Ed. Note: The story originally was published on Feb. 14, 2010. We've updated it with new information and present it again for those of you new to Android.

Each day more and more Android handsets are being sold, and that means users are faced with a major decision: To root, or not to root. Some of us will do it simply because we can, others will decide not to do it as they enjoy the phone as-is, but the majority of us will be on the fence about the whole idea of rooting. 

Hopefully some of those questions can get answered and you’ll have a clearer picture of the process and some understanding to make the decision a bit easier.  I’m sure this won’t answer every question you’ll have when considering whether or not to root your device, but hopefully this is a good start and a basis for further discussion.

What, exactly, is rooting?

Rooting your Android device involves adding in a small Linux application called “su”.  It stands for SuperUser, and allows applications and commands to run with elevated permissions.  Everything that runs code, whether it’s an application or the user, has a permission level set by the operating system. 

Why Linux?  Well the heart of the Android operating system is the Linux kernel.  You'll hear a lot of nerdy geek-speak about the Linux kernel, but all you really need to know is that it's what is interfacing Android to your hardware, and ultimately has complete control.  When you stray outside the "normal" way of using Android and start entering commands directly, the kernel is who you're talking to.

The root user is the boss and can do anything (good or bad) on the device.  From simple things like clearing the cache from core applications, to more advanced things like wirelessly tethering a laptop or iPod touch through your phone, root can do it.  The su program is a sort of gateway that lets applications or users act as root while doing tasks.  If you’re the curious type (I know some of you are ;) ) here’s a more in-depth review of root as used in a Linux system by the Linux Information Project .

su at the command prompt in Windows

OK, so why would I want to root my phone?

Good question!  Maybe you don’t.  Everything in a Linux system is a file, or is treated as a file. Since Android runs on top of Linux, it acts the same way.  Most of the files you will need to access or change are available to you without having elevated permissions.  "Most" being the key term here.  When you want to do things that affect or change the core software of your device -- like updating the version of Android on your phone, or adding a nice piece of software from another device -- you'll have to do it as root.  Dream and Magic users have been running Eclair on their phones for a good while now, and it’s because they have rooted their device.  Rooting also gives you access to some handy software that you couldn’t use otherwise.  Things like a complete system backup or ad blocking software require you to root your device.  Don’t root your phone just for the sake of rooting your phone, but if you come across something you feel you could use or would like to have, then consider it.  You'll find that the open source community is usually pretty helpful and encouraging new people to do new things is common.  And when you get to the point where you can lend a hand to the new folks, pay it forward

So it's like jailbreaking?

Pretty darn close.  Jailbreaking an iPhone or iPod touch opens up things like using applications that aren’t manufacturer-approved or changing the look and feel of the device.  Android already allows this to a large extent.  The changes behind the scenes are the same way.  A lot of what you can do with a jail broken iPhone you can already do with your Android phone, but to really unlock everything you’ll need to root it.  The concept itself is identical.  You’re allowing things that usually wouldn’t have root permission to have them.

power-of-root

Is it dangerous? Will it break my phone? Will it void my warranty?

It can be, It might, and Yes.  By not allowing access to the superuser account, the manufacturer and your carrier have basically protected you from doing things that change the system and make it unusable.  All it takes is one wrong keystroke to turn your shiny new Android phone into a plastic and metal brick with no connection.  Most times this is recoverable, but not always.  You have to decide how capable you feel you are, and how well written the instructions you’ve found seem to be.  Nobody will blame you if you decide against the risk, especially your cell carrier.  All major carriers and manufacturers plainly state that altering or using unapproved software voids your warranty, and rooting falls into that category.  While that seems a bit harsh, they need to be able to support the products they sell.  For that to happen, they need to know exactly what’s running and what it’s doing.

