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    Default What is the difference between unlocked and rooted?

    As the title says...

    Can anyone explain the difference?

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    Default Re: What is the difference between unlocked and rooted?

    Quote Originally Posted by alan sh View Post
    As the title says...

    Can anyone explain the difference?

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    Default Re: What is the difference between unlocked and rooted?

    Ok, so as I understand it....

    Unlocking the phone allows the privilidged commands to work. I assume it changes some permissions somewhere. But why does it wipe everything out?

    Rooting the phone is what happens when you start actually using privved commands such as su.

    Does that make sense?

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    Default Re: What is the difference between unlocked and rooted?

    Quote Originally Posted by alan sh View Post
    Ok, so as I understand it....

    Unlocking the phone allows the privilidged commands to work. I assume it changes some permissions somewhere. But why does it wipe everything out?

    Rooting the phone is what happens when you start actually using privved commands such as su.

    Does that make sense?

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    Rooting gives you superuser/adminstrative permission, you can make simply changes to the Operating system that you did not have permission to change before.

    Unlocking your Bootloader allows you to put custom operating sytems on your device.
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    Default Re: What is the difference between unlocked and rooted?

    Quote Originally Posted by DroidXcon View Post
    in simpliest terms,
    Rooting gives you superuser/adminstrative permission, you can make simply changes to the Operating system that you did not have permission to change before.

    Unlocking your Bootloader allows you to put custom operating sytems on your device.
    Thats great - thanks.

    OK, so why does unlocking wipe everything? What is it ACTUALLY doing?

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    Default Re: What is the difference between unlocked and rooted?

    Quote Originally Posted by alan sh View Post
    Thats great - thanks.

    OK, so why does unlocking wipe everything? What is it ACTUALLY doing?

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    I'm not sure why you have to wipe. Maybe the unlocking process changes permissions on all your data and is easier to just wipe and start over during this process. But if the directions say to wipe its best to follow them

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    Default Re: What is the difference between unlocked and rooted?

    The instructions say the the device will be wiped - it's not something we have to do - it just happens.

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    Default Re: What is the difference between unlocked and rooted?

    Good questions. :thumbup:

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    Default Re: What is the difference between unlocked and rooted?

    Quote Originally Posted by alan sh View Post
    The instructions say the the device will be wiped - it's not something we have to do - it just happens.

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    It is wiped based on a command you put in during the unlocking process. I think fastboot -w (or something to that effect) unless we are looking at different methods

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    Default Re: What is the difference between unlocked and rooted?

    From this forum [How-to] Unlock/Re-lock the Google Nexus 10 Bootloader (Mac/PC)

    6. After you have got the ID just type(without qoutes) "fastboot oem unlock" in your command window.

    7. Look to your tablet, where you'll have to verify the process. Remember that there's no way to undo the data loss that will happen the instant you say "Yes".
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    Default Re: What is the difference between unlocked and rooted?

    Quote Originally Posted by alan sh View Post
    From this forum [How-to] Unlock/Re-lock the Google Nexus 10 Bootloader (Mac/PC)

    6. After you have got the ID just type(without qoutes) "fastboot oem unlock" in your command window.

    7. Look to your tablet, where you'll have to verify the process. Remember that there's no way to undo the data loss that will happen the instant you say "Yes".
    Ah ok well either way, you don't really have a choice in the matter. You know probably knows the answer Jerry. Lets quote him to get his attention.

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    Default Re: What is the difference between unlocked and rooted?

    Unlocking the bootloader will wipe the device as a security measure. If you lost your screen-lock protected device and someone found it, all they would have to do is unlock the bootloader and they could extract all of your sensitive data from it... so the data wipe is there to protect you from that ever happening since it ensures that if someone tries to hack into your locked device they will have to wipe all your information off of it first.

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    Default Re: What is the difference between unlocked and rooted?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2defmouze View Post
    Unlocking the bootloader will wipe the device as a security measure. If you lost your screen-lock protected device and someone found it, all they would have to do is unlock the bootloader and they could extract all of your sensitive data from it... so the data wipe is there to protect you from that ever happening since it ensures that if someone tries to hack into your locked device they will have to wipe all your information off of it first.

    Thanks so much, that makes sense

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    Default Re: What is the difference between unlocked and rooted?

    So, do I have to unlock it to root it? There's a post on the xda sitewhich suggests you don't have to.

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    Default Re: What is the difference between unlocked and rooted?

    Quote Originally Posted by alan sh View Post
    So, do I have to unlock it to root it? There's a post on the xda sitewhich suggests you don't have to.

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    You don't have to but you may aswell get it unlocked its nit much more effort

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