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Wednesday Poll: Is Your Phone Rooted?

We have asked this question before, but as time has gone by, it’s safe to say that rooted users have become the minority. That wasn’t always the case, but with phones and the Android OS performing and behaving much better, the needs for rooting aren’t as dire.

Back in the day, you’d need to run custom kernel for overclocking just to make the OG DROID not be such a sloth. Sure, it killed your battery, but damn it, it was awesome having that much control over our hardware.

So, are you still running root still or are you over it?

Is your phone rooted?

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  • venommob108

    Why I root…

    System wide ad blocking (No ads in any apps…ever), free tethering, I remove data sucking/ analytics gathering/ battery draining bloatware like Facebook, Twitter, ect (I just go to their perspective websites). Who is actually banking through a third party app that has full access to your financial records….using their cell phone??? You> Cell Tower> Samsung> Playstore> Financial institution. That’s a lot middlemen just to check my balance. I delete all of it.

    Cpu control, full visual customization of my device, premium sound upgrade, any font I wish, system fine tuning for even better battery optimization, any lock screen clock I wish. Performance and Individuality. Plain ‘Out of the Box’ Android has yet to offer what a rooted Android device offers…for me.

    Analogous with purchasing a car, then installing upgraded tires, expensive radio, leather seats, chrome wheels, maybe an engine upgrade. None of that is needed for the car to do it’s intended job, but it adds to the ‘Individuality’ of a mass produced product. Fully customized to the owners content. Who could hate on that?

    “Yes, we both have the same phone, but they are NOTHING alike”. Is my mantra, since the EVO 4g. A nice hobby to have.

    Android developers insinuated when they first began, “Be the black sheep, a rebel”. Now they’re just another sheep herder. I’m still a black sheep. Root is going down as soon as I leave the Sprint Store.

    HTC 10 Nougat (Rooted & S-off), running ViperRom10/ ElementalX Kernel/ PnP Thermals/ OTA updates without loosing root/ Google Play Services tamed.

  • FireflyII

    This is a loaded question. I don’t currently have my phone rooted, but it’s not because I’m “over it.” On the contrary, I find it quite aggravating not to have root, and the only reason my phone isn’t rooted is that (as far as I’ve been able to determine) nobody knows how to do it, or even whether it’s actually possible. I had an LG G4 that developed the infamous boot-loop issue, and was given a replacement phone with a newer, substantially less friendly, version of the OS, and have been seriously considering trying to find a used, non-updated version of the phone on eBay just to get root back!

  • MastermindDrew

    Should have the choice for ‘one of them’

  • Theo Queiroz

    Must root! Can’t live without Xposed and AdAway

  • AG

    This is an unfair question. I answered “No”…..But the only reason I am not rooted is because root hasn’t been achieved on my Moto Z Force!!!,

    Although, I probably would not root unless accompanied by Unlocked Bootloader.

    Were both available for my phome: Definitely YESSSSSSS!!!!

  • Snowbo13

    I needed to root my 6p so I could get google assistant when it came out. Otherwise I would not have

  • Wow, those folks who aren’t rooted, don’t know what they’re missing

  • JC

    I never really had much of a desire to.

  • Menger40

    I used to root mainly so I could tune the kernel for better battery life. My Nexus 5X has good enough battery life that I never bothered. I also like getting the monthly OTA security updates without having to jump through any hoops.

  • Tony Gultice

    My phone does everything I want it to do without root. I used to root and try different flavors (way back in the OG DROID days) but now I have the Moto Z Force, no need to root, I get quick updates, I’m not on the bleeding edge, but I don’t need to be anymore. Plus I like using Android Pay without a hassle, and a lot of my banking, insurance, and other similar apps won’t function with root, and root hiders don’t always work. So, I really don’t have a reason to root anymore.

    • AG

      Hmm, interesting. I have the same phone, and I have plenty of reasons to root….btw, I never realized the banking App issue with root because I always prefer to just log on to bank’s https website in browser instead.

  • Pitahson

    My reason for rooting are to change system font and emoji to emojione. Hate the Google blobs and how every manufacturer has their own which can be differently interpreted

  • tabguy2

    I used to root and look forward to “nightlies.” There was a level of excitement in installing Android every morning. Then I got on with my life and that just became a burden. Add into that I got hooked on Samsung pay and that was the end of rooting. Frankly, I don’t miss it at all.

  • hoodlum Ratsky

    It’s not that a lot of us are over it. It’s that locked bootloaders are preventing a lot of us from being able to enjoy actually controlling our devices the way we want.

    • gboybama

      Nailed it.

