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Monday Poll: Rooted or Non-rooted?


With 2013 sadly coming to a close, it’s time we take a step back and see just how many of you are still tinkering and playing with your Android devices. As I have said countless times, the need for rooting Android phones has fallen dramatically, as Android grows to be quite the mobile operating system – offering both speed and looks that we didn’t imagine were possible back in the days of the “OG” DROID. While the custom ROM scene will never disappear completely, it’s quite easy to see that there are probably less folks buying devices and then immediately rooting them.

For example, we have asked this “rooted or non-rooted” question before, and the percentage of rooted users has been dipping. Not at too fast of a pace, given this is an Android enthusiast site, but as we mentioned, quad-core chips with 2GB of RAM have definitely kept many users from needing to overclock their CPUs.

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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  • Sergio Meraz

    Xposed and Tethering on Verizon

  • disqust3d

    Rooted because I can. Also to uninstall the latest maps and install maps 6.14.3 on my nexus 5…

  • mikeym0p

    I can’t believe this is still a perfect 50/50 I watched this poll periodically throughout the day, impressive.

  • Michael Pahl

    While most enthusiasts think custom ROMs are the thing….A Nexus device with stock ROM and modified Kernel, for example ElementalX, is really where its at.

    I’m rooted for AdAway. It offers a significantly better user experience.

  • SpeakethTheTruth

    Rooted…I hate Bloatware. And I’m a flashoholic since the days of windows mobile.

  • Chester

    Because greenify 🙂

  • kfath1978

    No need to root a nexus5 IMO.

  • Keith0606

    Not rooted BC I dont feel I have reason anymore to make the effort. Haven’t rooted since the OG.

  • wh1te_mag1c

    I have my phone & tablet rooted, mainly for Greenify. But for my phone, I have an even better reason – I can have unlimited tethering on my unlimited data plan with T-Mobile.

  • Razma

    wow, 3,743 to 3,742, thats ridiculous

  • Kevin Gallagher

    Rooted yes.

    Need those game backups and the little manipulations with xposed framework are sweet.

  • Kenny

    PA 3.99 on N4, rooted of course. Mainly to use Titanium Backup, Greenify, Lux, Better Battery Stats, Cerberus, just to name a few.

  • beng8686

    Rooted because still on Verizon unlimited and can’t add tethering without losing it.

    • Dave Amburn

      Really? I added unlimited tethering recently and kept my unlimited data package

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  • Dave S.

    Non-rooted…because I honestly don’t care. (And now that I’ve got my Nexus 5, I especially don’t care.)

  • EgySisi

    Here are 3 MotoX codes, Expire in a couple hours. Couldn’t us them myself. Enjoy.




    Edit: Please reply when you have used these codes, and which one, so that I know which ones are used.

  • PaulMaddux

    Rooted stock. Because I can.

  • wtsamatta

    to get rid of sense!! better control of my phone.

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  • Fiorta

    I root because Verizon sucks

  • SnkBitten

    Rooted…Titanium backup and freezing bloatware services. Just more freedom and choices when rooted.

  • pd240

    LG G2 running android 4.4.2 (CM11). Could not deal with the Verizon bloat or LGs custom skin.

  • MetroGnome711

    Took me awhile, but this HTC One is rooted. I’m on Verizon and I wanted Kitkat! Also, titanium backup for constant flashing.

  • JZ

    The closest poll ever! Who will win!?

  • chrismalone

    Motomaker Moto X that’s already customized from Motorola. No need to root.

  • Tom

    I rooted my Nexus 5 for a few reasons, the main one was backups of my apps from my old phone with data in tact through Titanium Backup. That was basically my only reason. I haven’t needed to do anything else with root, and I actually quite like the stock N5 experience. Everything else I wished to do I was able to do without root access, like switching to ART.

  • Ted Ellis

    Rooted. just so I could get rid of the bloatware from Sprint, and use Titanium Backup. Being able to use NovaLauncher is just icing on the cake.

  • Justin

    Root to remove Vzw bloat. That’s about it.

