1. tango0641#AC's Avatar
    I'm back to the android world after being with the iPhone 4&5 for quite some time. What is rooting your phone and is it safe, bad?

    Thanks
    Scott

    SENT BY MOTOROLA DROID TURBO
    11-22-2014 07:49 AM
  2. Danny1Bears3's Avatar
    Android uses a Linux base to run. In Linux, there is a thing called "root". The root user has the ability to do whatever they want to the system.

    When you "root" an android device, you give yourself the ability to modify whatever you want on the system. This allows you to install roms, use certain application features, etc.

    It is not necessarily bad. If you were to root your device and then just continue to use it how you already do, nothing bad would happen. However, if you gave yourself root permissions and then went into the system files and started deleting things, then yeah you would definitely have an issue and brick your phone.

    Hope this was helpful!

    Turbo Shot
    11-22-2014 08:05 AM
  3. tango0641#AC's Avatar
    I appreciate your input. Would it increase the spread of the phone?

    SENT BY MOTOROLA DROID TURBO
    11-22-2014 09:03 AM
  4. ckelly33's Avatar
    Spread?
    11-22-2014 09:43 AM
  5. tango0641#AC's Avatar
    Oh I'm sorry, speed up the phone

    SENT BY MOTOROLA DROID TURBO
    11-22-2014 09:48 AM
  6. mvp4him3's Avatar
    Oh I'm sorry, speed up the phone

    SENT BY MOTOROLA DROID TURBO
    It depends on what apps you are using. Yes it allows you to deploy your phone and greatly increase your battery life. It is definitely worth it.

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    11-22-2014 10:14 AM
  7. Danny1Bears3's Avatar
    Oh I'm sorry, speed up the phone

    SENT BY MOTOROLA DROID TURBO
    Root alone does not increase the speed of a phone. Root is just a permissions level.

    Turbo Shot
    11-22-2014 10:59 AM
  8. Flexia's Avatar
    It's basically a way to further customize the android system. Simple example is change the status bar icons/colors. Change quick toggles. Allow tethering for unlimited data users

    Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
    11-22-2014 11:26 AM
  9. tvouge's Avatar
    Oh I'm sorry, speed up the phone

    SENT BY MOTOROLA DROID TURBO
    The way rooting works is that on stock, you are locked out of the "root" file directory; ie where the system processes are.

    If this was an old school file directory, it'd be like saying you could only access

    C:\files\

    You can access anything that follows from that files directory, but you can't get to the "prime" C:\ directory


    But once you achieve root you can now access

    C:\

    And you now can access all file directories that stem from it. All that Verizon bloatware? It resides in the root directory- that's why you can't remove it without root.

    That's all root allows you to do.

    That being said, there are many programs that take advantage of having access to the root directory. There is a degree of danger involved; but some programs allow free WiFi tethering, processor over clocking, ad blocking.

    Currently there isn't a viable root method for the turbo, but if you want to tinker when it does happen (it will) I suggest reading up on the subject. Also XDA is a great resource, and when root is found it probably will hit those forums first.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    11-22-2014 11:33 AM

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