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Aug

This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see On Average, How Many Apps Do You Purchase Per Month?

Look around the web and it seems like whenever anyone has a "how can I make my <Android device> do ______," the answer is invariably "root it." And to anyone involved in the Android community, you get the impression that most Android users are rooted. Unfortunately, what people tend to forget is that while a few million Android users may be rooted, there are hundreds of millions of active Android devices out there - meaning rooted users represent a small minority of owners.

While I understand that asking readers of an Android blog if they're rooted is like Motor Trend asking its readers if they've ever popped the hood of their car, I'm still curious what percentage of you are rooted. To many of us, the benefits of rooting are obvious; to others, the costs make it not worth it.

Vote in the poll, then share your thoughts below. But please, don't lecture others for their decision or opinion - we all know how annoying that can get.

Is Your Primary Android Device Rooted?

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • afox

    My primary work device is a Droid 4 which isn't rooted but my personal device for going out to dinner or sitting around my house is rooted and is a Galaxy S3

  • YD

    interestingly enough, I actually JUST rooted both my devices today.

  • http://twitter.com/JB_AndroidGeek Danny

    Every android device I have ever had has been rooted. HTC hero, HTC desire, galaxy s2, galaxy s3, archos 70it, samsung galaxy tab 10.1 and nexus 7 :)

  • Brady Rainey

    I've rooted every phone I've had, but never had a real reason to root my Xoom tablet.

  • Brian Knapp

    Rooted T-Mobile G2 / HTC Desire Z / Vision. About to put it up for sale and buy something else though. Unfortunately there is little community support for my T-Mobile G-Slate. Have thought about selling it, but I don't use it for much other than music and Google Reader.

    • headlessteddygrahams

      Also just rooted my G2 this past week. Was leary at first but happy I did.

  • http://twitter.com/branaja Branimir

    I have galaxy s2 and it's rooted. thanks to xda devs it's easy to unroot, so I sent it to service last month and they didn't even notice it :)
    main reason it's rooted is because I don't have unlimited data plan so I use droidwall

  • Pete

    The question should be how many of us have ALL our devices rooted. :)

    • Jay T

      Me!! DHD, Nexus 7.

    • zackb15

      Count me in. SGS3, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Droid Bionic, Droid Razr Maxx, Droid X and Droid 1!

      • oneillperson

        Does money grow on trees or do you just have really generous parents/friends?

      • Deltaechoe

        Gnexus, TF201, Thunderbolt, Incredible, G1, SGS1, Iconia A500

        I went broke on android...

    • http://twitter.com/sneakily1 Sneaks

      Agreed, first thing I do with all my devices. I can't imagine owning one without... ew

  • http://thekonietzkystrain.tumblr.com/ NeuroMan42

    I have a friend that roots all his Android devices. I Have never bothered myself because often his tinkering is always making his devices wonky. I would rather have a WORKING device than have to tweak/adjust the damn thing all the time. ;) If I want to keep adjusting and tinkering I can mess with my Windows systems. LOL... I wonder truthfully, WHY do the root thing anyway? What does it get you, other than customizing and side-loading apps?

    • jbo1018

      Some people go overboard and constantly change to the next new thing which tends to be buggy because, well, it's new. Personally I try a couple ROMs and kernels see what I like the best and what gets me set up how I want it, stable, good performance, and battery life and stick with it. If my ROM is running well I don't even update it half the time unless there is some new addition I am really interested in.

      • http://thekonietzkystrain.tumblr.com/ NeuroMan42

        So essentially customization and tweaking. Understood... my devices work just fine. Thanks.

