Why Root my HTC One X ? What are the benefits of replacing the system?


  1. robandis

    robandis Member

    Hi I'm a noob to Android... Got the new HTC One X and people online are talking about so called Rooting and replacing the system software with an non-official one...
    Can anyone give me the 'Heads up' on whether its worth doing for this phone. And what are the particular benefits (and disadvantages)?

    Cheers guys an gals :)

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  2. anoniemouse

    anoniemouse Well-Known Member

    I did it on my HTC desire but that was to remove the branding & network software. It also has advantages of being able to get new roms earlier, but with the one x being already on an ics rom there is no advantage unless you are on a network branded phone.
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  3. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    Welcome to the forums! :)

    Rooting a phone is the same thing as getting Admin access on a PC.

    From there, you get more options and control of your phone, for example, installing DroidWall, the Android firewall, or getting more backup options.

    In addition, yes, you can replace the system altogether, but that's not the only point of rooting. And as anoniemouse says, not really desirable here.

    Moving this to our root forum for you. :)
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  4. aosp

    aosp Member

    Battery performance. I get over 18-20 hours now in battery life with moderate usage.
  5. craftycarper

    craftycarper Well-Known Member

    Titanium Backup anyone?:p
  6. romeo1976

    romeo1976 Well-Known Member

    :beer:

    when i first got my one x, i had to charge it around twice a day.

    now i only have to charge it max once a day thanks to the ARHD ROM :)
  7. moix

    moix Well-Known Member

    i am a noob android use, and i dont know a single stuff about root or how to do, so i never bother to get into the details, but i just came to know that rooting can actually help me out
    i want to remove carrier logo and software
    and the biggest advantage, battery performance.

    I do want to root but i've no clue how.
    Help ?
  8. RoboMonkey

    RoboMonkey Well-Known Member

    You can't with this phone.
  9. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    The AT&T variant, the One XL, doesn't have root yet, but I'm sure it will come in time. The International Tegra 3 variant has had root since before it was released.
  10. romeo1976

    romeo1976 Well-Known Member

    here are my summary for reasons/benefits for rooting my HTC ONE X :)

    1. better battery/phone performance on the custom firmwares - eg, ARHD - efficient and clean

    2. Titanium backup
    this is by far the most powerful/simple/efficient backup available for android. Many ppl rooted their phone just for this

    3. battery meter mods - show percentage of your current battery power on the top bar battery icon.
    i dont know why htc/android didnt inbuild this feature..

    4. 3 dot menu bar removal mod
    background: ICS4 (the base operating system our One X is on) apparently by default has a 'bottom bar' where you can press for menu/option for apps. eg go to evernote or facebook, your notice the bar is right at the bottom of the screen with 3 vertical dots in the middle.
    The thing is once you familarise with your phone you'll realise this is rather annoy as it take up that extra space of your beautiful screen.
    By rooting you'll be able to apply this mod and get rid of this black bar on the bottom!!! (author re-maps this function to 'long press the home button' which is brilliant).

    5. remove branding and bloatware
    my came with vodafone branding and useless bloatware for me.


    Hope this helps ppl with understanding their phone more :)
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  11. SB13X

    SB13X Well-Known Member

    Downside at the minute and it is a biggy is that you lose your warranty for unlocking the bootloader. However with the kernel source released the devs and community at large are looking to achieve a non HTC involved security off exploit (S-OFF) so as to achieve root and more without losing warranty and to allow the phone to be put back to stock before you make a warranty claim.

    This approach for me is highly beneficial as the device is less than 12 months old and its cost a small fortune I don't want to be throwing a valuable warranty away. With 1.29 and the Apex Launcher I'm happy atm. El Presidente and D-U-R-X will vouch my flashaholic tendencies so trust me when I say I want root bad. However for me it really isn't worth the risk of having issues getting hardware related issues fixed because of using htcdev.

    HTC Bootloader and Warranty an on-line conversation - xda-developers

    DO NOT UNLOCK your HTC One X through Htcdev.com - HTC will never repair your phone - xda-developers
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  12. Casanunda

    Casanunda Well-Known Member

    +1 for getting rid of the bottom menu bar, what a stupid idea that was!
  13. danyfra

    danyfra Well-Known Member

    Looks like this one will be worth to root
  14. fanboynot

    fanboynot Active Member

    Agree with you, thats the only thing that is holding me back at the moment. I m sure someone will get the S-OFF fixed soon enough as a lot of people have taken up this phone after seeing how much of a letdown the sgs3 was.
  15. wintermute000

    wintermute000 Well-Known Member

    don't confuse the OP by talking about root and custom roms in the same breath

    ROOTING IS NOT CUSTOM ROM

    The same method to achieve both (unlock bootloader via htcdev) is the common factor

    rooting by itself does NOTHING to improve anything on your phone, it gives you admin rights to then make further changes / mods (some of which can improve battery life sure)

    but the biggie is custom ROM (like ARHD mentioned above) which is flashing an entire OS, thats where people talk about getting better batt life etc.

    I suggest you go to XDA and get reading...
  16. SB13X

    SB13X Well-Known Member

    Both void your warranty ;) and as such I can't with all good conscience recommend anything requiring the use of htcdev to gain even root access.
  17. lennydude

    lennydude Well-Known Member

    I come from a Motorola Droid X. As most know by now, it has never had an unlocked boot loader. Unlocked boot loaders allow you to install different "kernels".
    The phone was rooted early on and thousands including me did and are still installing custom roms on the phone.
    Getting root means a developer does indeed have the ability to make many changes to the operating system. This would be called a custom rom. A fully unlocked boot loader means a developer can completely change the kernel. This would allow you to install a completely new OS.
    The words root and rom can indeed be used in the same sentence.

    I do agree 100% however that doing either can cause your warranty to be voided! Be very knowledgeable of why/what you are doing before hand :)

    An example of a rooted device running a custom rom,,,,,,,,,

    http://androidforums.com/htc-one-x/546489-htc-one-x-crash-when-trying-play-video.html
  18. Mopro

    Mopro New Member

    hey which approach did you take to rooting? I tried to get the key from HTC and it said not supported for this device. ?? cheers.
  19. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    Do you have the AT&T version? That's not supported via htcdev iirc.
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