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    Default Would you recommend rooting a n4

    I recently got a nexus 4 and not sure whether I should root it

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    Yes.
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    Default Re: Would you recommend rooting a n4

    Have you rooted yours?

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    Why would you root it? What do you need that rooting will accomplish?
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    Cross the root bridge when you get there.
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    Depends what your needs are from the device.
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    Default Re: Would you recommend rooting a n4

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Paterson View Post
    I recently got a nexus 4 and not sure whether I should root it
    Do not root it unless you have a specific reason to. You already have Stock Android (which is the main reason to root most other phones IMO). So you already have no bloat. And without rooting you can continue to use OTA updates.

    I rooted mine to be able to change display settings. Unless you have something you want to do that requires rooting, i would stay stock.
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    If you are into fine tuning things and experimenting with custom Roms (most of which are bug free) then yes. The customization aspects are endless. Unlocking the bootloader and rooting it is a very straight forward process thanks to some of the toolkits available. Read up on it and decide if it's something you want to partake in.

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    Just my 2 cents, out of all the phones I've owned and rooted, this phone has seen the most significant and noticeable boost in battery life from rooting it and running a custom rom. Battery life on stock was alright, not great. But now look what I get





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    It's a must !
    Takes the phone to a whole new level !
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    Quote Originally Posted by sropedia View Post
    Just my 2 cents, out of all the phones I've owned and rooted, this phone has seen the most significant and noticeable boost in battery life from rooting it and running a custom rom. Battery life on stock was alright, not great. But now look what I get





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    I get pretty close to that with a unrooted N4 and Juice defender Plus
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    Mine did that easily prior to root. I only rooted mine so my tracking app won't be wiped after a hard reset.
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    Depends what you want to do with your device. For me rooting allows me to use some very nice apps such as Greenify. It also allows me to get better performance and battery life through custom roms and kernels.
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    At the least, you can unlock the bootloader (which is what wipes all your files so do that as soon as possible if you're going to) and root it. As long as you don't flash a custom recovery and leave the system files alone, you'll still be able to take an OTA update.

    If you want to take it all the way though, you'll still be able to flash a rooted image of the OTA update from one of the forums.
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    Yes. I just unlocked, rooted and put on PA3+...AWESOME!!! Halo is cool little notification feature, plus the customization is awesome like always.
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    My initial reason for rooting has always been to transfer data over from my previous phone and to add a battery icon in the status bar with %. But I already know that is just the beginning. I'm always looking for mods and hacks to flash that will improve on the functionality and look of the phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffDenver View Post
    Do not root it unless you have a specific reason to. You already have Stock Android (which is the main reason to root most other phones IMO). So you already have no bloat. And without rooting you can continue to use OTA updates.

    I rooted mine to be able to change display settings. Unless you have something you want to do that requires rooting, i would stay stock.
    This. If you have to ask without giving specific reasons why you want to, then no, you should not root your phone.
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    Thanks the main reason I want to root is to get better battery life

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    Quote Originally Posted by chud View Post
    At the least, you can unlock the bootloader (which is what wipes all your files so do that as soon as possible if you're going to) and root it. As long as you don't flash a custom recovery and leave the system files alone, you'll still be able to take an OTA update.

    If you want to take it all the way though, you'll still be able to flash a rooted image of the OTA update from one of the forums.
    You can still perform an ota update with a custom recovery

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    Thanks the main reason I want to root is to get better battery life

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    Changing the screen settings is also a huge plus of rooting. It looks so much better when you calibrate the screen properly.
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    So this is the first phone that I've rooted and I have enjoyed the benefits of custom roms. Carbon is the one that I've stuck with for a while now. Running custom roms can provide extra functionality such as overclocking/underclocking the CPU, full screen mode, and tethering without paying the carrier more money. If you're on T-Mobile then unlimited data to run two or more devices is great. Of course there are other reasons like being able to change the screen's color settings as well. As far as better battery life, I'm always on my phone so I can't say that my battery life is good at all. Idk. Maybe I'm just not doing it right but I am enjoying the phone more now than with just stock android. Anyways YouTube it, research it and if you mess up, someone's always here to help you correct your mistakes.

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    Thanks I think I will root my nexus 4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Paterson View Post
    Thanks I think I will root my nexus 4

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    I have rooted now and installed pacman rom, it was really worth it

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    Don't root unless you have a real reason to.

    I personally have rooted every single smart phone I have ever owned and will continue to root my Androids until Google gives me a reliable persistent full back up system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rizy7 View Post
    You can still perform an ota update with a custom recovery
    I am almost 100% certain this is not true. You can be rooted and still get the OTA, but a custom recovery will cause the update to download and then fail when installing. Make sure to either restore the recovery to stock when attempting the OTA update, or even easier just flash the ROM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattopotamus View Post
    I am almost 100% certain this is not true. You can be rooted and still get the OTA, but a custom recovery will cause the update to download and then fail when installing. Make sure to either restore the recovery to stock when attempting the OTA update, or even easier just flash the ROM.
    You can have TWRP and the ota update will work. I have myself done it. Root and custom recovery are lost as a consequence. I have not read anywhere of anyone successfully ota updating with cwm recovery.
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