    • adi19956

      I rooted my device because HTC Sense was laggy and terrible, to access my flash as a torch which it didn't have to start with, to get rid of bloatware on the phone to free up memory, to install ALL apps to SD card, to get Titanium Backup, to get root anti-theft permissions making anti-theft software impossible to uninstall, to get a better FM radio app as the system one was awful and to advance to the next versions of Android.
      At the time as they weren't available on stock, wireless tethering, screenshots and apps to SD

      • http://thekonietzkystrain.tumblr.com/ NeuroMan42

        Thanks... the changes in battery life, CPU, bloatware on my devices are so small that the rooting is kinda pointless. But I understand that certain models the changes are worth the rooting. Will remember that next time I upgrade my devices for sure. Great help here.

        • adi19956

          Also because I rather enjoy tinkering, but that's just a personal preference I suppose

  • cornandbeans

    Simply impossible not to root my phones.

  • wolfkabal

    Number one reason to root for me: Titanium Backup

    • kervation

      TB is like gold for us rooted users :-)

      • Dan

        TB is crack for rooted users. It's the reason that every android device within reach ends up rooted.

        • mark

          TB is good but try giving app2zip pro a spin
          it creates a flashable zip of all your apps, how cool is that !

    • ElfirBFG

      Is it weird that I have it and never use it? I really don't see the need. If I wipe, logging into my Google account restores: apps, contacts, passwords and everything else I may need.

      • wolfkabal

        I think the primary purpose isn't the app itself, but the data. IE: game status, account info, etc.

        • ElfirBFG

          I gotcha. I don't really play too many games, and logging into things is second nature at this point for me, perhaps that's why I'm not concerned. I'm just glad Google restores my WiFi info with quickness so I don't end up restoring apps over data.

          • wolfkabal

            Also, if you happen do flash a lot of roms, the batch restore is very nice. You can have your device right back to the way it was within minutes (depending on app load)

          • nmw407

            I primarily root and keep stock rom, because of TB. Having the ability to have game data backups and then send it to my other android devices is golden. Now that there's Data Sync, just one more reason to root.

          • http://profiles.google.com/kamontryst Tyler Walles

            i dont play any games either... but my wifi passwords have never been restored when i reflash a device... but all the stupid free apps that i deleted always come back

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        You can log into every app you use, then customize every app's settings (which are oftentimes not cloud-saved), or you can just restore those apps in bulk and not have to worry about logging in or redoing settings. TB makes it a blast. And game saves - it's pure gold for those (or pick any of the other root-enabled apps that do similar things).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=717340875 Shane Mahon

    I have a VZW GNex with an unlocked bootloader running a 4.1 ROM, but I actually unrooted recently so I can use Google Wallet safely. It's easy enough to reverse, and I realized I wasn't really doing anything that required root.

  • http://twitter.com/Mad_Llama Jeremy Gill

    Not since I switched to a GSM Galaxy Nexus and T-Mobile. Been happy so far with stock JB.

    • pman

      same here. never rooted my nexus s, though i already unlocked my bootloader for flashing stock roms as early as they come around.

      i think i'll never root a nexus, and always root a non-nexus. for the obvious reason that oem overlays are unwelcome stuff

    • Noreen Dyer

      Ditto, for me! Exactly! And, I like knowing that I have the options to do so.

    • New_Guy

      My T-Bolt is rooted because that's the only way the thing is usable. But my TF300T is not. Stock Jelly Bean was pushed OTA on Saturday. I love it and have no plans to root it...yet

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    I really don't know why you WOULDNT root... its not unsafe and it doesn't cause "instability"

    • http://thekonietzkystrain.tumblr.com/ NeuroMan42

      But WHY do the root thing anyway? What does it get you, other than customizing and side-loading apps?

      • D4niel

        You don't need to root to side-load apps.

      • adi19956

        You can get both of those without rooting

      • http://twitter.com/JB_AndroidGeek Danny

        I like to root so I can flash a custom kernel so I can overclock the GPU and maybe the CPU. Also, so I can install AOSP based roms like CM9/10, which are fantastic :) That's just my reason anyway :)

        • http://thekonietzkystrain.tumblr.com/ NeuroMan42

          So essentially customization and tweaking. Understood. My devices work just fine. Thanks.

