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[Q] Few rooting questions from a noob

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By gallo7337, Junior Member on 14th April 2014, 12:00 AM
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Okay, I wasn't sure where would be the best place to port this, so excuse me if I'm in the wrong place:

So, I was thinking about rooting my phone (S4 Verizon) and flashing the Cyanogen Mod 11 on it. I was wondering a few things about it though before I decide to do it...

1. Is there any way that I can flash the ROM, and still have my phone the EXACT way it is now, except with CM11? When I watch installation videos on YouTube, it seems like it refreshes your phone to simply having the stock Google experience, which I don't want. I'm currently using Nova, which I love, and I just really want... A. TouchWiz off my phone B. The Notification center of CM11 and C. The status bar. So, if there was any way to flash the mod and keep everything the way it is, similar to how you jailbreak iOS, that'd be great.

2. Is there any way to UNROOT the phone, if I ever need to? I have insurance on my phone with my carrier, so if it ever suffers a cracked screen or the like, I can get a free replacement, and I'm sure if I were rooted that'd probably be voided.

3. I was planning on picking up a Gear 2 Neo tomorrow. If I'm rooted and running a custom ROM, will I still be able to use the Gear to its full extent (as in, not like a G2 connected to it) while running the custom ROM? Or will the Gear detect that the device no longer has TouchWiz/has been modified?

4. Also, if it isn't possible to load CM11 like you would jailbreak, and you always start with a clean boot, how would I go about reloading all my data/ contacts/photos/apps/Nova setup? How/what should I use to back everything up?

Thanks a ton in advance, I know, I'm a noob lol
14th April 2014, 12:21 AM |#2  
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1. Mostly , but there will be slightly difference maybe, depends how you look things. I don't really get your point B and C.

2. Unroot yes, but you must know there is something called KNOX, which will avoid your warranty, and by now this can NOT be undone.

Which means, unroot is easy, but if your carrier checks KNOX, you are so dead...

3. I think, gear support is part of TW framework, which means CM11 will be act like any other non-samsung connected to it.

4. I don't really understand it

If you mean the content in your internal/external sdcard, flash ROM will not delete them as long as you don't choose to (like option of format sdcard in recovery ) but you are on Verizon s4 , I don't really know about it, if it requires unlock bootloader, then you better back up sdcard first.

And yes, clean flash requires you to do apps backup and wipe data / cache / system before flash
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