In this first video, we show you how to gain root access on your Android phone or tablet using the program SuperOneClick (and we give a shout to Unrevoked for HTC phones). If you're not able to watch the video, check out our.
So you've rooted your phone. Now what?details how to install a custom ROM, which is a heavily customized version of Android. Using a custom ROM can give you super-Android powers, such as better battery life, faster performance, and additional features.
Just because you're about to upgrade your phone doesn't mean that it's worthless, but a lot of people want to receive a used phone in as close to factory-fresh conditions as possible. Ourexplain how to restore your Android device back to the stock version of Android.
In all three of these, there are some important things to note. First is that rooting will void your phone's warranty. Secondly, these procedures mess with the core interactions between your hardware and the operating system, so be careful. There's a chance you could wind up with a bricked device. Third, for purposes of demonstration, the instructions are geared toward one phone model, the original Motorola Droid. If you have a different phone or tablet, please be sure to research the proper instructions for your device.
If you've got device-specific advice, tips, or tricks, let us know in the comments below.