          • http://twitter.com/JB_AndroidGeek Danny

            Yeah, my international Samsung galaxy s3, s2, tab 10.1 and Asus nexus 7 all work fine, but it is the idea that I can make the device which is the best on the maket, say the galaxy s3 even better. I just think it's fun :D

          • Mike Loomis

            It only takes a few months before Android makes a few improvements and your device gets left behind. I have a G2 from late 2010 that has been rooted for a long time. rooting lets me keep the Android version up-to-date with the current release, and even lets me do things you can only do with a rooted device, like turning it into a wifi hotspot so I can use my tablet away from home. So it is a lot more than customization and tweaking. My G2 is running Honeycomb. I don't even know what it would be if I hadn't rooted it. Donut? And think of how far Android has come since then!

      • Dan

        Rooting has nothing to do with side loading. Being able to change roms is mildly fun, but the important part to me is real backups and a real firewall.

      • squiddy20

        I root so I can: underclock the processor so my battery lasts longer, move apps and their data (such as for games) from one phone/tablet to another without having to restart every single time, have the ability to move large apps to /system/app to free up space for more apps/music/videos/files, delete the stupid ringtones, notifications, and UI sounds (such as camera click) I don't want or use.
        And if you've got a lower end device, throwing a custom ROM on it will usually improve its responsiveness and capabilities. Say you only have 256 MB for apps, there are scripts out there that can move your entire /data partition to your SD card, so the amount of storage for apps is then only limited to the size of your card.Besides, with Widget Locker and a myriad of different launchers with different capabilities, you can make almost your entire phone completely different without root.

      • disqus_KxW2al1tv2

        The main reason I can see is better backup tools and the ability to install a customised OS that doesn't come with bloatware/spyware. Also, once rooted, you may be able to remove bloatware or spyware that your carrier didn't previously allow you to remove, even without replacing the OS.

      • guess

        It just give you full control over your device. That s the main point of rooting. No restrictions at all.

      • Cuvis

        I rooted my phone mostly to do custom roms (That's why I'm running ICS on a phone that officially only got FroYo). But it's also useful for apps like Titanium Backup and Avast. Plus, you can tethher without being raped by your phone company
        Oh, and you don't need to root to sideload. What do you think this is, IOS?

    • disqus_KxW2al1tv2

      Because it voids your warranty and replacement phones/tablets are very expensive. Having had one Android phone die on me outside of warranty, I am now about $600 more cautious about rooting its replacement.

      • zackb15

        You can just unroot it and send it back. Heck I've sent in phones for warranty with them rooted and running custom roms and they've said nothing!

        • JonJJon

          Actually I think they can tell when you have rooted and then unroofed again. I know HTC does, not sure about other brands those though.

          • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

            You just gotta factory reset and you are good to go on most phones (as in run their factory reset tool, not just wipe).

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It could if the only method available was something uber sketchy and unsafe, or if no root is available at all.

  • Knlegend1

    Definitely

  • D4niel

    My Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 are both unlocked, but neither are rooted.

    • Jay T

      When I unlocked my N7, and put CM10 on it, I automatically got root. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/emmanuel.buttigieg Emmanuel Buttigieg

    I've rooted my Galaxy Nexus but can't find a single reason to flash anything on their (I'm running 4.1.1)

  • Joe Menard

    All of my Android devices are rooted and running custom roms

  • Jose Marie Maquinay

    I alway root my phones, it like a rite of passage for them.

  • Ron Amadeo

    I bought my Galaxy Nexus on launch day and rooted it in the store parking lot with a laptop. It was unrooted for about 5 minutes of its life.

    • http://twitter.com/Dr_MBambi Moaz Bambi

      Lol, Geek to the limit :D

      I was not rooted for almost 3 or 4 hours.. Just testing stuff and comparing to my older Galaxy Note. Then I rooted it, and all my devices are of course rooted, including my Tab 10.1.

