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Are system image and system partition the same thing?

Are system image and system partition the same thing? Are boot image and boot partition the same thing? Been reading about system root and system-less root. On some pages it says you have to modify ...
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How to root Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300?

I'm using Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 with Android version 4.3. For some reasons I need to install TWRP, which requires root. My question is How to root my device. I've used ODIN, Kingroot, and Kingo ...
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Boot image blocked by OEM lock

I'm attempting to root a Samsung Galaxy A20s (Android 10). I've already patched the boot image with Magisk and enabled "OEM Unlocking" in Developer Options. I ran adb reboot fastboot ...
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Edit Hosts File via Custom Rom?

I want to edit hosts file in my non-rooted Android device. Since flashing a Custom ROM is basically installing a new OS, I was wondering, Is a hosts file already present in a Custom ROM or is it ...
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How to backup a rooted Samsung into a csc file

Essentially, I have a Samsung Tab A7 that I rooted with Magisk, and it got damaged due to me dropping it, however, I have warranty and they will fix it for me. I was wondering if there is a way to ...
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Are there any device that allow updating Android OS out of the box?

Can you get a phone where you can update the system without the need to root your phone? I've never done this myself (rooting) and for my new phone, I want to have something that will use Google Play ...
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Where does Magisk look for image files?

I'm attempting to root a Nexus 5x. I've installed Magisk 25.2 but I don't know where to place the image file so that Magisk can find it. When I select "Select and Patch a File", Magisk ...
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Why is rooting most Android phones "difficult"?

Why is rooting relatively difficult/manual-labour intensive? I assume phone-sellers would like to keep collecting data (for themselves or others) and keep the users safe. Be sure that warranty calls ...
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How can i tell if my phone has ever been rooted?

Banking apps can be not running when they think the phone is not safe even the phone is “not” rooted . And factory reset or OTA update after rooting can make root access botched. Just like unrooting ...
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Ota update and factory reset after rooting

In Galaxy note4 910k ,After rooting , I did *unrooting using Magisk or super SU to prevent the bank app and rooting check app from detecting rooting. but if I do the factory reset or OTA update in ...
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When did unlocking the bootloader become a requirement to root Android and why? [duplicate]

When did it become a requirement to unlock the bootloader before rooting your device or better yet, is it really a requirement to unlock it? Before that, you could use those one-click rooting apps to ...
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How can I install SuperSu on a pre-rooted Android head unit?

I am working on a pre-rooted Android head unit. I can do "adb root" or "adb shell su" using wifi adb. So there is root access and Su binary on the device. But I can't use root ...
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Samsung S8 is stuck on start logo after flashing

I know this question has been posted but none of the solutions is working for me. I flashed official ROM using Odin on my S8 950FD. The process was smooth, the phone rebooted, installed update (blue ...
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Required Img files for heimdall root

Folks, I'm trying to root a phone with Heimdall (on Linux). Completed steps so far: Downloaded Factory Firmware patched it with Magisk setup heimdall downloaded PIT from phone backed up phone with ...
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backend components for SMS on Oxygen

I took off all google apps and oxygen telemetry using root, but apparently I also took off something important. I'm now receiving all SMS about half an hour late and I can't send any. This problem ...
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How to root Gtel Infinity 8s?

How to root Gtel Infinity 8s? Are there APKs that might be used to root this device?
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How to root OnePlus 9 Pro without flashing a boot image

I remember how I rooted Samsung Galaxy S3: I got a SuperSU ZIP file, placed it in a sd card root folder then after powering the device off entered the stock built-in recovery and added this ZIP file ...
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Why does Magisk not run my script on boot?

I have Android 10, Samsung a7. I have root by custom firmware + Magisk. I tried to put script in: /data/adb/service.d/myscript /data/adb/post-fs-data.d/myscript /system/etc/init.d/myscript But it ...
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Mtkclient | mediatek phone won't boot into brom/boot rom mode

I downloaded mtkclient from the GitHub and followed the installation instructions but when I plug my phone in after running the command it never recognizes my phone. I've tried all different types of ...
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Restore whatsapp Backup in unexpected hidden/inaccessible location

Device: Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro OS: Android 12 I need to restore a (local) backup of Whatsapp. Contrary to what Whatsapp sais, it is not stored in: /sdcard/Whatsapp/Databases nor in /internal ...
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bootloop in Ulefone Armor 8 pro

I've installed successfully TWRP recovery, but after installing Magick, in order to root it, I have a bootloop, with this message: Your device has been unlocked and can’t be trusted. Your device will ...
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How can I install Magisk alongside LineageOS on my S10?

I have an S10, which was not bound to any carriers. I managed to install LineageOS and GApps following the steps from LineageOS' official site for my model and everything seems to work perfectly. ...
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Wifi and Bluetooth not working after root

my phone's wifi is not turning on and the bluetooth keeps stopping after the rooting process. Please help me guys! My Device: Infinix Smart 5 X657C
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Can a hacker unlock the bootloader of an android device remotely?

Is it true that you can not unlock the bootloader of an android device remotely and the only way you can infect the firmware or bootloader is to have physical access to the device. What about rooting? ...
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How do I extract the boot image from my ROM on my phone to modify with magisk?

