Podcast #128: We chat with Kent C Dodds about why he loves React and discuss what life was like in the dark days before Git. Listen now.

Questions tagged [rooting]

The process of gaining 'root' access to your device. Before asking how to root your device, please read the full tag wiki since it contains helpful information which might already answer your questions.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
478
votes
1answer
694k views

How do I root my Android device?

This is a common question asked by those who want to root their phones. How exactly do I root my Android device? Are there risks involved?
303
votes
3answers
474k views

I've rooted my phone. Now what? What do I gain from rooting?

This is a common question by those who have just rooted their phones. What apps, ROMs, benefits, etc. do I get from rooting? What should I be doing now?
165
votes
9answers
60k views

What is the difference between: Rooting, Jailbreak, ROM, Mod, etc.?

What is the difference between: Unlocking the bootloader (prerequisite for doing many, though not all, other things below) Rooting Jailbreaking ROM NAND and Nandroid Operating System Mod (e.g. ...
142
votes
7answers
162k views

What does “to root a phone” mean?

I heard this phrase or the variants (rooted phone, rooting, etc.) in android forums but I don't know what it means. Can you explain it in simple terms?
138
votes
6answers
35k views

Are there any risks to rooting a device?

I see lots of tutorials telling me how to root my phone (Motorola Droid), but none of them mention any potential "side effects." Aside from a few relatively minor issues that seem to require rooting ...
41
votes
3answers
20k views

How do I perform a full pre-rooting backup of an Android phone?

The question arises because the best-rated backup application (Titanium Backup) requires root. So what would one use instead when getting a really complete backup is essential? Is there a file manager-...
34
votes
9answers
373k views

fastboot doesn't see device

I've read a lot of articles about this problem but I can't resolve it. I decided to install my developer application on phone using wifi. To do this I need to do some things with my phone. The first ...
30
votes
3answers
9k views

What are the security disadvantages of rooting an Android phone?

I know there was a discussion previously BUT they didn't talk about security. E.g.: if I root my phone will all my apps run with root permission? Related: Are there any risks to rooting a device?
23
votes
2answers
5k views

How does rooting work?

Or, how do I root my device without a rooter? Rooting instructions for Android devices that I have seen are typically of the following form: Download Gingerbreak.apk Run Gingerbreak, click “root ...
20
votes
2answers
33k views

Install 4.3 (OTA) on rooted Nexus 4 (CWM + stock rom, kernel)

I'm running Android 4.2.2 on my Nexus 4. It is rooted, and I have ClockworkMod recovery installed, but rom and kernel are stock. I received the OTA update to 4.3, and would like to install it, but it ...
20
votes
2answers
39k views

If I root my Android phone, will I lose all of my data?

As the question title implies, if I root my Droid Incredible (or any Android phone), will I lose all of my data? I'm not interested in installing a custom ROM right now so will rooting cause me to ...
20
votes
1answer
9k views

SELinux and chroot system call

TL; DR: This is a question about the final step, in a portable, developer-oriented rooting process, that works across all Android machines. It is not based on any exploit - it is something that we are ...
19
votes
3answers
1k views

Backup/Restore Android [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I perform a full pre-rooting backup of an Android phone? I am considering rooting my Motorola Droid, and I am wondering if it is possible to revert back to the exact ...
18
votes
2answers
15k views

Why can't the su binary simply be copied (techical response please)

I have rooted several Samsung devices and the underlying "goal" so to speak seems to be to get the su binary in /system/xbinand install Superuser.apk. My question is why does one have to jump through ...
18
votes
1answer
12k views

How do I root the Android emulator?

How do I root the Android emulator? I need root to install an .apk file on the emulator.
18
votes
2answers
10k views

What to do before root and flash my phone?

Right now I have in my phone the stock rom and I haven't rooted it. I want to root it and change the rom. What should I do first, root or flash the rom? I don't want to lose all the configuration, ...
17
votes
5answers
144k views

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 ...
17
votes
2answers
3k views

How do I root my Kindle Fire?

There are a half-dozen or so questions on the Kindle Fire here where the answers involve having already rooted your device (including my recently-asked How can I get the Android Market installed on my ...
15
votes
1answer
29k views

How to root OnePlus One?

I want to root my shiny OnePlus One device aka flagship killer. There is no dearth of guides available on Internet and accessible easily via Google, but I'm not sure which one to follow as I don't ...
15
votes
0answers
1k views

Security risks of rooting your android smartphone [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any risks to rooting a device? What are the security risks specific to rooting your android smartphone? Are there any security exploits available because you have a ...
14
votes
1answer
12k views

How do I root my Nexus 7?

I am wanting to gain root privileges on my Google Nexus 7 tablet, running Android 4.1-4.2.1. How can I do this?
14
votes
2answers
57k views

Obtaining root by modifying default.prop(ro.secure)?

To get a privileged shell you need to modify the following lines to the given values in the default.prop file ro.secure=0 ro.debuggable=1 persist.service.adb.enable=1 I have the extracted the ...
14
votes
5answers
9k views

Preventing mobile data use for select apps on non-rooted phone?

I have a number of apps that are fairly chatty on the network, and with a limited data connection I would like these apps to not use the 3G connection (WiFi is fine). I know that rooting the phone ...
14
votes
1answer
25k views

How dangerous is the fact that SELinux is in “Permissive” mode? What should I be wary of?

I have installed a certain ROM which comes with SELinux in "Permissive" mode. This is the only (good) ROM that properly fits my device and there is no way to change the state of SELinux. Now I'm not ...
14
votes
1answer
350 views

Are there any Google devices that support capabilities in their default kernel?