  • terrorist96

    Rooted. Why? Free tethering with unlimited data on Verizon

  • matt apodaca

    Rooted,rooted and rooted

  • Mexigreek

    Rooted – left Verizon for AT&T to get a true Nexus device (Nexus 5). Needed titanium backup to transfer my apps. Don’t know if I really need to be rooted anymore. Love my N5.

  • Will

    Root to restore data between flashes of the latest and greatest version of Android on my Gnex.

  • MettaWorldTroll

    Should be an option for “Rooted but Stock”

  • I own the Nexus 5, and it’s my first smartphone that I haven’t rooted in about 4 years.

  • Adan H.

    Rooting helps to mitigate one of the most annoying things about Android. To this day, Android still doesn’t have a robust, consistent, and user-friendly way of backing up your app data. On iOS you can swap between phones for years and keep the same app preconfigured with the same data, which helps transitions. Android has none of that. Helium is annoying as hell with its reliance on the Play Store. Titanium Backup made switching from an SGS3 to an HTC One a mere 30 minute affair after I made sure the HTC One was fully bootloader unlocked & rooted.

  • Allan

    Rooted Nexus 5 to flash the greatest rom in history: CM-based DroidKang v11 (4.4.2).

    Also with Xposed modules and Greenify.

  • Carlos Corona

    Root Galaxy s4 T-Mobile to get the freedom of bloated phones and run pure android is fantastic.!

  • techie_1

    One reason. RootDim. Allows extremely low brightness levels for night use.

  • KMS_Alex

    Many reasons but probably the biggest one is the app Greenify if I if you haven’t used it you really need to check it out. It will save your battery life. Literally.
    Greenify *ROOT: Renew my Phone
    Also xposed for tons off tweaks.

  • Teresa Wagoner

    I’ll be rooting my moto x as soon as I get it, simply for tethering. Oh and almost forgot here’s a promo code in case anyone didn’t get one. H2DM-KNSC-FRVA-CEZR-Z5VE

  • Corey Smith

    Rooted on the OG Razr Maxx to run CM10.2 via Safestrap.

  • TC Infantino

    Wow, an even 50/50 currently. I decided there was no reason to root my Droid Maxx because the stock software provides a great user experience. I did however sideload the GEL, mainly because I liked the look of it, and it works flawlessly. No lag, no stutter, no sense of any app overworking the phone at all, so no need to fiddle with it. If Moto keeps putting out sweet phones like this from now on, I don’t think I will need to worry about rooting anymore.

  • Sean Bello

    I’ll also add that part of the fun of being rooted is the community, and AOKP has been extremely slow with development in the past year or so.

  • Sean Bello

    50/50 for me. my Moto X is non rooted and I never will root it because no rom developer can come close to matching active display and touchhless control. I’m rooted but stock on my N7 solely to use TWRP for backups because I don’t like that ADB backups are really difficult to extract.

  • DCX

    Last minute, I know…
    $150 Off MotoMaker Moto X – Use before Midnight EST.
    Whomever gets to use it first enjoy, and Happy Holidays!

  • Trevor

    Nexus 5 – definitely rooted and running CM11.

  • Jervis Dabreo

    I’m rooted because that where the fun lies, that and having an unlocked bootloader of course.

  • Alan Paone

    I switched my dev edition One to the GPE ROM, but I haven’t rooted it or my nexus 7. The only things I miss are long-pressing the volume rocker to skip tracks and having all the symbols on the phone keyboard, otherwise CM keeps adding garbage I don’t really want, let alone need.

  • djembeman

    I’m still using my Droid RAZR MAXX which is not going to be updated to Kit Kat, and I have never felt the need to root this phone. I rooted my Droid Bionic before this, but it somehow randomly bricked one day. I flashed stock Gingerbread or ICS (not sure which) to it at the time and let it stay stock and upgraded to Jelly Bean. My wife is using the Bionic now. Stock Jelly Bean works great. Free WiFi Tethering, ability to freeze unused apps and even remove some. I don’t care about over-clocking, it never made my phones work better, just had higher quadrant scores.

  • Justin W

    I’m amazed it’s that close…