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Oct 27, 10 at 10:36pmVeGiTAX2

  • Rooting is a mixed bag for most users, even in the most simple form of a test software leak it means that users may be hard pressed to return their phone due to a warranty violation. As a result I would suggest that anyone inquiring be sure that they like their phone and plan to stick it out for a while, not every model is the same and many do not have rollback options to load the stock OS again.
Gains from rooting
  • Custom operating system updates
  • Community supported troubleshooting for phone issues
  • Outside market access
  • Legacy support after discontinuation
  • Overclocking
  • Custom loaders such as ADW or Launcher 2, in past cases this included unique launchers like the Nexus One
Issues you may face
  • Rooting isn't always a simple flash file, users may need more technical knowledge or access to a linux system to run the root procedure.
  • Rooted phones need user attention and care, a poorly written app may crash the phone but a bad ROM can brick the phone making it unusable
  • Support is community based for rooted phones, calling up HTC, LG or Motorola is pointless once you breach that gap
I'm up for helping as I can to get root information from around the web to those interested in rooting their phones and exploring the options of their Android devices. I'm sure the rest of the community will lend a hand as they can too.

When checking if your phone is rooted try to include the following:
  • Device Name:
  • Software Version:
  • Kernel Version:
  • Baseband Version:
In some cases a simple OTA update can render a phone unable to be rooted, so the info does help eliminate issues finding out what options there are.

With that said. Welcome to the Neoseeker Android Community and hopefully the legions of root users.

Thread Recap (last 10 posts from newest to oldest)

Apr 01, 15 at 10:06pm

I won't be doing that, thanks. Whilst I don't exactly like being unable to uninstall the silly system apps, it's not worth the hassle and risk for me. If only it was like putting Linux on a laptop or even a netbook, where just download it....

Feb 04, 15 at 3:24am


Rooting is like customizing your mobile phone with an operating system that replaces the stock firmware changing processor and allowing unapproved apps. With rooting of android device you could change anything on software front. Advance user like to root their android device to unlock the full capacity of their device. However, for average users the process of root android device could be scary.

Dec 04, 14 at 10:59pm

Thanks for posting what rooting is. Many or the one who read this thread now knew what rooting all about.

Oct 09, 14 at 2:09am

It's very hard to understand. I wanna ask.
I have a android game handheld and i need to use it to play emulator games, do i need to root it before i port the emu to my device( JXD s7800b)?

Jan 04, 14 at 7:49pm

All the "hype" over it being "dangerous" is bogus. I have my Kindle Fire HD rooted and it is 1000000 times better. I can do so much more. And for those of you who are reading this and are cynical, I was you before I rooted. I was very cautious but in the end it pays off. Also, I heard that if you are having technical problems, you can still send your device in and they will fix it.

Dec 18, 13 at 9:37pm

If I want to reboot my android phone then what is the process of rooting?

Aug 09, 13 at 11:55am

Rooting is known as OS up gradation without any official update for the OS in Android. It is illegal and your device warranty expires or may be dead forever, if you root your device. if you are having 2.3 ginerbread android then you update your device to 4.1 jelly bean or latest. This is known as rooting.

May 25, 13 at 1:13pm

I also want to root my phone.Is there any risk to rooting my phone

Jan 11, 13 at 7:23pm

i have been searching on how to root my motorola atrix hd on at&t. it is up graded to android 4.1.1. every thing i have found is for ics... am i right in reading there is no root yet for jellybean?? if anyone can find anything it would be appreciated

Dec 17, 12 at 9:01pm

Hey I have just attempted to root my SG3 1747 and long story short my phone is stuck on the downloading screen. I can't seem to get it to reboot because the yellow triangle comes up as an error saying that firmware upgrade encountered a problem. I have tried many different things. rebooting, unplugging the device. Also Samsung Kies doesn't recognize the phone but my drivers are fine. I REALLY need help with this problem and I'm hoping that someone/anyone can help me out. It would be greatly appreciated!

I have skype and am willing to go through whatever it is to get my phone back to normal. As I had mentioned I should be able to flash as the downloading screen comes up but I must be doing something wrong...


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