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  1. Alex
    Alex February 17, 2011 at 7:08 pm .

    Great post John, super helpful. Thank you!

    1. visinary
      visinary October 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm .

      Thanks. Lovelly explanation.I did not not know what “rooting” meant.

    2. JustinTyme
      JustinTyme February 2, 2012 at 7:32 pm .

      Thanks ALOT!! Very helpful!! Im taking my CCNA and then doing my UNIX and C+, but cell phone software is were its at!!

  2. Gabrielle
    Gabrielle February 19, 2011 at 8:02 pm .

    OMG! You’re a great teacher. I’ve been researching Droid phone rooting for 4 days now and couldn’t find a clear answer. You answered it in a paragraph! Will you to a tutorial on rooting and unrooting your Droid? Thanks again for the clear and concise lessons!

  3. Evan
    Evan May 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm .

    I definitely agree fully with this post. very informative. I am 3 for 3 with rooting so far. Havent bricked anyone yet lol

  4. Kirk
    Kirk May 24, 2011 at 12:17 am .

    Good explanation. Thank you. Can rooting enable me to block various apps from running in the background? Advanced Task Killer will stop them once started, but how to stop them in the first place! I do not really want to root but is this the only way to control this continual drain on battery? Thanks much.

  5. RituRaj
    RituRaj May 28, 2011 at 2:47 am .

    well..a to-the-point explanation of rooting..really it is worth reading..quite helpful article..great!!

  6. manoj
    manoj June 6, 2011 at 3:14 am .

    excellent article
    good explanation
    easily understandable to beginners
    thanx alot
    keep rocking

  7. patoy
    patoy June 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm .

    Is there a way to root a Froyo 2.2.2 phone, such as the Gigabyte Gsmart G1310? I have one and couldn’t root it using either z4root or universal androot. Thank you!

  8. Patty
    Patty June 14, 2011 at 9:03 pm .

    Your explanation is so concise. You appear to have a wealth of knowledge and the willingness to share it. I thank you.

  9. Ven
    Ven June 24, 2011 at 9:26 pm .

    Very nice explanation on pros & cons of rooting. Thanks a lot.

  10. chandu
    chandu June 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm .

    Thank you very very much, i am googling about android and rooting, etc.
    Ur info is much helped for me.
    I am going to buy LG p500 in couple of days..
    Before seeing ur post, I thought to root the phone after buying..
    But after seeing ur info, I have no dare to root my device…
    As u said, it may become brick…if any failure occurs..
    thank you

  11. agksoe
    agksoe June 27, 2011 at 11:15 pm .

    Great, fantastic

    Thank you very much, I am very poor of mobile knowledge

  12. Ry
    Ry June 28, 2011 at 9:48 am .

    thanks so much this was very helpful too ^_^ I have a question about the unrooting part. If i unroot my phone for whatever reason does that mean it will go back to normal? Normal in the sense that the warranty will be restored?

  13. Victor
    Victor July 2, 2011 at 12:33 am .

    Amazing Article !
    I just known whats rooting, and I meet these !
    I will start researching on my HTC Incredible S !
    I will come back to you John, if there`s a problem !
    Hope everything goes well !
    By the way, Thanks !

  14. sasi
    sasi July 25, 2011 at 11:19 am .

    thank you sooooooooooo much….

  15. neil
    neil July 27, 2011 at 1:36 am .

    gr8 info…was very useful…keep up the good work!! :)

  16. Sole
    Sole July 30, 2011 at 1:00 am .

    thanks for this john. informative and unbias. great article really.

    also, can you kindly make a article on how to share internet from PC to android usb. been googling it all day but no avail.

    thanks in advance for your help.

  17. Steve
    Steve July 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm .

    terrific article. I am new to the droid market and this made a very confusing subject clear and easy. thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  18. aditi
    aditi August 12, 2011 at 9:42 am .

    Thank you John for the information.

    I was soo going to root my phone until I read your article about “bricking” a phone.

    However, I have a question.

