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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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Ravin Desai (3 days ago)
I can't root coz lg won't allow me to unlock my boot loader
Ravin Desai (3 days ago)
I can't root my g6
Nils den Dekker (5 days ago)
I only have my Samsung gear 2 Rooted and i have sideloaded Android wear (ik it isnt a Phone
win network (7 days 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 (8 days 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 (11 days ago)
you need the nexus 6p
Gentech (12 days ago)
How do you root the Samsung galaxy tab s2
Zdenek Zimmermann (14 days 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 (25 days 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 (28 days 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
Mixed And Mashed (29 days ago)
I'm a android modding rookie, and I'm considering to root my phone.
Sugam Thapa (1 month ago)
Android geek
Raju Ghorai (1 month ago)
Android geek
Water Malown (1 month ago)
Warranty I dont have warranty
Clorox Beach (1 month ago)
Actually rooting your phone would give you better security, mostly because the best security apps are only available with root.
Ruth Delgado (1 month ago)
you can get an antivirus to stop virus for rooted
Ruth Delgado (1 month ago)
You can grant accsses
Jason Narciso (1 month ago)
guys do you know how to root oppo A37f? need help.
Cute Husky (1 month ago)
I am an android geek and I'm proud
Dennis Schmitz (1 month 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.
Adolf Hitler (1 month ago)
Love the The Matrix reference tho
Deadpool (1 month ago)
What if mines a tablet
Apurv Ajay Kumar (1 month ago)
Android geek , rooted and android 8.1
Kenzos King (1 month ago)
I will root the phone because the mall where we bought it is burnt down
zew qpo (2 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 (2 months ago)
I am both
Pardhu Ganesh (2 months ago)
Am I only the one who's watching this in custom rom flashed and rooted device
TheInevitableSquare (2 months ago)
*reloads gun*boof gone!
Niggeruto (2 months ago)
not talking the risk
lairdriver (2 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 (2 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 gamer of 69 (2 months ago)
And xposed
Charizard gamer of 69 (2 months ago)
Me I like tweeking my android device but I don't know terminal things and I also flashed cm 12
RaTehSunGod (2 months ago)
Android should have a Dev option to internally root your phone
newkfromrotterdam (2 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 (2 months ago)
I am a geek
Carlos Perez (2 months ago)
Geek in 2017
Jack Wilson (3 months ago)
A custom what? Someone explains pls
Jack Wilson (3 months ago)
Idgaf about my warranty
Durgesh Thakur (3 months ago)
Is anybody having link of official Stock ROM of Lenovo Vibe p1m??
Joel Guy (3 months ago)
Is there an iOS rom?
Ro0t maniacS (3 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
LordOrange (3 months ago)
nerdly girl (3 months ago)
I wht to root s3 am more them Android love been since got my s3
Cookie__XD (3 months ago)
cant life without my device is been rooted! Also xposed framework can to a whole lot...
Phoinex Flames (3 months ago)
I'm an Android enthusiast but also an Android geek I root and I unroot and root again
whitehotwater (3 months ago)
loved the Agent Smith impersonation.. I feel like most people didn't get that...
VICKY VIDEOZZZ (4 months ago)
Tom Louwell (4 months ago)
I can't live without rooting and installing Xposed.
RPBCACUEAIIBH (4 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 (4 months ago)
I keep looking at your ears when you talk they keep moving
Jason S. (4 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 (4 months ago)
Honestly I want to Root just to get Nougat on a J36
PixelTV Xd (4 months ago)
I'm both
PixelTV Xd (4 months ago)
Root V30
Farees Isqandar (4 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 (5 months ago)
Root access is the reason why Android is the best operating system
Maquiavelo (5 months ago)
Been thinking about rooting my Motorola Nexus 6 ...I hate the Encryption feature... I hate it ;-;
Zihao Zhang (5 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 (5 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 (5 months ago)
Too bad I can't root on my Samsung 😭
Rahul Sarraf (5 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 (5 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 (5 months ago)
I just wanna root my phone so I can remove the bloatware
Awesome OS (6 months ago)
I am going to root my Android virtual machine
Roar GamingT (6 months ago)
Lol who is this guy
Omkar Arun Sanil (6 months ago)
see the thumbnail 😂
Marauder Shields (6 months ago)
Not a word about unrooting...