      • Joris

        Same for me. Wanted to test the device first non rooted state, to see what changed etc... Then after a couple of hours fiddling with the phone I rooted it :)
        Had some troubles though with the Samsung USB drivers, but got it fixed soon enough!

    • http://drhack.net/ Dr-Hack

      You Liberated the Nexus from the shackles of misery and treachery and embraced it with words of Freedom :D ... no living without root i guess , glad they exist

    • http://profiles.google.com/charitojohn John charitos

      haha extreme!! , i tried going few days to play it stock . But once you've been rooted ... you miss the features you are missing and took me 2 days of unrooted gnex

    • New_Guy

      Respect

    • Alucard291

      My SGS4 stayed stock for as long as it took me to walk home from the store.

      It had CM on it in under 30 minutes from purchase :)

      So yes I can respect your geekiness ^^

  • Kenny O

    Really don't have any reason to root my Nexus 7, I'm happy with stock 4.1.1 ....I got my G-Nex before JB was officially out so it's rooted only because I wanted to flash JB early.

    • fixxmyhead

      Yea I'm still on stock ROM on my nexus 7 but I did root it for TB just in case. I really have no reason to switch to a custom ROM right now cuz even the stock one is fast enough. I don't have any issues with it

  • Victor Calderon

    Every Android device I've owned since the G1 Has been Rooted. Going on twenty didn't phones and tablets so far

  • Bill E

    I'm on my 5th Android phone and have a Galaxy Tab. All have been rooted and I wouldn't have it any other way. If the question is, “To root or not to root?" Of course the answer is always, “Root that puppy!"

  • jt

    Well my primary device is only 1.5 weeks old, it's not rooted gs3.......but my old device is rooted gs captivate!!!!!!!

  • Laborin_HK

    If I wasn't into tinkering around and fiddling with everything possible, I wouldn't be an android user.

    I root and flash custom roms. I've bumped into many laggy and unfinished products, but at least I get a grasp of the limits of my phone/tablet.

    • Simon Belmont

      This. I couldn't have expressed it better myself.

      Well said. Cheers.

    • Jay T

      I'm not so sure about that, anymore. I go android for it's awesome hackability, but I know plenty of people who love android, but don't do any mods.

      • Laborin_HK

        Oh yes, definitely (I know a few people who prefer android stock over IOS too!). But I was just speaking for myself.

        I know if I wasn't an android user, I'd be a WP user :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

    I always jailbreak my android phones... <-- trolling android, no but seriously with the amount of custom roms out there, if you know how, then there is very little reason to not root.

  • Simon Belmont

    Am I the only one who scrolled down to the poll and started cracking up at the "I'm difficult" option? Put a smile on my face.

    Also, yes, in regards to the poll. In fact, all of my Android devices are rooted, as well as my wife's EVO 4G.

  • http://profiles.google.com/andrewc513 Andrew Chandler

    Phone: HTC Thunderbolt. Rooted. Using CM7.2 from ThunderShed.
    Personal tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wifi. Rooted. Running CM10 Alpha.
    Truck tablet: Asus Nexus 7. Not rooted. Stock Jelly Bean.

  • Eoin

    I have the Sprint GSII (Epic 4g Touch). I dont think its CM supported and there seem to be some issues with 4g(wi-max) with some ROMs. Yet I'm still thinking about rooting it. Anybody have any advice, experience with the SGII E4GT?

  • http://www.facebook.com/dmolina66 David Molina

    I'm sticking with my non-rooted GSM Galaxy Nexus - no desire to root mine.

  • moelsen8

    All devices rooted! :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/landonk3 Landon King

    Had my gs3 rooted the first hour I had it. Also have rooted nexus 7 and my 3 previous phones all rooted. I'm guessing rooted users follow forums and websites more than then the average non rooted user.

