Android Rooting Frequently Asked Questions

June 18, 2014

Is it possible to unroot my phone?

Yes. Rooting your android phone is just access to enhanced permissions. If you decide that you don’t need rooting, you can unroot and the instructions for the same are available online possibly on the same forums which advised you to root. It basically involves flashing your phone back to the stock settings.

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Is Rooting Illegal?

This is more widely debated topic and there are different laws holding different opinions about android rooting and its legal implications. Basically it involves argument between protections of copyright information versus the liberty of technical creativity. Prosecutions might happen based upon country of residence and sale of android phones.

What happens to my warranty on rooting?

Your manufacturer shall not bare the risk of rooting. Root permission shall give user access to system files, which upon modification might render phone functionalities useless. Hence it is advisable by the phone manufacturers that your phone is not rooted and most of them will null and void the warranty information if any such tweaking is attempted with your smartphone model.

What is the difference between rooting and flashing a ROM?

The reason for such confusion is that both processes happen simultaneously without the knowledge of the user to distinguish amongst these processes. Technically, the unlocking of the bootloader is the first thing to occur in the process of Android Rooting. Then the next process to take place is flashing of ROM and the installation of the custom ROM into the phone model. From there on, it shall run a process that can make provision of the root access to your phone model.

Please note that there is no requirement of root access to flash a ROM, but on the contrary, almost all the ROMs available for Androids will come with an in-built root access. The term “unlocking” is often mistaken for unlocking the phone, while in reality, it means unlocking the bootloader.

Is bricking a common occurrence in Android Rooting process?

Its possible that a phone might turn brick if process goes wrong, but the occurrence is highly unlikely. If instructions are followed well, everything will run smooth and no problems shall be encountered. On the other hand, installation of custom kernels is deemed as slightly riskier than plainly rooting process or flashing the ROMs. Bricking does not mean phone doesn’t turn on, it means in most cases it can be turned on but quite often gets stuck in a boot loop or boot up straight into recovery.

Can some phones be unrootable?

Many manufacturers are in constant efforts to make unrootable phones. These phones come in with harsher protections. Droid X is an example of such protection that’s available in modern day phone models. But hackers and rooting enthusiasts have always found a way to root in some form, employing new ways.

What happens to the Over the Air (OTA) updates?

Just rooting the phone and not flashing the ROM will likely still provide access to OTA updates. Flashing ROM will cease any existing updates, however, you might still be able to install updates to the custom ROM that you’ve installed.