Originally Posted by zoranb
Hello, im a newby to smartphones and i wanted to ask what a couple of terms mean.
1. What does Rooted mean because i hear it all the time here in this forum.
2. Why is a phone needed to be Rooted?
3. What does S-OFF mean?
1: Rooted means you have full access permissions to the device. Think of it like the administrator account on Windows- a regular user can do some things, but only an administrator can make major modifcations to the device.
2: With a rooted device, one can run apps that make deep changes to the way Android functions, like adblockers or backup tools. Also, one can even put a different version of Android on the phone. These custom versions of Android are called "custom ROMs".
3. On HTC devices, even a rooted phone does not allow access to certain very deep system areas if the phone is in S-On mode. Setting the phone to S-Off removes these restrictions. It is not typically necessary to do this, but if you frequently "flash" (install) custom ROMs it may make your life easier. You also must be S-Off if you want to change the cell radio firmware (which is not reccomended unless you have a good reason to do so).