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Friday Poll: Why Do You Root Your Device?

It’s no secret that the DL community is big into the root and ROM game. We have some of the most savvy of readers, but there is one among us who needs our help. His name is Davis and he is doing a school project. He needs to know why people choose to root their devices. Is it for the custom ROMs, themes, kernels, etc? Let’s help this guy out.

Why do you root your Android device?

  • john

    how do you get free games after rooting, im new at this

  • max

    do u get free android market apps when you root your android phone ?

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  • Raven

    Primarily so I can run Titanium Backup Pro. Also so that I can run Autostarts to control what starts at boot and Root Explorer so that I can access my entire phone’s file system and also so that I can edit my hosts file to block certain obnoxious connections that some apps I otherwise like make.

  • meatydojo06

    bloatware removal friend

  • perry

    because moto stopped supporting the OG too soon.

  • Wolfclan

    I do it mainly to remove stock apps I don’t want, use Titanium Backup, system file modification, Wifi hotspot

  • bubblyhobo15

    i root my device because it unlocks the potential of an open os the carriers and cell phone makers tray to throttle bavk.

  • Custom ROMs, 3rd party kernels, TiBu, and AdBlock

  • manlisten

    Titanium Backup and to install custom ROMs.

  • ilhe1s

    i first did it to remove the bloatware on my Incredible and then it became a ROM and Kernel thing. After all of that the rest followed, themes and anything else I could flash.

  • ABerry5

    At first I rooted only to have the latest OS.. after rooting i realize being able to customize even further (adding bat percent on noti baf , adding power control toggles on noti bar, adding additional selections to lockscreen, setting cpu frequency to ondemand for scaling of cpu speed for the best battery) so latest os and added layer of customization

  • In order of importance:

    1) Wifi Tether for interwebbing on the go.
    2) Wifi Tether for skipping out on a separate internet connection for my office space.
    3) Wifi Tether for playing PS3 anywhere I damn please.
    4. Wifi Tether is an all-around panty-dropper.

  • reygeoffrey

    Because android devlopers root it

  • andrew z

    I feel like the question, “Why wouldn’t you root your phone?” is easier to answer:

    Because you’re an idiot.


    I first rooted to get rid of the bloat, then discovered the woderful world of ROMs. Running Eclipse on my Bionic has beed great. Far better performance, and battery life, and useful features.

  • me

    Because i hate to wait 6 months for an update that never comes

  • jay mulhollen

    To remove unnecessary software that cant be removed from a stock device. Bloatware is evil!! LOL…..Not to mention design and customize my phone to fit my lifestyle better.

  • Motosurf

    yes of coz! I rooted my Milestone 2, my Xoom, and just rooted my new Razr Maxx

  • For the Roms. Not fond of Sense or Touchwiz. Once my Galaxy Nexus arrives, probably just for CM9.

  • lovehate

    To remove bloatware.

  • live wallpaper

  • Real backups with TB, set CPU speeds, modify settings – and yes, even simple things like making screenshots, which for some reason can’t be implemented by manufacturers -.-

  • diva lasvegas

    so i can say F you Verizon… speed hacks, unthrottled hack, free teathet, crap overlay got to go ROM it OC it. mostly so i could put my personal CPU slider in the notification bar on CM. ohhhhhhh

  • LTE

    TiBu & screenshots of course good ol tethering

  • Tim242

    Custom ROM’s…all other reasons are just icing on the cake.

  • Well, I mainly root it because it’s my right to do so for a phone i paid $500-600 for but if you really want to know, I did make a video you can watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVXMjVpMX2k

  • Mainly Titanium Backup no that I found FoxFi, but always nice to have options.

  • cuz its my phone and i want a custom rom

  • 2Ceedz

    Because, its my hardware, and VZW SUCKS at updating devices!!

  • AdamDeFelice

    Customization and tasker! I just love being able to theme the crap out of my phone. Custom soft keys, colors, icons etc. then with tasker I can automate all my functions from GPS to brightness to wifi!

  • The big reason why was I wanted Wifi Teathering. Besides, that, I don’t have any apps that really need root. Maybe light flow, but thats about it.

  • JulianZHuang

    why? so i can install miui on my GN. the best rom.

  • jim

    i would respond but swype wont work with the new site

  • tryptech

    Everything everyone else said. But adblocking. Mostly adblocking. Stock Android too, but again, mostly, about 50.5%, adblock

  • Nick177th

    I get bored with the same old phone after about a month or two. Custom roms always fix stuff before the carrier. and I plain old just like f@%kin’ with stuff.

  • BigBallerBoi

    Wi-fi Tether and fo da bitches!

  • Kev S

    Because i can

  • Piotr G.

    To be able to do whatever I want to do with MY phone and to use certain apps such as Titanium Backup with no limits.

  • frow

    root apps, free wifi tether, roms themes and overclocking

  • ArmanUV

    I can leave without all the bells and whistles of custum roms, but I root because Adaway is a must!

  • NorCalGuy

    pink unicorns

  • Hector E. Gaxiola

    hell yes

  • Azuric

    Better patch cycles, remove bloatware, more control

  • so it sounds like there is really no reason other than performance because thats why im rooted wihh my g-nex lte

  • because I want to be able to customize my purchase exactly how I want it!

