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Root When you root the bionic. does it lose all your current data?

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  1. ghurty

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    When you root the bionic. does it lose all your current data?
     

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    No - Rooting does not delete any data/apps/etc.
     
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    Rooting doesn't do nothing other than give you access to parts of your phone that the manufacturer doesn't want you to access. However rooting is usually required in order to install custom roms which in most cases requires you to wipe your phone which means losing all data. You can use programs like Titanium Backup to make backups of all your apps/contacts/etc...There are other programs but TiTu seems to the most commonly used app as the Pro version allows you to freeze programs which is what most people do right away after gaining root access :D
     
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    No. But once you get addicted to rooting, ROMing and messing with your phone you'll lose all your data multiple times, as you almost psychotically tweak and fine tune your device. ;-)
     
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    Only if you did it WRONG!!! LOL
     
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    Oh, I've done it wrong numerous times. ;-P
     
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    To further clarify what everyone is saying:

    If you root using a direct method (manual root, r3l34s3d root + 43v3r root, etc) then you should not lose anything.

    However, if you:

    • Mess up and are forced to revert to stock by using an FXZ, or
    • You wipe data, or
    • You perform a factory reset (which is the same as wiping /data and /cache, really), or
    • You use the all in one tool that reinstalls the stock system plus roots and applies 43v3r root and select the wipe data option

    Then yes you'll lose all your apps and settings.

    @everyone responding - Guys and gals, please try to answer the question asked fully - a lot of people are still brand spanking new to rooting these devices, and have no idea what is and what is not entailed. Furthermore, as I illustrated, there are various scenarios, and various methods for rooting - and more guides to rooting just the BIONIC than I have finders and toes. It's easy for novice users to get confused, and we're here to alleviate not only the confusion but also to provide concrete answers.

    Even my answer is not complete - I've been rooted for so long that I know I'm missing an obvious scenario or two.
     
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    What's the better root app or method to root the Bionic?
     
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    Depends on what ota you are on? Are you on 5.5.886, 5.5.893 or 5.9.902?
     

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