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To Root Or Not To Root? - Android Q&A

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Jayce spills the goods on the risks & rewards of rooting your Android phone ... Matrix style! Talk about Android in our forums: http://www.androidauthority.com/community Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=androidauthority ---------------------------------------------------- Stay connected to Android Authority: - http://www.androidauthority.com - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AndroidAuthority/posts - http://www.facebook.com/androidauthority/ - http://www.twitter.com/androidauth/ Follow the Team: Josh Vergara: https://plus.google.com/u/0/115479956157583333059 Joe Hindy: https://plus.google.com/u/0/107254147915240233302 Darcy LaCouvee: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113844012153953197176 Lanh Nguyen: https://plus.google.com/+LanhNguyenFilms Jayce Broda: https://plus.google.com/+JayceBroda Kevin Nether: https://plus.google.com/+KevinNether/posts


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Echotale Sans (3 days ago)
Guys I need help. I didn't get the waranty part I think that's what it called? I saw it was U.S.A and Canada but is it for only those countries? or for all? and the waranty what does it mean? please help so I can decide if not to root my phone or to do it
MoheThe Thinker (4 days ago)
Really? The Matrix? God damn it!
Lennard Helder (9 days ago)
2:30 remember back in the days on android 2.3 that was just a feature in android itself..
HannahTheWolf YTu (11 days ago)
Can i root a samsung galaxy pro? Safely?
Stevem (14 days ago)
Thanks for a clear and concise explanation. By your terms, I am an Android enthusiast. Have already rooted an old phone and was thinking of 'pimping' the ROM with a custom but now understand better where I stand.  More power to you!
Communism Inc. (19 days ago)
Should I root my Samsung Galaxy J3 2016 Ver. 7.1.1? I've been debating on whether I should or not. And if so, How should I? (Kingroot, Kingoroot, etc.)
JoshPlays (20 days ago)
I Rooted my Old Tablet (Samsung) then it was going so goooddd but then i got to EVIL i started installing custom recovery BUT my tablet Hanged and OVERHEAT And the EVIL Ends i was so sad my tablet got fix 2× already so i just bought a phone. So if i want to root my phone i will root it but i will not flash any shit on my phone So If you want to root your phone Just dont flash Any mods or custom recovery😁
Raven Lucifer (21 days ago)
I have a question for you: I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab A, SM-T350, Android 7.1.1 tablet. I do not have a computer, but want to root my tablet. I tried kingroot, framaroot, kingoroot and others. Nothing worked. HELP??????
Dead Player (23 days ago)
Can i update a sistem later
DaveTheGamer (28 days ago)
I'm an android geek. I'm running liquid remix on my oneplus 5t
Meyliawati Edward (28 days ago)
I used Kingroot to root my Samsung galaxy tab s and oh shit my phone got a virus and it is still alive until now, it always says in my notification like this "Kingroot" may damage your phone_________ __________ | Enable | | Disable |--------------- ------------------
Lipi19821 (28 days ago)
Rooted my s6 edge plus as I wanted to overclock...now im stuck i dont know how...what next after root
Tedj_Pw (1 month ago)
I wanna root my phone without pc but a safe method. I'm pretty young so I don't understand if I should really do this or not.
Colton O'Dell (1 month ago)
I just paid $900 for note 8 back in November. Should I root or play it safe? I love to tweak and before I switched to android I always jailbroke my apple devices but I the apple devices were never as expensive as this note. The only reason I want to root is to change some accsessablity settings. Can I continue to update my system settings when new updates come out? I assume the greater risks exist in the hacking and changing the rom.
Sendhil Kumar (1 month ago)
geek
Zeltic Android (1 month ago)
I think ima geek. I like to mod and explore the wonderful world of Android. I always haved hacked games with CE in PC.
Critical Unity (1 month ago)
Thanks for indicating the location of the comments. I thought they were up above or to the side.
Phantom_ MMO (1 month ago)
You say it voids warranty, but does it void trade in capabilities if i wish to get a new phone in the future?
J NoLastName (1 month ago)
My understanding is that this essentially takes Android from beyond being an OS, and to something more. Into a platform. Into a canvas. Into a framework for OS, rather than an OS itself.
Gerhard Hanekom (1 month ago)
Android Geek
Steve H (1 month ago)
Should I root The Phone or not? I wanna hack Dank Royeale
Damon Hoppe (1 month ago)
Geek. I have spent over 100 hrs trying to root, install twrp, and a custom Rom.
JUNIOR LEWIS (1 month ago)
If I root my LG V20... Will I still receive the Android updates whenever they are released?