  • Alemonator

    I root my phone because I don’t want an app from an OEM that is completely unnecessary. I also enjoy being able to have tweaks to the system that give me a smoother UI along with tweaks inside the UI to give me a better android experience. If my carrier refuses to give me an update to OS that I know it can run, then I look toward the Dev community to give me a fix. Overall I love root and custom roms/kernels/recoveries

  • kimjongdung

    Better overall usability!

  • Crack Monkey

    1) Because I paid for the phone. I didn’t buy a license I bought a phone
    2) The OS is Open Source so I should have full access to it according to the software license
    3) Because I paid for the phone.

  • Live2Rootz

    Because it makes a good thing that much better. ‘Nuff said.

  • djenks24

    Since I’ve gotten past the thunderbolt, the I haven’t really found any reason to install roms but I still like to install the latest leaks and backup my data. Even backing up in Recovery is good insurance.

  • Ryan

    I do it for the chicks

  • Ryan O’Malley

    Wfi Hotspot fo FREE, custom boot animation, custom ROM (duh), custom EVERYTHINGGGGGGGG!

  • pomo_potato

    Why do I root? You don’t own your phone till you root your phone.

  • RoadsterHD1

    FoxFi works with GNEX

  • Chris

    I hack everything I own. if its not rooted or made how I want it. I dont want it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • RoadsterHD1

    I don’t get something though. If the GNEX is straight up android 4.03 and no skin? Why do you root it to get ROMS? It should be everything you ever wanted right? I mean 1.2GHz should be good. Plain Android is what you want. Unless the Original 4.03 does not work properly?

    • RobMorris

      extra features, customization, but aosp is good too

    • Jwhap

      This would have been a question I asked about 3-4 months ago. I used to have a dinc rooted with cm7. Loved that phone! But when I bought a gnex I never thought I would need to root. I am going to get updates before everyone else, right? I will be running the latest os right? Well. I happen to have a verizon Gnex which technically is still on 4.0.2. and a buggy 4.0.2. after rooting and installing 4.0.4 leaked version, there was little to no reason for Verizon to hold this update back. Then the leaked OTA last week…..guess what 4.0.4. I realized that even with a “nexus” device, being rooted allows me the capacity to update my phone when I want to update it. I don’t generally use custom roms with gnex as I feel ICS is darn near perfect. But I have been tempted to try out AOKP milestone 5 or CM9 and at some point I will. It is not that difficult and understanding the programming behind Android helps one build a better relationship with your device.

  • RoadsterHD1

    My Bionic is working perfect right now as has actually never really given me any problems witch is why i still have not rooted. Tether with FoxFi is the best so why root. I rooted my D1 and it was fun but something always didn’t work like the video recorder or camera, or WiFi, or something and that went from ROM to ROM. I appreciate all the Devs believe me but i just can’t see any reason to right now. My Bionic is running strong and I can’t no matter how hard I try can’t bog it down it just performs.

    • Jwhap

      Yeah. I used to feel the same way. These devs have been uping the Ante a bit though. Generally everything gets running on most of the major ROMs

      • RoadsterHD1

        In my experience the video camera or WiFi or something was not working correctly. Does everything work with yours?.

  • ericl5112

    There are certain things I can do with a rooted device that I can’t without. There’s no real major reason, but a lot of little ones. Things like Titanium Backup, and a few other apps that do some cool things. The biggest reason I root is because the roms I install for other reasons (like to get the latest version of android, or overclocking, etc) come pre-rooted.


    Just Rooted 5 days ago because I was tired of waiting for Verizon on 4.0.4! So glad I did, now busy playing/learning with the Roms out there… CM9 & Liquid so far ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jwhap

      Fun, huh?

  • For the extended capabilities it provides. Once you’ve rooted, anything else just seems so bland. I didn’t get to root my G-nex until about a week after I got it, and it was killing me the whole time.

  • Mike

    because of all the reasons here and mostly because the dev community is awesome, genius, and more willing/able to help at the individual user level whenever you may need it

  • Cuz I don’t want to wait for Verizon to drag its feet on updates. Even on a Nexus. Also for over/underclocking, admin access, wifi tether, bloatware removal, ad-removers, ROM w/o crappy Sense or TouchWiz skins. Basically, so I can manage MY device.

  • David

    Custom ROMs and free wifi tethering

  • Rodeojones000

    So I can run a custom ROM thay offers features stock doesn’t have. So I can use a custom kernel that can be both overclocked and undervolted. So I can change the look of things with themes. But mostly because I can.

  • Jess B

    Pretty much the same reasons already listed here.
    1) To make my device my own!!!
    2) Install custom roms and stay up-to-date faster than the updates the OEMs/carriers provide
    3) Freeze bloatware
    4) Backup/restore
    5) Better battery life!
    6) Wifi tether
    7) Overclock/undervolt

  • wireless tether…

  • I rooted my Rezound mostly to delete the .ISO file that was causing the stupid and irritating Verizon Backup Assistant commercial to load and play on my PC ~EVERY SINGLE TIME~ I plugged my phone in to the USB. As I happen to plug and unplug my phone several times a day, that was really infuriating to me. Granted, I like being able to run Titanium, and Root Explorer, and Wireless Tethering is pretty awesome, but my main reason for rooting was to remove the rudeness.

