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[Q] What do I need to know about rooting my phone?

21st February 2014, 04:14 PM   |  #1  
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Hi!

I really hate asking such noobish questions but I'm seriously thinking about rooting my phone to get added features. But I'm really afraid to! I don't want to flash any ROMS to it but want added functionality that some apps have to offer.

Here's my short list of concerns:

1) Will I hurt my phone?
2) When there is an OTA update to my device what do I do. I heard people talk about it but never really paid much attention since it didn't concern me.
3) Will doing so take up more storage? The device only has 16GB and I try to keep at least 7GB free.
4) How much of a degree in rocket science will I need to do this? I'm an IT professional but I work with mainframe technology (very large systems). I'm not afraid of downloading and running trusted software and am very good at following directions.
5) If I root my phone when do I have to unroot it?
6) And last but not least where do I find out how to root my device?

I appreciate the help/advice! I just have to be careful I don't have the extra cash to go buying a device if I brick my current phone!

Again .. thank you much in advance!

BTW I'm running a Nexus 5 16GB and my carrier is Sprint.
22nd February 2014, 07:30 PM   |  #2  
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Hola. I will try to answer your questions, as good as i can

1. If you are careful, the chance is small. I have personal never broken anything. I have tried a bad ROM. But it didnt brick anything In the start, i only wanted to root, to get the features that root gives you. But now i flash custom ROMīs and stuff like that. So try it, trust me its worth!

2. What do you mean with a OTA update? Maybe iīm just stupid...

3. It dosenīt take much space on my phone, so i canīt see why it should do it on your phone. Ofc. if you have alot of programs, and data it does

4. Not much, everybody can do it, if they just read about their phone, and generally root.

5. When you wants too

6. Check this link, http://www.xda-developers.com/androi...-developer-tv/

Write if you need more help. But i dont know anything about rooting Nexus 5, so dont blame me. Just use the guide, and the chances for bricking is small
23rd February 2014, 02:28 AM   |  #3  
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Originally Posted by Sambianer

Hola. I will try to answer your questions, as good as i can
2. What do you mean with a OTA update? Maybe iīm just stupid...

Over The Air (OTA) when android gets its updates.
25th February 2014, 07:29 PM   |  #4  
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6. Check this link, http://www.xda-developers.com/androi...-developer-tv/

This videos was disgustingly easy! Ah, how to you reverse the process?

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Originally Posted by GustavoJH98

Do not be afraid: D

That video has made doing this a lot easier. Like I said above about reversing the process once I find out how I just might dive into it.
25th February 2014, 07:51 PM   |  #5  
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If it's any help, I'll say this: I had a Nexus S, rooted and flashed with new ROMs a million times. It suddenly died on me when charging, and I went out to buy another one to root and flash again. It's that awesome to be able to make it a custom experience, I'd say go for it no matter what. Just a little care goes a long way, though.
23rd February 2014, 04:42 AM   |  #6  
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I guess you can update, without any problems.

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