We aim to make a central place for all Android users who want to root their device (One Site To Rule Them All...). There is many websites which offer these guides, which may confuse people who are new to the term.
What is Rooting?
If you are familiar with the iPhone (The Devil as we like to call it...), you may have heard the term 'Jailbreak'. This allows you to unlock you device and unleash it's full potential. Rooting is the Android equivalent to this, however, with many more features!
The Legal Bit...
Be warned, rooting is a procedure that 9 times out of 10 will void your warranty, and if you don't follow the guides, can break your device. We are not responsible for any harm which may occur to your device (Bricking, loss of function, speed grinding etc.). If you follow the guides carefully, you will succeed without error.
The Bootloader is the part that tells Android to start when you turn on your device (kind of like the BIOS of a computer). You unlock the bootloader so that you can root your device. This is the part that voids the warranty, as you are changing the way the device works, and if done incorrectly, could break the device.
Custom ROM's are versions of Android that people have made. Unlike most computer operating systems, a version of Android will only work on the device it is intended to work on, so an HTC One ROM will not work with a Nexus 5, Oppo Find 5 and so on. (The Wand Chooses the Wizard, Mr. Potter...)
We now have guides on how to root:
- Google Glass
- Nexus 7 (2012 & 2013)
- Nexus 5
- Nexus 4
- Nexus Q
- HTC One (M7 & M8)
- Samsung Galaxy S5 & S4
When you root your device, it is recommended to install a Custom Recovery. This does exactly what it says on the tin. If something goes wrong during the rooting procedure, it is a way of restoring the device to an earlier point, or factory defaults. They can also do other things depending upon which one you choose.