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Thursday Poll: Rooted or Non-rooted?

It seems like we ask this all of the time, but it has been over a year since we last asked the DL community if their phone is rooted or not. So today, let’s do it again. We like to stay on top of the trends here on the site, and this is one of the more important ones.

What’s interesting, is that the last time we asked, most of you had a single-core phone that was running a custom ROM. With almost all phones now sporting a dual-core processor, we don’t need to go that detailed – all we need is a simple “Rooted or non-rooted?”

And as always, we’d love to hear from both parties on this. If you continue to root your phones, tell us why. If you choose not to, we’d also love to know why.

Rooted or Non-rooted?

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  • satsmine2k4

    Simple equation for me…
    If stock android ( Nexii) non- rooted else rooted with CM…

  • Nicholassss

    Im not currently rooted. I have a verizon note 2. When some roms come along to make this phone as vanilla as possible im doing it.

    PS. I havent used mu s pen except to show of what it can do. Otherwise im just in ot for the big screen.

  • Raven

    Rooted to run TiBU, Autostarts, and a few other apps, but have never bothered to ROM. The stock ICS with Nova launcher on my Droid 4 is good enough for me.

  • ROM vs NO-ROM is another good question. I have both my Galaxy Nexus and my Nexus 7 rooted, but only the gnex has a custom rom installed (CM). I find that the stock Nexus 7 rom is actually pretty good. Root is still needed for various things (adblocking, busybox, titanium backup, etc). gnex updates come too slowly from VZW, though, so I install a rom to keep up quicker.

  • enigmaco

    Rooted because Verizon is ran by money grubbing idiots that refuse to push updates to my Droid 3 that now has Jelly Bean on it (not complete of course but enough to make it enjoyable)

  • JDHokie

    Rooted my VZW GNex as soon as Jelly Bean was unveiled. I didn’t want to wait forever to get the update. Been running Bugless Beast pretty much the whole time.

    I did not root my N7 – didn’t see a need.

    • nutterbutter1532

      is BB development done? where is 4.2.1 update?

  • DanWazz

    Root so that my VZW Nexus get’s the latest updates. Also, I love to customize and theme my phone.

  • vonbane

    Verizon Gnex, only way to get updates… will root my Nexus 10 once the stable ROMs start showing up.

  • J. Gilbertson

    Non-rooted. Got the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx. I had always been iffy on getting a warranty replacement. Apparently it’s common for there to be usually non-visible dark blotches in the screen when you’re lights out and on a dark screen but my wife’s xt912 doesn’t have this issue. Plus I’ve always had issues with the 4G LTE dropping off especially in my office. But I think that’s a network issue with data hand-offs that Verizon isn’t going to own up to.

    Once I’m past my one year warranty in June I’ll most likely root my phone and tinker with some roms. Until then I’ve heard that Motorola has it’s ways of figuring out whether or not you’ve rooted your phone, even if you unroot it.

  • Mark Woods

    I root for a couple reasons – running Wifi Tether, loading custom ROMs, and Tasker fun.

  • Al

    Non rooted happy with phone as is.

  • Tommy Nunno

    heres a intresting one for you.
    i have a verizon galaxy nexus to get 4.2 any time soon you have to root.
    i of course want 4.2 and so i rooted and was running happly until last week my employer change the ways phones would work you either had to have an unrooted encrypted phone or be forced to use one of the provide I products πŸ™ i wanted no part of a i product and i wanted 4.2 after sleeping on it. i do believe i came up with the best solution i self compiled 4.2.1 crushed googles bugs loaded it up re locked the bootloader and encrypted it. its not the perfect solution but it does let me run 4.2.1 and make my employer happy without having to carry an i product.

  • MooleyBooleyTroll

    I am rooted for one reason… Root call blocker!!!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Lol funny timing I JUST finished UNrooting my GS3 . . . I’m rooted all the damn time I think I just needed a break from Jumping from ROMS and updating . . . . And to be honest I didn’t think I’d have the S3 this long……. WAS going to sell it when the *COUGH* LTE NEXUS 4*COUGH* came out. . . . now I just feel kinda stuck… like an Abandonded Child. . . . waiting for CES see what’s going on with my next device.

