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Is there any point in rooting my Android phone?

What are the benefits of rooting? Is there any point doing it on a high-end Android phone like the HTC Sensation?

Most Useful Answer CTPAHHIK  Jul. 7, 2011 at 14:27

Some applications require root access to run properly. First and foremost would be back up applications as they need root access to restore data. Another reason for root it to remove apps that came pre-installed. Very useful if your provider installed a lot of crapware and data space is running out.

Note that rooting and flashing different ROM or changing Android software on you phone are too different things. Rooting is a prerequisite for unlocking phones and flashing different ROMs, but later are much harder and riskier to do.

There are two way to root. Temporary - will remove root privileges after phone restart. Imagine you root do backup, restart -> back how it was. Root, restore backup, reboot -> back how it was. Perma-root - will keep phone rooted even after restart. To reset root you just restore back to factory settings.

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 7, 2011 at 11:16

simple: if you are happy with the way the phone works, do not root it.
I used to root my Android phones (when I was still using Android) for one and one reason only: I rely on being able to take screenshots on the phone - not via some dorky usb-to pc to sdk setup) - most Androids do no allow screenshot apps unless rooted.
There are some other advantages root access provides (certain backup apps, the ability to flash different ROMs etc), but again: imho, if thw phone works and you like it, why bother?
If you are curious, you can check out tutorials and ROMs on sites such as XDA Developers Forum etc...

CTPAHHIK  Jul. 7, 2011 at 14:27

Some applications require root access to run properly. First and foremost would be back up applications as they need root access to restore data. Another reason for root it to remove apps that came pre-installed. Very useful if your provider installed a lot of crapware and data space is running out.

Note that rooting and flashing different ROM or changing Android software on you phone are too different things. Rooting is a prerequisite for unlocking phones and flashing different ROMs, but later are much harder and riskier to do.

There are two way to root. Temporary - will remove root privileges after phone restart. Imagine you root do backup, restart -> back how it was. Root, restore backup, reboot -> back how it was. Perma-root - will keep phone rooted even after restart. To reset root you just restore back to factory settings.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 7, 2011 at 14:32

Thanks, CTPAHHIK, very useful answer :)

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