  • Wow

    Honestly I do it because it gives me something to do when I get bored of my stock phone. I usually wait a few months and then go at it.

  • fixxmyhead

    i do it to remove the bloatware and for some root apps

  • Stewie

    Yep, will see a lot of repeats here, but all good. Let’s sum up:
    1. Individuality – to make it yours because it is yours.
    To make it unique, perhaps in that vein I can add I used to hack older non smartphones, hard for a burgler to tell you it isn’t yours when you close the moto 600 and it says Stewie’s Phone in the window instead of Cingular (hehehe now I’m dating myself …. :O)
    2. Freedom – from the carriers wishes, yes yes yes, there are free non-root tether apps NOW, but there were not THEN. It was and still by force of habit the best reason if needed. Personally I think the android thehter works as good as any of them.
    3. To remove that which you do not want – Blockbuster anyone? [sheepish Grin] You get the drift. The size of storage now may be at the point where just hiding it in ICS can work as good, but this stems from the past, smaller sizes force measures [Let’s just nuke the bloat from orbit, the only way to be sure ….]
    4. To make it LAST LONGER – the carriers and to the same degree the manufacturers want to you drop and pay again after 1.5 … need I say more here? Heck my OG still pulls it’s weight around my place off carrier network, just with wi fi you wouldn’t toss it, you use it!

  • To keep it more up to date then Verizon would. Tethering,Custom Roms. The phone is always new that way.

  • David Inman

    I root because it’s my phone and I want to have all the control over it that I can.

    I hack and tinker with every device I have or have had; phones all the way back to the Moto StarTAC, game consoles, cars, trucks, kids toys; it’s just who I am.

  • ajavgeek

    I wonder if some company sell the device that is already rooted, how much will they be successful….. just wondering.

  • because if not then i would only be an average user which simply isnt true.

  • anonymous

    custom roms!!

  • DedliYeti

    Stock ICS lacks the customization that AOKP offers.

  • androidfan

    maybe I just like pink unicorns!

  • jcorf

    Total control. These phones are very expensive and I want control over my expensive pocket computer. Verizon shouldn’t have a say in whether I have a wifi tether option or not. Why I love being rooted, CPU control to save on battery (faux kernel & AOKP ROM), ad free, titanium backup, nav bar customization on gnex w/ aokp, and wifi tether.

  • MooleyBooleyTroll

    Because Jesus told me too….

  • romma

    I just tried to click on “Allow”

  • Nvious1

    Full Backups, Custom Rom, OC Kernel, Remove Bloat, Wifi Tether, Build tweaks, Quicker Updates (Roms)

  • Michael

    To get rid of the bloatware, more free ram means a faster phone for me!

  • Tavares Green

    Because I want to truly make the phone mine, suitable for me and my needs or whims.

  • Lakerzz

    I used to root so I can find custom roms to further customize my already customizable phone. Now I do it for the fun of it, as well as custom roms. (maybe an occasional tether here and there)

  • Isaac

    To rid the bloatware and unlock the true power of an android phone.

  • because it my right…. and because i can get the latest and greatest from the rom dev’s because obviously the phone manufactures just dont

    p.s i love you titanium backup

  • possomcrast1


  • Many reasons, but paramount is to get rid of Motorola’s sad attempt at a car dock, and installing the default Google car dock software instead.

  • Sean Bello

    To get rid of bloatware, overclock, backup, and to update without having to wait for the carrier.

  • meowmix

    That’s easy. It’s OPEN SOURCE and I can make my own ROMs and themes. I ONLY buy phones for the hardware. Every single varient known to man of stock software blows.

  • Nelsinh0

    I rooted my Razr xt910 because I could not use the Hot Spot function, also I could not use my F5 VPN client since I dont have ICS or a Galaxy phone, and because I needed custom linux shell commands as I work in communications and network security

  • because it my right… and to have the latest and greatest the rom dev’s can produce because obviously phone manufactures cant

  • My top 5 reason why I root…
    5) Wifi Tether, Which we are all entitled to with an android device!
    4) Remove Crapware… Ya, I’m talking about you VZ Navigator.
    3) Increase Preformance
    2) Custom ROMs
    1) So I can run the latest version of Android without waiting for Big Reds approval!

    I’m on a rooted DX and my phone is more up to date and runs smoother than 90% of newly release phones. Sad but true.

  • to get newer versions of android.. because if i waited for the freakin companies to get around to doing it .. it would never happen.. its one thing ya gotta say that is nice about apple.. they do updates ..

  • David Hollingshead

    1. To remove bloatware.
    2. To get free wireless tethering.
    3. To change annoying system settings like the Low Battery Notification sound.
    4. To put a custom ROM on it that is streamlined for speed and memory usage.
    5. To give me full control of my phone (though it may reduce security).

  • MrMakeIt

    Custom ROMs, custom kernels, and WiFi Tether. Ad blocking is nice, too. And before I had a Nexus device, I needed to remove the bloatware.

  • I want full access to the phone I bought and paid good money for.

  • Backups – full nandroid backups – if something happens to my phone, I want the ability to recover it exactly as it was pre-issue / accident WITHOUT having to set it up like I want it from scratch.

