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Is it necessary to have an unlocked bootloader to root a device? [duplicate]

My LG Stylo 2 Sprint Version running on Android 7 Nougat has a locked bootloader. LG made sure that the bootloader can't be unlocked. This article states that it's possible to root with a locked ...
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How do I root a phone without losing any data? [duplicate]

I don't care if my phone trips the knox counter, I couldn't care any less if samsung knows I tried to root my phone but I'm tired of looking at videos on YouTube that say "This method works ...
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How does Magisk work?

Magisk is known as a “systemless” root method. It’s essentially a way to modify the system without actually modifying it. Modifications are stored safely in the boot partition instead of modifying the ...
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Does rooting erase anything?

If I root my android phone (just so I can get access to Wifi Tethering, etc.) will that erase anything on the phone (apps, data, etc.)? Will it change anything other than the ability to run app(s) as ...
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What is the difference between aboot and boot?

I'm looking through my device and I noticed within /dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc.1/by-name that there is boot and aboot partitions. What is the difference between them? Mainly what is aboot?
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Why are the rooting apps not working anymore?

A couple years ago, it was easy to root any device: Install KingRoot, KingoRoot, or a similar app, hit the large ROOT button, and let it do the rest. After 5 minutes or so, a green "Root Succeeded!" ...
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How to properly ENABLE dm-verity and FEC for /system on Motorola X4 with LineageOS 17.1?

I have built LineageOS 17.1 for Motorola X4 / payton with unlocked bootloader with reverted commit 81cc203c06596878d2beb62ab6e07f36e278018e. The common question is how to disable dm-verity, but I want ...
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Why is it possible to re-lock the bootloader after installing a custom ROM (on some devices)?

As I understand it, if an Android device’s bootloader is locked (fastboot oem lock), it should check the installed system on boot to verify that it’s signed with some (the manufacturer’s?) signing ...
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If I generate my own custom key and sign a custom ROM, then will I be able to have root access after locking the bootloader?

So what I want to do is boot into my own custom ROM with a locked bootloader. I have a OnePlus 6T so it's possible, but can I have root access after I boot with a locked bootloader? If I replace my ...
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What are the various ways an Android phone can be locked?

I ask this question because the confusing terminology of different types of "locked" and "unlocked" like rooted and not rooted, Sim-locking, FRP locks, lock screens, ADB active ...
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Is Android 10 unrootable?

I'm trying to root my device but after doing so much research, I've found that the rooting apps either don't work because it was made for an older version of android, it found that it's not rootable ...
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Safest way for rooting

I would not recommend rooting a device that is still under warranty. I am trying to find a way to root my old device from 2014 that has become my daily because the new one got damaged and cannot ...
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How to patch and sign android bootloader image to enable "volume_up" button?

Had trouble with it for a long time because manufacturer disabled the button to unlock the rooting functionality.
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Root my oreo device?

I have some experience with rooting, upgrading, installing twrp and another stuff. My phone is Samsung Galaxy J7+ with (oreo). Btw, based on some articles that i've read, it's too risky if i want to ...
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Must a device's bootloader be unlocked to temporarily boot into another recovery?

If I want to boot into a temporary recovery by issuing command fastboot boot my_temp_recovery.img must the bootloader of the device first be unlocked?

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