  • derek

    I only root so I can use ARUnchained Reloaded to control my phone through my Pioneer AppRadio… other than that I haven’t had a need for root

  • bolski

    Nope. Android Pay and Samsung Pay have made that something I won’t do. But, with better backups with Photos, contacts as well as Google Play apps, the only other reason I rooted was to run Titanium Backup. That is no longer necessary. Also, back in the early days, the Android OS and the phones weren’t the best, so rooting allowed us to remove bloatware, etc. But now, even with Nougat, the performance tweaks that are built-in work really well for me. So, rooting is no longer an option, and most bloatware can be uninstalled. And if they can’t, many can be disabled in the app manager if you don’t want them running. Also, I don’t install every app known to man like I used to. I used to have 10+ games installed, etc. Usually, those ended up never being played after a while. I’m more conscientious about what apps I keep on and which ones I remove after they no longer garner my attention.

  • KR

    Rooting was cool for me some years ago (OG Droid, Galaxy Nexus days), but I think since my 6P and now Pixel XL, I’ve had no real interest or need to. Android has evolved nicely, I get beta updates via the Google program quickly enough, and I don’t have to spend time diagnosing any potential issues.

  • Brian Inglut

    Rooting ended like years ago no need really unless you just like the head ache of it all

    • Brian Inglut

      We rooted and at least I did because support was terrible for most android devices and now the phones and os are much more stable so haven’t found the need. Never noticed overclocking to have any benefit ever either. Mainly I think it was for ad bl9ckers and cust9mization which has been made easier in recent updates

  • dblock

    My 6P is rooted, as there are some things that root brings that just can’t be replaced without it. The first thing is V4A, because you can seriously get your audio to sounds thousands of times better with it, and there are really no other robust EQ options for stock Android. The second reason I still root is because I like to be able to hide my nav bar system-wide until I need to use it, requiring me to simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal it. I could live without this one, however I wish stock Android provided this functionality, or at least the option to resize it and make it smaller. There may be rootless methods for the nav bar adjustments, but I have not really looked into it.

    Other customizations I could live without, but they are definitely nice to have in my opinion.

  • Brandon

    I have my Nexus 6 rooted because it feels odd not to do it. I love the customizations that ROMs offer, but recently I went home stock but just using Magisk so I can have root and play Pokemon Go.

  • BobButtons

    If not for anything else, I root because I want full access to my device. I bought it, I should be able to do anything (legal) I want with it.

    • bolski

      But you don’t own the network that the phone uses. The carriers have a right to protect their networks, and since they provide support, they have to ensure that the phone isn’t moded in any way. I am in the support world in IT. I support various applications and systems that run on PCs. It’s really tough to diagnose an applications issue if the person is calling and saying they’re running it on a PC with a ton of unapproved software. Hence, our company has locked down the PCs and laptops. Problem is, we support many Web apps and now we get calls from users trying to access it via their iPads and iPhones. They can’t understand why the web applications do not work. Yet, they want web apps with fully functional grids (like Infragistics, etc) which are NOT compatible with smartphones, etc. So, even though you “own” the phone, you don’t “own” the network it runs on. So, I can see from the carrier’s view why they want unmodded phones. That removes one possible issue of why maybe people are experiencing issues with their device.

      • BobButtons

        Not advocating for phones being rooted by default. I’m just an advocate of everything being an option. Since I know enough to take the steps to root my phone, I also know enough to know if anything goes wrong I’m on my own and anyone else will immediately go straight to rooting being what caused the issue.

  • callumshell1

    I literally just use it for AdAway.

  • Sporttster

    Absolutely! Won’t buy a phone I cannot root. Want full control.

  • Daniel Swan

    I have a OnePlus 3T, so it’s absolutely rooted. Lots of nice little root goodies floating around out there for us root junkies.

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  • Aggie✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I gotta be ad free

  • The Doctor

    The last phone I rooted was the LG Spectrum I purchased several years ago. The battery life on that thing was atrocious.

  • Crack flashing stopped being fun about 4 or 5 years ago

  • Jesse Torres

    Last phone I rooted was the Galaxy S3. I actually recently rooted my LG G Pad 8.3. But that’s cause the tablet was old and needed it lol. Running 6.0.1 Marshmallow by Dirty Unicorn

    • gboybama

      It’s a great tablet and customizing it makes for a great experience. It does everything I need it to. No desire to upgrade.

  • I am that dude that still has a froyo device but Google won’t acknowledge me in the graph!

  • Droid Ronin

    I was rooted for a while but had to switch back to unroot a few months ago, when Snapchat made the switch that wouldn’t allow rooted phones to use the service.

    • gboybama

      Easy decision for me. I just uninstalled Snapchat.