MWB Gaming (1 month ago)
id love to root my phone but its an obscure chinese brand, and i cant find a tutorial for it
spyTHEsniper (1 month ago)
i used to have my phone rooted but i had no need for it so i in rooted my phone
Caped Baldy (1 month ago)
so i already rooted my samsung tablet before for hacking games like speed hack but i unrooted it because im afraid thay it will brick/bootloop like my old samsung note 5 (fake) now you say that it will brick only when installing custom rom? and now i remember the old days why my samsung note 5 (fake) bootloop because i was installing custom rom and rom manager reckless so thats why
JoshPlays (20 days ago)
Rooting is safe for your android but There are risk that your phone can get soft bricked or Hard bricked when you flash a custom recovery or something that is not compatible with your device😊
Caped Baldy (1 month ago)
Slippy Toad ye thats what the guy said and i believe this what happens to my fake note 5 i want to install custom rom in it so more speed but i dont know what to install so i installed like for samsung j7 lol and now im rooting my tab its been 3 weeks :D
Slippy Toad (1 month ago)
ncshuriken There's really no risk to rooting. It's when flashing a custom ROM when things can go bad.
ncshuriken (1 month ago)
If you only want to do stuff like hacking games, then you don't need to root. Theres no need to take the risk. You can just go to an Android piracy site and you can get all the games hacked already for you, so you just have to install them. Hacks like "infinite money" and stuff like that. If you want to flash a custom firmware onto your device and add/remove features that are normally hardcoded, then I think thats the only time you need to root. For just hacking and piracy, you virtually never need to root. If you're into hacked/modded games, just google for "modded APK's", or google the name of the game you want + mod, EG "Farmville + Mod APK". Remember to just be careful which site you DL from, and use an antivirus on your phone/tablet too.
svg vict0r (2 months ago)
How do I take off root on s6 edge
Lady Linux (2 months ago)
I think the real question is, is rooting easy? How much of a risk of bricking is there?
Ravin Desai (3 months ago)
I can't root coz lg won't allow me to unlock my boot loader
Ravin Desai (3 months ago)
I can't root my g6
Nils den Dekker (3 months ago)
I only have my Samsung gear 2 Rooted and i have sideloaded Android wear (ik it isnt a Phone
win network (3 months ago)
Rooting itself does not void any warranty. If you're smart, you can just load the stock fastboot+recovery+data and the vendor will have no means of checking whether your device was rooted or not. Also some manufacturers allow you to unlock bootloader (Xiaomi) without impacting your warranty. I mean it's rather stupid decision - are you going to lose warranty over dell laptop just because you installed Arch Linux on it? Of course not.
Ian Garte (3 months ago)
i know this is very late but is it safe to root my only goal is to use the root for game hacking apps for example game guardian etc. So that ok..?
Trenton Dykes (3 months ago)
you need the nexus 6p
Gentech101 (3 months ago)
How do you root the Samsung galaxy tab s2
Zdenek Zimmermann (3 months ago)
I bough my note4 used as showroom device. It came to me with wrong version of the OS full of bugs and with damaged front camera (from continual use of camera apk without noticing). So they gave no hardware warranty and prolonged software warranty. There was nothihing to think about, I gave it root, TWRP bootloader, latest version of the stock OS (becose of S-pen support) without operator modification, kernel app, and so on, to made that phablet really able to do what most of the people can't.
Danilo Boricic (3 months ago)
Not really true for hardbricking the device, i got my past device bricked like 4 times and it is fairly easy to recover if you have the original ROM backup
Vish Tomar (3 months ago)
Hi dude I am vishu from india with email id vishtomar20@gmail.com I need help in rooting my phone lenovo k8 note. And irony is that I have Linux as my daily computer driver... So I want you to help me in rooting my phone by Linux... Plz help me and reply me on my mail
Mixxed13 (3 months ago)
I'm a android modding rookie, and I'm considering to root my phone.
Sugam Thapa (3 months ago)
Android geek
Raju Ghorai (4 months ago)
Android geek
Water Malown (4 months ago)
Warranty I dont have warranty
Clorox Beach (4 months ago)
Actually rooting your phone would give you better security, mostly because the best security apps are only available with root.
Ruth Delgado (4 months ago)
you can get an antivirus to stop virus for rooted
Ruth Delgado (4 months ago)
You can grant accsses
Jason Narciso (4 months ago)
guys do you know how to root oppo A37f? need help.
Husky Husky HuskyHusky (4 months ago)
I am an android geek and I'm proud
Dennis Schmitz (4 months ago)
100% Geek .. rooted lenovo moto z with latest twrp, lineage os 14.1 and elementalx kernel for undervolting and better power management. And change DPI so that i can have even more on the 5,5" QHD Amoled Panel themed with Substratum.
Schee Wheed (4 months ago)
Love the The Matrix reference tho
What if mines a tablet
Apurv Ajay Kumar (4 months ago)
Android geek , rooted and android 8.1
Kenzos King (4 months ago)
I will root the phone because the mall where we bought it is burnt down
zew qpo (4 months ago)
i rooted it not with a app because it cant with my phone just switch kernel and recovery and your done o before i forget its handy to have a root manager
Ayan Ahmed (5 months ago)
I am both
Pardhu Ganesh (5 months ago)
Am I only the one who's watching this in custom rom flashed and rooted device
TheInevitableSquare (5 months ago)
*reloads gun*boof gone!
Lil chidori (5 months ago)
not talking the risk
lairdriver (5 months ago)
Lol, a friend of mine rooted his work phone. The retard within him was strong when he did it. Let's just say he doesn't have his job anymore.
