10-20-2013 08:04 PM
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  1. Nodnarb1028's Avatar
    Hi guys. Im new to rooting (been jailbreaking since it was command line) and the only available root for my GS4 still has a locked bootloader. So my question is why even root when its locked? What can you even still do? This may seem very basic, but I've only had my phone for 2 weeks. :P
    Thank you!

    Verizon Galaxy S4 - VRUAME7
    10-15-2013 10:35 AM
  2. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Hi guys. Im new to rooting (been jailbreaking since it was command line) and the only available root for my GS4 still has a locked bootloader. So my question is why even root when its locked? What can you even still do? This may seem very basic, but I've only had my phone for 2 weeks. :P
    Thank you!

    Verizon Galaxy S4 - VRUAME7
    Welcome to the forums.
    Rooting gives access to apps that allow you to do things you couldn't do otherwise. Like Titanium Backup allows you to back up your app data, and that is a root required app.
    10-15-2013 10:40 AM
  3. Nodnarb1028's Avatar
    I previously had a rooted nexus 7. So basically you are saying everything is normal, but no custom roms?

    Verizon Galaxy S4 - VRUAME7
    10-15-2013 10:45 AM
  4. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    I previously had a rooted nexus 7. So basically you are saying everything is normal, but no custom roms?

    Verizon Galaxy S4 - VRUAME7
    Typically you need to root in order to flash a custom recovery, in order to flash ROMs. Depending on the device, the boot loader may need to be unlocked as well.

    From a Sprint Moto X using AC forums app
    10-15-2013 01:04 PM
  5. CR6's Avatar
    Along with being able to download a ton of "root only" apps, one of my favorite benefits to rooting is the ability to block pesky ads.
    Then of course custom ROMS..... :thumbup:

    tap'n
    10-15-2013 01:18 PM
  6. penningtonsm's Avatar
    Free tethering apps require root. Huge reason just right their.

    Sent from my LG-E980 using AC Forums mobile app
    CR6 likes this.
    10-15-2013 01:32 PM
  7. CR6's Avatar
    Very true! :thumbup: Although they seem to be going the way of the dodo bird, as most of your newer ROMS just hack the stock hotspot app.

    tap'n
    10-15-2013 05:12 PM
  8. Rise Against's Avatar
    If my phone's bootloader is unlocked do I still need to root to install a custom recovery?

    Posted via Android Central App
    10-16-2013 07:38 PM
  9. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    If my phone's bootloader is unlocked do I still need to root to install a custom recovery?

    Posted via Android Central App
    Depends. Some phones need root to allow custom recoveries to be flashed.

    From a Sprint Moto X using AC forums app
    10-16-2013 08:25 PM
  10. Rise Against's Avatar
    Depends. Some phones need root to allow custom recoveries to be flashed.

    From a Sprint Moto X using AC forums app
    Well I have the TMobile S4. Some roms say they include root. What does that mean?

    Posted via Android Central App
    10-16-2013 08:33 PM
  11. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Well I have the TMobile S4. Some roms say they include root. What does that mean?

    Posted via Android Central App
    The ROM is already rooted. Once you flash it, you will be rooted. So all you need is a custom recovery.

    From a Sprint Moto X using AC forums app
    Rise Against likes this.
    10-16-2013 08:55 PM
  12. Rise Against's Avatar
    The ROM is already rooted. Once you flash it, you will be rooted. So all you need is a custom recovery.

    From a Sprint Moto X using AC forums app
    Ok, so can I just flash TWRP on my s4? And if I am already rooted would I still flash the rom like a normal rom?

    Posted via Android Central App
    10-16-2013 08:58 PM
  13. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Ok, so can I just flash TWRP on my s4? And if I am already rooted would I still flash the rom like a normal rom?

    Posted via Android Central App
    As far as I know, yes. Which ROM?

    From a Sprint Moto X using AC forums app
    10-16-2013 09:09 PM
  14. Rise Against's Avatar
    As far as I know, yes. Which ROM?

    From a Sprint Moto X using AC forums app
    Infamous S4 rom. Saw a video that said root was included

    Posted via Android Central App
    10-16-2013 09:14 PM
  15. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Infamous S4 rom. Saw a video that said root was included

    Posted via Android Central App
    I more asked out of curiosity. Most, if not all custom ROMs are rooted.
    Give it a shot. Just make a Nandroid before flashing the new ROM.

    From a Sprint Moto X using AC forums app
    10-16-2013 09:22 PM
  16. Rise Against's Avatar
    I more asked out of curiosity. Most, if not all custom ROMs are rooted.
    Give it a shot. Just make a Nandroid before flashing the new ROM.

    From a Sprint Moto X using AC forums app
    I thought ROMs needed root first? Ok thanks, so the TMo S4 doesn't need root for twrp?

    Posted via Android Central App
    10-16-2013 09:28 PM
  17. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    I thought ROMs needed root first? Ok thanks, so the TMo S4 doesn't need root for twrp?

    Posted via Android Central App
    I think that is changing. Depends on the phone and carrier. Definitely custom recovery.

    From a Sprint Moto X using AC forums app
    10-16-2013 10:01 PM
  18. Rise Against's Avatar
    I think that is changing. Depends on the phone and carrier. Definitely custom recovery.

    From a Sprint Moto X using AC forums app
    Alright, I think I'm just going to flash it like when I flashed CyanogenMod. Root > Custom Recovery > Custom ROM Had to unroot and send back when my screen cracked

    Posted via Android Central App
    10-16-2013 10:13 PM
  19. iHackPro's Avatar
    To flash a custom ROM you need root access..... here's a guide for ya.

    http://www.xda-developers.com/androi...-developer-tv/

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
    10-16-2013 10:14 PM
  20. Rise Against's Avatar
    One more question, are custom recoveries carrier and phone specific?

    Posted via Android Central App
    10-16-2013 10:15 PM
  21. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    One more question, are custom recoveries carrier and phone specific?

    Posted via Android Central App
    I think they are.

    From a Sprint Moto X using AC forums app
    10-17-2013 08:37 AM
  22. Rise Against's Avatar
    I think they are.

    From a Sprint Moto X using AC forums app
    They are, found an AT&T one and almost flashed it

    Posted via Android Central App
    10-17-2013 09:58 AM
  23. iHackPro's Avatar
    One more question, are custom recoveries carrier and phone specific?

    Posted via Android Central App
    Yes they are. The two most popular recoveries are TWRP and CWM are easily installable. If you want TWRP, download the app GooManager and if you want CWM, download the app ROM Manager.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
    10-19-2013 12:19 AM
  24. Rise Against's Avatar
    Yes they are. The two most popular recoveries are TWRP and CWM are easily installable. If you want TWRP, download the app GooManager and if you want CWM, download the app ROM Manager.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
    I didn't use goo manager. Just flashed twrp lots of roms say not to use goo manager for some reason

    Posted via Android Central App
    10-19-2013 02:00 AM
  25. CR6's Avatar
    TWRP is your best bet these days. Some folks have had great success with Goo Manager, but I don't bother with it myself. IMO, it's just as easy to download your Rom straight to your ext SD card and then flash it through TWRP.

    tap'n
    10-20-2013 03:41 PM
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