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Will a Hard Reset Unroot the Sidekick 4G?

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16th August 2012, 04:54 PM   |  #1  
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Now that I've got my apps chosen, I'm thinking about restoring factory settings and doing a clean install.

The phone is successfully rooted. If I hard reset, will the phone remain rooted?

As an aside: Settings/Privacy/Factory data reset vs. the power/volume down/clear storage deal? Are they both equally effective when working with the stock ROM?

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16th August 2012, 05:55 PM   |  #2  
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A hard reset will remove root. It won't re-lock the phone if you've unlocked it though.
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16th August 2012, 08:30 PM   |  #3  
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A hard reset will remove root. It won't re-lock the phone if you've unlocked it though.

Thanks, I hadn't known that. Owners of other types of Android phones had said the root remained.

I wonder why some other users here have posted about the difficulties of unrooting.

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17th August 2012, 04:41 AM   |  #4  
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Yes to confirm with Jax, it does NOT retain root. You must use SuperOneClick again.

sent from my SGH-T839 (Sidekick 4G) running Glorious Overdose V3.0.3.
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17th August 2012, 08:45 AM   |  #5  
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Thanks again. A follow-up: I think my phone is one update behind. I'm running T839UVKD1, and my googling tells me there's an update that came out 12/12.

If I use kies to flash that, I understand that I'll lose root, but will I lose my unlock?

Also, is the update worth it? Despite the complaining over at the TMobile Sidekick 4G forum, I have few complaints about the phone or the stock ROM. I've frozen Google Maps, Group Twitter, and other resource-hungry apps that I'll never use, and everything is generally fine.

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17th August 2012, 10:32 AM   |  #6  
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Once a phone is unlocked, it can't be re-locked. But as we've said, it can be de-rooted. The root occures at the OS level, while the lock is much more low-level.

The update is worthwhile. If you wish to stick to stock firmware, you'll want to use the very latest.
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18th August 2012, 03:02 PM   |  #7  
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Thanks, this is very helpful information. I'd love to find an update that allowed for the mapping of a CTRL key. Tried remapping the SEARCH key with CTRL WAKE_DROPPED, but no go.

On the other hand, changing SMILEY to TAB WAKE_DROPPED will give a functioning tab key. Makes the TextMaker beta a lot easier, though TM demands a CTRL for keyboard shortcuts.

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My sidekick is unlocked, if I update to the new original firmware, will it stay unlocked, and able to use my carrier?
19th August 2012, 11:06 PM   |  #9  
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I said it twice already, the phone will stay unlocked.

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