Advatages of rooting an Android device?

Discussion in 'Android Hacks and Help' started by Jades_Droid, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. Jades_Droid

    Jades_Droid New Member

    Mar 25, 2011
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    What are the advantages and disadvantages to rooting your Android device?

    Also whats the point of hacking it when the OS is open-source anyway?
  2. spc_hicks09

    spc_hicks09 Premium Member
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    Nov 7, 2010
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    Marion, OH
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    Samsung Galaxy S3
    There are a lot of reasons why you should root your phone. I can only think of 1 reason not to root it but that reason is irrelevant now that the Droid 1 isn't going to be getting anymore rom updates.

    Reasons to root:
    Customization, you can do a lot more with a rooted device than you can with say "LauncherPro" and some themes.

    Speed, you can make your D1 blazing fast by flashing custom roms and higher speed kernels.

    Performance (not just speed), the devices functionality improves significantly with rooting and flashing roms.

    Access, you can get into places and files on a rooted device that you couldn't dream of with a stock phone.

    Protection, you can use apps like Titanium Backup to backup all your apps so you can easily restore them after flashing a rom.

    Honestly, I could go on and on about why you SHOULD root your device.
    The only con to rooting is that you can't receive OTA updates and if you can, you will lose your root when you update. Kind of obsolete though since 99.99% of custom roms take you further than what any OTA update will. In all seriousness though, the decision is up to you. Be very cautious when rooting and flashing though as there is a very very slight chance you can brick your device. I say slight chance because as long as you follow the directions the developer gives you to root and flash, then you will be ok. When they develop roms they also test them, which means they DO work. If you do decide to root and flash a rom or whatever you want, remember to always make a backup. For a little more understanding on rooting and flashing you can take a look at this

    To root, just take a look here:
    Another Android 2.2 FRG22D Rooting Method for the Motorola DROID - Droid Life: A Droid Community Blog

    To flash a Custom Rom or Kernel look here:
    Custom Roms - Droid Forum - Verizon Droid & the Motorola Droid Forum

    People here are generally helpful so if you have any questions, comments or concerns, always feel free to come back and we'll help you to the best of our abilities.
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