Retr0 (6 months ago)
I'm an Android geek/nerd. Roots for life.
Lanthai channel (6 months ago)
Root - virus infections - phone slow - fastboot custom ROM - again root Android geek !!
Yankee The hawk eye (7 months ago)
I kiss goodbye to my warranty the day i buy phone, ill root it in a few hours 😂😂😂
hallmason11 (7 months ago)
I like modding, but the increased security risk really blows rooting for me....
FishyYT_ (7 months ago)
my warranty already expired
Simranjit Singh BAL (7 months ago)
android geek
Mehedi Hassan (7 months ago)
android inthusiast
Shadow Fang (7 months ago)
I do want to root but i want but i dont my phone to "brick". So i'm looking for the safest way to root my phone without that happening. I dont have my warranty so I'm not worried about that and i dont really care about the risk of a virus. (i have another for non-game purposes). Please help me.
Onix Gaming (7 months ago)
like underwear
Cyan Khan (7 months ago)
im an android geek and my phone Is rooted hahaha custom rom cyanogenmod 12.1
Lynden Jeppesen (7 months ago)
im definitely an android geek
Bei Maejor (7 months ago)
Yeah rooting a phone is very risky, mine got virus popin ads whenever i open wifi.
Random Randol (7 months ago)
I'm gonna root the Samsung galaxy tab a6 10.1 inch (sm-t580)
Francis Job (7 months ago)
My Phone i‌s ‌🇷‌🇴‌🇴‌🇹‌🇪‌🇩 and I am running On custom ROM. Its awesome for me to do this.👍
raja das (8 months ago)
my device is j2 2015 version. ... is it root possible. .... how can I root my device. ...... plz reply me
erin clay (8 months ago)
can you unroot your phone?
DRNS mobile legends (8 months ago)
I used kingroot and it broke my Oppophone to fix it plus the power button and the volume down and reboot your phone by using the build in recovery reboot it 2times and it's fixed
Gabby Bellamy (8 months ago)
Do to crapware?XD
Bunnybass (8 months ago)
what do you mean by flashing custom roms? is that a need when rooting? im a coward so i need to make sure my phone wont brix
Karl Bergen (8 months ago)
Why not root a cheap tablet rather than an expensive phone. Use your phone as a phone. Get a cheap device to experiment on OR experiment on cheap prerooted Android emulators such as Gennymotion on your PC. If you brick them simply uninstall and reinstall. When you become a rooting wizard THEN root your phone after the warranty expires.
Blue Whirl (8 months ago)
Rooting or Jailbreaking will not void the warranty, it's just a manufacturer scare tactic. Unless the manufacturer can prove that such modifications are the cause of any hardware malfunctions, it would be illegal.
saurabh jainth (8 months ago)
you look like pitbull in the thumbnail
PLAYER STARTED (8 months ago)
I'm the dude who always drop his phone and it cracked
Sonu Theeng (8 months ago)
your android version
JosephBrockhurst2005 (8 months ago)
Android geek, Definitely!
Jakub Vostal (9 months ago)
My friend want me to root his phone for changig mac adress.I am afraid of bricking his phone.Should i do it?
Abhilash Mudgal (9 months ago)
Would Rooting Stop My OTA Updates ?
Nuno Tlau (9 months ago)
The intro was sooooooo Professor Snape😂😂😂
STAHP (9 months ago)
This becomes hilarious when you're Australian.
King Kong (9 months ago)
I rooted my phone about a month ago while i still had warranty, few weeks later my phone just blocked, it was pretty normal for it so I just did a factory reset, it reseted and once when it should have been on already it just reseted itself again. That was happening till phone ran out of battery, I took it to service and they said nothing about warranty, thing they did was kind of assholy because they changed my whole software and I lost everything that was on it, even things from SD card and it can not be back, so in my case warranty was not problem but everything I lost was. I found out that thing that did mess up my phone WAS rooting but reason for it was installing way too many shitty apps that require root. One of those was soft buttons, i really wanted them but that was biggest thing that ruined my phone. I rooted my phone AGAIN and I was aware of things I shouldn't do. If you decide to root phone just be careful :)
Planci Acanthaster (9 months ago)
I want to use flux which requires root but I'm too scared of breaking the phone. :S
Chez-It (9 months ago)
if you get rid of touchwiz there will be no home screen

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