232 DjordjeA (5 months ago)
Rooting in my opinion isnt a risk. If you mess up and brick your phone, you can use SP Flash Tool. It helped me to make one of my older phones usable again
Charizard gaming (5 months ago)
And xposed
Charizard gaming (5 months ago)
Me I like tweeking my android device but I don't know terminal things and I also flashed cm 12
RaTehSunGod (5 months ago)
Android should have a Dev option to internally root your phone
newkfromrotterdam (5 months ago)
not being able to have a dark system theme (instead of the eyeblinding and oled draining white one) on android marshmallow brought me here
Sreehari padmanabhan (5 months ago)
I am a geek
Carlos Perez (5 months ago)
Geek in 2017
Jack Wilson (6 months ago)
A custom what? Someone explains pls
Jack Wilson (6 months ago)
Idgaf about my warranty
Durgesh Thakur (6 months ago)
Is anybody having link of official Stock ROM of Lenovo Vibe p1m??
J J (6 months ago)
Is there an iOS rom?
Ro0t maniacS (6 months ago)
Im rooted with Lineage Os 14.1 android 7.1.2 no bloatware and my phone goes very very fast i love it
ヅLordOrange (6 months ago)
I have TWRP 2.8.7.0, MY PHONE IS OEM UNLOCKED, I HAVE APREROOTEDFIRMWARE... I AM AN ANDROID GEEK :D
nerdly girl (6 months ago)
I wht to root s3 am more them Android love been since got my s3
Cookie__XD (6 months ago)
cant life without my device is been rooted! Also xposed framework can to a whole lot...
Lazeon HD (6 months ago)
I'm an Android enthusiast but also an Android geek I root and I unroot and root again
whitehotwater (6 months ago)
loved the Agent Smith impersonation.. I feel like most people didn't get that...
icey monkeys (7 months ago)
MY PHONE IS ROOT I ROOT IT 3 YEAR AGO NOHING HAPPEN MY PHONE IS IN GREAT CINDITION!!!
Tom Louwell (7 months ago)
I can't live without rooting and installing Xposed.
RPBCACUEAIIBH (7 months ago)
Both my tablets are rooted... now the e-token app doesn't work for accessing my online bank account... Screw that! :P I need root access in terminal. :D
cold Chicken (7 months ago)
I keep looking at your ears when you talk they keep moving
Jason S. (7 months ago)
Personally my oldest Android is my tinkering device it's rooted and has a custom ROM on it my new ones can't be rooted as the most common programs don't work
Unlocked Dreams (7 months ago)
Honestly I want to Root just to get Nougat on a J36
PixelTV Xd (7 months ago)
I'm both
PixelTV Xd (7 months ago)
Root V30
Farees Isqandar (7 months ago)
Hi Guys,Just Wanna Help! Don't Use Kingroot! It's has Spyware! Use Kingoroot,Iroot,Vroot! If u has kingroot Uninstall Before it's too late 2Weeks Ago My note 2 was Rooted by Kingroot After 6month is bricked.
sandeep singh (8 months ago)
Root access is the reason why Android is the best operating system
Maquiavelo (8 months ago)
Been thinking about rooting my Motorola Nexus 6 ...I hate the Encryption feature... I hate it ;-;
Zihao Zhang (8 months ago)
I root my Samsung phone to install a TWRP recovery, format the crappy Samsung ROM and then flash MIUI ROM onto my phone.
H C (8 months ago)
In 2014 I bought my first Smartphone (Sony Xperia Z1), didn't know about rooting or that the XDA website looked like that 3:50. Now I'm still using my Z1 running CarbonROM Nougat and I'm glad that I've chosen a very development-friendly OEM when I was a layman.
I want to root my S8+
Dank Plushes201 (8 months ago)
Too bad I can't root on my Samsung 😭
Rahul Sarraf (8 months ago)
I am an Android geek for sure. I have rooted my phone and changed the ROM more than 10 times ... And finally settled on stock ROM only. Lol I have xposed installed and always been trying new modules . I have bricked it (soft brick). Twice or thrice but yeah now I am full aware of what to do and what not to do in this particular phone of mine. So yeah Android geek. Root it.
Alias Schreiber (8 months ago)
i got alcatel fierce 4 and i go to free anime websites and im afraid i will contract a virus if i root it. any advice?
James Clark (8 months ago)
I just wanna root my phone so I can remove the bloatware
Awesome OS (9 months ago)
I am going to root my Android virtual machine
Roar GamingT (9 months ago)
Lol who is this guy
Omkar Arun Sanil (9 months ago)
see the thumbnail 😂
Marauder Shields (9 months ago)
Not a word about unrooting...
Retr0 (9 months ago)
I'm an Android geek/nerd. Roots for life.
Abhishek Verma (9 months ago)
Root - virus infections - phone slow - fastboot custom ROM - again root Android geek !!
Yankee The hawk eye (10 months ago)
I kiss goodbye to my warranty the day i buy phone, ill root it in a few hours 😂😂😂
hallmason11 (10 months ago)
I like modding, but the increased security risk really blows rooting for me....

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