  • Jeff Lemons

    The first thing I do with all my android devices is root them. Its just to easy not to and it opens up a number of apps.

  • trumpet444

    I can't imagine owning an android device that isn't rooted. Everything has always been rooted on day one.

  • scuttlefield

    Rooted... for the same reason I took my toys apart when I was a kid.

  • casey

    My sg3 is not rooted and it won't be. I have zero issues with it. When I did root I always had issues. That's he cost of Roms.

    • Brian Knapp

      Been thinking about buying the SG3. If I do I've been debating whether to root or not. I really would want to run stock ICS/JB not touchwiz. But there seem to be a lot of cool features Samsung built into it that I'd be hesitant to do that.

      • ChumbleSpuzz

        Simply root it without flashing a custom rom as I did. Mine is rooted with the stock rom still in place. I'm waiting to see what the stock JB update will look like first. If I don't like it, then I'll flash CM 10

  • trumpet444

    Even if I had stock 4.1 I would still root. Even without custom ROMs I would still root. I want access to all files, otherwise i'd feel like I'm leasing a miniature display laptop from best buy - I could still have fun with it but I would never truly feel like I own it.

  • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

    My Galaxy S: Vibrant is rooted... and my Galaxy Nexus USED to be rooted. But, being a Nexus... I don't have a whole lot of reason to root it. I'm always up to date (which is a big reason I rooted previous devices... for latest AOSP) and runs smoothly. If I want extra customization I'll just install a launcher like Apex. I doubt I'll root my Nexus 7 either, when I get it soon.

  • http://twitter.com/samcobra Samcobra

    Am I the only one who thinks that that those roots look like pubic hair underneath the bugdroid?

  • Gongonzabar Farbin

    I'm on a Galaxy Nexus and I haven't found a reason to root it. I rooted and flashed the shit out of my last phone and all it got me was different instabilities with each rom. I'll keep my phone unrooted until I encounter something I desperately need.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    One X -main phone, rooted running CM10
    S3 - Back up phone, not rooted, never going to be rooted,
    Nexus 7 - main tablet, rooted, running stock, rooted for $10 free Google Wallet in UK for McDonalds =)

    • fixxmyhead

      Wow 2 flagship phones. How often do u use that backup one. Kinda of a waste of money

  • Adam

    Toshiba Thrive 10" running DalePL's awesome stock ICS ROM (via thriveforums.org). :)

  • Shawn

    Damn right I root......I'm not paying 30 extra bucks to tether.....when I already pay for the internet on my phone monthly... I should be able to use it however the hell I want to damnit

  • Michael S

    Rooted every phone I had- Nexus S, Evo 3D, Epic 4G Touch- except the current one, a Galaxy Nexus from the Play Store. Well, I bought it cause I decided I wanted to take off from rooting for a while, but still needed the latest and greatest.... but there's a Google Voice Integration App that's sorely tempting me...

  • L Boogie

    I'm rocking a VZW gnexus and that's all the reason to root my device

  • Matti

    My Galaxy Nexus is rooted, while my Nexus 7 isn't. Will probably root the Nexus 7 eventually, but with JellyBean, I don't really feel the need to root anymore. Both my devices carry the Nexus moniker, so they'll pretty much get the next version on Android on time (changed GalNex firmware to stock yakju)

    I've sorta gotten board of the whole rooting and ROM flashing thing. Only benefit I can think of (for my needs) is having the ability to add a host file (to block ads) and Titanium Backup.

    • fixxmyhead

      Agreed. Only my N7 is rooted for TB just in case. Stock ROM is fast enough and haven't had any issues with it

  • h_f_m

    I have been buying nexus since the n1 was released for the reason that I DON'T have to root.

  • JDogg1329

    First thing I did with my Xoom, first time it turned on it was rooted. I waited a few months with my phone because I wasn't aware of it

  • Xavier Davis

    This poll is probably not representative of the true nature of rooting. After all, the people that root are the people that know android police. Average android users don't even realize android is the name of their operating system.

