10 Reasons to Root Your Android Device

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schwit

Reason 11 - security. Rumors abound that other vendors such as RIM, Nokia, and Apple have provided governments with backdoors into their devices.

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archimedez

Infinite Up-votes: the most usefull, informative article I've read in years.

FYI: I've already filed complaints with FCC and FTC due to data-roaming charges I incurred from (bloatware) apps activated by the Verizon salesperson that I can not de-activate or uninstall. Verizon has offered to reverse the charges for the first month ($51); but steadfastly refuses to disable or uninstall the (bloatware) applications, as does HTC. Further  HTC support managers have confirmed the existance of a contractual obligation that "forces" them to disable Android's native commands for uninstalling specific apps. That, my friends constitutes COLLUSION,  and is worthy of an anti-trust investigation. Watch this space.

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The_Duder

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gtubbesing

Your link to the XDA Developer's Forum at the top of the article is bad.  It includes a parenthesis at the end of the link.

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ABouman

doh

fixed, thanks!

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MrSelatcia

Great article. You forgot my favorite rooted only app though; WifiKill. Being able to see other users easily and having the ability to cut them off is useful, and fun.

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NUCLEARWARFAIRY

Overheating in the original atrix is a major problem. With a hex, some arctic silver thermal paste and a drill, the back cover of the phone and battery cover are easily modified to allow for heat dissipation. Now it doesn't kill while playing angry birds or gta iiiae. But root is acquired and games are installed and paid for if they were good. Now other than ubberoid cyanogen clemsync or adam, wtf do I do with my viewsonic gtablet beside read your website from the bathtub?

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kixofmyg0t

I have a Atrix 1....never ever had a overheating problem. Btw a hex wont do you a bit of good at all. I replaced the ITO in my Atrix and it takes a T5 torx screwdriver to dissassemble the whole phone. 

Plus noone is gonna take a drill to their phone dude. 

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tony2tonez

I havent rooted my phone yet but been wanting too. The one thing I will say is the iOS and jailbreak makes rooting iphones easy. Granted it just 1 OS, where as Andriod you have multiple phone makers out there coming up with some flavor of it. The pain on some driod phones is that the rooting process is easier on some phones then others. But XDA Forums is the best place to look for your phone and the process to root. And the process to root is becoming more streamline and easier. Mine was rooted but now im back to stock. but i do plan to root again.

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stradric

It's worth noting that installing a custom ROM is time consuming.  Once it's installed, which is really quite easy thanks to ROM Manager and ClockworkMod, there's a lot of time spent configuring the phone to how you want it.  I highly recommend purchasing TitaniumBackup as it gives you the ability to reinstall all your apps using HyperShell (i.e. you don't have to accept permissions on each one).  It's really a great app and supporting the developers keeps it great, so that $7 is much better spent there than on a Starbucks coffee.

ROM Manager can also do an image backup, which will allow you to jump right back to the original stock phone exactly as it was.  So installing a custom ROM is really not even that risky.  It's just time.

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Vano

So, why exactly we have to use exploits for a root?

Why can't an open source OS come with an option to enable/disable root access? The option doesn't have to be easy accessible by average user, it could be a command line thing, which would require some knowledge, therefore avoiding accidentally enabling it by unaware user.

What's wrong with this?

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appdeveloper

Nice blog ,The images are very informative.It can be helpful for any user.You have discussed very imporant point here like screenshots,performance.

 

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Gumby

I love the hardware on my Motorola Defy (its the toughest smartphone ever), but I hated the Motoblur from day one.  Rooting and switching to Cyanogenmod instantly improved everything on my phone.  The straight "vanilla" Android is far superior to Motoblur.  Motoblur made me want to buy a new phone.  CM7 makes me want to keep this one forever.

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Keith E. Whisman

If you call yourself a nerd and want the most from your android phone or tablet then you need to root and either build a custom rom or install one froj a third party. My acer a500 tablet is great but running custom roms have given me better performance, enhanced functionality, and a better overall user experience.

 

If you have an android phone with a carrier modified UI like motoblur then you definitely have to root and install a custom rom. Free android phones are usually less than spectacular so you will upgrade to a better phone quickly. Free phones are a lot more pleasing when they are upgraded with a better rom.  My old moto cliq2 was a lot more entertaining and useful after installing a custom rom.

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win7fanboi

Here are some reasons not to root :

  1. Stability : Adding features and giving root access to apps usually have unforeseen consequences.
  2. Security : Chinese-developed ROM, really? Do I have to spell it out? What if any of the root app developer has malware?
  3. CarrierIQ : Was never installed on Nexus One.
  4. Waste of Time : Although being a geek I love to mess with stuff like this, there isn't always time to deal with a failed root, and recovery there after. Especially after you have customized the phone just as you like it.
  5. It's still primarily a phone : At least to me. I know it is a mini computer in it's own right but I still primarily use it to make phone calls and adding all the root apps and custom roms don't help me one bit in that regard.
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MSSlave

Reasons to root: 1. You can! 2. You're a geek! Admit it. Your reading this on your phone or a tablet i'd bet. 3. Security and stability from multiple users rating the apps. 4. Because you're a geek you like things after your signature saying "rooted CM7 DroidX running liquid mod,...". Face it, brother, your right at home with the rest of us! At least enjoy yourself while you're here!

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tony2tonez

5. There are ROM you can load for the RADIO, not the same as the OS ROM that actually can improve signal and better gps results. So those are to reach dead spots soon become 'can you hear me now...great'

Besides, they make a iphone for you with no worries as your controls are given over to apple.

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win7fanboi

iPhone can be jailbroken. If you don't know that you may want to stop pretending to be an uber-nerd. Flashing your phone with a custom rom maybe the smarted thing you did in life but that's not the case for me.

Also, I don't have any dead spots near where I work, travel or live but good to know.

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winmaster

1. Many custom ROMS are more stable than their official counterparts.

2. Again, many custom ROMS are more secure than their official counterparts.

3. Not everyone has a Nexus One.

4. Don't fail at rooting.

5. Then maybe you should purchase a "dumb phone" and be on with your day.

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win7fanboi

Again, many custom ROMS are more secure than their official counterparts. - "Sure".

Have fun trusting your email, location info, bank info (if you use banking apps), to not just google but every app that has root access along with the custom ROM maker.

Just because you download a custom rom file and press few buttons to root your phone, it doesn't make you any smarter than someone who is not willing to make their device less secure. Rooting doesn't give me any great feature that I am missing.

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compro01

1. So you tell those problem children "No root for you" and go on your merry way.

 

5. I would consider adding the ability to block out calls from people (or companies for that matter) you don't want to talk to be quite helpful in that regard.

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win7fanboi

I think I provided a better articulated list of reasons against rooting, which your translated in to caveman english.

I use google voice and that feature is built in and is mainly the reason why I use GV.

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gussde

Why can't I +1 this? Great article tho! 

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graydiggy

Awesome!!! Thanks guys!

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kixofmyg0t

Rooted my Bionic within the first 20 mins of owning it. Had a custom ROM installed a few days later. Now on my 3rd ROM since. 

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limitbreaker

i was able to Unlock my galaxy S with an app after i rooted my phone and it was free.

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qhoa1385

hehe was going to comment

"because Android can"

but then saw #1... indeed

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Strhopper

Think you guys did a good job. Hit all the key points

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