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I just rooted my Samsung Galaxy S5. Now what?

RVD26 4,132 355 June 17, 2014 at 02:23 PM
The root for AT&T branded phones just came out a few days ago and I just installed it on my phone.
So far I have not noticed any difference.
What exactly does rooting my phone allow me to do now?

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The root for AT&T branded phones just came out a few days ago and I just installed it on my phone.
So far I have not noticed any difference.
What exactly does rooting my phone allow me to do now?
access things you normally don't have access to. install root explorer and go to the /data/app folder.... there is all the (non encrypted ) apps you installed . useful if you ever need to slide load an app on another device.
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You basically unlocked access to other areas within your phone that some applications need to access in order to perform actions otherwise not allowed in traditional applications.

An analogy, if you are Windows Savvy, is like having full access to your C:\WINDOWS folder and certain apps can be granted access to modify contents in the C:\WINDOWS folder. Normally that is locked away so apps can't make unwanted/insecure changes to the operating system.

What you can do with root is install apps that require root access, such as Titanium Backup, which lets you save the state of apps for easy reinstallation. There are other apps that require root access for more technical features. If you like to explore more, research on xda-developers forum.

Other apps that require root such as the XPOSED framework allow much further customization of the OS, such as with GravityBox module.

Rooting opens up a lot of doors for customization, but also opens your phone up to risk of messing up the OS if you don't know what you are doing.
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Your best bet is to not root unless you have a need for it. It opens the door to tons of potential problems but also a lot of customization and other things. It also voids warranties and prevents you from installing OTA. For most people rooting is not something thats advisable.
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Yes now what...rooting is just getting admin rights most will never NEED it...after all its just a phone with apps.

You feel better now that you followed the online rooting instructions?
Now the android malware with the infected apps have root too.... woohoo

Phones are consumption devices not production devices like desktops and laptops where administrator is nice or a necessity to have.
Even then you should not run as administrator all the time
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lets say you forgot your wifi password - go and look it up, they are just stored in a file on your phone, but you need access to said file in order to see it - guess what kind of access? - yup, root access

or perhaps you want to actually back up your apps, settings and all, via something like titanium backup - oh, it needs root rights? guess that makes sense, considering it gets all the saved data/configuration from them

or is the samsung crapware bloating your phone? want to uninstall it? guess what - you probably need root in order to completely remove a lot of that stuff
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access things you normally don't have access to. install root explorer and go to the /data/app folder.... there is all the (non encrypted ) apps you installed . useful if you ever need to slide load an app on another device.
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You basically unlocked access to other areas within your phone that some applications need to access in order to perform actions otherwise not allowed in traditional applications.

An analogy, if you are Windows Savvy, is like having full access to your C:\WINDOWS folder and certain apps can be granted access to modify contents in the C:\WINDOWS folder. Normally that is locked away so apps can't make unwanted/insecure changes to the operating system.

What you can do with root is install apps that require root access, such as Titanium Backup, which lets you save the state of apps for easy reinstallation. There are other apps that require root access for more technical features. If you like to explore more, research on xda-developers forum.

Other apps that require root such as the XPOSED framework allow much further customization of the OS, such as with GravityBox module.

Rooting opens up a lot of doors for customization, but also opens your phone up to risk of messing up the OS if you don't know what you are doing.
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lets say you forgot your wifi password - go and look it up, they are just stored in a file on your phone, but you need access to said file in order to see it - guess what kind of access? - yup, root access

or perhaps you want to actually back up your apps, settings and all, via something like titanium backup - oh, it needs root rights? guess that makes sense, considering it gets all the saved data/configuration from them

or is the samsung crapware bloating your phone? want to uninstall it? guess what - you probably need root in order to completely remove a lot of that stuff
I installed Rom Toolbox and see a whole bunch of ways to customize my phone now, including new boot animation, etc.
Thanks for all your help and any other suggestions on how else to customize my rooted phone are appreciated.
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make sure you have a backup and/or are able to restore/reflash back to stock as with root access you can basically delete/uninstall anything including stuff that'll make your rom unstable.
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towelroot aka geohot's program will unlock a bunch of other devices not just the S4/S5 , i just did like 5 LG phones and tablets . but like others have said there is a major risk now for apps ymmv

http://towelroot.com/

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As I mentioned, rooting can open a lot of doors for your phone; whether it be capabilities/functions to instability and bricking the device if you don't know what you are doing.

I suggest reading up on XDA-Developers forum (find your device) and do research in there 1st.

As far as rom functionality, I suggest going with XPOSED Framework. It allows the rom's basic framework to get modified (after granting root access). Certain apps like GravityBox, downloadable thru the XPOSED Downloads section built into the app, mods your Rom/OS to how a custom rom is like; thus adding massive amounts of modifications otherwise unavailable unless you went fully custom Rom/OS.

Problem with getting a lot of custom modifications is running the risk of breaking your device. The most important thing to do is making suitable backups, which require the use of a custom recovery such as TWRP or CWM (ClockworkMod). They allow you to backup the Rom to the state of; so if you ever brick the device, it's as simple as booting into the recovery and restoring to how everything was.
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As I mentioned, rooting can open a lot of doors for your phone; whether it be capabilities/functions to instability and bricking the device if you don't know what you are doing.

I suggest reading up on XDA-Developers forum (find your device) and do research in there 1st.

As far as rom functionality, I suggest going with XPOSED Framework. It allows the rom's basic framework to get modified (after granting root access). Certain apps like GravityBox, downloadable thru the XPOSED Downloads section built into the app, mods your Rom/OS to how a custom rom is like; thus adding massive amounts of modifications otherwise unavailable unless you went fully custom Rom/OS.

Problem with getting a lot of custom modifications is running the risk of breaking your device. The most important thing to do is making suitable backups, which require the use of a custom recovery such as TWRP or CWM (ClockworkMod). They allow you to backup the Rom to the state of; so if you ever brick the device, it's as simple as booting into the recovery and restoring to how everything was.
LOL what a waste of time..its a phone people
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LOL what a waste of time..its a phone people
Okay, you've done enough trolling here. Please move on.
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Now the android malware with the infected apps have root too.... woohoo
The apps still run in their own userID controlled sandbox. If they want to escalate privileges you can grant them or deny them but they're not granted by default.

Do you have anything to suggest an app could bypass these checks on a specifically rooted device?
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Okay, you've done enough trolling here. Please move on.
http://www.darkreading.com/mobile...e_number=7

"Don't jailbreak your phone unless you really know what you're doing, because it's getting more common these days to see malware that looks to see if a phone has been jailbroken or rooted [and then hacks the phone accordingly]," said Rogers at Lookout.

"Having malware on a phone that's been jailbroken is a disaster," he continued. You'll almost always have to reinstall the operating system on a phone that's been jailbroken because you have no control anymore about where that malware might have been installed. It's game over."

To the OP you posted in Tech support not your forum and you don't control people responses or opinions
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"Don't jailbreak your phone unless you really know what you're doing, because it's getting more common these days to see malware that looks to see if a phone has been jailbroken or rooted [and then hacks the phone accordingly]," said Rogers at Lookout.
His information is incorrect when he says "you'll be running more apps with root-level permission"

Rooting does not mean any apps are running as root. It just gives you the ability to grant root access to them if they request it.
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