  • Rudolph Bistrovich

    This poll is going to be biased though because most people who have android and don't root there phones probably are the same kind of people who don't read or subscribe to Android Police.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, it's going to be obviously biased, but we can only poll our audience, and finding out how many people in our audience do certain things is also interesting and of value.

  • mduran1023

    Verizon Galaxy Nexus here, so rooting is the only way I can get Android 4.1 before Android Kandy Korn is announced.

  • Scott Kennedy

    I think there's a big misconception between "rooting" and "unlocking the bootloader". Even some other comments here are along the lines of "I root to flash a custom ROM", which is generally incorrect.

    I root my device to aid in development (pulling live shared preference files or databases out of my app's directory). I unlock the bootloader to install CyanogenMod.

    CM even has an option to disable root now, so you can run CM without being rooted.

    • ericl5112

      You know there is a utility built into eclipse to pull those files from your app directory?

  • fixxmyhead

    Hell yea rooted for TB. Even my wife's galaxy nexus on stock Rom just cuz I can.

  • Jordan Czajka

    on my Sprint Galaxy Nexus, I wasnt rooted until Jelly Bean came out. I waited a bit to see if Sprint would get JB, then rooted and installed. Now running CM10, instead of a hacked together JB rom. On my old Evo 4G I was running whatever the current Cyanogen nightly was until I got my Nexus.

  • Jason Wright

    Back when I had the G1 I eventually gave in and rooted it. When I got a Nexus One I rooted it the day that it arrived as I wasn't willing to give up some of the features that I had become accustomed to from rooting. Now I'm on a GSM Galaxy Nexus and for the first time I couldn't find a reason to root and have stayed unrooted.

  • GotRubberDucky

    My Gnex, my Fascinate, my Touchpad and my Nexus 7 are all rooted. Gnex is the daily driver, Fascinate replaced my iPod, Touchpad is my tablet, and the nexus 7 is my moms for surfing the net. all used on a daily basis all rooted

  • luis avalos

    galaxy s3 was unrooted for 5 days i had to root cant live without it

  • Sootie

    Galaxy s2 is rooted for CM10 goodness but nexus 7 is stock, havent seen any reason to root yet

  • eTiMaGo

    My only unrooted Android device is my.. er... hmmm.... I don't have one? :D

  • ElfirBFG

    I root/unlock the BL because I have an Atrix, I'd be stuck on GB indefinitely if I didn't. However, when I first got the phone, I didn't root for a while, and when I did an OTA to 2.3, I lost root and didn't care because nothing I used needed root. It wasn't until Jokersax's CM9 came out that I just HAD to have it, and root wasn't enough, I had to unlock the BL. I saw no reason to root with the locked BL though. Now I tinker constantly, flashing ROMs is something I do a few minutes before I leave for work.

  • Knlegend1

    I can't believe I used to be afraid of rooting.

  • ellett

    My Nook Color is rooted, but why root my Galaxy Nexus? I want to leave it in all its glorious and unadulterated Google Android Jelly Bean glory, and stay eligible for any further Google Android updates with no further hassle.

  • noidea

    Just did rooting and installed CM9 over the weekend. Oh boy, what a relief. Best part is the CM9 keypad. So smooth and crisp.

  • http://twitter.com/ThePhillipBee Phillip Bee

    No stranger to rooting. Upgraded to the S3 and have been glad w/ my user experience. I have not yet had a reason to root, however, I know it is only a matter of time.

    • John O’Connor

      i would have to agree here. the s3 seems to be mostly bug free and provides no urgent need to make modifications. i guess we will see how they implement jelly bean soon. although many of us will jump on a key lime pie rom as soon as source code is released into the wild

      • http://twitter.com/ThePhillipBee Phillip Bee

        what he said !!