    In case I do manage to “brick” it, and the warranty gets void, does it mean the phone gets completely uselles, or can I get it repaired by paying some money.?

  19. fred rosas
    fred rosas August 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm .

    Great article!!! I’m new to Android (ex-iphone user) and do not know all the terms used in Droid language. Thanks for keeping it in English

  20. rosario dominguez
    rosario dominguez August 23, 2011 at 1:08 am .

    what about phones that are flashed when their rooted will i lose the flash

  21. Amine
    Amine August 23, 2011 at 6:59 pm .

    Thank you very much for the crystal clear explanation. Keep up the good work !

  22. Cricket
    Cricket August 24, 2011 at 12:55 am .

    I wanted to know when you root your phone can you call from it when your phone service is cut off is there a way where you can call from it

  23. Lemonfil
    Lemonfil September 7, 2011 at 5:41 am .

    good afternoon sir. Your website has been really really helpful to me. I don’t have an android phone yet, i’m still planning to buy LG Optimus 2x, and i’m doing a research about android. i have few question though. i hope you answer them. How do I know that to use a particular application, I need to root the phone first? Do I need to root the phone to change the user interface? If i’m going to download a game, do i still need to root the phone? if somehow the android gingerbread OS come out for LG optimus 2x, would the LG automatically update the phone for us or I have to do it myself manually? thank you so much. I hope to hear from you soon.

  24. Aria
    Aria September 8, 2011 at 5:13 am .

    ohkayyy!!! but i seriously am still confused!! i do not know whether i shud take an android coz its cool or if a normal os phone shud do!! im an animation and vfx student. and my general use would be surfing the net, a lil downloading here n there (u know apps,images n other stuff)
    could you help me choose between an android (sony ericsson xperia mini pro) and a smartphone ( samsung galaxy wave 2)?!!!
    thanx!! :)

  25. abhi
    abhi September 19, 2011 at 5:19 am .

    though i didnt root my droid still the way you narrated shows clarity on the subject n your patience to share it to all

    simply awesome…

    keep doing ..

  26. Shahril
    Shahril September 20, 2011 at 3:25 am .

    Dear John A.

    untill now i still not decide which i need to root droid or not, can u give some advice, my problem i want to root because my internal storage was low due to so many factory app taht cannot be deleted.. Pls help me mr John A..

  27. Aviad
    Aviad September 20, 2011 at 4:04 am .

    I have a Q:
    if i root my phone, can i set a password like with linux / unix i’ll have to enter?
    can i choose for it to run normally under guest privileges, and only when i need it to run as root?
    does it mean that new applications don’t need to request permissions when installing?

  28. Pani
    Pani September 21, 2011 at 7:10 am .

    Hi John,

    First of all, I ‘d like to say I’ve read a lot and your post is by far the best and most helpful.

    However, I’m stuck that’s why I never stop researching. I’m not a tech savvy, but I managed to read enough to find out that with 2.3.3 I cant root my phone unless i unlock bootloader.. So i did that successfully.

    One problem, I cant seem to root my phone through GingerBreak, seemed like an easy process but mine took 20 minutes everytime, They said its not supposed to take more than ten and to reboot it.

    So i did. But still didn’t work, Lost my mobile data connection. had to reconfigure through optus. It’s now working, not as well as it used to, dropping signal here and there.

    As i said i’m not a tech savvy and about to give up because I’m not brave enough to go further and try the other ways. So i was wondering that if i leave my phone boot unlocked will it do the phone any harm ?

    Thank you so much in advance.

  29. eb
    eb September 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm .

    Will rooting my phone interfere with future OS upgrades from my carrier? They are in the very slow process of rolling out Gingerbread.

  30. Bharat Subedi
    Bharat Subedi September 24, 2011 at 9:38 am .

    This is a very good article to understand rooting. The Indian subcontinental users are disappointed with not supporting devnagiri script in android. why android lacks full unicode ? Do you have any idea of getting devnagiri support or full Unicode so that every language can be read.

