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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Glutz, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. Glutz

    Glutz Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Does rooted me like jail-broken. I'm new to Android and everything I'm skied about getting one. But,I came to these forums to learn more about Android.
     

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  2. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate!
    VIP Member

    That's right, rooting an Android handset is the equivalent of jailbreaking an idevice.
     
  3. KENNECTED

    KENNECTED Android Expert

    This is rooting in a nutshell:

    Giving yourself root, or superuser (admin) access, giving you access to system files and the ability to change things that normally are marked read only

    This allows you to change all kinds of things that normally you wouldn't be able to, along with install custom versions of Android.
     
  4. Glutz

    Glutz Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Wow,interesting.

    What are the risks of rooting or their aren't any?
     
  5. KENNECTED

    KENNECTED Android Expert

    You dont mention what device you have, but if you search your devices section of this forum for rooting, you'll see lots of discussion and perhaps come away with the pros/cons of rooting.
     
  6. Bob Maxey

    Bob Maxey Android Expert

    In the case of iPads, you run the risk of opening a vortex leading to the portal to hell where legions of Apple's iLawyers will take your soul and forever brand you as an app stealer.

    Seriously, there is always a problem with rooting. Rather potential for a problem when you root. Or perhaps potential for many problems. For example, bricking. I once read about all sorts of problems on some web site somewhere some guy had with some phone.

    Before you root, I suggest you do a little due diligence and learn what you need to do, what you can expect, and read about the problems others have had rooting their devices.

    This forum has a dedicated section for most phones and you will likely find a thread or two dedicated to rooting your specific device.
     
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  7. sleedeane

    sleedeane Android Expert

    I've got about 4 months of smartphone experience. I finally rooted my phone because I wanted to free up a little memory by getting rid of some factory apps. But besides that, these phones already run extremely well and rooting is more a curiosity thing than any thing else. CPU, cyanogen, ARMv7, kernels and shells, custom ROMs, over/underclocking, flashing, superuser, busybox, gingerbreak, honeycomb; administrative privileges. You kind of need to know what all those mean to benefit from rooting. Are you ready for all that?:eek:
     
  8. Nuknfutz

    Nuknfutz Member

    Rooted means get ready to do ALOT of reading and rereading and if your smart rerereading. Unless you enjoy hours or maybe days of frustration trying to explain to someone on here what you did and hoping they can help. So get very attached to google and find your phone specific forum and remember to thank all who help you along the way
     
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  9. and_86

    and_86 Lurker

    Try to always keep your root protected after you upgrade your Android.
     
  10. cds0699

    cds0699 Android Expert

    One risk of rooting is, if not done properly you can brick your phone (Brick = ruin, like a brick). So with that being said, that is why everyone is telling you to read up on it a lot so you make sure you know what you're doing.
     
  11. indybail

    indybail Well-Known Member

    Oh, I don't think you have to actually root a phone to get that to happen. Just thinking about rooting a phone will do it.
     
  12. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User

    rooting is similiar to jailbreaking.. but it is more than jailbreaking .. :p

    jailbreaking only gives some rights back to you.
    rooting.. gives you full access to your phone... you open / unlock the device completely.

    1. you are now able to change anything and everything!
    2. you have the potential to make bad changes! so be careful.
     
  13. arnould

    arnould Member

    i will give you a sample example To understand well; if you're familiar with windows, being rooted is like being an administrator and not being rooted is like being a normal user or a guest.

    it gives you access to system files and the ability to change things that normally are marked read only :)

    Java Programming
     
  14. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    I didnt see the OP mention his phone? I'd think the risk of bricking his phone due to rooting would be minimal if his particular phone model already has one-click root programs available.
     
  15. !on

    !on Android Expert

    It's worth doing but please do read up on it first. You can void warranty.

    It's best to search by your brand / model / whatever it is you want doing to it. You may find there are softwares for PC that work only with your brand of phone & can rescue it by allowing you to flash a full firmware to it yourself. You need to find that yourself though ;).

    After that, one of the main benefits of having root is that you can install an app that let's you back up your firmware on your card (nandroid backup), then restore it. Or restore another nadroid backup (obviously one that is compatible with your phone).
     
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