  • 1ofdakoolkidz

    Not rooting your phone is like living in a condo with an association. You own it, but you can’t make any changes to it.

  • Havoc70

    Because i paid for it and i will do what i want with it. and to remove carrier crapware

  • nightscout13

    To run an ad blocker, cause ad’s piss me off

  • I root because Android is essentially about being as open as possible. Rooting allows me the maximum freedom of my device, which is why i respect the AOSP as a whole.

  • I rooted my GNex, so that I could get access to ICS 4.03 & 4.04 before VZW was “ready” to give it to us. Remind again why I had to root a Nexus phone to access Google’s latest software???

    • Jwhap

      no friggin doubt! Though I have decided that being rooted is just the way my android experience is always going to be going forward.

  • Michael Quinlan

    I would never do something that would void my warranty just “because I can” – there would have to be some functional benefit. I rooted my OG Droid so I could freeze bloatware; it’s one thing to have apps I never wanted on my phone, but another to know those same apps have permission to access things I consider private. There’s no reason my personal data should be exposed to a third party just because they struck a deal with my carrier.

  • ty

    I root my phone because A) Dev’s are quicker at keeping them updated than the manufacturers, and B) because custom kernels make my GNex run butter smooth.

  • Overclock
    Droid VPN
    Market Enabler
    some other apps

  • arod111

    Main reason is custom ROM’s, Kernels, and custom clock speeds!

  • allsmiles623

    Because my Droid X2 was not worth a poo until I rooted it and flashed a new ROM (Cyanogen Mod)….Still a few glitches, but works MUCH better than before!

  • B3

    One word: Control

  • MKader17

    98% of rooting and ROM’ing I perform is for functionality that I can not get otherwise or I believe is more efficiently performed with root. 2% (if that) is for purely aesthetic purposes.

    Galaxy Nexus- better soft key arrangement, new screen density, notification toggles, wi-fi tether, better lockscreen, etc…

    Transformer Prime – Better GPS performance through editing of system files.

  • Rob

    So I could wireless tether for free. Anything else i do is just extra for me.

  • Louis-Abner Philippe

    Better battery
    More options
    The best of the upgrades..and FASTER supported by an amazing developer community
    And because ultimately i love unicorns

  • JB

    Windows Mobile 6.5! Well, that was the reason the first time I “rooted”. Since then: Wifi tether, tweaking, custom roms, titanium backup, etc.

  • Br_d

    Ad blocking
    Rooted AnyConnect VPN (only VPN my work’s network supports)
    Custom ROMs that add/improve features
    Titanium backup
    Bloatware removal

  • holoeverywhere

    1) Free Native Wifi Tether capabilities
    2) Removal of Bloatware
    3) Ability to install kernels/ROMs to customize the phone to my liking
    – Specifically, to remove as much Blur, TouchWiz, Sense, etc… and get a stock, or as close to stock experience as I can.
    4) Install leaks, and other unreleased updates to my phone(carrier’s usually take forever, if they even release the updates)
    5) Create backups of games/apps that can be transferred between devices.
    6) Total backups of the phone/device

  • ROMS, faster, radio, tether

  • Guestapo


  • The same reason I make sure I have root access to everything I own. So that it’s mine to control.

  • bob martin

    I root my phone so i can use Titanium backup and backup all my apps and data. and I also root so i can install the next update a few months before they decide to release it for my phone.

  • Alan Paone

    I root so I can install Cyanogenmod. I’ve put it on every android device I’ve touched. Though to be honnest, the only thing I really need is the sapphire toggles in the notification tray. If I didn’t have a galaxy nexus, I would root to get the stock experience.

  • LLcdPH

    To remove bloatware.

  • Clifford Gadd

    So I can have control of my device. But I haven’t rooted my GNex yet because I like using Google Wallet.


  • Mordecaidrake

    Free WiFi tether and because Verizon doesn’t update their phones.

  • Guestapo

    So I can use WiFi Tether at no additional monthly fee.

  • duke69111

    Yea, I root because its nice to have the additional features and updates that rooting brings, but my primary reason is because I I enjoy playing around with the software features on my phone and just proving that I can do it. I bought a kindle fire two days ago, just so I could root it for the fun of it, I don’t really care that much about the tablet.

  • JP

    Because MotoBlur sucks. Rooted my phone and running Cyanogenmod 7.1. Running significantly faster, fewer crashes. Never going back again.

  • sts86gt

    Custom Roms and maximizing the abilities of the device.It keeps things fresh.

  • New_Guy

    Cutsom Roms and free Wireless Tether for sure.

    Is it just me or has this new Disqus slowed to a crawl???

  • Anthony

    For Titanium Backup and Shoot Me. That’s it. I get a lot of replacement phones. If the smallest thing is wrong with it, I will call up Big Red and tell them to send me a refurb’d phone. With TB I don’t have to add everything back manually and I don’t have to lose anything, like progress in Angry Birds. Although, since having the RAZR MAXX, I haven’t had many problems.

  • BigLa

    I root my device solely for custom roms. Not only does it actually improve the performance of my phone, but it allows me to get updates FAR sooner. The fact that I’m running ICS on my DInc is all you need to know.

