What is Rooting? - AndroidPIT Modder's Guide Episode One

What is Rooting? - AndroidPIT Modder's Guide Episode One


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Anyone who's ever owned an Android phone or tablet has most likely saw the words, „root“, „ROM“, „kernel“ or „bootloader“. Since more and more handset makers are now on board that „shipping with an unlocked bootloader“ train, we have decided to introduce on all new rooting and modding section at Androidpit.

In today's episode we cover the basic topics of rooting:

  • What is Rooting?
  • What are the important aspects of rooting? 
  • What are the pros and cons of rooting? 
  • What is a custom ROM?

So firstly, what is rooting? Simply put, rooting your phone or tablet is a way of gaining full access to your phone. You can almost compare it to being on a Windows PC...if you're logged in as a user, you won't have as many rights and privileges as you would if you were logged in as an Admin. So in a way, you can say it's comparable to having full administrative rights for your phone or tablet

As you will see in the video, some pros and cons of rooting are also discussed. A few pros of rooting is that in gaining full access, you will be able to install custom ROMS, install themes, overclock your processors (for specfic devices of course), apply lag fixes, gps fixes, and so much more. You can also remove the skins (Sense, Touchwiz, ect) if you don't wish to have them, and even install newer versions of Android on devices that didn't get the official update!

The cons of rooting in my opinion are very few. The biggest con is that if you don't follow exact instructions, you can destroy your phone or tablet. Please remember that while rooting is relatively safe, there are risks involved, and Androidpit is not responsible if you destroy your device! With that being said, I have rooted at least 20 phones/tablets, and haven't bricked (destroyed) one yet. Another con is that this can void the warranty on SOME devices. I say some because in 2011 and this year, most manufacturers are shipping their devices with unlocked bootloaders, meaning that we're free to play as we please. Please check details on your device for more details on this. The beauty of it is, the vast majority of devices can also be unrooted

Finally, custom ROMS. Custom ROMS are optimized versions of the ROMS that come on our devices. The entire OS is essentially ripped out by developers, re-optimized and tweaked, and made to run as smooth as possible on your device. There are lots of these ROMS available from LOTS of different sources, and we'll also get into discussing device specific ROMS later. 

This first video provides basic definitions and terminolgy that you'll need to know about before rooting your phone. Its also important to be aware of the pros and cons of rooting, as they both have advantages and disadvantages. After discussing those, we'll go into discussing custom ROMS and a little information about what they do and how they do what they do. All this in the video below!


We hope you enjoy the video, and stay tuned tomorrow for our detailed video walkthrough of how to root a Samsung Galaxy SII!

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  • sandro8771 Aug 15, 2012 Link to comment

    Thank you for coming out with this informative video.

  • muhammad salleh Mar 4, 2012 Link to comment

    Thanks,really helpful..

  • CJ Brown Feb 29, 2012 Link to comment

    hats off to Aaron Tilton for a great article & an informative video presentation (I think Aaron should publish a step - by - step "how to" for each available Android Smart Phone) - & yes I would pay for this just to get my HTC DROID INCREDIBLE rooted n' modded (especially now that Google & Verizon Wireless seem to be ceasing support for various Verizon Wireless devices) ...

  • Aaron Tilton Feb 17, 2012 Link to comment

    I'd check out our rooting forum our just try the XDA forums. If you can root the device, you'll find infos da!

  • Anthony Carmona Feb 16, 2012 Link to comment

    Dude that video was awesome, you managed to wade thru all of the cloak and dagger mystery surrounding rooting a device, for the techie challenged individuals such as myself, id like to safely root my recently purchased nextbook premium7 Android 2.3 tablet, any suggestions? You know if someone came up with a device specific site on how to root, it could be a huge cash cow! just sayin!

  • Aaron Tilton Jan 31, 2012 Link to comment

    Gald to know that it helped!

  • Micki Goles Jan 31, 2012 Link to comment

    Wow, finally a rookie question was given an answer that you can understand! Very helpful. Thank you !

  • Eric McBride Jan 10, 2012 Link to comment

    Thanks! Be sure to stay tuned for our walkthroughs!

  • Francisco Fabelo Jan 10, 2012 Link to comment

    Very well explained!

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