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Tip: Want to Keep Root After an OTA Update? Try Voodoo OTA RootKeeper

If there was one concern that rooted users continue to bring up whenever a new OTA update is on the horizon, it’s whether or not it will break root. Just so you know, almost all updates break root and this question has become sort of a running joke at this point. But for those that are still worried, we wanted to turn you on to an app called Voodoo OTA RootKeeper that we have yet to feature for some reason.

The app makes a “protected backup” of your phone’s root that can be restored after updating your phone. So the next time your phone prompts you to update, be sure to load up RootKeeper, create that root backup, then apply the update, and then restore root. 

RootKeeper can also perform a “temporary un-root” which is like spoofing your system into thinking it is no longer rooted. You know how apps like Google Videos block you from watching anything if you are rooted? This would be a way around that. The developer is not encouraging you do use it for this reason though, but for “development” purposes instead.

Almost all Honeycomb tablets and Nexus devices should be supported by this. If you thumb through the comments on the market listing, you will see many more though including a bunch of Motorola devices like the DROID 3 and Atrix. Basically, any device whose OTA updates do not format your /system partition, should be supported. Even the Rezound is supported. Since it’s free, why not give it a shot?

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Cheers Jigga_Z!

  • Junk

    this didnt work for 2 of my razrs on the last OTA update

  • Larry

    Worked for my father-in-law’s Droid Bionic on 1/30/12.

  • Anonymous

    The only reason I do not root my phone is because I want OTA updates.

    • Jonathonflores6958

      There’s nothing that rooting can’t do that an OTA can. Quite frankly, rooting IS like updating. So I’m basically updating every weekend. The features rooting opens up, by far, beats any reason you’d want an OTA.

    • Toph4er

       You can still get OTA with root, as long as you don’t flash a ROM.  And there are still plenty of advantages to rooting even without a custom ROM, like titanium backup.


    @b00e4b761dee3deccfe0e54a0e9e06f0:disqus …my best friend’s sister-in-law made $8,358 last m0nth. she w0rks on the internet and bought a $320,000 house. All she did was get lucky and follow the information you can find here..togl.me/7bE

  • Great idea, but my recovery (RA Vigor) will re-root regardless of what the OTA does.  At least I haven’t seen them break root on the Rezound since you could unlock the bootloader.

  • Anonymous

    Worked perfectly for an OTA on my GalaxyTab 10.1.  But I just installed AOKP on that sucker, so I don’t really need the OTA keeper now.

  • Mrdixon

    Didn’t work on my original droid…damn it man!

  • U Mad Bro? No But Your Mom Is

    Regardless of who accepts them or not, your just now posting this DL??? Seriously??? 

  • Levi Wilcox

    By the time OTA rolls out I’ve been running it for months…

  • Andrew Seraphin

    droid life readers take OTA’s ?

  • Anthony Alves

    Getting banned from the Market in:

    Thank god for Koush making the Banned app store =D

    • EC8CH

      he should just roll a storefront into the ROM Manager App.

  • Crimsonation21

    On the part that says ”
    You know how apps like Google Videos block you from watching anything if you are rooted? This would be a way around that.” I have a rooted Galaxy Nexus running AOKP and I watched Moneyball on it just yesterday.

    • Alex

      Its also a great big way to tell Flixster and the UV Streaming system to “F’ Off I’ll do with my phone as I please and watch my movies.”

  • Worked perfectly during the last OTA update of my Transformer Prime. Highly recommended. 

    • Raven

      Worked perfectly with my last OG Transformer update as well.  Still rooted and loving it.

      • Usama Shaikh

        I still get that droid standing in front of ! triangle.. Can you walk me through how you did this?

        I have Sprint HTC evo 3d
        I installed Qrc, made it create back up, then clicked on temp-root
        then went to system->software->update to 8.17.
        Well it is not updating, its stuck when it restarts..

  • Yes, brilliant…  but..  (potential newb question coming) I always thought that being rooted meant that OTA updates could not apply?

    • EC8CH

      Clockworkmod Recovery normally blocks OTA updates, but not always apparently?

  • But will it blend?

  • EC8CH

    OTA updates are for suckers anyways 😛

  • Ganesha1994

    thats all well and good but when will galaxy nexus get a new update?

    • EC8CH

      exactly… screw waiting, root and get 4.0.3 now.

      • Dshudson

        Who cares. 4.0.3 is no different, it’s just as bad.. Unfortunately, I think I will need a hardware update to address my Nexus issues. uhmm poor reception.  

        • EC8CH

          “Who cares. 4.0.3 is no different,”
          it’s just as good in my case.

          • Anonymous

            or just as bad…as it were

    • Jason Purp

      Before people start blaming things on Verizon, just know that it is not their fault this time. Qualcomm isn’t playing nice with Google right now and as a result, it’s stopping Google from rolling out the Galaxy Nexus OTAs. Worldwide, not just in the US for Verizon.

      They stopped rolling out the 4.0.3 update for the Nexus S as well because they don’t want their older device to be more up-to-date than their newest device.

      • Lmrojas

        Isnt it a TI processor?

        • EC8CH

          yes, and that’s exactly what I thought

          • Lmrojas

            OMAP 4460

        • bobo

          Qualcomm radio maybe?

          • Jason Purp

            Yes, exactly

          • Wade Wilson

            Beat me to it. If you look on the bottom of the Nexus there’s a small sticker beside the Micro-USB that says “Qualcomm 4G”. 4.0.3 is supposed to have a radio fix, thus the explanation of where Qualcomm comes into play. 

  • SG1113

    Worked perfect on my RAZR MAXX when I upgraded to the leaked .173.

  • Anonymous