  • Stephen D

    No. I was always a die hard root user, but stock software has all greatly improved, and with the ability to hide and disable apps, I don’t feel the need to. I rooted my S6 Edge only for Viper4Android audio. When I got the Note 7 I didn’t event bother, and still haven’t with the V20. It’s just not worth the hassle anymore.

  • Allen Baynard

    Anyone who isn’t rooting, isn’t using their phone to it’s fullest potential. Even as little as I actually use my phone I have it rooted, for ad blocking, and gravity box for customization.

    • bolski

      That’s a personal opinion. I used to root for years, but I no longer feel the need. Many of today’s phones and the latest Android versions have come a long way from when Android first appeared on the market. For those that still want to root, all the power to them, but to be using your phone to it’s fullest potential is a matter of opinion, as using a phone to it’s fullest potential depends on the user and how they wish to use their phone. For them, being unrooted might be all they require and to them, they are using the phone to its fullest potential. Not being argumentative, but I felt what you stated was more a matter of personal feeling than actual fact across all users. 🙂

  • Qbancelli

    Yes. Just to change the system fonts.

  • Josh M.

    Haven’t rooted my phone since I had a Galaxy S3, but my fondest memories will always be of rooting my OG Droid. Bugless Beast forever.

  • iisaiaH iisA

    My first Smartphone was the Droid Charge in 2011, then I had the LG Spectrum in 2012, then the LG G2, G3, V10, and now V20, and I’ve rooted every single one of them. It’s a must for me because I like to have freedom to do what I want with my device and make changes you never will be able to make on non-rooted devices.

  • guitarshredder87

    I need ads blocked so root is a must. It’s amazing how intrusive ads are on mobile devices now. They also waste bandwidth and kill page load times.

    • EP_2012

      Try adguard.

      Adblocking was one of the main reasons why I rooted, but not the only one. Adguard can block ads without root and google backup/restore is getting so much better (nearly on par with icloud), so I may stop rooting in the very near future.

  • Bobb

    Yes, need Xposed with gravity box.
    I need the soft keys shrunk, nav bar transparent, hold volume buttons to skip songs, clean up status bar

    • Big EZ

      Xposed, adaway, and Ti backup. That’s all I need root for. There are some decent alternatives to adaway, and a small number of the functions I use Ti backup for are covered without root, but ultimately we aren’t their yet. Xposed is currently an absolute must, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

  • In order of appearance:

    Rooted, on Verizon:
    OG Droid
    Droid 2
    Droid 3
    Galaxy Nexus
    Samsung GS4
    LG G3
    LG G4
    Droid Mini (backup, weekend phone)

    Not Rooted, alternated between Verizon and T-Mobile
    Nexus 5X
    Samsung GS7 (current Daily Driver)

    • Wedding Photog

      No one cares, you’re a deush.

      • I can’t tell you how flattering it is to have you as the president of my fan club. I look forward to all the cute little temporary user names you create based on countless hours of researching my every move.

  • cdm283813

    Deep down I want too but part of me says it’s a waste of time. More and more phones are impossible to root especially on Verizon. So I don’t think about and I just don’t care like I use to.

    • Genkidama

      The key words are “phones from Verizon”. Stop buying those and you will be so much better off.

  • blindexecutioner

    Yep. AdBlock and titanium backup are the two reasons.

  • CapnShiner

    I still root for TiBu, AdAway, and certain Tasker functions. I rarely ever need it, but it’s also nice to have the option of free tethering/hotspot on my grandfathered UDP. I can’t remember if that requires root or not.

  • UncagedChipmunk

    I am also in the camp of since Google is providing its own vision of a phone people are less inclined to root in order to have the latest and greatest OS version

  • AvalancheRyder
  • XvierX

    Last phone I rooted was the LG G3. Between Nova Launcher and the current status of the android OS, I just don’t see enough upside in taking the time to root and tinker anymore.

    • bolski

      Same here. After Marshmallow came for the G3, I no longer rooted. I didn’t have a need to, but that’s for me. Everyone is different. Root if you can and feel the need to. I just don’t feel the need to do it anymore. I’m not going to blast someone who still roots, because for them, they have the need to do so, and that’s their choice. I will, however, argue back to someone that says I’m stupid for not rooting, and that I should be rooting to run things like Xposed, etc. I have no need to do so. The phone runs fine for what I want and need.

  • Brian Cruz

    I’m not rooted currently only because I’m using Moto Z play Droid. Other than that, I base the phones I buy on wether there is root and mods available. I love it mainly for AdBlock and wifi tethering, but other mods interest me as well. Nexus 6, 6P, 5X , Galaxy Nexus, LG G2, G3, Moto X Dev edition & 2014, S4, S5, Note 2, Note Edge, Note 4 Dev, OG Droid, Droid Bionic, Droid Turbo, HTC One Max, M8, M9. Hell even the iPhones I had were jailbroken…..
    My God I may have a problem

    • Sporttster

      You’ve owned all those and your name is not Kellen?!? Yeah you got a problem lol…wow….