  31. ahmed
    ahmed September 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm .

    very very very good post dude

  32. gnesop.com
    gnesop.com September 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm .

    great article
    thank you for sharing it.

  33. Nicholas
    Nicholas October 1, 2011 at 1:34 am .

    Great article. I’m considering rooting my new bionic (my first android phone) but I’m thinking it may be better to wait until the bugfix is released in November. (I’ve heard it may be difficult to get such updates while rooted). Do you have any information on the Bionic (and 2.3.4 in general for that matter) ?

  34. Pat
    Pat October 2, 2011 at 10:32 am .

    Great explanation! It is so refreshing to see tech talk in plain English. I may or may not root my Droid 2 but, thanks to your article, I understand fully the pros and cons. Keep up the good work!

  35. Nireesha
    Nireesha October 6, 2011 at 3:18 am .

    Hi,

    Thanks for great article.
    Can you suggest a site to learn on how to Root the device in-spite of using the apps available in Google search.

  36. joe
    joe October 7, 2011 at 7:54 am .

    Thanks so much for an informative read. The world needs more people like you….hahaha…am serious. Am about to root my ideos. Would you recommend it? Coz am thinking the ads are so vast. So what do you think. Your answer will determine everything. Thanks so much

  37. Manny Becker
    Manny Becker October 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm .

    What a great article John..!! :)
    Because of you i leaned so much about rooting, this is extremely helpful for someone who doesn’t know much about the Android world yet. Thank you

  38. akhil
    akhil October 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm .

    thanks very much for such a great lesson

    can anybody help me to use hindi language on samsung galaxy sII
    plz. mail on akhilsood2007 AT gmail.com

    thanks and regards
    akhil

  39. TONY
    TONY October 25, 2011 at 6:35 am .

    Good detailed work. Keep it up.

  40. Abdul Sami
    Abdul Sami October 27, 2011 at 9:27 am .

    Thanks a lot for such a useful & easy explanation for a newbie like me in Android market. I was about to root my LG GT540 Optimus phone, then I came across this article of yours. This is being of very much help to me.

    Thanks, thanks a lot!!!

  41. harshadura
    harshadura October 30, 2011 at 9:39 am .

    thx 4 da awesome article jz learned lots of things!!

  42. kronak
    kronak November 2, 2011 at 1:22 am .

    hey bro is rooting compulsory for updating

  43. Fiorinihc
    Fiorinihc November 5, 2011 at 5:05 pm .

    Thank you sooooo much john. I’m gonna buy myself a Samsung galaxy player 4.0 and i saw this and learned what rooting is and that I don’t want to root it. One thing tho can I get apps for free if I root it?

  44. babu
    babu November 7, 2011 at 8:54 am .

    great article.. very informative …

    thank you very much

  45. vamsi
    vamsi November 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm .

    Hello John ! Its an awesome article. I just want to know regarding the bricking issue. Does that bricking problem occurs only while the process of rooting the device (or) even though after the device has been routed and its in use for some days ?

  46. jay
    jay November 12, 2011 at 7:23 am .

    nice , thanks

  47. suganth
    suganth November 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm .

    Excellent explanation john !! can you pls tell me by which app (eg: z4root) i can root my lg optimus one (android 2.2.3)

    1. suganth
      suganth November 22, 2011 at 4:56 am .

      1)i’ve updated my lg p500 officially from 2.2.1 to 2.3.3…..if i root my mobile,will it cause any problem.?????..
      2)after rooting a smartphone successfully ,is there any chance of BRICKING??

  48. anuj
    anuj November 24, 2011 at 6:32 pm .

    Dear sir, not only your explanation was brilliantly helpful, but also you are a very kind hearted, respectful, knowledgeable, and extraordinarily patient man. Just on behalf of everybody i’d like to thank you from the bottom of our heart. We all love your work, your other articles including this one,as well as your habit of writing replies to almost every comment. Salute to your hardwork.