Apps that run as root need a little further consideration.  You need to have a level of trust in the person who wrote the app first and foremost.   Does the developer have other software available?  Do the user comments (for Market apps) have anything that raises a red flag?  Do the requested permissions seem a little odd?  These are all questions you need to think about before you allow something to run as root.  For a further level of security, think about installing an application that warns you anytime something tries to run as root.  SuperUser Whitelist (Android Market link) is a great little app that does exactly that.  If you decide to go on and root, ask users with the same device as you for a link to a version of SuperUser Whitelist that works with your firmware.  Once installed, anytime something wants to run as root, the app intercepts and asks if you would like to allow it.  You’re given the choice to accept, decline, or grant the app in question full privileges each time it runs.

One last thing to touch on here.  Many custom ROMs include some sort of SSH server.  This can be a wonderful tool, or it can get you in hot water.  This is what caused the whole “Rick-Roll” episode with the latest iPhone jailbreak.  The server sits and waits for an outside connection, and if that connection provides the right password full control of the device is turned over.  In the case of the iPhone, users never bothered to change the default SSH password for root.  A clever (or devious) group of users simply scanned for servers listening on the correct port, then attempted to sign in as root with the default password.  Lesson learned, but this is easy to prevent.  Ask other users of the ROM or firmware you’re thinking of flashing if there is a server listening, and if so how to disable it or change the default password. 

If I root, will I still receive operating system updates from my carrier?

Maybe.  More than likely if you’ve just rooted your phone so you could have access to the full file system and haven’t drastically changed things, the phone will still pass your carrier's checks and upgrade.  If you’ve delved deeper and really customized your device, count on not being able to upgrade.  Carrier updates were designed to work with the original software, so they need to be sure that’s what the phone is running.  Again, this is for your own good.  T-Mobile or Verizon can’t offer technical support for things they haven’t trained their technicians on, and if you flash a carrier approved update over custom software it’s probably not going to work. 

The good news is that failing the checks the carrier does during an update won’t cause any damage to your phone.  The update will just quit and you’ll be back where you started.  Then you can decide if you would like to un-root and upgrade or take another path.  The worst case scenario is that the phone passes the carriers checks, updates, and then things get broken.  That’s pretty unlikely, but possible.  If that would happen, you won’t be alone.  Everyone in your situation will scramble to their favorite Android user forum and hopefully a work around can be found.

Note -  a carrier update may also break the ability to root the device and a new method will need to be found.  Any discussion of upgrading and root needs this mentioned as well.  Most folks who root and decide to install a custom ROM wait for the ROM developer to provide an update that includes any bug fixes or new capabilities of the carrier update.

OTA updates

Will I still get application updates?

Yes.  While it’s not being used, the program that allows permissions to be upgraded just sits and does nothing.  Normal applications won’t even be aware it’s there, and applications that use it expect it to be there.  Application updates, whether they are from the Market or other third parties will still install as normal.

the Android Market

If I decided to 'un-root' my phone, how do I do that?

It depends on the model of your phone.  Some are ridiculously easy to revert, some not so much.  This is the most important question you can ask before you dive in and root your phone.  Usually the website you found the method to root your phone will also have a discussion about un-rooting and going back to stock firmware.  Take the time to find and read this information so you’re aware of just how difficult it’s going to be to go back.  Pay close attention and create backups when recommended while you’re rooting your phone, as these may be needed to go back.  I’ve not heard of any device that can’t be restored to factory firmware provided the original was backed up properly as recommended during the rooting process.  The most important thing to always remember is to ask for help.  If you do find yourself stuck without a backup or a working phone and need to roll back, ask for advice.  Our forums are full of fine folks from all walks of life, and the majority are more than happy to help.  There’s a good chance you’re not the first person in that situation and a solution has already been worked up!

As you can see it is something that needs a little thought before you dive right in.  But if you decide you need root access, consider some of the information we’ve laid out here.  The security and other risks are real, but are pretty easy to work with.  There’s no reason you can’t safely root and use your phone, just do your homework first!

