Why did you root or jailbreak your phone?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by dalbir4444, Nov 20, 2012.

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    I'm interested in finding out how people take advantage of their jail-broken iPhones or rooted Android phones. This could be useful for someone looking to enter a new ecosystem so I'll start off with why I rooted my phone:

    1) Flashing ROMs
    2) Using Titanium Backup
    3) USB OTG
    3) Nova Launcher requires root access for additional customization
     
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    I wasn't exactly sure why I unlocked the bootloader and rooted it. But as a long time jailbreaker I knew I wanted too! :)

    However, just heard about this today, to hide the nav buttons and status bar on my N4:
    http://ppareit.github.com/HideBar/

    So already I am happy I rooted. I am only using the demo version of Hide Bar because I was hoping something a little better would come out. Hide Bar only has a few options for how to get the nav buttons/status bar back and they are all problematic for games (one of the main reasons I wanted to hide the nav buttons). Also, I wish there was a button combo that could trigger it.

    I DO want USB OTG too. Any pointers on that, if it is available for the N4 yet?




    Michael
     
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    maflynn

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    These were the reasons why I rooted my android phone back in the day :)
     
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    You can try using the app StickMount. According to the people over at XDA, USB OTG should work on the Nexus 4 but it doesn't at the moment due to a firmware issue. You can view the thread here:

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1966864&page=11

    I would still recommend you to try out that app. On my S2, I don't even need this app. I can simple plug in my usb and I can view it in any file explorer.

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    That is a good find. Michael, I believe you it was you who said that he missed a physical home button. You might want to give this app a try:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.ponury.pgm2

    They also have a free version, but with a time limit.
     
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    ChrisMan287

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    I jailbroke my iPad2 for tweaks and free apps.
     
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    Tinmania

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    I plugged in a USB drive using the cable that came with the N4 but it didn't show up. Hopefully can get that working soon.



    Michael
     
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    Wait, there was a Micro USB OTG to USB Adapter in the N4 box? Are you talking about this:
    http://www.amazon.ca/Micro-USB-OTG-2-0-Adapter/dp/B005QX7KYU
     
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    No, I am retarded. I thought I could just use the regular USB cable if the software worked. Didn't realize I had to have the OTG adapter. Dang! Will be ordering one for sure!




    Michael
     
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    Lol. It's Ok. I was just wondering how you used the charging cable to connect a USB. I ordered mines from eBay, but the one from Amazon looks better. And you can't really beat the price.
     
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    Tinmania

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    Yes that price is awesome. Alas the shipping time is way long... Amazon warned it could arrive after Christmas. I'll pay another few bucks to get it sooner. :)


    Michael
     
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    Do you mean like holding the volume keys or shaking to skip tracks. In that case, you have several options.

    1) Flash a new ROM that has this feature built in.
    2) Head over to XDA and look for a mode for your particular device. Here's one.

    If you're not comfortable with this, try these:
    3) Some music players have this feature, eg. playerpro and MIUI music player( get it from here). This is a great music player and it's free. But it only offers shake to skip.
    4) Try an app like Just Shake.
     
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    onthecouchagain

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    How do you guys root your phones with Macs? Instructions I find always seem to only be for PCs.
     
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    Dr McKay

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    How straightforward is it to root the Nexus 4? I'm tempted.
     
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    PGM2 has the option of using a gesture to move to the next track.
     

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    Tinmania

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    I used this guide:
    http://forums.androidcentral.com/nexus-4-rooting-roms-hacks/224861-guide-nexus-4-unlock-root.html



    Michael
     
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    I always had to do it on PC, either through VM or mostly through bootcamp.
     
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    Just to get rid of the ugly TouchWiz, could never go back to that! :eek:
     
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    Tried to unlock and root my Nexus 4, tried 8 different guides and none of them made sense to me.
     
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    If the phone is popular enough there should be a mac guide. There was one for my old Galaxy Nexus and also my current GS3.
     
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    cynics

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    I rooted my Xoom so I could overclock it to make Playstation emulators run smooth. Can't wait for my 32gb N10 to get here, emulators should run smooth out of the box on that Exynos 5 w/ 2gb of ram.
     
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    So could get Multiview on my Galaxy Note 2 to use any app i wanted so i could watch T.V and browse the net, sweeeeet :D

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    I haven't jailbroken my iPhone since iPhone 1, and I only did that so I could install 3rd party apps before the Appstore.
     

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