  49. Fiorinihc
    Fiorinihc November 24, 2011 at 10:22 pm .

    Thanks to your,I have decided to buy my family and I android products and possibly root them! I have never read any other articles you wrote,but certainly will! Also you reply instantly to all people who write a comment. Thank you my dear friend and I’ll cya later,for sure. So you will be seeing a lot of me

  50. hem
    hem December 9, 2011 at 2:54 am .

    worthy words for android device holders and I’m one of them. thanks man.

  51. mike
    mike December 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm .

    hey just wondering, i bout a droid and the person before me had it rooted and stuff, but he told me he was going to restore it and take it all off. everythings stock, but it has the app superuser. does this mean its allready rooted? i was going to root it myself but im not sure if it already is rooted

  52. Jeya
    Jeya December 16, 2011 at 9:54 am .

    Very nice explanations.. its useful too..

  53. rishabh
    rishabh December 30, 2011 at 7:48 am .

    hey john thanks a lot really very helpful article

    however i have a doubt in case i root my phone and within a few months i unroot it. Will the warranty be valid?? (assuming phone is still in the warranty period)

  54. raafat
    raafat January 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm .

    Thank you, very helpful

  55. Drewball
    Drewball January 22, 2012 at 3:57 am .

    Awesome article. I’ve had an iPhone for the past few years and have had it jailbroken for 2. I now believe I’m going to be making the switch to android when my current contract is up. Thanks again.

  56. sonia
    sonia January 26, 2012 at 5:02 am .

    hey thanks for the article…really clears out major doubts…but i wanna know one thing..silly as it may be…does rooting remove the bondage of the limited internal memory that android devices have???

  57. Untamed
    Untamed January 29, 2012 at 1:41 pm .

    as i am a new droid user this was very helpful for me… I didn’t even know what rooting actually means before reading this…. thanx…

  58. kotd
    kotd February 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm .

    thank you for your hard work
    I have a question do i have to root my device to get paid apps for free?
    And what the best way to get apps for free?
    Thank you again

  59. NIssan
    NIssan March 15, 2012 at 9:19 am .

    i would like to root my samsung galaxy y.. any advice?

  60. Doyle
    Doyle March 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm .

    Like all the preceding replies I salute your knowledge,concise explanations,patients and character.

    My question is whether you are aware of trustworthy “geeks” whose occupations include rooting of cell phones. If so, I would be interested
    in obtaining some contacts. What would be reasonable compensation for this procedure.

    Thanks

  61. ANANT
    ANANT March 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm .

    hello John,
    Thanks a lot for the post, amazingly simple language!
    Keep up the great work

  62. Pauline
    Pauline April 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm .

    Thank you for this post. I was looking to uninstall an app and the vid I found wanted me to root my Droid. After reading this I kept searching and found a simpler way to remove apps w/out rooting. Great job explaining the term.

  63. hareesh
    hareesh April 7, 2012 at 2:29 am .

    Dear John, Thanks a lot for detailed description.

  64. Andrea
    Andrea April 14, 2012 at 11:28 am .

    I’m new to droid tech and tablets to add. I just couldn’t figure out wth rooting meant but you’ve made it extreely simple. My Tab is brand new with a 2 year warranty I’m not sure I wanna void it just yet. ……

  65. nestor
    nestor April 21, 2012 at 2:10 am .

    nice…,now i know what the disadvantage of rooting android phones.

  66. Edward
    Edward April 24, 2012 at 5:39 am .

    You did a great job buddy, you have taught me so much …

  67. Mia
    Mia April 30, 2012 at 3:20 am .

    Thank you so much for your precise, thorough easily comprehensible article. Your article has been an abundant asset to the rooting deliberation process. I do have one concern, however: Will rooting erase my contacts and sms/mms messages? If so, what would you recommend I use to back them up? I have a Samsung Admire.
    Thank you so much for your diligence and patience. I eagerly anticipate your reply.

  68. Rey
    Rey May 4, 2012 at 10:18 pm .

    great info for newbies like me…thanks a lot!