  • to get updates faster (Droid 1, Droid X, GTab 10.1)
    to get rid of crappy stock software (Droid X, GTab 10.1)
    additional features and tweaks from custom ROMS (GNex)

  • I rooted my HTC One X so i could fix flaws left by HTC… they didn’t think about the menu button and left me with a huge black line with 3 dots in the middle of it to cover as a menu button, it really bothers me in games as it’s taking a lot of screen space. I also rooted it so i could use adblock, run custom ROM’s and do tweaks to make it run smoother.

    But is it worth rooting when your warranty is taken away? probably not depends on your device thankfully i have fully insured my phone.

  • ~MIKE D

    did it for free tether but LOVE all the customization it allows me. like getting a new phone every week!

  • Because it is mine.

  • Steamer

    To be in control.

  • Mack

    Because ROM (CM7 right now). Also for Root Explorer, Titanium Backup, and some AdAway.

  • Custom rom, wifi tether

  • For Free Wifi, Titanium backup, and ad blockers

  • fanTom007

    Because it is mine not yours!

  • weapon x

    I root my devices for several reasons: to decide what apps I want on my phone(remove bloatware), to be able to customize my phone via custom ROMs and themes. Plus the mods that can be done are insanely awesome. Overclocking doesn’t hurt either.

  • James_Kernicky

    Because that’s what all the cool kids do?

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    I root to obtain the freedom to experience my device the way the engineers and designers intended it to be.

    Stock from the mobile providers is like buying a 4×4 truck but they charge extra to drive it in the dirt, the 4 wheel drive option is disabled, and the speed is governed to somethubg they feel is adequate. “Its my truck and although you provide the gas, if iwant to drive 100mph in 4 wheel drive down the baja, thats my business, not theirs. Obviously I would void the warranty but I dont care. Its my property, not theirs!”

  • storm35x

    To stick it to the man(verizon)!!

  • warren harding

    Free WiFi tethering, root-only apps, custom ROMS, backups, the list goes on

  • custom ROMS!!!! wifi tether!!! under and overclock.

  • gorkon

    I don’t….

  • Andrew Elliott

    Couldn’t live without my AOKP, or my free Wifi Tether lol

  • Danny

    It gives my phone new life. My Droid X hard buttons were starting to not work but with the ICS ROM I put on the phone I now have onscreen keys that work perfectly. I just extended the life of my phone and saved myself money that I don’t want to spend on any of the currently available phones.

  • hackthis02

    1) Bloatware freeze/remove
    2) CWM Recovery
    3) OverClocking
    4) Root Explore
    5) Showing iPhone users what freedom is

    • shouldn’t you end that with “priceless”

  • mmoreimi

    WiFi Tether

  • Jeff Coleman

    Because I can.

  • Because Big Red doesn’t want me to.

  • I root because I hate being artificially restricted in what I can do with my* hardware.

    * yea, cuz I bought it.

  • ten2o3

    root for more customization and tweaking, and the added features ROMs have

  • djxkxoz

    Wifi Tether
    Mod the Kernel
    Complete Backup
    Remove Bloat
    Block Adds
    Complete Customization from front to back
    It’s my GD phone – locking something that is mine is unacceptable

  • I root because I love making my device mine. I spend hard earned money to pay for my device and want to make it unique to me. I also want to play around. The android mod community is amazing and there are so many things to do to your phone. Rooting is what allows me to really appreciate Android and the Android fan community. With rooting you can never get bored at looking at or playing with your device. You can ALWAYS mix it up or try out a new ROM.

    I also love having access to the rooted apps. In my opinion there are no 2 better root apps out there than Root Explorer and Titanium Backup! Titanium Backup is a lifesaver and makes the restore process SO easy. I honestly dont think I would have jumped into the rooting world like I have if it wasnt for the simplicity of a batch restore to get all my apps and data back.

    I also root because of the community. There are so many android fans out there that are always willing to help and develope new ROMS.

    Rooting has made me have a much higher respect for the developers out there, whether in the Android or iOS community. What they do is hard and takes A LOT of time, and a lot of them have families yet they still give us their time and energy. I have learned so much about the android os, development and a little coding all because of rooting!Props to kejar31, p3droid, and bixie to name a few.That’s it for me. Good luck on your report/research!

    • CORYK333

      Love that last paragraph, well said & so true

  • TJ

    Free WiFi Tether. That’s it.

    • TJ

      Read the other comments about FoxFi. I personally had rooted long before I had heard of FoxFi. Don’t think I’d root a new phone if I could get a WiFi Tether app. But, that’s just me.

  • viewthis66

    no but i would like too. can someone hold a class that i can attend? hahaha i’d go.

    • Jwhap

      man….class is in session if you are willing to look for it! youtube, google, the only thing holding you back is yourself!

  • Because there’s ro.mot.vzwglobalphone in build.prop.

    Oh, and various preinstalled VZW stuff which I don’t really need on GSM.

  • El Big CHRIS

    Originally I did it for the tethering with my OGDroid. Then I discovered MIUI and began to ROM the hell out of it. This continued to my OGDinc. Now with the GNex, I do it for those reasons because there so many different customizations that are only available if the device is rooted.


    to block ads

  • PyroHoltz

    Advertisement blocking…


    • BrianWenger

      Only on Angry Birds.

