OK, so I see this instructions and I think I can follow them (even after OTA 2.1) with latest "official" image file: "I. Rooting your phone (the easiest part) 1. Download this file: PB00IMG.zip (md5: 63eacc5ede3b179f95dc22d8ef585f94) 2. Place PB00IMG.zip onto the root directory of your sdcard. 3. Power down your phone. 4. Hold Volume Down + Power On. This should bring you to a screen saying "HBOOT" and some other stuff. Wait for it to load the image, and it will say Push Activate. Push the trackball button to continue. The process will take around 5-10 minutes. The first time your phone boots up it will take a lot longer than normal. 5. Your phone is now rooted. II. Installing Amon's recovery image 1. Download this file: Recovery.zip 2. Extract file contents to your \tools\ directory of your Android SDK. 3. Open up a command prompt and go to your tools directory, and execute these commands: (MAKE SURE YOUR SDCARD IS NOT MOUNTED TO YOUR COMPUTER OR THESE COMMANDS WON'T WORK! MAKE SURE IT IS ON "CHARGE ONLY") adb shell mount -o rw,remount /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system adb push recovery.img /sdcard adb push flash_image /system/bin adb shell chmod 755 /system/bin/flash_image adb shell flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery.img 4. Success! You now have a recovery partition installed on your phone. You can access it by running "adb shell reboot recovery" or by powering off your phone, holding "Volume Up + Power On" My question is whether or why I need to follow step two if my purpose for rooting the phone is to add certain apps that say they require root, such as aNetshare. I am generally happy with the official 2.3, just want the power to do things the powers that be don't authorize. I just don't want to do more than necessary. Thanks.