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    Noob Rooting question...

    I have an IT background and a Computer Science degree but this is my first Android phone. So far I am in love with the Nexus and ICS. From what I have read online and in the forums, there is sooooo much more that we will be able to do with our new phones.

    I want to root using the easy method that sbenson posted in the sticky but I have 1 question. I currently love how I have all of my widgets and my background setup . I have everything backing up through my Google account so after I root, will it restore how my phone currently looks (home screen, background, etc) or will I have to re-do that?

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugg727 View Post
    I have an IT background and a Computer Science degree but this is my first Android phone. So far I am in love with the Nexus and ICS. From what I have read online and in the forums, there is sooooo much more that we will be able to do with our new phones.

    I want to root using the easy method that sbenson posted in the sticky but I have 1 question. I currently love how I have all of my widgets and my background setup . I have everything backing up through my Google account so after I root, will it restore how my phone currently looks (home screen, background, etc) or will I have to re-do that?

    Thanks
    You are safe with the Google account as a backup but once you unlock the bootloader and reboot all your customizations will be lost (home screen, background, etc). Because of that the first thing many rooters did with the phone was unlock the bootloader.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugg727 View Post
    I have an IT background and a Computer Science degree but this is my first Android phone. So far I am in love with the Nexus and ICS. From what I have read online and in the forums, there is sooooo much more that we will be able to do with our new phones.

    I want to root using the easy method that sbenson posted in the sticky but I have 1 question. I currently love how I have all of my widgets and my background setup . I have everything backing up through my Google account so after I root, will it restore how my phone currently looks (home screen, background, etc) or will I have to re-do that?

    Thanks
    Rooting the phone won't change anything on your screens or apps, you won't even be able to tell expect for the superuser app. Unlocking the bootloader will format your internal drive (everything will be gone, even the folder /sdcard, if you have flashed CWM <-- whole nother thread for this). If you are using a home screen replacement, like LauncherPro (or ADW), you can backup your home screens and restore them after a wipe (might need the pro versions). Just make sure you have the backup folder saved on your computer if you are going to unlock or lock your bootloader, as all the folders on the internal drive will be deleted (mentioned above). Your Google account just backs up your apps, wifi passwords, market apps, and some settings. If you are running the stock launcher, you can take a screenshot to help you remember how you had it setup.

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