  • cm9

  • Smooth918

    First and foremost, I like the fact that once Rooted I more or less have enough control over how my phone looks, acts, and what is and is not allowed to reside on my phone. Secondly, Personal Hotspot, I’m paying for unlimited data, I don’t believe we should have to pay more to use a feature that is built into the phone.

  • Brian

    WiFi tether and added features in apps like MyBackupPro.

  • qbix

    To block ads, create proper backups, and upgrade on my schedule. I also stick to the Nexus line of phones since those tend to have the most active development communities behind them.

  • DanWazz

    The reason I started was to get the most current version of android available.

    The reasons I still: Themes, de-bloat, kernels.

  • mustbepbs

    Because my dad will beat me if I don’t.

  • Yazad Dhunjisha

    Custom ROMs and further customisability

  • Corey Marrier

    I mainly rooted my device because there were things I wanted my phone to do that I could not do in stock form. Plus it’s just another way of making it MY device

  • jayray78

    To remove crapware and bloat. To get a pure AOSP experience. To unlock the potential of my device….and well…cause its fun.

  • A myriad of reasons. #1 being I hate ads, but I hate them on my phone ten times as much.

  • Iny

    I rooted my old HTC EVO 4G for a couple of reasons:

    1. I was tired of Sense and wanted to see how an AOSP ROM would run on it
    2. I wanted to completely backup my apps with all my information
    3. Developers throw in features for their ROMs that us users actually WANT, and sometimes develop features that we NEED that the manufactures or Google didn’t include.
    4. Developers also remove things that we HATE – carrier apps, useless services, etc.,
    5. Most ROMs are tweaked to improve battery life

  • Why the hell not?

  • ColumbianHo

    Why is it “Friday Poll”? Why not “Friday Question”? I keep clicking ‘read more’ hoping to vote in a poll. Multiple choice is much easier than essay.

  • rockstar323

    I like to customize it and try different ROMs, Kernels, and themes. I like being able to remove carrier bloat that I will never use. I like being able to backup/restore my apps and app data. Plus free tethering is a bonus.

    Pretty much the main reason I root is I like being able to make my phone, MY phone with no hurdles in the way.

  • for SAGGER!!!

  • CoCoCalypso

    The lot! I set a goal to go at least 6 months with a stock Gnex. But the temptation of the limitless customization options was too great for the likes of me, and i broke down in 3.

    If i had to pick one ultimate reason though, it would probably have to be performance enhancements.

  • Motomax

    improving battery life, and always having the latest and greatest before the rest of the trolls.haha!

  • jjrudey

    Because I can

  • moelsen8

    In order of importance:
    1) Because I want administrator access to something that I own
    2) Backups (both total device restore in case something goes wrong, and application data to move between devices for games etc.)
    3) Bloatware removal
    4) Mods/ROMS

    • Mike Cox

      these are my reasons as well

  • andrew

    i hate blur SO much

  • SD_Scott

    Custom roms, wifi teather, removal of bloatware, access to updates earlier, overclocking…

  • EvanTheGamer

    Root = fully customized device = A better experience! YEAH!

  • Chandler

    The whole reason I love Android is the incredible amount of customization I have, and rooting only makes it better. Bloatware removal, custom roms and titanium backup pro

  • Mike_Cook7

    Cuz I can!

  • a few reasons, get rid of bloatware, custom ROM, TiBu and Freedom.

  • Clean up/remove bloat, Titanium Backup, move certain apps /system/app etc…

  • Lucas

    Custom = better.

  • JM

    Custom ROMS. They include features that I wish were included in the stock verison (simple things such as changing soft key colors or toggles, etc). Overall just the ability to do more with your phone and make it yours.

  • Nemesis099

    I rooted my phone to get rid of blur and have never gone back.

  • mrbatman

    honestly i root for customization (spelled wrong i kno) im sure alot of you do too. running roms and editing howvmy phone looks. what i like and what i dont like take off and add stuff. and the chance of using my data how i want to use it. (tether)

  • Talbot Shoemaker

    I used to have an iPhone 3G, and I got locked into their experience. It was fine at first, but then I lost it with the updates that severely deprecated the experience of the phone. I choose to root my device to customize the experience that I have to something I know and like. And can save and use that experience across multiple devices (like my Droid x, then kindle fire, then galaxy nexus). And if, for some odd reason, I do something to my phone that deprecates the experience, I can call in a backup, install a new rom, or basically keep tinkering till it becomes fixed, or “mine,” again.

    In short, it’s my device, and I don’t feel like I own it till I have the capacity to do whatever I want to it.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    -kill ads
    -wifi tether
    -backup apps can do more with root
    -remove bloat (VZW)
    -allows one to tweak GUI interface items & apk’s

  • Arda Akman

    Bloatware removal, wifi-tether, custom ROM/Kernel experimentation

  • I root because I like my phone to be free from carrier lockdowns. Free wifi tether, custom ROMs, removing bloatware and tweaking my phone’s kernel are all icing on the cake ๐Ÿ™‚

  • AndrewScottRox

    I’ve gone back and forth. I’ve unlocked, rooted, and flashed a rom only to lock back up and return to stock a day or two later. I’ve done this three times so far. I’m an unlockaholic.

