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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?
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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?
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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?
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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-...
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What special privileges “/system/xbin/su” does have w.r.t. root access?

This answer says: Because of the way directory/file permissions are configured on Android, you need to have the su binary on your /system partition in order for it to work. Putting elsewhere ...
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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?
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How can I make a symlink (or equivalent) inside /storage/emulated/0?

So, I have rooted my phone (GT-i9505 with android 5.0.1) and I would like to move my WhatsApp folder to my external SD card to save 3GB on internal storage. This is what I tried so far. EDIT: ...
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How can I root my Samsung Galaxy S3? Should I defer the system update?

I pre-ordered a Verizon SGS3, and it shipped to me before it was even available in stores. Since then I have not updated any programs that were Verizon-related. If at some point I want to root my ...
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What sepolicy context will allow any other context to access it?

I am on a bootloader locked Sprint Samsung Galaxy S7, eng boot.img flashed to phone with SELinux permissive, which gives root adb shell from where I can change system partitions, debloat, install ...
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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 ...
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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 root a HTC Desire running official Android 2.3?

I have an HTC Desire (Bravo, A8181, GSM) sold in Sweden. I updated it to Android 2.3 using the official release, which is as of 2011-12-29 available at HTCdev with instructions from here. Now I want ...
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How do I root my Samsung Galaxy S?

How do I root my Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000?
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to root the Xperia Mini ST15i

I searched it a while and found some articles regarding Xperia Mini X10 also on XDA but I couldn't understand them easily. So I want help from you geeks who can give me the lighted way with simple ...
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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 ...
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Rooting Stock Firmware - GSII with NFC

I have a Galaxy S2 with NFC (GT-I9100P) and I wish to have root access to properly administrate my phone. I've been looking at various forum posts on different sites and I've just been getting more ...
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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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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 ...
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How can I root the Galaxy Tab 10.1?

How can I root the Samsung GT-P7510? I've tried z4root and many others, but they all seem to support Android 3.1 and not 3.2. I gather 3.2 is specifically designed to eliminate the exploit that z4root ...
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Rooting GT-i9100G under linux

What is the safest method to root a Samsung Galaxy S 2 i9100 G under a GNU/Linux system? (ArchLinux). I am a programmer (without android programming experience, only desktop and web), it does not ...
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How to unlock and root a Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray ST18i with 4.1.B.1.13

I searched it a while and found some articles regarding rooting the Xperia Ray but I couldn't understand them easily. So I want help from you geeks who can give me the lighted way with simple steps to ...
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Rooting Samsung Galaxy S II GT-i9100

How does one root a Samsung Galaxy S II GT-i9100 (with its original Android 2.3 Gingerbread), preferably under Linux Mint? This questions pertains specifically the GT-i9100 version (not GT-i9100G nor ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Switch over from systemless root to system (traditional) root

Internet search reveals a couple of ways of doing this: This reddit post suggests a couple of methods, which are simple In contrast, this XDA mentions that even flashing boot.img is not enough and ...
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Can I root my Nexus 5 without a custom image?

Is it possible ? So far I've found 2 images that would allow me to get root, either cloudfire or team win recovery project (twrp). I'm a little uneasy loading an unknown bootloader to my device. Or ...
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How to root Samsung Galaxy S4 SCH-I545

I would like to root my Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4 SCH-I545. It is currently running Android 4.2.2 and has Build number ending in VRUAME7. How do I root my Galaxy S4?
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rooting Samsung Galaxy Note 2

How to root Samsung Galaxy Note 2? I have no experience with rooting. Model number is GT-N7100. Android-version 4.1.1.
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How to root the new version of the ONE X

How Can i Root my HTC ONE X with android version 4.0.4, HTC sense version 4.0, Software number 2.20.502.7 ATT US edition
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Is there any way to root Galaxy Tab A 9.7 (SM-P550) 6.0.1?

As far as I know Kingo and CF-AUTO root are not compatible with the current time galaxy tab A. Any suggestions? Side Note TWRP and CWM are not compatible with my device
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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 ...
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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, ...
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Does flashing a custom ROM require root access?

It was recently brought to my attention that it does not. Can someone confirm this and explain what the determining characteristics are that dictate whether or not root its required to flash a custom ...
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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 "...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How do I root Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V?

I just got for myself this new phone with so many useless bloatware. I just want to root this phone and freeze or uninstall them as they are slowing my device down (even without opening any app, all I ...
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Get root or re-install the OS without a USB cable?

Usually, the guides for getting root or re-installing the OS on an Android device (I have a Samsung Galaxy S, which I'm mostly inetersted about) tell to flash the device from another computer through ...
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How do I root the Dell Streak 5?

I have a Dell Mini 5 (the original Streak). As in the title, how can I root this device?
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How do I root a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini LTE (GT-I9195)?

How do I root a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini LTE (GT-I9195)?
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What can I do with an Nexus One with a broken LCD?

I've managed to acquire a Google Nexus One, that had an unfortunate encounter with a car door. The screen still accepts touch input, but the LCD itself is broken - no display at all. What is ...
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How to root HTC Desire (Froyo 2.2) without putting in a custom ROM (flashing)?

for research purposes I'd need to root a HTC Desire phone without flashing it. I did it already on the HTC Hero, where it was quite simple. Basically all I would need is to get r/w access to the /...