Rooting my Android Device the First Time

A ROOT Checklist for First Timers

Rooting is not something you should attempt to do quickly. I recommend you complete this entire checklist before rooting your phone:

1. Make sure you have step-by-step instructions for your exact model of phone before beginning.

2. Make sure you have everything you need before beginning. This includes software drivers, ROMs, required apps, etc.

3. Make sure to create a backup of your phone and all of its data before you root it. Some backup software doesn’t automatically backup all of your music and photos, so you might want to manually back those up.

4. Make sure you know how to restore your phone to its original factory state if you don’t like the result of the rooting process.

5. Try to find someone who can help you if problems occur. Your carrier will not help you if things don’t go right.

Popular Myths About Rooting

1. Rooting is Illegal – Not true. In fact, the U.S. federal government recognized the legality of jail-breaking a phone back in July of 2010. It is true that carriers are blocking some tethering apps.
2. Rooting Voids Your Warranty – Although it’s true rooting your phone could void its warranty, if you restore it to its original factory condition, it’s unlikely your carrier could tell it was ever rooted.

3. It’s Easy to Brick your Phone – Not true. Most Android phones are not easy to brick, if you carefully follow all rooting directions.

4. Rooting is a Cat and Mouse Game – Not true. Once you root your phone you won’t have to do it again.

5. Rooting is Difficult – Although it varies from phone to phone, rooting your phone isn’t as hard as it once was. In fact, one-click rooting apps are available in the Android Market.

6 . Rooting Will Make Your Phone Less Stable – Not true. When done correctly, rooting your phone will not make it any less stable.

7. Rooting Makes It Hard to Transfer or Sell Your Phone to Another Person – Not true. I recently gave my rooted Galaxy Nexus to my son. He inserted the SIM card which was provided by Verizon (with the Galaxy S3 which I took from him) and called a toll-free number. He then reset the phone (to wipe out all of my info) and rebooted entering his Google account info. Withing 15 minutes, all essential services were functional on the rooted phone, and the phone was automatically downloading all of his apps.

8. You Can’t Root a Phone With a Locked Bootloader – Not always true. A friend just rooted his Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 — even though it has a locked boot-loader. Instructions can be found.