I am trying to root my phone and I need to extract the boot img from the ROM on my phone preferably using the phone itself. Then I will modify the boot img with magisk. How can I extract the boot ...
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How to use the Decryption key for Adopted internal storage to unlock/read the encrypted data? [duplicate]

I have the backed up encypted data stored on my computer. And I have Root access to the Android device & am able to find the Vold folder in the Android system internal storage containing the ...
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ROM build/port Android tv box sound kernels location

Where are the sound kernels that controls hdmi,spidf, PCM etc folder located? Trying to port an old ROM box (Ugoos AM6 +) to a new device (MINIX U22 XJ-Max). So far everything works except sound ...
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How to Read the Key from phone internal storage generated when formatted sd card as internal storage? [duplicate]

If I manage to get root access to my device, where to find and how to read the decryption Key? I selected sd card to be used as internal storage and removed it without Using 'Eject' , that too ...
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ALLDOCUBE kPad Magisk

Before you ask, I cannot use TWRP or any custom recovery since I couldn't find any for my device. I have spend over a day trying to flash Magisk on my kPad I got for Prime Day. Every single time, it's ...
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Help me root my Vivo Y83

So i somehow unlocked bootloader of my Vivo Y83 (vivo1802). but now after flashing magisk patched boot image my phone goes on bootloop. and after flashing back original boot.img phone comes back up ...
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How can I rebuild /data/system/packages.xml?

Today, I tried to manually modify the /data/system/packages.xml file to completely uninstall an app, but I accidentally deleted the whole file, and now the phone won't boot up. I tried to re-flash the ...
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How to build a script to stop infinite scrolling in any app

How can I build a code/script to stop infinite scrolling (or scrolling at all) in any app I want to, like YouTube Shorts, IG Reels and Tiktok. Script should not break any app from running at all and ...
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How to get root access on Wiko Sunny 2 Plus?

I was wondering if it was possible to root Wiko Sunny 2 Plus phone? I've seen so many guides on how to do this for other devices Unfortunately typing with the keyword "root" with this phone ...
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I cannot root my Android subsystem on Chrome OS

I want to root my Android subsystem (I believe that is what it's called) and I have gone on many sites that tell how to do this. I still cannot do what I want to do. I have an HP Chromebook 14a with ...
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Is it possible to dump the internal storage of an unrooted, boot-looping Android 9 with locked bootloader?

Is it possible to dump the internal storage of an unrooted, boot-looping Android 9 with locked bootloader via USB or to SD card, e.g. using some firmware tool in download or recovery mode? If YES, ...
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What EXACTLY does "pm uninstall" do on an unrooted Android 9.0 device?

There seems to be confusion regarding the behavior of pm uninstall from the ADB shell, see also here and here. Question: What configuration files does pm uninstall write to, is it /data/system/...
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Where are Android app settings stored?

If I uninstall apps/services on an unrooted Android device via the ADB shell (e.g. by doing pm uninstall), where is this information stored? Note that I'm not referring to settings within individual ...
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Help me, I bricked my phone, and now it won't boot!

Samsung Galaxy Note 3, T-Mobile version. Managed to back up all my data, and wiped it. It still won't boot or start, it just remains on the T-Mobile screen. I need help with my phone, I think I ...
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How to install TWRP on Huawei Honor 8 FRD-L14?

I have tried rooting my FRD-L14 yesterday. I have successfully unlocked the bootloader, OEM, FRP, and developer mode on the phone to install TWRP. I have also installed ADB (with corresponding drivers ...
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How to decrypt and mount Android devices?

In Linux, you can read data a device encrypted e.g. with LUKS by doing cryptsetup luksOpen and mounting the volume. What is the equivalent for this in Android, i.e. what specification for encryption ...
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How to generate the key to unlock bootloader to unlock OEM

I want to install Lineageos on my Nokia 6.1 Plus. Info But I understood Nokia is not supporting officially I cant see OEM unlocking: Allow the bootloader to be unlocked is DISABLED in developer's ...
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How to get the size of the “super” partition on the device?

lpmake requires to get the size of the “super” partition on the device: -d,--device-size - The size of the “super” partition on the device. It must match exactly, and it must be evenly divisible by ...
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Magisk: Failed to patch: Unsupported image format

I'm trying to root a Pixel 5a using Magisk (24.3). I've downloaded the barbet-rd2a.211001.002-factory-dbed3a6f factory image, pushed it to the phone, and tried to patch it with Magisk. However, the ...
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Can Samsung be rooted without computer?

I have Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. I'm thinking of rooting it. Is rooting possible without a computer? In some places, they say you can do it, in other places, they say you can't. If you google how to ...
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How is "rooted debugging" allowed on a non-rooted phone?

I just installed Lineage 18.1 (Android 11) on an old phone. Per the Lineage website, "Lineage is not rooted by default." However, I am surprised to see the option "rooted debugging"...
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Does disabling and removing Knox solve RMM OEM missing in developer options?

I bought this Samsung Galaxy M12 (SM-M127G/DS, Exynos 850, 6000 mAh battery, India version) about 11 days ago. Since then I have been dealing with this RMM state issue, struggled to find a way for OEM ...
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How to root Samsung Galaxy A32 5G?

How to unlock the bootloader, install a custom recovery, and root Samsung Galaxy A32 5G? I've tried using adb and fastboot to unlock the bootloader with no success, and the only method I've found ...
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Is it possible to recover deleted files without root on Android 12? [duplicate]

I clicked the "free up space" button in Google Photos, and it deleted the original copies of all my photos and videos in the past 3 years. It happened on a non-rooted Galaxy Note 10 Plus (...
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Does modifying system partition disturb Android system updates?

I want to root my device and then modify files on the system partition. I want to enable multi user support and install busy box. But there are many other reasons why someone would want to do this. My ...
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How do I boot into recovery mode on an HTC Dream/G1?

I'm trying to revive and root an old HTC Dream. According to every ten-year-old tutorial I've been able to find, you should be able to boot into recovery mode by holding the Home + Power button as you ...
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