  69. Mustafa
    Mustafa May 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm .

    actually i dont get the point of wifi tethering can you give me a little bit explanation

    1. ThatMayh3mGuy
      ThatMayh3mGuy December 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm .

      Tethering means you use Your phones internet connection on a pc. Your phone becomes the modem and you can connect to the internet where ever you have a 3/4G connectiion. ie.using you laptop to surf the internet in the park or somewhere an ethernet or Wi-fi connection isnt available

  70. trisha
    trisha May 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm .

    Rooting an android phone of course has some risks for the rooter like warranty getting void or bricking of the handset, but still, the thrill that is involved is really something that takes one on the high. There are times when you would surely want to use various amazing apps and that will help you in staying ahead in tech field.

  71. thejus
    thejus May 12, 2012 at 8:37 am .

    thanks for the tip

  72. Professor Asomeone
    Professor Asomeone May 13, 2012 at 6:19 pm .

    Great, Awesome, thank you for the explanation. Now i will have my friend root their phones first!

  73. kashyap
    kashyap May 14, 2012 at 8:47 am .

    great explenation really helpful

  74. Virender
    Virender June 5, 2012 at 11:27 pm .

    nice what a lovley explation of “rooting” thank u very much because i did not know about “rooting”. After reading this i know that their is risk to manufactur warrenty and bricking i am not going root my android .

  75. jhob
    jhob June 15, 2012 at 6:22 pm .

    hi john thanks for the post. all i wanted to ask is if i root my phone will it use the same amount of data as usual.

  76. Root Android
    Root Android June 16, 2012 at 6:16 am .

    That is a good detailed article. Good work.

  77. Pranshul
    Pranshul July 2, 2012 at 6:45 am .

    awesome article! just couldn’t figure out what it was. and a question- after rooting, can you download the paid apps for free like you can after jailbraking in apple? also after rooting and getting a custom ROM and then getting software updates which are not being released for your mobile, will the hardware specs of your mobile be a problem. for example, the mp of the camera? as most of the phones running ICS and above have highly increased megapixels while mine is only 5.0 (Samsung Galaxy S i9003)

    1. ThatMayh3mGuy
      ThatMayh3mGuy December 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm .

      Piracy is a big problem on the Android OS. While yes it is possible to do so it’s unethical. most of the paid apps are only a couple bucks or less, just buy the app and support the devs.

      As for your second question. Yes hardware can be a problem but its not a huge deal. one of my phones is a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. im currently running Android 4.1 which supports high res video recording. the play can only ever record 480 so i just cant record in high res. also if your phones processor is super old it would have lag issues and other problems on the most recent releases of AOSP. (4.0+). Your phone the Galaxy S i9003 handles them beautifully. I know this because i have one running the latest AOKP build based on 4.1.2

  78. Sharon Natasha
    Sharon Natasha July 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm .

    A very good and clear article for newbies explained in a very simple and effective manner. Thank you.

  79. SAM
    SAM July 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm .

    THIS IS JUST GREAT, MORE BLESSINGS FROM ABOVE

  80. Mahesh
    Mahesh July 23, 2012 at 10:21 pm .

    Great article mate. Simple and to the point.

  81. homar
    homar July 25, 2012 at 3:10 pm .

    Nice!

    -Off to root my android.

  82. Mangalmoy
    Mangalmoy July 26, 2012 at 3:19 pm .

    Thnks a lot !
    very very useful explaination!
    Thnks again…..!

  83. rishi
    rishi August 7, 2012 at 5:41 am .

    Nice article bro..
    nice job

  84. The Quality Guy
    The Quality Guy August 11, 2012 at 1:26 am .

    Great, great post for an Android newbie like me. I had a look at the XDA-Dev forums, & got lost for even trying to find my way! it was way, way too complicated as some of the terms used that were alien to me.

    Your article has cut through the jargon & explained rooting in the simplest possible terms for the layman. Thank you for job well done !

