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  1. countryfireman

    countryfireman New Member

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    Obviously I have a Droid X or I wouldn't post in this forum, but I'm looking for a free app in order to tether to my Windows Laptop & or my iPad 2. My X is not rooted and that is not an option for me (I want to keep my warranty).

    Any suggestions of an app that is free and will allow my laptop and iPad to use my X as a hotspot?

    I tried PDANet once, but never paid and the trial ran out, not sure how well that works compared to other apps out there.

    I am a newbie so go easy on the hazing, just trying to learn and benefit from those that know way more about this stuff then I do.
     
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    I think the only 100% free tethering app is Wireless tether, so you would need to be rooted... but you could easily unroot your X in a couple of minutes if you needed to take it to Verizon

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    All of the free tether APP's are limited in function. You have to pay to get full function. If you root, there are more options, but I believe they all cost some money also.
     
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    So, would anyone like to explain what rooting is and safety of not losing everything I already have on my X?

    Plus how do I root and unroot?

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    download z4root u can google it. u dont lose anything u already have when u root. and rooting basically gives u access to everything ur phone can do. there are plenty of topics on this on the forum. once u root u can download wireless tether and there are no costs what so ever. once u have root access u can tether, overclock ur devices speed add custom roms etc. its similiar to jailbreaking an iOS device.
     
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    If I root the phone, and later decide to unroot it, will I lose all applications, contacts, etc that was done when it was rooted?

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    This is my first post!.....anyways. As a newbie I can attest that I just rooted my phone this weekend with z4root and added wireless tether. I also unrooted as a test using the option on z4 as well. I didn't lose anything.

    This is my first post because 100% of the time someone before me has already ask the question. Search is great!

    Youtube has been great too. search z4root for droid x and there's a bunch of how to's.
     
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    Nope you will only have to wipe your phone if you install a custom ROM, you will not lose anything by rooting/unrooting

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    Ok, so I went to the XDA website to download z4root onto.my phone and I got an error saying"cannot download file not supported on this phone"

    I'm running android version 2.21 on a Verizon droid x.

    Suggestions?

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    Its been a while since I've rooted but I think you need to download it to your PC first and then copy it to your SD card. Here is a link to the best guide I've found on everything DX: RoOoLeR's Guide ROOT / UNROOT / BACKUP / ROM / SBF / OVERCLOCK
     
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    Download Astro File Manager from the market and in the settings you can enable all types of file downloads from the browser

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    This is how I did it.

    Using the browser on the phone I went to *********** - free file sharing and storage. Searched z4root. Clicked on the first file that showed up listed. z4root.1.3.0.apk Then I downloaded to the phone.

    Once that's downloaded go to the app drawer and click the Files app. Click phone files and scroll all the way down to the bottom. You should see the z4root file you just downloaded. Click that file and z4root should install.

    Go back to your app drawer and you'll see the app icon z4root. Click it and then you should see the z4root blue screen. You'll have two options temporary root and permanent root. Click permanent root. Don't trip though permanent doesn't necessarily mean permanent. Once you're rooted you'll see the option to re-root or un-root. After clicking permanent root it'll start rooting then your phone will reboot itself. After it reboots you'll be rooted. Go back to the z4root icon in the app drawer. Click it and then you'll see the re-root and un-root option.

    Also to check if your phone is rooted is to install the free wireless tether app from the market. If it works then you're rooted.

    I think that's about it. Good luck!