  • GazaIan

    On a side filled mostly with Android power users, it's obvious the poll would scream Yes.

  • ScottColbert

    Never rooted any of my devices, I like getting laid.

  • http://twitter.com/aloysbaillet Aloys Baillet

    I don't consider a device is really mine unless I can run "su" on it!

  • David

    Using a rooted device is like using the root account on GNU/Linux as primary account or the Administrator account on Windows as primary account. It's insecure.

  • Chris Clark

    I rooted my original G1 and my MyTouch 3G back in the day, but I haven't since. I haven't found a reason to with newer devices. The old ones had no apps to SD, no cache to SD, horrible battery life...etc, rooting was necessary to make them usable. Everything since the Nexus One hasn't had those problems and I'm perfectly happy not rooting. If it becomes necessary (apple winning lawsuits and features taken away), then I will go back to rooting. Otherwise, I'm happy with stock.

  • cheefa

    *kuch* adfree *kuch*

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    I'm a developer, and I need my device to be as stock as possible.
    I have a Galaxy Note though, which has a hardbrick bug in it's stock ICS kernel, so it was kind of stupid not to flash a safe rooted kernel (I did not use root beyond Titanium Backup anyway). Shame on you, Samsung!

  • Himmat Singh

    Actually, I only rooted my Acer A510 last weekend. I used to think it was a long and painful process, but I'm happy o say that it actually only took me a couple of minutes to reach full root.

    I'll not be installing a custom ROM as the one on my tablet is fairly un-skinned.

  • Raphael

    Titanium Backup, Cerberus, Wi-Fi tether, and LBE. Top 4 reasons (apps) for me to get my smartphone rooted

  • Alex B

    I root to:

    - install workarounds for bugs in the stock Samsung I9100 firmware (e.g. http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=28036 and
    http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=25563

    - install AdAway to prevent advertising middleware from stealing personal information and sending it back to base insecurely, often in contravention of UK and EU data protection law

    - run fsck_msdos on the internal '/sdcard' partition after it spontaneously corrupts when using NewsRob or gReader (I suspect a bug in Samsung's kernels, or a hardware bug in the eMMC) so I don't need to reformat and restore from backup every time it corrupts (sometimes several times daily, when using NewsRob)

    - install ClockSync so I can sync my handset's clock against NTP and keep my Google Authenticator codes valid, when they would otherwise drift out of sync with Google's clock (OK, they fixed this in recent versions of the Authenticator app by giving it its own clock).

    - use CACertMan to uninstall root certificates from CAs that I do not trust from the system-wde root certificate store (feature only added in ICS).

    - backup /efs so that if/when it spontaneously corrupts, I can restore it and prevent my handset from losing its IMEI.

    I'd really rather not be rooted, but...

  • http://visionaforethought.wordpress.com/ Oflife

    I am a designer not a coder geek and so the reason I have not rooted my current device (a Sony Xperia Pro) is because when I tried to do this on my Galaxy Note, (or should I say, unroot it), I failed, not understanding the instructions on the various forums. Same with my Xperia. Yes, I'm stupid, which leads me to think that if 'back street' phone shops (the same that UNLOCK phones) were to offer ROOTING services, it would help people like me who are screaming to install ICS or even Jelly Bean on our devices, but have no idea what we're doing when we try. (I am a Mac user and installed Windows 8 via a Windows emulator to do this and the whole process nearly drove me insane.)

    I am willing, but unable!

    #numpty

    P.S. Sony are for some reason taking their time to release ICS for some of us Xperia Pro users. It has been three months or so since they announced it, yet only a % have received the update. I just don't understand why one mode of phone does not receive one universal update. Is this a carrier thing? If so, mine is unlocked, so it should not matter!

  • TakeControl FTW

    I've rooted my phone so that I can use my keyboard and a mouse to control it (TakeControl is the app). It's cheaper than buying bluetooth keyboard, not to mention more convinient.

