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Sideloading or Rooting

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Wyattspoppa, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. Wyattspoppa

    Wyattspoppa Member
    Thread Starter

    Mar 1, 2012
    Can someone please tell me the difference between sideloading and rooting? As I understand it, sideloading is simply plugging your phone into your PC via USB and adding apps you have on your PC to your phone's "root" right? Then I use apps2sd to move it to my card (if the app allows). How does this differ from actual "rooting"?
    The reason I ask is my Droid X2 keeps crashing on me and this is the 3rd device I've had in a month, first one was due to the bad update, the replacement they sent me was used (lame) and had a damaged power button, this one is crashing due to what I'm certain is an app problem. I'm now loading my apps after scanning with "Lookout" but still having crashing issues, I'd appreciate any input.


  2. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Well-Known Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    From a few weeks ago:

    The difference between rooted and adding apps to SD

    Side-loading and rooting are two very different things. Pretty much anyone can do the first, only fearless geeks can do the second:

    What is sideloading? “It means installing applications without using the official Android Market.”

    “Rooting is a process allowing users of smartphones, tablets, and other devices running the Android operating system to attain privileged control (known as "root access") within Android's subsystem.”

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