  85. Aqeel-ur-Rehman Hameed
    Aqeel-ur-Rehman Hameed August 23, 2012 at 7:21 am .

    A very useful post. Well done :)

  86. user
    user September 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm .

    well written post. understood and learnt. thanks.

  87. dean
    dean September 24, 2012 at 5:10 am .

    Good Job dude you help us make things clear to rooting advantages and disadvantages…thanks dude great mind!

  88. Jitu KinnGg
    Jitu KinnGg September 24, 2012 at 12:26 pm .

    awesome work man!!. really beneficial.. keep it up..

  89. Nicole
    Nicole October 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm .

    Thanks for your explanation. My daughter has a Coby KYROS -MODEL mid7033 and I was reading up on rooting her system. I think further research is needed before this is done. I think shes been having issues with trying to download Apps. I work in the IT Field but no savy on this task yet.

    Thanks for having this knowledge out here.

    Nicole

  90. mat
    mat November 8, 2012 at 11:13 am .

    suggestion john….

    -why dont you and your team open a shop wherein we android users can go and pay ,for you too root our androids.. :)

  91. suthan
    suthan November 25, 2012 at 7:33 am .

    Thanks.. Great job u hav done..

  92. justin v
    justin v November 27, 2012 at 7:58 am .

    Great site, John…Not new to Android OS but am fairly new to rooting and modifying the OS. Thanks for all your help! Two thumbs up…Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season!

  93. Akul
    Akul December 9, 2012 at 2:59 am .

    Hey John! Very informative ! thank you very much for taking the patience to do so!
    Just one question If i want to root my S3 which is now jellybean do i need to first back up all my data n then root it?

  94. Pam
    Pam December 10, 2012 at 11:39 pm .

    Just HAVE to thank you as well! (never too much love, eh?)
    I’ve been teaching myself since the first computer I used, with good results, but must admit these phones have me scurrying to catch up. :-P

    So thank you for having this fab free site! I have it bkmked for all my info needs (SOOOO much anti-info out there!) and will also check out the XDA community. I don’t feel as helpless now! :-)

    <3

  95. Raj
    Raj December 19, 2012 at 2:50 am .

    Recently purchased my first android phone – Sony Xperia Miro. Since am new 2 the android world of new terminology, i was in full of confusion about rooting and upgrading the phone but ur lesson on rooting was really informative & educative and cleared all my doubts & confusions.

    Thanks a lot John

  96. ThatMayh3mGuy
    ThatMayh3mGuy December 19, 2012 at 8:06 pm .

    Hey John I’m a very experienced android user (i’ve been rooting phones since the original droid and have never looked back ^_^) and I just wanted to say that this is an extremely good write up. I didn’t want to have to explain root to a very noobish friend of mine and found this. After he read through all of this he not only could understand what i was explaining to him. he wanted to learn to do it himself so I walked him through it. also if you ever need more people to help write or help people, let me know.. I would be very interested if you did.

  97. jj
    jj January 7, 2013 at 7:19 am .

    Thanks for the Info… it really helped me a lot…i have plans of rooting my android phone.. but i don’t really know what rooting and tethering means.. and this article gave me the knowledge i need… now im having second Thoughts with regards to rooting my phone since i knew its pros and cons…

  98. fee
    fee January 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm .

    Many thanks for a really informative article. No treating the reader as being useless because they need to know something whilst at the same time being very open about the pros and cons on the subject…! GREAT ……. THANK YOU!

  99. karthik
    karthik February 13, 2013 at 3:33 am .

    Nice post.Lots of useful information

  100. vikram
    vikram June 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm .

    thank you very much..this info is very helpful to me :)

  101. Carlos
    Carlos September 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm .

    Hi, great job man.!
    I am a computer programmer and may need to root my tablet to start developing apps for android as well. Since it’s not a phone, what’s my real risk of rooting it? Could a tablet be ‘bricked’?
    I guess there are ways to reinstall android again on it. Am I right? Thanks

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