 

Reader comments

Rooting - is it for me? Some Q&A

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Rooting is the best thing I could have done.. However as stated you should do your homework first. I personally go back and forth between different ROMs and I hack into everything. However I do have a background with computer progamming. There are enough sites and forums out there that anyone can do it, but the key is. Follow the instructions to a T. People don't put instructions out there to just pick out what you like. If you like what someone has posted make sure you copy exactly. If you do then you will enjoy root. If you don't you may run into problems. Me personally.. Love smoke glass v4.1 and simply stunning 2.1. For those that don't know what that means they are 2 different ROMs. Listen to the advise in this post and if you dive into rooting.. Have fun with it... :)

Rooting is the best thing I could have done.. However as stated you should do your homework first. I personally go back and forth between different ROMs and I hack into everything. However I do have a background with computer programing. There are enough sites and forums out there that anyone can do it, but the key is. Follow the instructions to a T. People don't put instructions out there to just pick out what you like. If you like what someone has posted make sure you copy exactly. If you do then you will enjoy root. If you don't you may run into problems. Me personally.. Love smoke glass v4.1 and simply stunning 2.1. For those that don't know what that means they are 2 different ROMs. Listen to the advise in this post and if you dive into rooting.. Have fun with it... :)

excellent article!
im familiar with ubuntu and this all sounds familiar to me.
however the issue with security was my concern.
sounds as if its community driven, so does that REALLY mean we need to do what u suggest an ask around?
should be up front i would think...

All rooting does is open up the window for access. You will need to load up a custom MOD like what CyanogenMod.com offers to really reap the benefits.

The restrictions imposed on the iPhone caused the concept of rooting to become much more widely known. With the right, readily-available software, anybody could to it. Therein lies the problem - anybody did; too many people were given the keys to the car without first learning how to drive.

This article is a great summary of the pros and cons of rooting, without handing over the keys to the car.

"...users are faced with a major decision: To root, or not to root. Some of us will do it simply because we can, others will decide not to do it as they enjoy the phone as-is, but the majority of us will be on the fence about the whole idea of rooting."

Despite the increases awareness of rooting caused by the iPhone, there remains a fourth group of people you didn't mention - those blissfully unaware that there is even a question to ponder. But they're no likely to be reading the article in the first place.

Thanks for writing that, helped me to decide if I really want to root my phone or not .. Thanks Android Central you rock!!!

you obviously have absolutely not a clue what you're talking about. i can tell you never have rooted a phone because, if you have you would not be saying what you just said. do you homework before you try and tell people the cons of rooting when you're COMPLETELY OFF! i rooted my phone the day i got my droid and my phone RUNS BETTER THEN IT DID WHEN I GOT IT! nuff said

Screw rooting, NO WAY would I trust doing something like this to my Droid! It's just asking for trouble in my opinion. You can do something similar to Blackberries I believe. I used to have one and never did it to my BB. This kind of hacking has got to render the phone "abused". And I can't see how it will run normal ever again. Just my cautious opinion.

You're a bit harsh there. You've never done it, wouldn't consider doing it, but condemn it?

I've rooted all four of my iPhones, numerous iPhones for friends, and I've also rooted and installed custom ROMs on my shiny new Nexus One.

No issues worth noting on any of those devices.

On the other hand, each device was opened up to a world of better apps, more functionality, and often faster performance.

My rooted Nexus One has more memory available to it, runs faster, and actually more stable than the stock ROM.

I would never consider NOT rooting my smartphone/app-phone, and consider it anything but abusing the phone. Caution's fine, but so is informed consent.

Way above my head! Having switched to Android from Blackberry just 2 weeks ago... this is something I would not even attempt. It took me a long time to get up the courage to start using Beta OS's on my Blackberrys. No way I am going to attempt to get into the codes with my new CLIQ. From my perspective... I am going to leave well enough alone. That said, I always appreciate articles like this because it gives me an idea of how far one can take the devise in terms of customization.