  • CalHalla

    So I can piss off my dumbass friends who have the same phone, by showing them things they cant do.

    • DedliYeti

      a thousand times this.

    • Sam

      I actually laughed out loud at this one.

    • What are those things “they can’t do” I believe thats the question they are asking.
      What feature is so important that its worth risking the warranty on a $800 device.
      If you say “because I can” it means your a 16 year old kid and your dad bought it for you

      • Grow some balls

      • Travis H

        any and all devices i’ve ever heard of that run android can be fully returned to stock without root and therefore doesn’t cause you to lose your warranty. so quit being a pus and own your device.

      • Dezignstuff

        I’m 46 and bought my own. I root because it’s just like any other piece of computer equipment. I always reformat the drive on a new computer to set it up the way I want it. It’s mine, why should I just take it as they offer it when much better things, and things more suited to the way I use the hardware are available? At some point, users are going to gain some teeth in this fight against the phone networks.

      • SolipsisticPsychologist

        I think he has examplified that he indeed has grown those balls you’re telling him to grow, and is looking at this from a mature logical point. I love the amount of elitist hate people develop when they root their phones. Not all do but it is a very large portion of users. They scoff at those who don’t root their phones, and ridicule others who ask the very same questions about how to root, that they themselves were asking at one point. This post is in reference to the comment directly below the OP’s. New Disqus needs to “grow some balls”.

  • Captain_Doug

    Devices aren’t designed to last 2 years. They fall behind in many ways and rooting allows us to bypass that aging feeling. My Incredible 2 has been running ICS for at least a month and is overclocked to 1.5Ghz. This device will definitely last me until January because of those 2 things alone. My favorite though is the ability to customize. I love changing my boot animation/splash screen and picking the rom that fits my style best. Launchers and themes and nice but functionality takes precedence.

    • Captain_Doug

      Also, to get rid of bloatware and wi-fi tether. Yikes. would not have survived this week without it. Day 3 of my billing cycle and I’m already up to 5.5GB.

  • 1MPR0BUS


    • Captain_Doug

      Good ol William Wallace.

    • Jared Gould

      You don’t need to root your phone for that.

      • 1ofdakoolkidz

        Oh yeah, well how is your updates going? Are you still sucking on the carriers teets for one?

        • mule0331

          Hows your buggy initial leaks going? If bragging about getting prerelease software that you will wipe and install the official from the carriers teets as you call it makes you happy then I guess thats all that matters.

          • 1ofdakoolkidz

            No buggy software here partner, even after my 16 hours of battery life (Thanks Franco) but you wouldn’t know anything about that. Your probably still paying for ringtones from the carrier, good luck with that.

        • Jared Gould


  • ROMS. All day!!!!!!!

  • Jeff Tycz

    Because I am a developer and with root explorer I can easily see what my sql databases have in them

  • To freeze/remove bloatware and do full device backups.

  • schoat333

    So I can run custom Roms, and to create my themes, and mods.

  • I root for the combination of ROMs and kernels. Better battery.

  • Bloatware removal, flexibility of what the devs put out (had it to them, they are absolutely fantastic) and I can make my phone what I want.

  • Greyhame

    I like the idea of being in full control of my phone.. not limited to how the OEM thinks it should be.

    Also, to remove bloat.

  • Custom ROMs, WiFi Tether

  • Doan

    Custom stripped down, yet still pretty much vanilla Android ROM (Specifically CM)
    Quicker OS update availability
    Kernals that improve performance (eg: overclocking)
    Remove unwanted apps

  • Adam Vega

    because all its base are belong to me.

  • aroldan

    for roms and free wifi tether:)

  • Franzie3

    Because thats the glory of android, i love custom rom and optimizations made by the dev community. Striving to make the phones we get better.

  • Cuz I can mahfucka!

  • Bauce40

    Updates, add/remove apps I couldn’t without root and to extend the life of old phones (cause we all know the manufacturers/carriers don’t keep phones up to date). Sometimes even the occasional ROM or two.

  • custom roms, over/underclock, remove bloatware

  • Because IT’S MY DAMN PHONE!

    • Thumper


    • yes

    • New_Guy

      done…any other argument is irrelevant!!!

    • Bob Martin

      lol well said

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    • “BECAUSE I CAN DAMNIT!” is also an acceptable response ๐Ÿ™‚

      • New_Guy

        Touche =)…

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  • nograz

    Mostly for titanium backup

  • Apostrafee

    Nexus YES! Razr I left stock….for now ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ben

    I’m not going to lie. Free WiFi tether.

    • Ben

      Oh, and TitaniumBackupPro

    • That’s a huge one!

      • Guest

        That’s what she said.

        • Sonofa!

          • blood

            Is your spacebar key broken? Lol

    • rals

      Foxfi is awesome, no root required.

    • PyroHoltz

      FoxFi doesn’t require root, any reason you don’t use it?


      • Ben

        To be honest, I never knew it existed. I rooted on Droid 1 release day and again on G-Nex release day so I hadn’t bothered looking in the android market.

        Thanks for the link though, you have made my wife a super happy camper!