      • Brian Cruz

        Lol yeah and man you know what’s worse, there’s actually more it’s just I tried to name the off the top of my head the devices that I had root.

  • T_Dizzle

    You know it! From the OG Droid Incredible till now. Love me some modding.

  • Nate

    Used to root all my android phones. Verizon Note 5 and the S7 have root blocking. Where the phone will not boot if rooted. So no, no root.

    • Allen Baynard

      You can root both of those no problem.

  • imHOWIE

    I rooted my Moto Razr and LG G2. I used to be a crackflasher back in my Razr days because the software left much to be desired. These days, it’s not really necessary because Android has evolved so much and become a lot better.

  • Erstam

    Rooted. Magisk makes it easy to use AP while rooted. Biggest reasons are ad block, and titanium backup. But i also like playing with my kernel and using pure Nexus rom. I do wish there was a non Xposed alternative to amplify. I still don’t know why Google needs my location every minute…

  • MichaelFranz

    I honestly could write my own opinion article on this subject. Honestly the main reason why I got into Android was because of rooting and custom roms. Now with Android pay requiring you to be in a Factory state and many apps also requiring a factory state it’s better off just staying stock. I know there are ways around and getting things to work however everything is becoming more and more secure when one loophole opens another one closes and so on and so forth it’s just too vicious of a cycle to have to deal with over and over. Plus stock Android and a stock experience is just as good and there isn’t many benefits over having a custom rom other than having features

  • LineageOS forever and ever and ever.

  • I’ve owned, rooted and ROM’d an OG Droid, a Galaxy Nexus, and a Nexus 5. Now I have a Pixel, and Android has finally reached the point where I don’t need to root/ROM to get the features I want.

  • DanG

    Gotta have V4A.

  • Mike O

    Because Xposed is a must. And yes, marshmallow… 🙁

  • gchahinian

    Last phone i rooted was my droid bionic, since then android lets me do all the things i ever needed to do with root, i have no use for it anymore

  • doode

    Been stock since 6P launched. Tinkered for years and eventually started building and sharing one of the first Viper4ANDROID install packages out there. Learned how to get the app and all files to survive through system updates and such. Actually a lot of packages used now are plays off of my install zip.

    Right around when I got the 6P my phone because much more important for my job so I couldn’t risk all the constant time consuming factory resets and such from tinkering. If I ever had the desire for a second phone I’d probably get back into it.

  • QDawg

    I won’t own an Android phone without AdAway and Viper4Android, so I gotta have root. When the day comes when I can control what ads I see and what I don’t AND have the control of audio, then I’ll consider no root. The only pay service that ever excited me was Samsung Pays ability to use ANY CC magnetic swipe terminal. I don’t bother with any of the pay stuff because it’s inconvenient.

  • NyReynolds

    Google is slowly whittling away my reasons for root. If their nav bar tuner becomes smart bar and a backup solution like titanium comes around that doesn’t need root, then I’ll stop rooting.

  • Superman

    How can people live with a phone bloated with useless apps.?

    • bolski

      The recent phones I’ve had really didn’t have THAT much bloat, and most of them were in the downloaded category, so I could remove them. So for me, it’s not so much of an issue these days as it was early on.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    NOPE. LAUNCH DAY 6P hasn’t been rooted… I haven’t even unlocked the damnn bootloader. I just don’t see the need to root anymore. I literally have zero reasons.

  • Audio

    Ah, Nexus 4, my first taste of Android. Semper Fi.

  • Synacks

    Ever since Package Disabler became a thing, no need to for Samsung users.

  • needa

    Fully stock OPO. Hasn’t been rooted or unlocked in a couple years. I don’t really see a need in it these days.

    • thecoolkid

      The whole OPO concept is about rooting, modding and flashing. Man you’re missing on so much…

      • needa

        I spent a lot of time compiling ‘mixed’ roms for the opo. uploading them to xda. Slapping them on my phone once a day. It was just a huge hassle. About the only thing I miss is adaway. But I like to give sites my advert clicks. On my laptop I keep ads off. So this way I am evening things out and still giving them at least one hit a day. I also found that cyanogenos has most everything I need without having to remember that I have the option to do things. ie. you load your phone down with all of these options and such, but then you have to remember/change how you use your phone to use them.
        At the end of the day I have a high quality device that is 2.5 years old and I still enjoy the hell out of having it.