Is there an easy to use Windows program for dummies that will root/unroot your droid? I have no Linux knowledge, I'm not a programmer, but I might try this if there was a Windows program that made rooting and unrooting easy.

I was a little worried about rooting my Sprint Hero but it was much easier than I expected and the rewards of rooting are great from free WiFi tethering to overclocking and new kernels to new themes and ROMs. This was the best thing I have done since I bought my Hero the speed increase is awesome it makes the keyboard actually useable and took away any lag that the phone previously had, but do your research and make sure you follow the instructions to the T, the rewards are great and very enjoyable and I would definitely recommend rooting to anyone who can follow the instructions and figure it out

Some additional info on what root means, what it does:
The term "su" has morphed to ... include .. superuser. But it actually stands for "switch user" as the command allows one to change to any other user on the system for which one has the password (or any user that has no password).
In the /etc/password file in most unixes, the root id will have a uid of zero. Any other id that has uid of 0 (it is possible on most unix/linux systems to create more than one id name with the same uid number) ALSO is root. That is, the uid of 0 denote the root superuser. It is almost always left in place with the name root, but does not have to be.
Other hi power id's usually are given low userid numbers, where general users (on a system with many end users) will normally start with uid's of 100 or more, often 200 and higher.
EVERYTHING in unix/linux is based on what an id has access to, most specifically what kind of access a given id has to files and directories and the associated permissions of those files/directories. The root id has access to all files. All files have attributes of read (viewable, write(change contents/create), execute (can run the file/program/app, and are owned by a userid. The root id can change ANY of this, ownership, and read/write/execute permissions on any file; hence, it is all powerful. Other id's can and often have similar powers over certain directories/files. It is much better system management to create userids for all major applications and have THAT id with all the authority to manage that application with all that apps files in directories owned by that ID. In this way, all the files for an app, and everything it needs to do or have access to, stays much more structured. Alas, many developers don't know how to manage this, so to simplify things, they do everything as root. This makes it harder to really know what apps affect what file, or to segregate patching, but on personal workstations or phones/pda's, this isn't as important since you don't have multiple people administering both the system and the apps, so the problem of these administrators with powerful id's "tripping" over each other isn't an issue on a single user system.
So this is just a bit more on the how and why root is all-powerful. Hope this helps some.
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Personally I see no reason to root my Nexus One . phone does everything I want it to and I see no gain it possibly bricking my phone for very minimal gains if anything , just my opinion

To the person that asked about a windows program to root there is something better for droids. In the market its called sholes and it will root your phone for you and has only positive comments from users.

One touch rooting that comes with a basic ROM is tempting...but i'll pass for now...Perhaps when I grow bored of ads and 2.1 and all the apps available. . .

I really really badly wanna root my Nexus One. However I have dust under my screen and I plan to get a replacement N1. The moment a relocker comes out I'll run home to my laptop and root.

I just updated my Hero late Last night . I think the update stops me from rooting is there any way around this so i can root my phone ?

Which update? If you mean the new OTA from yesterday, doubtful. If you mean the 2.1 update, they found a way to root it. Hit Beezy or Rufflez in the forums

It was the OTA . I have 2.1 ... so I can't root my Hero ? what if i reinstall the 2.1 will that get rid of my last update ? and i can root my hero

i just want 2.1 to come out already so i can experience it, and from there decide if i want to root. i dont want to go through the trouble of rooting and customizing my droid just so i can load 2.1 onto it and erase it all. i want 2.1 to come out, experience it, give you pc peeps a few days to figure out how to root 2.1, then make my decision at that time as to whether or not i want to root :)

I wish this article had been written when i first rooted my phone, it would have given me a better idea of what i was getting into. never the less i rooted, and it's been the best thing i've done for my G1. I love it because I get to run 2.1 where as if I was using a stock firmware I'd still be stuck on 1.6 which I believe its the last firmware my phone will ever get. the G1 is getting old and rooting it help you keep it a bit up to date with all the new firmwares