      • warren harding

        FoxFi is cool but when I checked, it didn’t work for HTC phones

        • Bob Martin

          u can only use foxfi on HTC phones as wifi hotspot via bluetooth

          • Tyler Chappell

            Then explain to me why it doesnt work on my Thunderbolt.

          • Because the Thunderbolt is a piece of crap

          • I have a Thunderbolt and a Rezound and the Bolt is not really that bad running ThunderShed v 1.5 CM7.2

          • TomZ

            I rooted my Thunderbolt, but only did it so I could use TitaniumBackupPro.

            I would like to put a customer rom, but at the same time I need my phone to be reliable and work. It seems everytime I read about these custom ROMs some thing doesn’t work. Is there one for the Thunderbolt that everything works properly? Does that ThunderShed completely work?

          • Travis H

            if someone calls it a daily driver then odds are it WILL work for anything you’re going to put it through.

          • sk3litor

            i use custom roms so that my tbolt WILL be reliable and work. feom what i hear tshed works great but i use lquids 3.1 and it works superbly. havnt run into one bug yet

          • sgtguthrie

            Thundershed 1.5 is more functional than stock in my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚

          • sgtguthrie

            Exactly, it’s not bad with a custom rom. Try to run a stock rom for more than a day though without removing any bloat etc…lol!

          • LionStone

            yea…didnt think you’d have an intelligent answer.

          • sgtguthrie


          • SolipsisticPsychologist

            It’s not actually a “wifi hotspot” via bluetooth, its just simply a bluetooth connection, that gives you limited Internet access. You are only able to use it to have an Internet connection through your device’s stock browser, the official Youtube app, and I believe Google maps, or it could not be Google maps, I don’t recall. And this is if you are on most HTC phones, so its not really like having the regular wifi hotspot that others get to enjoy. I forgot to mention that this is in reference to using it with a tablet. I assume it will work fine if you just need an Internet connection on your computer through bluetooth. And also to get it to work with a tablet you have to download and use in conjunction with it, PDANetTablet.

            Apparently this is an issue for HTC phones because of some way HTC protects their hotspot feature, which sucks big donkey balls if you don’t want to root, but want to use your wifi hotspot feature without taking it up the anus from your carrier, on most HTC phones like unfortunately my Rezound. I really wish the FoxFi developer could figure out a way around whatever is the roadblock for HTC phones.

      • New_Guy

        Doesn’t work on HTC phones and doesn’t seem to be available for Sprint phones either (could just be sprint Nexus S 4G).

        Also…it’s only a matter of time before Verzion blocks it like the others. Root is permanent.

        • Blood

          Doesn’t work on sprint htc evo shift neither.

          • New_Guy

            Yeah, by their own admission, they have had a hard time getting to work on HTC phones after they updated the app.

      • Hiccup

        FoxFi doesnt work on XT910 Razrs

      • Elixr 2 Widgets works on non-rooted devices to activate the existing hotspot feature… at least on the GNex.

    • Eric Wrigley


  • RedPandaAlex

    The only thing I’ve rooted was my Droid 2, and that was to get an Android 4.0 rom on it since it wasn’t going to be officially released for my phone.

    • how does it run on the droid 2? i might do that just to play around with it

      • RedPandaAlex

        I’m running a CM9 unofficial rom I found on Rootzwiki. It’s mostly good, there are some things that aren’t working like video recording and the chrome app. But battery life took a serious hit compared to stock. If you remember what the battery life on the D2 was when it first came out before the official updates, it’s on par with that again.

      • Joel Huls

        I got 4.0 on droid pro, its actually just the droid 2 version ported to the pro. It runs great, they have pretty much all the glitches out of it.

  • Johny Merg

    I freeze all the Verizon apps to get better battery life

  • DrHotmann

    Bloat removal, extra performance, visual tweaks, but mostly because I can.

    • OreoMan

      I concur with DrHotmann’s response.

    • this

    • docmars

      My thoughts exactly.

    • rocketdaddy

      Perfecly said.

  • razr owner

    I normally root for speed but since my razr meets my speed needs I wasn’t planning on rooting…. until the ICS leak. I’m on 184 and rooted but stock otherwise.

    • razr owner

      meant to say I’m on .84 ics leak.

  • I rooted my Eris because I had it entirely too long and it was unbearable to use without rooting. So I finally gave in and rooted it so I could at least have a functioning phone until the GNex came out.

    • Jwhap

      Yeah…I have a friend with an eris……that phone needs rooted to be functional!

  • Friday Poll…Where’s the POLL?

    • Friday Survey? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Sounds good…. change the title now…lol

        • No can do! ๐Ÿ˜›

          • Mack

            But…the Tato can do anything.

          • This is true, I just don’t want to change it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I… forgot. My Nexus is rooted but I don’t think I use any root features.

    • You should at least throw a Ad blocker on there lol

  • Fun, customizability, because I can….

  • To make my phone work and feel how ever I want it to, any day of the week.

  • DaveTea

    If you need to ask you wouldn’t understand.

    • Seriously.

    • Doan

      It’s for research purposes. He has his own reasons, he wants to know yours. Everyone has their own reasoning for rooting.

    • BigWormBigPerm

      hipster rooter…was rooting before it was cool