        • thecoolkid

          Fair enough 😀 but I fail to see how you “spent a lot of time compiling ‘mixed’ roms for the opo” which is “2.5 years old” and yet it “Hasn’t been rooted or unlocked in a couple years”. See my point? 😉

          • needa

            sorta. my last post on xda for the f2fs rom I was pitching in on was 8th March 2015. Funny that it happened to be exactly two years ago. minus ten or so hours.

          • thecoolkid

            Haha alright 😋 why didn’t you update to lineage os 14.1? Still kinda stock, mostly same features and even Android Pay.

          • needa

            I talked with the lineage guy on G+ a time or two. All I hear around the web are great things for lineage. I very well might. But I would have to dig out my old pc, or install adb and such on this one. Talking about it though, is getting me in the mood if i’m being honest. I still have xda loaded up. I reckon i’ll go give it a look see.

          • thecoolkid

            I admit, once you start it is kinda addicting 😁

          • needa

            That’s what I am afraid of. 🙂

          • thecoolkid
          • needa

            what recovery and version are you using? That will save me a lot of hunting.

          • thecoolkid

            TWRP of course 😉 the one and only 😜 official, latest (3.0.2 – http://twrp.me). Never had any issues with it.

          • needa

            Hey. Just wanted to let you know I finally went to Lineage. Well worth it I think. Only been on a day, and the phone is much better than it was before. I used that AccuBattery and it screwed up the phone. So I reset it and didn’t realize that AccuBattery was the problem. So when I stuck that on after reset (still talking Cyanogen), it screwed up the phone again. Anywho… loving Lineage so far. Thanks a ton. Night and day difference and the phone still needs to level out.

  • PSU_DI

    Owning a Nexus 5X since launch and never felt the need to root. It died recently due to the bootloop issue. I picked up the OnePlus 3T and have now found a number of reasons to root it so as of today I’m back to being rooted. Also I’d think a more interesting poll would be how many phones are locked vs unlocked.

  • Pedro

    Hopefully, as the number of rooted users continues to drop, the paranoia of rooted users will drop.
    I don’t want ads. I like features in custom ROMs. Center clock is (probably a selfish) something I can’t live without. It’s always the first feature I enable.

    Theming is wonderful, but requires an unlocked bootloader as of this week. Last week it required root. #WhiteuiMustDie

    Everyone uses their phone differently. Some still need root for what they do. Some still want root for what they do. Others don’t need root at all.
    Yay Android! Yay AOSP!

  • villian1998

    Unlocked bootloader, but not rooted

  • Murphy’s Magnet

    My phone has all the features I want. No need to root anymore.

  • ShadyBrady

    I said no, but it would be if I could right now. I was an idiot (laziness), and didn’t unlock my Verizon Pixel XL when I had the chance. Then I updated to the latest, and now I’m SOL.

    • Genkidama

      VZW your worst frenemy.

      • ShadyBrady

        Right!

  • Brett Wcislo ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I used to root every phone, going back to the OG Droid (That I still have in a drawer somewhere). I just can’t really find a reason to root anymore. The only thing I miss is maybe AdAway. Even TiBu I’ve found very little use for now that I’m not rooting and most things sync right to the cloud now.

    Just not worth the trouble anymore.

  • TeezDaGenius

    Yes. Got to block those ads

  • cromo8

    Man rooting has changed so much from OG Droid days.

    My first android phone was the OG Droid. That 3 hour battery was so good!

    Then root happened and i was able to modify it and use custom ROMs making battery life 20+ hours. It was insane.

    Moto X 2013,Moto X Pure, Nexus 6p and Pixel. All phones that have never needed root for any reason. Only thing I miss is ad block but I survive.

    Ive had over 40 different android devices over the last 8 years. Every phone was insta root as soon as possible. but phones have gotten so good now, you dont have to.

  • Rodeojones000

    Always. I won’t buy a phone unless I can unlock the bootloader and root the device. It’s why my previous two phones were Nexus devices and my current is the OnePlus 3T. I don’t really do custom ROMs anymore, though. Stock, rooted with a few mods and my favorite Substratum theme is all I need nowadays. Oh, and AdAway.

    • Big EZ

      I don’t even need to be able to unlock, but I can’t get a phone without root available for it.

    • jrbmed08

      Me too. Every phone I buy has to be unlockable and bootable. I usually run either a slimmed down ROM or stock with Xposed.

  • markwebb

    I stopped. Newer phones pretty much behave the way I want them to behave. I shake my head thinking about the countless wasted hours rooting, Roming, and fixing and flashing. Enjoying life more now!

  • Brandon Nicholson

    Hopefully the results of this poll aren’t diluted by the weekday. Judging by the linked poll by Tim, it would seem that Rooted users participate more in Thursday Polls, while non-rooted users participate more in Wednesday Polls.

