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

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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.
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