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What does it mean to ‘root’ my phone?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Jan. 24, 2011 at 17:42

hi venusrattrap,
>‘Rooting’ your Android device essentially gives you access to its inner workings; you can install ROMs and customise your phone beyond the default settings. There are apps that wouldn’t normally be available and you can easily set up tethering. Some ROMs will even improve the performance of your phone. Having said that: you are also peeling away a protective layer so to speak - the root of the Android OS is its core where the whole shebang is coordinated and held together. The term comes from the linux based OS's. In linux desktop environments the root is also protected so that even an admin has limited access. That way you cannot accidentally delete core elements of the OS. But usually, to get back to Android, any security risks are usually published on the websites that developed the rooting process...

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 24, 2011 at 17:42

hi venusrattrap,
>‘Rooting’ your Android device essentially gives you access to its inner workings; you can install ROMs and customise your phone beyond the default settings. There are apps that wouldn’t normally be available and you can easily set up tethering. Some ROMs will even improve the performance of your phone. Having said that: you are also peeling away a protective layer so to speak - the root of the Android OS is its core where the whole shebang is coordinated and held together. The term comes from the linux based OS's. In linux desktop environments the root is also protected so that even an admin has limited access. That way you cannot accidentally delete core elements of the OS. But usually, to get back to Android, any security risks are usually published on the websites that developed the rooting process...

bigmo7  Jan. 25, 2011 at 15:02

Basically you get superuser privileges.

mrew42  Jan. 25, 2011 at 15:30

To follow on from JanSt, I rooted my HTC desire because I was frustrated by the lack of update from Orange to Android 2.2 (Froyo) and my phone was running out of space. Froyo allows some apps to be installed on the SD card which frees up the internal memory. I rooted my phone and have tried a number of alternative ROMs and have settled on a loveley NeoPhyte ROM which not only frees up memory but speeds up the phone massively. I now have complete freedom and the ability to cook my own ROMS (via MODACO) with exactlt what I want and not what my Network restricts me to. I'll be trying our Gingerbread in the next couple of weeks :)

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