  • RoadsterHD1

    NON-Rooted is better now, tethering is doable and launchers even OEM launchers are cool now. Getting off the OTA path and having to go back to get updates sucks.IMHO

    • KleenDroid

      I’m not sure you had a grasp on things. If you were rooted you were way ahead of Verizon updates and there is never a reason to go back for anything. For instance the latest version is 4.2.1 and that is what many of us on the Nexus are running. Verizon is still stuck back 3 updates.

      • RoadsterHD1

        I know what you’re saying but the non-OTA updates are never complete, allot of things still don’t work. Most times now if you get a leaked official update you can install it without rooting anyways. I got the official ICS leak for my Bionic and had great success. The flashing back to OTA was painful. All I’m saying is that the OS from ICS and up are very good and workable enough to make waiting for official OTA update not so painful. i’m getting Jelly bean in first quarter and i’m not sweating it cause ICS work GREAT.

        Motorola DROID BIONIC

        ICS 4.0.4

        1.2GHz OMAP-4430 Dual Core

        1gig-DDR2 RAM Stock Kernel

        NOVA Launcher

        Quadrant Standard Score 3227

        AnTuTu Benchmark 8249

        Vellamo 1054/347

        • Ibrick

          Not sure how many leaked updates you’ve run, but I’d say a majority of them are exactly the same as the OTA version. If anything, there might be a couple insignificant changes that don’t effect anything anyway.
          Also, I think once you upgrade to JB you’ll be surprised at the difference. Not GB to ICS different, but JB is a NICE improvement for sure.

          • RoadsterHD1

            I’m sure you’re right, and i can’t wait for Jelly bean because i like Google Now.

  • Rooted because of Verizon…need I say more.

  • Rodeojones000

    I’ve owned a rooted phone since January 2010 and that’ll never change.

  • Jim Sheeran

    Non-rooted at the moment as I’m trying to get a replacement GNex from Verizon

  • The numbers in this poll are going to be way skewed because the people that visit this site are enthusiasts, and most enthusiasts are rooted.

  • mbagasao

    Rooted so that I can be in full control of my device.

  • Jigga_Z

    Rooted Galaxy Nexus here. Even when I had a Droid X with Motoblur on it, I rooted myyphone so I could underclock it. 30-40 hours of battery life FTW!

  • Bob Sacamano

    Both actually..

    1. Galaxy Nexus LTE – Rooted, “Shiny-OTA” Jelly Bean 4.2.1 (so far, as good as BB) – Love the feel of nearly stock.

    2. Galaxy Note II – Non-rooted – Power user and wanted to keep it “untouched” as long as possible, no regrets at all.

  • Bionicman

    when i had my GNex LTE, definitely rooted for updates. with my GNOTE2 LTE, nope not needed.

  • New_Guy

    Although my phone is rooted, I would love to have a device so good it doesn’t need to be.

    • Chris Pinola

      agreed. i used to get a kick out of crack-flashing and playing with new ROMs and kernels, but now i just want something that’s stable out-of-the-box and i don’t have to tweak to death in order to get it to last me a whole day πŸ™

  • I’m still rooted and will remain so as long as Verizon takes forever to release their updates.

  • Tim Schall

    Not Rooted…anymore. I was a ROM flashing addict. I spent more time flashing, re configuring, tweaking. As the OS has improved over time, I find the main reasons I rooted were going away. I bought a Razr M and I don’t regret it one bit. I still miss themes and backups and some of the cool features ROM’s gave me… but Jelly Bean is so good! I’m back to being a productive member of society. πŸ˜‰

    • RoadsterHD1

      I completely agree, my sentiments exactly.

    • I rooted and flashed the hell outta my Droid X. But now that I’ve left Verizon and using a GNex, I’m just enjoying the latest updates straight from Google.

    • Fattie McDoogles

      I used to be just like this. I remember killing an OG Droid cuz i flashed too much.

