What is rooting? | Android Central

Root your PhoneProbably the top three questions on your mind when it comes to your Android phone are the following:

  1. What is "rooting?"
  2. Why would I want to root my phone?
  3. And now that I've decided to do it, how do I root my phone?

It's a little scary, we know. But we've got you covered.

First and foremost is our Rooting page, conveniently parked at androidcentral.com/root. There you'll find the basic ins and outs of rooting as well as links to get you started.

Then there's our "Rooting: Is it for me?" Q&A. If you read nothing else, read this.

Your next stop should be the Android Central Forums. Rooting is a little different for each phone, so you'll want to read up on exactly what you need to do.

That's it. It's not that bad, really, and you should definitely take a look. And apologies to our Aussie friends! ;)

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What is rooting?


root = another term for engaging in sexual relations.
I was in Perth and a girl I was dating about rolled on the floor laughing at me when I asked her what she was rooting in her purse for.

My dx is rooted. Not much to do besides remove bloatware and wireless tether, also overclock. Maybe custom rom but imo more trouble than they are worth.

Do you know how funny it is to read this post as an aussie?
"Rooting: Is it for me?" <-- Hell Yeah! i'm always in for a root :)

Rooting simply opens your phone up to allow you to run apps that take control of aspects of the phone that are normally locked down. (The CPU speed, wireless tethering functionality, replacing the ROM on the phone.)

It doesn't really do anything to the UI, or regular functionality.

Good for known issues on devices that a custom rom addressed before it was addressed by manufacturer. Example Hero dialer lag that cyanogen fixxed well before official update.

Has anyone had any experience rooting a samsung facinate running froyo 2.2. I'm really interested in the "one click method".

Basically, rooting unleashes your phone’s true potential. You can access the full hardware capacity of your device, making it achieve greater processing speeds, faster memory accessing and a lot of other cool features. Actually, to be more exact, rooting gives you access to the root user of your device. The root user is the one that has all the rights in your device. To be even more exact it allows you to change system files that normally you wouldn’t even know they are there....
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