What does "rooting" actually do to your phone?

What does "rooting" actually do to your phone? Does it make it more customisable (if that's a word!)

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JanSt / MOD  May. 3, 2012 at 15:39

Yes, among other things, a rooted phone will be more customisable.
"root" refers to the usually protected area of the filesystem; where vital (and not so vital) system files cannot be accessed. In Android and iOS those areas are not accessible without some modifications.
webOS, MaeMo, "MeeGo" etc allow you to manipulate those files once you log in as 'root' via developer mode.

Rooting an Android phone will allow you to manipulate system files and settings, remove system apps, install customised ROMs etc etc etc....

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