You have NO IDEA how important, informative, and well written this article is. Got my Evo yesterday and I'm new to android outside of my 2.1 port I had running on my TP2 which worked amazingly well. But as they say, "Ain't nothin like the real thing baaaabaay" LOL But seriously even as a "hacker/modder" This imformation was immensly helpful. You guys are like my ppcgeeks for android witch is a REALLY REALLY GOOD THING! Lastly if anyone is reading this I think it'd be a great idea to have a top 5-10 apps list in multiple catagories. Maybe voted on by the community or even didctated by AC. But my thoughts for catagories are...Backup, Security, Games, Google specific apps, (Apps made by Google) and Crossover Apps (Apps compatible with different platforms ie Bump witch works with android and iphone OS). If someone can point me in the direction of a similar list that would be "DOUG" But I think AC would make a great one. What do you guys think?

Ok..question because I'm extremely new to Android and I'm suppose to be recieving my Incredible on Tuesday. I'm familiar with Blackberry after several years with them and dealing with beta OS and stuff but when it comes to rooting/jailbreaking, I know nothing! If I take my Incredible, root the device and do nothing else to it...what are the affects to the phone? Not changing any ROMs or firmware...just root, reboot and leave it be..does that overclock the phone? Does it free up memory?

The incredible hasn;t been rooted yet, but when it is -- rooting only gives you access to the system files. Unless you change any of them, all will remain the same as it was before

Actually...I believe the Incredible did get a root the other day. I may be mistaken but I thought I saw that on here the other day or two but in any case, you answered my question and thank you for that!

I've flashed several WinMo phones with custom roms, but never rooted an Android, though I have manually updated my Nexus One twice. Should I expect the same process as a Windows phone?

"Let's go back to my place."
"What?! We just met! What type of girl do you think I--"
"SUDO let's go back to my place."
"Got a condom?"

{{-_-}}

I rooted my hero and I love it. Allows me to try different things with my phone. Plus love it better than stock version of sense on hero.

Thanks for the very informative explanation about rooting Android. The process sounds way more complicated than doing so on a Pre, the phone I'll be coming from which was somewhat crap in its stock incarnation, but I look forward to giving stock 2.1 a whirl for a few weeks. I'm a tweaker/customizer at heart so I have no doubt I'll be revisiting the rooting instructions eventually.

I've considered rooting my MyTouch G3 (and I can certainly see the point of rooting a G1) but I really can't understand why one would get a brand new N1 and root it out of the box. That just doesn't make any sense to me. (damn, I want an N1...)

So, I'm new to Android with my evo. I have however jailbroken multiple ipods and iphones so I'm not terribly lost with rooting. I would like to point out that rooting android seems a lot more difficult then any jailbreak for an Apple product. Anyway, I want to root to increase the terrible battery life on my evo. Is it worth the risk of rookie mistakes to try to uninstall a few preloaded apps and turn down the processor? Also I've heard that froyo might make a legitimate appearance on the evo, should I hold my breath and crappy battery life till then, or give it a shot? Any help would be appreciated, thank you!

i am new to android and only wish to root to remove the bloatware. is rooting the only way to remove pre-installed apps?

I thought it was common courtesy when lifting materials such as comic strips to include at least a passing reference to their source. Anyways, xkcd it is.

I have a moto droid that I just loaded a leaked basic 2.2 onto it. I have now downloaded a rooted 2.2 called FRG01B-release from android world that says it will over write the basic stock 2.2. Has anyone had experience with this. I also downloaded ROM manager and Titanium backup but I can;t use them until I am rooted. Does anyone have suggestions are am I ready to go.

I have a samsung moment with 2.1. I would like to root the basic stock 2.2. The most important feature of the 2.2 I want is the upgraded Bluetooth voice dialing. Not sure if I will get and am new to the rooting process. any comments will help. thanks.