    • Daniel Maginnis

      Same here. Got tired of having to tweak and flash custom ROMs. They also became bugier the longer I had one. Droid razm m on an tiered plan with screenshot and hot spot. No need for much else.

      • Adam Metzner

        So you like paying twice for that tiered plan when you use hot spot? Yeah I wouldn’t root if I were you.

        • Chris Pinola

          there are tethering apps that don’t require root anymore http://foxfi.com/

          • donebrasko

            Doesn’t work for jellybean yet

          • Chris Pinola

            ahhh very good point, did not know that

        • boybert

          There is no more hotspot surcharge on Verizon. It’s included with tiered data.

          • Please, stop with the fact-based posting. Angry ranting against Verizon is why we are here…

    • CapnShiner

      Are you implying that people who root their Android devices are not productive members of society? o_O

      • jb

        Plenty of them are. Others, such as myself, found themselves becoming flashing addicts (not the guys in trenchcoats) and spent way too much time rooting, flashing, backing up, flashing, restoring, tweaking, flashing, restoring, patching, etc, etc, etc. It’s nice being able to use your device and just let it update automatically (I know that some custom roms are gaining this ability but direct updates from Google on my N7 seem to work right without any tweaking). I’m still rooted just because I like having access but I’m not flashing custom roms anymore.

      • Tim Schall

        No not at all…I was talking about me only (and being somewhat sarcastic).

  • BroRob

    Rooted and usually running a different ROM because I’m on Verizon and it’s the only way to have an up to date OS. I’d be 2 versions behind if I waited for Verizon’s update.

  • brando56894

    Rooted because of custom roms and full access to tweak the system and just simply because I can.

  • I have a GNex, so you it it I’m rooted.

  • Hayden7200

    Android has evolved enough for me that I don’t need the features and benefits that rooting once provided. I am thankful for the time and effort the developers put into their customizations but for me, going forward, I don’t think I will need to root my phone again.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Rooted. Now and forever.

  • Booyah

    Rooted, because I have a Verizon Galaxy Nexus. They forced my hand. And I’m thankful they did.

  • El Big CHRIS

    Rooted. THE only way to survive on VZW with a GNex

    • Mike


  • villian1998

    I’m more curious to know if people on ICS or Jelly bean are rooted….. I think the stock of these versions of the OS are pretty nice and many people probably don’t need to root.

    • WAldenIV

      Agreed. My Razr M isn’t rooted. I never felt the need to root it. My DX was rooted a couple months after I bought it.

    • LionStone

      Nope, enjoying JB with stock DNA and Nova launcher, have no need to root.

  • Alex Mosqueda

    Plain and simple I’m on Verizon

  • Roshan John

    I know I’m the minority here at DL, But I’m not rooted because
    1) I’m digging stock android 4.1 right now, and
    2) it’s almost just as easy to find apps to provide any added functionality i may crave.

    I also tried rooting once and kinda jacked up my phone.

    • TheCheapGamer

      I run stock JB ROM but still rooted.
      Droid Wall & Titanium Backup are the one things using it, well worth it though.

      • Titanium Backup was amazing! I first thought it was over hyped but the other day I made an idiot mistake and flashed the wrong Google Apps package to my Droid Razr but luckily I was still able to get in and backup things before I had to wipe and reflash my ROM (idiot me didn’t make a backup before I flashed the updated GAPPS). Titanium Backup did things i didn’t think were possible and it even saved my current session of Pirates! Showdown as well as it saved all my progress in Hill Climber!

    • Justin W

      I bricked my Bionic about 4 times over the course of a year. Each time, though, I was always able to reflash the stock rom. Once I even had to ghetto-rig a charging cord for the battery out of a USB cable because it was nearly dead (when it’s bricked, you can’t charge it via the Micro USB cable). Still, it managed to pull through.

      • brkshr

        What you experienced would be called a soft-brick. If it was truly ‘bricked’, it would have been completely done for & required internal hardware to be replaced. It’s only possible use from there on out, would be as a ‘brick’.