  • Bourne, Jason C.

    Phone: No
    Tablet (Nexus 7 2013): Yes to get the security updates and other goodies

  • hebrewHAMMER

    My use-case for root: AdAway, changing DPI, Titanium Backup, Greenify+Amplify, Xposed (GravityBox, Snapprefs, MinMinGuard).

    • RocketFeathers

      I take it AdAway blocks ALL advertisements as opposed to uBlock Origin that is only blocking them in FF browser? Like messing with the hosts file in Windows? And Titanium Backup is the WHOLE memory like using Macrium or Easus on Windows, or I think tar on Linux? And then the app Carbon/Helium just backs up apps apks and their data?

      • T_Dizzle

        AdAway blocks all ads, even in app ads.

  • liquidamber5

    Oh man, back in the day, rooting was everything! The OG Droid… vanilla Android… the developer community was helpful and optimistic instead of what I experienced the last time I rooted a device (snarky and condescending). It was so much fun and gave life to so many devices that sorely needed it. Good times.

  • mcdonsco

    I have no reason to root, thus I don’t.

    I used to a lot when I was on grandfathered old Verizon UDP that didn’t allow hotspot, then again on unlimited cricket that did the same. But now, back on Verizon unlimited with 10gb hotspot, no need at all.

    I do however have a need to be able to swap phones seemlesly…Got it down to being much easier, but still not easy by any means. I’m sure rooting would help there, but root is not always immediately (if ever) available on all phones, so, can’t rely on it.

  • Jeremy Turnley

    Last time I did it was my Nexus 6 so I could install some battery tools and disable the encryption that was making it so slow, and I think the last time I did it before that was my HTC One X, to give it a little extra umph at the end of its life. I just haven’t seen the need to do it on anything since; JoD means I just trade up every few months so nothing really gets the chance to bog down.

  • T4rd

    Rooted/ROM’d my 6P just for ad-blocking and to enhance performance because the 810 throttles immediately after playing any graphical game (killing its performance). Modifying the thermal-engine.config file fixes the throttling issues. But I enjoy the extra features that the PureNexus ROM gives me as well.

  • DanWazz

    Haven’t been rooted since the GNex. N5 was pretty awesome out of the box with Kit Kat. I never saw a reason to root. Plus, all the ROM developers I followed eventually got out of the game.

  • BoFiS

    and bootloader unlocked, thank you, Sony!

  • jonzey231

    Not rooted but I do have twrp installed to flash a couple small things like the pixel them and Google Assistant on my 6P.

  • Murphy

    AdAway and TiBu

    • Raven ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      This. I miss them both so much. I also really enjoyed some of things that I could do with Xposed on a stock ROM.

    • wh1te_mag1c

      I have an unrooted Galaxy S7. It has a samsung-exclusive app called AdHell, which uses Samsung APIs to perform ad-blocking. As for TiBu- I almost miss it but I noticed that I can just disable the apps I don’t care for and it’s as good as uninstalling them.

      • Big EZ

        That is only one use for it, but there are many system apps that you can’t disable. The main reason I use it is to back up apps before I update them. Most of the time updates are worse than the previous versions. Sometimes they introduce bugs, other times they remove features. I don’t do this for all of my apps, just the ones I use all day, everyday.

  • Raven ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Sadly no, but I would root again if it was easier on Verizon Moto phones and didn’t break things like Android Pay and even f’in PoGo. Oh how I miss my Moto X Developers Edition sometimes. That was one of the most brilliant phones ever released. All of the Moto extras like Active display on a super easy to root Verizon phone.

    • Genkidama

      You can use both Android Pay and PoGo with magisk

      • Chris

        Don’t you need a custom ROM for magisk? Or a ROM that supports it? Last I checked you couldn’t do it on a stock ROM. Could be wrong though.

    • Higher_Ground

      same here. Sucks that games won’t work if you’re rooted.

      A few people mentioned magisk but to me it’s not really worth the hassle right now.

  • Howard Stern ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Rooting is so 2014. 🙂 I’ve bricked a few phones. To me, it’s never been worth it.

    • Pedro

      Buy a Nexus.
      With access to fastboot, there is no brick.

      Okay, maybe if you bought a Nexus 5X. fastboot buys you nothing with a hardware failure. Except for access to fastboot. Weird failure.

      • Howard Stern ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Well I have a pixel XL and v20. I gave up rooting after I killed my g2, s4 and g4. Haha I suck at it.

  • Cogito

    Rooted my Droid X and flashed GingerAle back in the day. I believe I rooted my RAZR Maxx HD but never flashed a ROM to it, never bothered to look up whether an unlock exploit was ever made available for my Turbo. By the time I got to that phone Moto’s minimal helpful additions like Display and otherwise staying out of the way of stock android doing its thing had all my needs covered so it no longer felt worth the effort. Android itself has come an awfully long way from the days where rooting and flashing were almost mandatory if you wanted to make the most of your phone.