Very helpful article. I just got a samsung intercept and am conidering rooting mostly to move apps to sd card. Has anyone rooted an intercept? I have never rooted a phone, but I have a lot of experience with linux systems. Also if anyone is considering buying an intercept please take my advice and don't.

Im thinking about rooting my captivate, but b4 I do I wanted to know if rooting it would help the gps issues and if thete are custom ROM's available to download that takes all the guesswork out of trying to "peak and tune" my phone. And do they have a froyo update for root users?

"SU" actually stands for "Substitute User", not "SuperUser." When you use su without specifying a username, it defaults to root.

This is a really great article. I just got a Motorola Bravo and I know I want to root it but it's not the most popular android phone so I'm on the fence. Hopefully I can find a good ROM for it, but I still have a lot more research to do before I attempt to root. Anyone know a good place to figure out how to root a Motorola Bravo? Thanks for the info.

rootyourdroid.info took me to a generic "Is this your webste?" page. Also, sholes.info returned "internal server error 500."

I recently rooted my phone, and am at a loss of understanding setCPU. Does anyone know that setCPU is even effective in over and underclocking? And what are optimal settings for setCPU for Evo4G (I really don't know what to set it to run faster and preserve battery while sleeping)?

I saw a question higher up that did not seem to get an answer. "What is ROM"? I thought ROM was hardware - Read Only Memory.
Am I right in thinking that when you talk of different ROMs you are not opening the case and putting new hardware in but are 'Flashing' the ROM with new code? If this is true how often can you do this, there is something nagging at the back of my mind that 'writing' to something that is really 'read only' can only be done a limited number of times. Am I thinking of CREAM and SCREAM chips?

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to the step by step rooting tutorial for the Verizon Fascinate. I was petrified to take the leap to froyo, but after doing all the reading and trusting in all of forum leaders and helpers, I DID IT!!! Everything went smoothly and I could not have done it without your thoroughness and expertise!!! Keg of beer for U all!!!

Can you post on how you rooted your fascinate.. I've read so much and seems the more I read I get confused as to what is the best way to root and upgrade my fascinate to 2.2? I really appreciate everyone in this forum and all the help and knowledge they provide, but I am not a techie and kind of scared of doing the root by myself...

does anyone or has anyone rooted a huawei ascend m860? and if so, could u point me in the right direction im really looking forward to having more control and a higher os than 2.1 if it is possable. i am new to the android universe and am really liking it i just want more out of my phone than what is there as i have maxed it out with just a few apps and only a little ram or rom(whatever it's called). and from what i have read on here it seams like it's the way 2 go i like to tinker with things of this nature and am always looking to get mor out of what i got from stock. so if there is anyway to help me in my indevor that would b awesome. thx in advance

***CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP***

I'm no computer wizz...but here's what I want. I have just purchased the Samsung Epic over the HTC EVO, HOWEVER, I want my Samsung Epic to run Android 2.2 Froyo as the O.S. and HTC Sense as the UI instead of its current Android 2.1 Eclair w/ Samsungs TouchWhizz as its UI. The reason for this is mostly because I absolutely love the HTC Sense UI and I am already used to it. That was the ONLY thing (in my opinion) that the HTC EVO had over the Samsung Epic. My 3 main questions are:

How can it be done?
Is this a good move?
AND
Do I need to change the O.S. in order to fully utilize the HTC Sense U.I.?

*ANY HELP ON THIS MATTER WOULD BE FANTASTIC!!!*

rooting isnt as hard as new users may think follow directions to the t and your good to go!!! i took me about an hour to figure out and download everything i needed when i got my first android

This just makes me wish I knew someone in PERSON who had my device (or something close enough to it) and HAS successfully rooted. People can say all kinds of things like "best thing I ever did for my phone" but that may only be true for THEIR phone and THEIR user experience. I have an HTC Inspire. I would want to talk to someone who has one that can say to me, "Ok, you know how the Inspire does this or can't do that? Well if you root it you will be able to....".

