / Undervolting


    • overclocking / underclocking
    • undervolting
    • related apps
    Kernels


    • None as of yet
    Radios / Basebands


    • None as of yet
    Tools & Utilities


    Downloads



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