  • Allyn K C

    There was a time when I thought of root as a requirement. But, that’s just not the case anymore.

    I still occasionally think about rooting; but my main motivation now is just to say I have it. In the end, I always get sidetracked with other priorities and just never get around to rooting.

  • stetsonaw

    Biggest reason for me to be rooted was to block ads, but if it is an app i regularly use, I support the developer and buy the pro version. For browsing I use YuBrowser, which is based on chrome, and has an ad blocker built into it that you can tune to leave some or all ads turned on depending on the site.

  • discopunkk

    I miss root a lot. My original LG V10 was rooted but I had to get a replacement because I was having screen problems. The replacement had a newer firmware and there was no more developing being done for the V10 so I’ve been rootless ever since. This is my first Android phone without root. Before that it was jailbreaking iPhone and iPods.

  • Shawn

    Gotta have my AdAway and flux

  • sc0rch3d

    Option C: I have a mix of rooted phoneSSSS and non rooted phoneSSSS

  • Armaced

    Can rooted devices play media purchased in the Play store?

    • sc0rch3d

      My N5 is rooted only to run Franco Kernel, and it behaves like any other device. I play my music and movies from Play Store.

    • Decibel_NV

      Yes. Google Play doesn’t care about that.

    • Suicide_Note

      Yep. AFAIK it’s only Android Pay that won’t work.

      • BobButtons

        It will if you flash/install Magisk & enable Hide.

  • I am using a Moto G4 Plus, which comes with “vanilla” android. Still, I rooted so I could install an ad blocker. well, and get Nougat early.

  • Can’t remember the last phone I rooted. Probably Nexus 5 or 6. For some reason, think I needed to test something on a Nexus 6. As for the last time I did because I really, really wanted to? Probably Galaxy Nexus…? Maybe?

    • sc0rch3d

      Tried to mess with my N5 the other day and hadn’t realized how rusty I was with adb and fastboot. 🙁

      • needa

        Lol. Been there done that.

      • I don’t miss pulling my hair out at all. F*ck all that noise lol.

    • Kaden Gordon

      What phone do you have now?

    • B!

      Right. I was gonna say people still root phones in 2017?

  • PerhapsNever

    I stopped rooting about 2 years ago. Everything I needed to root for has been added to stock Android now.

  • nblufire12

    Rooted N6P running latest Nitrogen OS ROM!

  • JSo

    I always root. Unless I’m running the newest big Android update that hasn’t been rooted yet and waiting for it. The only reason I wouldn’t be rooted is for Android Pay but I’ve given up on that. I like having full control over my device.

    • BobButtons

      You can root and use Android Pay together. I have it on a Nexus 5X and others who commented on this article have done it. Not all that difficult, just a matter of flashing a zip, installing an app from the Play Store, and enabling a setting in it.

      • JSo

        I know there’s a way. I did it once but it broke again and I haven’t tried since. Maybe I’ll try again soon.

        • bolski

          With Samsung Pay, and the latest Nougat update, if you root, you will never be able to use Samsung Pay again, even if you ODIN flash it back to stock. Must be something in a protected region of the phone under Nougat that possibly either blows an e-fuse or something so that no matter what, the phone will be “registered” as having been rooted and Samsung pay will NEVER work again on that phone.

          • JSo

            Well that’s fine. I have a Nexus

  • Oleg Romanenko

    I rooted my phone mostly to be able to block ads.

    • Suicide_Note

      I thought about doing that too, but just couldn’t be bothered to go through with it.

    • Bigmatt503

      Imagine going to droid life without ad away!! Terrible!!

      • Pedro

        I thought about doing that too, but just couldn’t be bothered to go through with it. (sic)

        🙂

  • Trooper311

    No only because I don’t have time to mess around any more.

  • Suicide_Note

    My Pixel XL is the first Android phone i haven’t rooted. I did unlock the bootloader, however. That said, i likely won’t even bother unlocking the bootloader when the XL 2 comes out. There just isn’t any reason for me to do so anymore.

  • Rooted my S5 because I had rooted every phone b4 that but the S7 and the newer versions of Android had everything I was using root to get so I stopped.

  • technobri

    Yes it is. Been rooting since galaxy s2 days. I still need it cuz I need ad away… Sometimes adaway helps with blocking ads for the free apps..so you don’t have to pay for the paid version.

    Rooting still has its advantages.. I will still need it when I upgrade to a nougat device.