My first smartphone was an Edge Network Blackberry Curve 8900 and then I switched to the Inspire. Like moving from a Civic to an Acura if you ask me. My mobile device user experience is already so much improved, I'm thinking I should be happy with what I have. I'm not at the tech level of a programmer (not yet). Maybe when I am, I'll think differently on this, but until someone can sell this to me using a non-geek pitch, I think unrooted is how my phone will stay.

I rooted my Bonic but mainly to run the apps that require it, like Titanium backup, plus a bunch more. I installed Root Call Blocker because the other call blockers ring the phone once before it blocks the call. RCB never rings the phone when there is a blocked call.
However, on my Bionic, it knocked out 3g/4g and the only way to get it back was to uninstall RCB. I was stuck with WIFI until I did a factory reset and started installing apps a few at a time so I could determine which one was causing the problem.
I emailed the dev but he has not responded. Google should take it off the market until it is fixed.

I have no idea about how to write codes but have read a lot of these posts and want to root my EVO 3D so I can get free wi-fi. The app I got to do the wi-fi says I need root. Can anyone that knows what there doing please tell me how to root my 3D? Also how do I do that free wi-fi tethering. That would be great to have. Please help.

It took me 6 months of reading up on Rooting before I finally said what the heck and Rooted my Inspire 4G. Most likely the only way the inspire will ever see ICS. I am running CM 7.1 and I love it I have been able to fix he low volume problem and I love all the different ways to customize my phone now. And I get better battery life as well. It's a win win.

If my biggest problem with my phone is not enough space, and there are crappy apps that came with it that are taking up my space that I want is it worth looking into rooting my phone? Every site I read about rooting has such mixed reviews I want to know if its going be worth it?

Could I root my Epic 4G Touch, remove the bloatware like Media Hub, then revert my phone back to being unrooted without having my warranty swiped away by Sprint?

"... All major carriers and manufacturers plainly state that altering or using unapproved software voids your warranty, and rooting falls into that category. ..."

I appreciate your effort and expertise for sharing this article. I myself is quite techie when it comes to maximizing performance and utilization of my phone. However, i always read a lot of information first before doing so. The reason why i want to root my phone is to increase the performance and memory. I am interested to root my Huawei U8661 but can't find a trusted site who will provide some instructions. I trust your site and I hope you will include this one in your list. I'll be forever grateful for this. Cheers! Hope to buy some beer for you guys!

Ok im pretty decent with computers and ive jailbroken a fee ipods. I have a huawei ascend 2 with straight talk. How do i root this device, And after rooting how can i over clock it?

I would sooooo love to root mu Galaxy S3. I've only had it since March and the thought of being able to open it up to being able to do so much more sounds awesome. But I am so technologically challenged that trying to do anything in this articles scares me. I just know I would screw something up. And as far as ROM's and all that stuff......forget it. I'd have to hab e someone do it for me or something. This is my very first smartphone and I don't wanna mess it up.

I'm in the same boat. I'd say I'm more technologically inclined, but I haven't found any real need to root my S3. The only reason I have to root my phone would be to be able to install country restricted apps but that's not worth voiding the warranty. The S3 I have is also my first smartphone and I'd rather not mess it up as well.

Hello I have a Droid x which I'm very fond of, but I was looking to enhance my phone by downloading the new Next launcher 3D I read somwhere that it's possible to get it for free by rooting my phone.. Can you give me some information on how I can get cool stuff like that and like Power Amp etc. W/Out having to pay for it? :-)

Can someone please help me with rooting my samsung galaxy s4 tmobile..i bought the phone from someone and put my att sim in it and it worked for a little bit but then it was blocked so i called att and they told me my phone was on the blacklist and it would continue to block my sim until it was took off that list...so i have been downloading any and all apps to help but so far i have got nowhere...can someone please pkease help me

Thanks for this information. I used to hear about rooting from my friends but i never dared to do it. but after reading this content all my doubts got cleared and i wanna root my phone.plz help me by suggesting a software. thank you!