        • CapnShiner

          Exactly. I bricked my girlfriend’s Ally because I didn’t know the USB port on it was broken. Otherwise, it would have been a soft brick and I could have fixed it. Luckily, this was after she had already upgraded to a Bionic. She refuses to let me root it. I can’t figure out why…

  • Not rooted right now, because jsut got the dna on tuesday and waiting to see what roms my fav devs come out with before i root

  • cyraus69

    cuz of all the bloatware man !

  • Null vote: Galaxy Nexus rooted. N10 not.

  • Captain_Doug

    I root because I had an LG Ally as my first smartphone. It sucked. I thought it was awesome at first since it was my first experience with a smartphone. However this phone had a problem of always loading up the internal memory and lagging a lot. So I rooted it, threw on Velocity(rom) and overclocked it from 600mhz to 750 which was a huge jump. This made the phone way better and much more useful. I understand not rooting a phone if you’ve never had a crappy phone but the idea of getting more performance, better battery life, better radios, stock android, etc is a great thing. Also, I love cyanogenmod. I think they take stock android and make it better by adding more functionality while keeping the look the same. I love android.

  • dantespeak

    Too soon to root my Note 2.

  • I’m rooted because I own Nexus devices.

    • I feel Nexus devices (sans Verizon) are the only devices I dont need to root. the only reason I root ANY device is to make it as close to AOSP as possible.

  • Bauce40

    Rooted cause Verizon is slow with updates for my Gnex, but also rooted on my N7 because I used stickmount for extra storage for movies and such.

  • I finally rooted and now my Droid Razr feels like an entirely different phone!!! Its amazing how much freedom rooting a device gives!

  • KatsumeBlisk

    Rooted just because ROMs come rooted. I don’t really use any root apps except for Titanium Backup when I switch ROMs.

    • That’s like saying:. I never eat during the day. Except breakfast lunch and dinner. ROMing is a fundamental rooting feature based on overwiriting an entire OS..

  • EC8CH

    VZW Galaxy Nexus…. coarse I’m rooted.

    • sc0rch3d

      there was a time when i didn’t care about being rooted….then the phone booted up the first time…never looked back.

  • QQpayne

    On my nexus I root just to play around with the options I have to customize my phone to my hearts content, but generally keep it very stockish. On any other phone I root just to get to stock.

  • Greg Morgan

    Rooted of course. Otherwise I’d have to rely on VZW to provide updates and we all know that’s not a good option.

    • Mike Cox

      yup this is the #1 reason to root

    • T4rd

      Indeed. My main reason though is for tethering.

      • Greg Morgan

        That too!

      • TheDrizzle

        I thought they legally had to let you tether now.

        • Unfortunatly that only applies to customers on a limited data plan such as the family share plan or one of the personal data buckets! But what Verizon doesn’t know won’t hurt them (or at least it won’t hurt them THAT bad)!

          • Yeah, nothing says “doing the right thing” quite like stealing. Nicely played.

          • mcdonsco

            I already pay a very pretty penny for my data plan…I REFUSE to pay for it twice just so my tablet can use it every nw and then.

          • Eric

            I think they’re more concerned with the people who tether to their router and run their entire home network off their 4G connection.

          • Thats a little extreme I mean I can see if its an emergency such as durring a hurricane (we get those a lot in central florida) when the internet / cable goes out and you only have a laptop with a charged battery or a backup generator! Personally, I only use tethering for school. Its just so annoying with 1500+ students trying to access ONE wifi network thats ran by a consumer grade internet connection (I used to help out the school’s tech geek when he needed help and it seemed like every day Bright House had a hiccup). So its faster to just connect my laptop and tablet to my phone especially on 4G LTE! Not to mention I don’t have to deal with the blocked websites and firewalls the school has!

          • While I technically agree with you, the croney capitalism and wealth disparity in this country is absolutely appalling. In reality, these corporations have been robbing us blind and have enslaved us via their banks. To be honest anyone who can use a loophole with their policies, take advantage of their policies or get some value out of their services that would in SOME way measure up to the cost I don’t blame them really. I think the line is probably where they are hooking it up to and running their network with it. That’s what reps with some actual awareness have more so explicitly and consistently told me.

