Tag Archive: Root


Why is it so hard to ‘root’ a smartphone?

If a phone is just a tiny computer, why is it so hard to be the admin?

Rooting, bootloader unlocking, jailbreaking; it has many different descriptions but they all mean the same thing when it comes to smartphones. It’s how you open the phone’s software bootloader so that you can load unofficial software.

Android users have it easier than most (which may not be a great thing all the time) because changing the Linux permission model that  [Read More…]

How to root the Google Pixel 2

Rooting your Pixel 2 doesn’t have to be complicated, just follow these steps.

There are numerous reasons to root an Android phone. You may want to change the theme of the device, enable certain functions that require deeper system access, or perhaps you just like to poke stuff until it breaks. If you’re purchasing a phone with the intent on rooting it, Google’s Pixel line is a solid place to start.

First and foremost, Google provides factory  [Read More…]

Android and chill: Nougat and the root question

Android is safer than ever for the people who want (and need) it to be safe. We should be happy about that.

There’s some talk about Pixel phones and root — specifically that it’s not working with any of the existing methods. All the nuts and bolts are at XDA — excellent job on that Mishaal — for those who want to dig deeper into the how and why, but I want to just talk about  [Read More…]

No, you don’t need root to theme your phone

“I need root to do that, don’t I?” “No. You absolutely do not.”

Changing the way your phone looks or acts can seem like sorcery to some users. When someone sees my custom icons, they sometimes ask if I had to root my phone to do it. They’ll see the covers in Action Launcher and think that we had to do something special and/or forbidden to do it. They’ll see our Kustom widgets and think there’s  [Read More…]

Money is the root of all Android

The world’s most popular free operating system rode to dominance on a tsunami of cash.

Android is the most popular computing platform in the world. More people use Android than use Apple’s OS X and iOS (combined), Microsoft’s Windows phone and desktop OS (again, combined), and even more than everything else all bundled together. This doesn’t mean Android is the best OS for things like desktop computers or Internet servers — it’s a reflection of the  [Read More…]

Root for your team in Super Bowl 50 with these custom Android themes

February is here, and that means it’s time for the biggest game of the year.

Yep, it’s Super Bowl time! You’ve got the big screen, you’ve got the snack foods, you’ve got the booze. But you’re still missing something. Sure, you’ve got the body paint and jerseys ready to wear on game day, but what does your phone have? Well, you can douse it in a winning coat of team spirit to and show your support  [Read More…]

There is no magic in root

Remvoing some of the mystery of the superuser

While reading around the Internet last week, I noticed several otherwise fine publications making a mistake that far too many people make — claiming that rooting your Android phone or tablet or watch (we can’t forget the watches) will make things run better.

That’s a trap that far too many people fall into, because having superuser access (root) on any Linux-based machine can allow you to do things  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy S5 models for Verizon and AT&T now have a root method

If you’ve been itching to get root access on your AT&T or Verizon Galaxy S5, today brings some good news. Famed cracker and Sony’s BFF geohot has built a tool that will root your S5 and let you get on with all those things you’ve been wanting to do but couldn’t — like kill Caller Name ID or Baby Crying Detector. As usual, having root access comes with some caveats, and this tool is still early  [Read More…]

Sony Xperia Z2 tablet gets root, ClockworkMod recovery

Sony’s Xperia Z2 tablet is an insanely thin piece of hardware that not only runs Android 4.4 KitKat but that’s now also primed and ready for ClockworkMod-based Recovery and Root. Before you get too excited, you’ll need an unlocked bootloader, so you’re presently restricted to the 16GB Wi-Fi version of the Xperia Z2 tablet. If that’s not a dealbreaker then hit the source link for instructions and let me know how it works for you!

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Droid 4 root method now available

Android Central

We only got the Motorola Droid 4 officially a day ago, but today we see the release of a root exploit for the device, courtesy of security researcher Dan Rosenberg.

That’s good news for you guys out there that have thought about picking up a Droid 4 and have to have root access. And as our image here shows, all works, and works well.

The method is Windows-only for  [Read More…]