1. jcp007's Avatar


    Never had the courage to try rooting but found it and thought that we get some thoughts and learn about rooting. What do you think?
    03-22-2015 12:18 PM
  2. unashamedgeek's Avatar
    I've rooted most of my devices at some point in time, but I won't decide if I'm rooting the S6 until I have spent time with it and understand what I lose if I root it.
    03-22-2015 12:20 PM
  3. jcp007's Avatar
    I've rooted most of my devices at some point in time, but I won't decide if I'm rooting the S6 until I have spent time with it and understand what I lose if I root it.
    So the basic point of rooting is to strip out the UI skin?
    03-22-2015 12:31 PM
  4. warpdrive's Avatar
    So the basic point of rooting is to strip out the UI skin?
    Rooting basically gives you permission to change things deep inside your phone. One of the things you can do is change the ROM and have a different ui.

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    03-22-2015 12:46 PM
  5. markymark's Avatar
    So the basic point of rooting is to strip out the UI skin?
    Rooting gives you "superuser" privileges, sort of the equivalent of admin access in Windows. In UNIX or Linux they call it root access. From there you can do things like remove bloatware that you otherwise wouldn't be able to or load custom roms which basically replace your phone's UI and operating system.
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    03-22-2015 12:51 PM
  6. jcp007's Avatar
    Rooting gives you "superuser" privileges, sort of the equivalent of admin access in Windows. In UNIX or Linux they call it root access. From there you can do things like remove bloatware that you otherwise wouldn't be able to or load custom roms which basically replace your phone's UI and operating system.
    There is also the risk of trashing your phone? What is Plan B?
    03-22-2015 12:57 PM
  7. unashamedgeek's Avatar
    I have typically rooted to get rid of bloatware apps installed on the phone, install custom ROMs, or do things that Android might not typically allow you to do. My job involves computer security and that includes wireless hacking so certain tasks that I need to carry that out require root access.
    There is a chance you could brick your phone, but it is a small chance. The risk I see with the S6 is that Chainfire, well known for rooting, has already rooted the S6 and he believes it could break Samsung Pay. For this reason, I likely won't root and my Nexus 5 will be turned into a device I use exclusively for certain portions of my job.
    03-22-2015 01:13 PM
  8. berdinkerdickle's Avatar
    With Samsung letting us Hide or Disable bloat, I haven't seen the need to Root.
    I think the s6 is going to give us even less reason to Root.
    03-22-2015 01:21 PM
  9. jcp007's Avatar
    I have typically rooted to get rid of bloatware apps installed on the phone, install custom ROMs, or do things that Android might not typically allow you to do. My job involves computer security and that includes wireless hacking so certain tasks that I need to carry that out require root access.
    There is a chance you could brick your phone, but it is a small chance. The risk I see with the S6 is that Chainfire, well known for rooting, has already rooted the S6 and he believes it could break Samsung Pay. For this reason, I likely won't root and my Nexus 5 will be turned into a device I use exclusively for certain portions of my job.
    That's my concern. The GS6 is one expensive brick.
    03-22-2015 01:32 PM
  10. STEVESKI07's Avatar
    That's my concern. The GS6 is one expensive brick.
    Obviously don't be an early adopter to rooting or custom roms, but I've done it before in the past and you'd have to be pretty stupid and not be able to follow directions to turn your phone into a brick. Again, I'm assuming that you are following steps after it has been released for a while and you let other people take the risk with working out any bugs. I really don't see any reason to do it with new phones. You wouldn't buy a phone if you didn't like how it is.

    When I can see it being valuable is a year or two or three down the line when Samsung no longer cares or the carriers no longer care to push out new versions of Android in a timely manner. If a new version of Android is out that has features that you really want or is way more efficient and will help your battery life, then I can see how rooting to upgrade your phone would make sense.
    03-22-2015 04:00 PM
  11. jcp007's Avatar
    Obviously don't be an early adopter to rooting or custom roms, but I've done it before in the past and you'd have to be pretty stupid and not be able to follow directions to turn your phone into a brick. Again, I'm assuming that you are following steps after it has been released for a while and you let other people take the risk with working out any bugs. I really don't see any reason to do it with new phones. You wouldn't buy a phone if you didn't like how it is.

    When I can see it being valuable is a year or two or three down the line when Samsung no longer cares or the carriers no longer care to push out new versions of Android in a timely manner. If a new version of Android is out that has features that you really want or is way more efficient and will help your battery life, then I can see how rooting to upgrade your phone would make sense.
    Good to know. May still be on the GS6 depending upon what we see in the GS7. I get your point about waiting for later version to be released before attempting it myself.
    03-22-2015 04:25 PM
  12. Kay Drayton's Avatar
    With Samsung letting us Hide or Disable bloat, I haven't seen the need to Root.
    I think the s6 is going to give us even less reason to Root.
    ROOT is much more than removing bloat, it's fixing the high ram use, battery drain & other functions you couldn't otherwise do with a phone you paid made $$$ for.
    09-05-2015 10:48 AM
  13. hemant#IM's Avatar
    ROOT is much more than removing bloat, it's fixing the high ram use, battery drain & other functions you couldn't otherwise do with a phone you paid made $$$ for.
    +1 I agree with this. On stock unrooted my fingerprint was iffy and giving me errors. I was rooted before and due to some software issues I was back on stock. However within 2 days I had to root namely for the stock being so bloated and the root and Custom rom made the phone faster and lighter. I went without wipe and fingerprint has been great too. So root is any day better.
    09-05-2015 07:43 PM

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