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Rooting and Romming – A Complete Guide

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So you may be new to the android operating system and have done some searching around to see what your device is capable of. Most likely you’ve stumbled across the words “Rooting” or “Romming” and you’ve found yourself asking just what these words mean.

Well, don’t worry! I’ll break it down for you in this simple guide.

So what is rooting?

Well in simple terms, rooting your device allows you to have access to the root directory of the internal storage on your device. This does not mean the SD card or Micro SD card that is inside your phone, but the actual phone’s storage. For example, I have the Droid 4. It has an internal storage of 8 gigabytes, but you can upgrade that by inserting a Micro SD card. By doing this my phone has two storage options, internal (the actual storage built into the phone) and external (the Micro SD card that I put in my phone).

Like I said prior, by rooting your phone you will gain access to the root directory/folder of your device. The root directory is where the phone stores all the operating system data, such as the apps that came installed on your phone, and the actual stock operating system files.

So why would you want to root your device? Well it opens up a realm of all new possibilities you can do with your device. Let’s say your device came with a ton of bloat ware (apps you don’t necessarily use). When you’re device is not rooted, there is no way to remove these apps. Even when you try to remove them through the app manager in settings, the device won’t allow you. By rooting your device, you can easily delete these apps through a file manager such as ES File Manager or Root Explorer. It is recommended, however, that you do a Google search for what apps are not needed by the device’s operating system.

Another possibility is putting a custom ROM on your device. A ROM is basically a custom built version of an Android operating system. For example, I have a rooted Kindle Fire that I put a custom ROM on. The stock ROM, or the firmware that came installed on the Kindle Fire is a custom built ROM developed by Amazon that is built over the regular Android operating system. With root access granted, I was able to put Android Honeycomb (the Android firmware for tablets) onto my Kindle Fire. This gave me a lot more freedom to customize my device to work more like a tablet instead of an e-reader.

Most devices can be rootable, but some are a lot harder to do than others, and there is a risk to doing so. If you screw up rooting your device, you could possibly brick it. If you brick your phone you pretty much lock yourself out from being able to use your phone. Though this is a highly unlikely possibility if you follow the directions for rooting your device, most often you can find a way to unbrick your device.

I hope I answered any questions you had!

Want to learn how to root your Droid 4? Click Here.

Want to learn how to root your Kindle Fire? Click Here.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

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