Do You Still Root Your Android Device?

Discussion in 'Android News' started by DroidModderX, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. DroidModderX

    DroidModderX Super Moderator
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2011
    Messages:
    5,692
    Likes Received:
    2,116
    Trophy Points:
    478
    Ratings:
    +2,235
    [​IMG]


    Way back in the beginning of Android there was a very strong Root community. In those days root was necessary to do the essentials like overclocking your cpu to rid your device of lag, unlocking free wifi tethering, or even just applying a simple theme. Today there is no longer a need for root in many of these cases. Today's phones are powerful enough to not need overclocking, tethering is included in most data packages, and OEMs like Samsung and HTC have begun to include their very own theme engines. There are still valid reasons to root your Android device, but these days those reasons are more for the tinkerers. If you want to customize your skin you need a root enabled app like Xposed framework. If you wan't a full backup including app data a root app like Titanium backup is useful.

    While root may be useful it can also cause some annoyances. If you are rooted you won't be able to utilize some device features. One thing stopping me from rooting my Galaxy S7 Edge is so that I can continue to use Samsung Pay. When rooted you are not able to install official OTA updates. You often have to flash back to stock prior to receiving the update.

    Still some choose to root their handsets just to stick it to the man. They are of the mindset that they should have full superuser access to a device they have paid for. You can run whatever software you want on your PC so why not on your Android? Then there are those that would like to root, but rooting has become quite the pain in the neck. Back in the day you could download an app from the Play Store like "Z4 root". The app would have a button to click and about 30 seconds later your device was rooted. These days it is much more complicated. Most root methods are specific to a single device. There aren't many one size fits all roots these days. Some devices are locked down so tight that the dev community could spend months finding a root method. When they finally do much of the community has moved on to another device.

    I ran a twitter poll yesterday asking the question, "Do you still root your Android phone?". Out of about 600 participants 62% said that No they do not root their phone. Mostly they stated that Android comes stock with the features they need and there is no point. Only 38% of the participants said they do still root, but this bunch was far more likely to give a reason why. Mostly they stated backups, kernels, general customizations, xposed, removal of bloatware, and AdAway as the reasons they continue to root. Where do you stand? Are you still rooting your Android? If so why? If not why not?
     
  2. kinfolk248

    kinfolk248 Active Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2010
    Messages:
    986
    Likes Received:
    105
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Location:
    Jackson, Ms
    Ratings:
    +138
    Yes.
    Because I like stock android...
     
  3. pc747

    pc747 Administrator
    Staff Member Rescue Squad

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2009
    Messages:
    24,606
    Likes Received:
    5,573
    Trophy Points:
    1,123
    Ratings:
    +6,173
    nope. Though my Nexus 5 is still rooted it was the last device I rooted. Owning a nexus I am free of bloat, get swift updates, and I like the Google interface. I no longer see the need to root because I am satisfied with stock android.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  4. Smith 001

    Smith 001 Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2016
    Messages:
    504
    Likes Received:
    443
    Trophy Points:
    403
    Ratings:
    +445
    Current Phone Model:
    Samsung s7 edge
    Nope, I don't root my phone anymore, because I would like to receive update monthly.
     
  5. redbert31

    redbert31 Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2011
    Messages:
    3,028
    Likes Received:
    1,570
    Trophy Points:
    1,348
    Ratings:
    +1,600
    No, I don't. Back in the day when I was tempted, I was afraid to brick my phone. Now that I'm braver, I don't because I'm satisfied with my Droid z Force just the way it is

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
     
  6. dezymond

    dezymond Tech Support Mod
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009
    Messages:
    12,080
    Likes Received:
    1,508
    Trophy Points:
    573
    Location:
    Bay Area, California
    Ratings:
    +1,672
    Current Phone Model:
    Google Pixel
    I haven't rooted since my Note 5. Even with my s4 the main point of root for me to rid of ads by an adblocking app. I haven't rooted my Pixel because I don't find the ads to be too troublesome anymore, not worth the hassle of completely resetting my phone and setting everything up again. Plus I would like the latest security patches as well by getting them the easy way with the push of a button instead of the whole process flashing an update takes with root.

    The days of flashing ROMs are long over....
     
    • Like Like x 1
  7. Jeffrey

    Jeffrey Premium Member
    Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2012
    Messages:
    6,686
    Likes Received:
    3,548
    Trophy Points:
    1,578
    Location:
    Thailand
    Ratings:
    +4,036
    Current Phone Model:
    iPhone 7 Plus JB
    It's gotta be 3 years since I rooted any device.. Just don't see the need anymore.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. Dark Lazer

    Dark Lazer Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2010
    Messages:
    578
    Likes Received:
    64
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Ratings:
    +74
    No I don't.

    I stopped when I bought a Note 5 through T-Mobile. Since I signed up for the Jump On Demand plan, I knew I'd likely be trading it in at some point, and I didn't want to root and potentially cause any issues if I traded it in. This made me realize I didn't miss rooting as much as I was expecting to. The last phone I rooted was my OnePlus One.

    Plus, when I used to root, I was constantly flashing new roms/updates which would break little things here and there. I just don't feel the need to do so anymore.
     
  9. LoneWolfArcher

    LoneWolfArcher Silver Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2009
    Messages:
    1,802
    Likes Received:
    477
    Trophy Points:
    128
    Ratings:
    +626
    Nope. Did with my first one (Droid Eris) and even my second one for a little while (Droid Razr) to get specific features. However, I reverted eventually. Just don't see a lot of need for it these days.
     
  10. Sherry

    Sherry Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2009
    Messages:
    200
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    The Great Smoky Mountains NC
    Ratings:
    +7
    I haven't rooted in years.
     
  11. kixfan

    kixfan Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2014
    Messages:
    310
    Likes Received:
    134
    Trophy Points:
    98
    Location:
    Northern NY
    Ratings:
    +173
    Current Phone Model:
    Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on AT&T.
    Twitter:
    kixfan
    The last phone I rooted was my Note 3. The only reasons I can think of to root now would be removal of bloatware and use of Titanium Backup, which I paid for years ago. At this point I think I would lose more than I would gain by rooting. Android Pay would probably stop working, Pokemon Go would also stop working. Overall I think I just got sick of waiting for and/or chasing down new root methods. Less stressful to just use the phone as is. It does pretty much everything I rooted for anyway.
     
  12. The Stig 04

    The Stig 04 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2011
    Messages:
    283
    Likes Received:
    62
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    El Paso, TX
    Ratings:
    +85
    Current Phone Model:
    Nexus 6P (VZ) & S7 Edge (TMO)
    I stopped for the same reason...T-Mobile and the fact that I would be trading in phones after a few months. I still have my 6P which is rooted which I guess doesn't make me miss it as much. I use that at night in bed to watch YT since xposed lets me block ads.
     
Search tags for this page

android s7 rooting

,

do people still root android