  • Cory

    Not anymore, at least for now. Last rooted phone was an LG G3, but only to debloat (custom version of stock ROM). I do miss TiBu though.

  • Justin Brock

    I rooted my HTC Evo 4G, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and HTC One. But my last two phones have been Google Nexus devices, so I haven’t felt the need to do so.

  • coldcc

    I’m starting to think having a custom rom is worth it these days.

  • Ben

    Not since a Galaxy S3 have I rooted anything.

  • selw0nk

    I used to root my phones back in the S2 and S3 days, but not anymore. The only time I will probably root is when my phone will stop receiving update in the near future.

    • Bonedatt

      Yep! Last root was on my S2. I started to root my HTC one M7 but changed my mind.

  • thebum232323

    Jailbroken on iPhone 6s iOS 10.2. But if I was back on Android then yes, my phone would be rooted

  • Joey Riz

    Not since google required a stock device for Android pay and made encryption solid on Android.

    • Genkidama

      Running Android Pay with bootloader unlock and root. Relatively easy now, was a nightmare when Android pay first hit.

      My main reason is the VZW UDP and AdAway.

      • Joey Riz

        Ya true but it’s really not worth it for me to root anymore. I even less inclined to now after my phone was stolen. I’m so happy it was locked and encrypted. Plus 7.1 on the pixel is amazing on its own

      • brian.

        How are you doing this?

        • BobButtons

          Check their other comment in this thread. It’s by flashing a zip of something called Magisk, installing it’s app, and enabling the Hide option. It hides root from certain apps allowing Android Pay to work. I’ve done it myself and am running root & Android Pay on a 5X.

          • brian.

            Thanks. I saw them. Interesting.

      • raazman

        Yeah how exactly do you have Android Pay with root?

        • Genkidama

          Well I have the N6 unlocked rooted. Running Pure Nexus ROM. You need bootloader unlock and custom recovery TWRP for example. Magisk now has root built in. Go to XDA magisk in Google search. There you download magisk. Flash magisk in recovery for non pixel devices. Download magisk manager from play store. Enable magisk hide in manager app. Profit.

          • Xeneize480

            I don’t get it N6 comes with Pure Nexus experience so why a need of a ROM?

          • Brandon

            Pure Nexus is the name of a ROM lol

          • Genkidama

            I love making modifications to even stock android. There are many great things that AOSP gives you.

          • Kree Terry

            Doesn’t android pay also check for a modified bootloader? My nexus 5x is running pixel rom wihtout root and I can’t use android pay. Or does magisk hide the unlocked bootloader as well?

          • Exceter Miles

            I second this question! Running 7.1.2 on my N6P and even after doing a full stock flash, just having bootloader unlock breaks Android Pay. Does Magisk hide bootloader unlock for Android Pay as well?? I miss my Tap to Pay, honestly.

          • Genkidama

            Yes it does. I am running with unlocked bootloader and root.

          • Genkidama

            Yes it hides the bootloader and the root.

          • Israel Fabian

            I didn’t know there was a workaround this. Been wanting to use this for the last 2 yrs. I wasn’t planning on locking my bootloader and unrooting my N6 just for Andoid Pay. Dude you’re a lifesaver!!!

      • burkett375

        Same here on my N6. Magisk is awesome once you figure it out

      • Sam Wood

        I’ve found that Adguard works almost as well as AdAway and it doesn’t require root. The paid version let’s you block ads in all apps system-wide, not just in browser. Well worth it IMO.

        • Erstam

          But then it takes up your vpn option.

          • Sam Wood

            Very true, but at least for me that’s a non-issue as I rarely use VPNs.

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            And it kills your battery. I had a year sub to AdGaurd and rarely used it because anytime I did my battery was noticably worse.

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            I used Adaway for years.. then I got Adguard and did some testing for weeks (monitored app battery usage, average battery run time over many charging cycles, etc.). Adguard is giving me better battery life and filters better than adaway.

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            No, you can set it to run local HTTP proxy mode and still run a VPN – I do it all the time.

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      • RazorSky

        I’ve got a Pi-Hole setup at home that removes adds well from my whole network.

    • sc0rch3d

      I think Samsung Pay is 1 level tougher with the KNOX stuff. Haven’t tried on either of my Sammy phones.

  • I only rooted my HTCs to have a stock Android experience. Then I moved to Nexus/Pixel and forgot about rooting.

  • WiscoNative

    Not since my Droid 3. It seems like most of the reasons I’d want to root are covered in the standard OS/carrier policies (tethering!)

    • sc0rch3d

      same here. every once in awhile I want to run Better Battery Stats when I’m having some weird behavior, but I end factory resetting instead.

  • Ryan Kraft

    Stock gingerbread or GTFO

    • Dylan

      OG Droid FTW!