If I systemless root (no modification done to /system partition) a Nexus device, would I be able to able to set capabilities on executables without changing the original kernel binary ? I often want ...
13
votes
1answer
43k views

Difference between installing SuperSU using Play Store versus a custom recovery that installs it from a file?

I see that some rooting guides say that rooting involves: Download a SuperSU as a zip file that would be accessible to the phone (e.g. the sdcard). Unlock the phone's bootloader. Booting into a "...
13
votes
3answers
2k views

Pros and cons of rooting using apps (“Soft Root”) compared to other methods (“Hard Root”)

There are quite a few app based rooting methods. A recent review 9 free software apps to root Android devices, points to some of them and there may be more apps, paid or otherwise. From what I ...
12
votes
1answer
38k views

Root Android virtual device with Android 7.1.1

I'm using the official Android SDK with the Android Emulator to create a virtual Android 7.1.1 (x86). I need to test a number of things, amongst others, some applications require root access to the ...
12
votes
4answers
976 views

How do I root my HTC Hero?

I'm tired of waiting for my Android 2.1 update to arrive, so I've decided to root my HTC Hero. Any direction as to how I should do this? Note: I actually have a T-Mobile branded version, so I do ...
12
votes
1answer
472 views

Consequences of rooting HTC One X?

All I want to be able to do on my device is to be able to use Titanium Backup. I don't want to install custom roms, I want to keep everything as-is but be able to run apps that need root like the ...
11
votes
9answers
3k views

Ad blocking without rooting, OR low-risk rooting

I have previously nervously rooted phones I've owned (Samsung S2, S3) as I wanted to be able to use AdAway ad-blocker, effective not just in browsers (e.g. AdBlocker) but also in other apps. I say ...
11
votes
2answers
4k views

Systemless Root

Chainfire (the developer of SuperSU), has come up with a new style of rooting devices on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above. This is "systemless" root, and is all the rage right now. So, just in case ...
11
votes
2answers
3k views

Open source / trusted rooting app for Android / Motorola Defy?

I found a lot of compiled rooting exploits for Android, but not a lot of source code. So, how can I trust an exploit able to take SU rights on my mobile device? How can I be sure there is no root-kit/...
11
votes
2answers
2k views

What is the difference between jailbreaking and unlocking an Android? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between: Rooting, Jailbreak, ROM, Mod, etc Is either possible, legal, contractually legit and does either damage the phone?
10
votes
4answers
22k views

Is it possible to determine whether the phone has been rooted or not?

Let's say I buy an "un-rooted" Samsung Galaxy S2 via eBay that's still under warranty: Is there a way I can tell whether it has been rooted before (with or without rooting it myself)? Is there a way ...
10
votes
1answer
2k views

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!" ...
10
votes
2answers
3k views

Is it possible to completely brick your Android phone by using a Custom ROM?

I understand that you can completely "brick" (render unusuable) your iPhone by attempting to Jailbreak incorrectly. Whether or not this is actually the case, is it possible to do the same with your ...
10
votes
2answers
4k views

Is any of the Android rooting software open source?

As an example, the post here for rooting the LG G3: http://www.reddit.com/r/LGG3/comments/2cdz0y/guide_rooting_roming_xposed/ Gives links to posts elsewhere for downloading APKs which do something ...
9
votes
1answer
2k views

Does rooting require a custom ROM?

I've noticed that some apps say they require a rooted phone. Is it necessary to install a custom ROM in order to root a phone? Edit: I should mention that I've seen this answer, but my phone isn't ...
9
votes
2answers
15k views

Can a Factory Reset fix Malware Problem?

This recent story appeared on Slashdot regarding various malware apps that had invaded the Android Market. Google quickly removed them (and I was not infected - I don't typically download apps), but I ...
9
votes
1answer
12k views

How do I root my Samsung Galaxy S?

How do I root my Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000?
9
votes
2answers
10k views

Can I get root access on my Nexus 4 without installing custom bootloader, recovery or ROM?

I own a Nexus 4 device and I want to just get root access on my phone so that I can install applications such as AdBlock etc. I was able to find tutorials online guiding how to root the Nexus phone. ...
8
votes
5answers
19k views

Is it possible to root my phone without installing a custom ROM?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Stellar on Verizon. Whenever I hear anything about rooting a phone, people always say that you have to install a custom ROM. How do I just use my current stock ROM and root my ...
8
votes
1answer
15k views

Move app to SD card

I'm currently confused on what mods to be used now. My unit by the way is Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300-International (rooted with Omega ROM 42.3 and Kernel SiyahKernel v1.9.1). The reason why I rooted my ...
8
votes
1answer
2k views

How does CF-Autoroot work?

What's the theory behind how CF-autoroot is able to root android devices? I'm wondering on what techniques it used to run su? Does it use a custom/patched Linux kernel? Or it is based on local root ...
8
votes
1answer
660 views

Does Rooting Exploit a Security Weakness?

According to the Wikipedia page for Android rooting, The process of rooting varies widely by device, but usually includes exploiting a security weakness in the firmware of the device, and then ...
8
votes
2answers
13k views

Samsung Galaxy S in boot loop after following cyanogen mod's full update guide

I have been following this guide to root my Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. I've followed it to the letter, but after I load the new kernel to the phone, the phone gets stuck in a boot loop. The phone ...
8
votes
2answers
1k views

Do you have to root an Android device to install Ubuntu?

Just as the title says. In order to install another ARM based Operating System or to dual boot your phone, do you have to have root access? I'm currently using a Motorola Atrix, not sure if that ...
8
votes
0answers
3k views

Rooting nexus 4 failed

I was trying to root my nexus 4 by the following steps: Download and copy the file UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.43.zip to /sdcard/ Download the file CWM 6.0.3.5 Got into Fastboot/Bootloader Mode on Nexus 4 ...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

How Magisk works?

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 ...