best way to root + basic questions
I just bought 2 spare batteries for my droid and feel now would be a good time to root it. Just wondering if their are any guides, and which one is the best for step-by-step instructions. I have faith in myself, I've loaded the 2.1 update manually and have unlocked blackberries before.
Other than overclocking the phone, what are some other good things to do to a rooted droid? (Should I try froyo?) I'm assuming a lot of it is click/drag roms to folders on the droid itself?
Figured id be a noob for a little bit and just ask here since a lot of you are really nice and helpful. Thank you for the help
- 07-16-2010, 09:41 AM #2
I used the instructions at theunlockr.com. just go to the site and search for root instructions. They have step by step videos and all the downloads you need.
Also you can load many custom roms I would recommended chevyno1 simply stunning froyo rom or buggless beast. Both great roms. Setcpu is a must have app if you plan to overclock. Have fun and happy rooting. And as always once rooted don't forget to nandroid backup.
How exactly do you put the roms/hacks on the phone? More instructions for that or is it just dragging the files into a folder on the phone? And what is nandroid backup exactly? A backup program obviously, but why the need for a specific backup? I backup my droid roughly every month.
- 07-16-2010, 10:00 AM #4
You just drop and drag the rom files on your phone ands use rom manager to install. You can also download directly from phone. Rom manager is free on the market. It also flashes the clockworkmod custom recovery image. This is the screen you get to when you turn your phone off and turn it back on holding power and x on keyboard. Now nandroid is included in the custom recovery image. It completely backs up your phone on your phone. I mean everything. All your apps contacts and even the way your screens are set up. This is so if a rom fails to load properly or you get stuck in a boot loop then you can boot into recovery and restore your phone from backup.
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- 07-17-2010, 05:06 PM #8
Yes, when you flash between roms, you need to wipe data/cache. the good thing though is that most 2.2 roms will automatically download all your apps for you.
I HIGHLY recommend you purchase Rom manager. It's the easiest way to manage roms, backups, etc.I'm a tech junkie with a weak spot for Good Music, Good Beer, and Excellent Coffee.
- 07-17-2010, 05:40 PM #10
After you root. It won't really work without root.
Rom manager allows you to easily find, download, install, and backup roms.
You need SetCPU if you plan on overclocking.
For starter roms, Jrummy, Sapphire, and Bugless Beast are all good choices. once Cyanogen releases a final version of CM6, it's an excellent choice as well.I'm a tech junkie with a weak spot for Good Music, Good Beer, and Excellent Coffee.
- 07-22-2010, 02:40 PM #13
I used this guide to root my Droid to 2.2:
How to: Root Android 2.1 and Install Android 2.2 on Motorola DROID - Droid Life: A Droid Community Blog
I have done the steps. 2.2 seems snappy and more polished, however it seems like I can't get at certain apps I used to have on 2.1 update1. I have also noticed my Droid is getting warm if not hot very often.
Is there a guide on how to reverse the above process, and go back to stock 2.1 update1?
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That said, there are many ways to make it easier (i use adw launcher for example and it has backup settings -- and google backups all the apps so those come back as well).