  • http://twitter.com/josteinjostein josteinjostein

    Rooted. Because there is something fundamentally wrong in not being in charge of your own hardware.

  • murdawg

    I'm not rooted. I would love to root but just can't take the chance of bricking my devices. I didn't win the powerball so I can't afford to replace them.

    • http://drhack.net/ Dr-Hack

      its the easist thing to do .. moreover only the dumbest person on earth would brick a device .. its easier then those Nokia flash and all stuff.. .give it a try wont harm :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

    What's the point of having an Android phone if you're not going to root it?

  • Chahk Noir

    Where's the "Hell yeah!" option? :)

  • Andi Springthorpe

    I'm not a savvy person when it comes to phone tech, but rooting got rid of Samsung's intrusive "What would you like to do?" feature in a heartbeat. Recently moved on to CM9 and won't look back.

  • tiagotiao

    The real reason I rooted my device was because I needed to free up internal memory in my mid range phone and rooting it allowed me to either delete the bloatware, or tinker with the settings and trick my phone into believing it had more internal memory. Had this issue not been persent, I may have not bothered to have rooted it.

    After a year and 3 months of ownership, It's spent half of it's life rooted.

  • Adam Perkins

    Why would you include an option such as "I'm difficult," which will do nothing but poison the results of a poll on what is, inarguably, a yes or no question?

    • John O’Connor

      seeing as i voted "i'm difficult" perhaps I can enlighten you. there are quite a few of us out there, whether dev's, techies, early adopters, engineers, beta testers, etc that change devices more often then most people change their underwear (or so it would seem) the device i may be using as my primary on any given week or day may or may not be rooted/modded depending upon mood, availability, desire or necessity to make major changes to the device. i carry around 3 on my person at any time

  • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

    I did not root my first Android phone (Samsung Galaxy Ace), did not have enough guts. I traded that with a Samsung Galaxy W last December, and didn't root it until March. The reason why I finally had the guts to root my phone is because in March I finally hit the limits of Android tweaking fun on an unrooted device, while I was nowhere near the limit of the SGW's capability.

    (The Ace was a severely underpowered device that I have no interest whatsoever to explore its limits.)

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    I have my Nexus S since it came out, and I never rooted it. Never felt the need to do it, and I don't really have to use an app that requires root.

    I primarily wanted to stick with the Nexus line of products for the reliable and constant version upgrades.

  • GUEST

    Anyone know how to root the Asus Slider on 4.0.4? And also, is there any way to put the tf101 rom of cm10 on my Slider? Thanks!

  • andrew__des_moines

    If [performance gain] > [(warranty risk) x (modding effort)] then [root = true]

  • http://twitter.com/Craaaig_ Craig Mack

    I had never bothered to root any of my devices until I signed with Sprint and nabbed a galaxy nexus a few weeks ago. After about a week with the phone and ICS I decided I had to have Jelly Bean.

  • Airmaxx23

    I got the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 on their respective release dates and rooted them as soon as they came out of the box and had a screen protector put on them.

  • http://profiles.google.com/kamontryst Tyler Walles

    i usually root all the devices for my family... but lately I've decided not to anymore.. as it seems after i root something its up to me to fix any problems they seem to have, its easier for me to just let well enough alone... I of course root he crap out of my own devices though

  • dylan84

    Atrix 4G rooted and running Codename Android 3.3. Yummy Jellybean goodness

  • Kaskade

    Rooted alone for the reason to block ads with the hosts file and LBE Security Guard for taking away permissions of pesty apps.

  • blu

    any successful rooting methods for moto fire xt guys???????????

  • ari_free

    It's funny that most people want to run as admin on Windows except for the hard-core but most people don't want to run as admin on Android, except for the hard-core.

  • http://www.Mikereviews.co.uk/ Mike Brown

    My HTC One X will remain unrooted until warranty period is up, after 12 months its gonna be rooted quick sharp!

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