      • Mizo


        • Allen Byrd

          I’m rooted because with the ICS update, Sprint put a proxy on my E4GT so that I can’t use FoxFi to tether to my tablet. Also, you can’t use FoxFi with HTC phones. Therefore, some people have to root and use Wifi Tether, which is favorably more feature-packed than FoxFi.
          On top of that, I also use Adblock and sometimes some proxy apps.

          • I actually miss FoxFi. I rooted and now I just use AOKP’s built in Tethering app but it doesn’t let me view who is actively connected to the network and it doesn’t show the estimated top speeds. Oh and there isn’t the option to use the proxy mode like what FoxFi had (don’t really know if that just configures a proxy server or if it actually turns the phone into a proxy server?).

        • T4rd

          FoxFi is $7 now. Screw that when there are better free alternatives (that require root).

          • mcdonsco

            Actually, I haven’t tried foxfi, if it works of rather do that for $7 once then to risk root or pay $30/month.

    • WAldenIV

      Hopefully their fast update schedule with the new Razr line (M, HD, and HD Maxx) is an indicator of things to come. I have an unrooted M. With JB, there is really no compelling reason to root.

      • Eric Soriano

        That might be because of Google owning Motorola more than Verizon.

        • Justin W

          I think it has to do with not only Google’s new ownership, but also the fact that they are DROIDs. VZW seems to push more for their DROID line than their other non-DROID phones.

          • This statement is dead on! Verizon pushed the Droid Razr line last year more than any other device released which left devices such as the Rezound and GNexus in the cold!

          • C-Law

            Yeah I think it’s due to the DROID brand bc the galaxy s3 is a major seller for them yet they are the only network out of the big four to still have it running ics

      • Tyler

        Disagree. Just got the JB update on my HD Razr Maxx. Thanks to OTA Rootkeeper, back to rooted and have frozen about 12 bloatware apps, have real file access, and can wifi tether on my unlimited plan. Perhaps you meant no compelling reason to ROM.

        • donebrasko

          How are you wireless tethering? What app?

          • mcdonsco

            Once rooted there is a simple sql database edit you make that keeps the phone from checking to make sure your paying for mobile hot spot. No app needed, just make that edit and enable it and it works.

          • donebrasko

            So I would be able to just use the Verizon hotspot app?

    • Flashing a ROM to be more up to date doesn’t require root, the only way it comes into play is if you don’t do it manually and you let an app set up the process for you.

      • Chris Pinola

        true, but soooooo many ROMs come pre-rooted anyway

      • CapnShiner

        That is not true for all devices. Some have locked bootloaders and you have to get root first to unlock them or bypass them.

        • That’s a good point, I guess I’ve never had to deal with any device that required rooting first to bypass the bootloader.

    • br_hermon


    • cloud36426


    • so much anti Verizon hate here…I do it too…I hate them for their limiting out devices, but deal with it do to the coverage.

      • This whole site exists solely to bash Verizon. God forbid a business makes a profit.

        • owan

          God forbid a consumer to expect a little support and customer service after dropping thousands a year. Their QC process holds updates hostage for months, its ridiculous.

        • mcdonsco

          Im all businesses making a profit as a business owner myself…what I’m against is unreasonable charges

        • Has nothing to do with making a profit. It has to do with making a profit at the expense of other people via greed, corruption and all manners of evil.. see Libor scandal, wall street bail outs, outsourcing and corporate banking elite.

    • Spot on. Allows me to have 4.1.1 on my almost two year old Droid X2

    • xXAaronSXx

      Sadly this is my main reason also. I say sadly because I have a Galaxy Nexus, and should be on the current version with stock, or at least the same version as the GSM Gnex.

  • greg

    rooted because verizon sucks at updating phones.

  • I don’t know what it’s like to be not rooted.

    Edit: actually my Logitech Revue is not rooted…so I guess I somewhat know what being not rooted is like.