Rooting questions

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by kat.hayes, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. kat.hayes macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2011
    1.) If I root my phone and then reset it, is it still rooted or does it get unrooted?

    2.) Can you change your mind if you do not like it rooted? Not sure why I would not like it rooted, just curious.

  2. TheHateMachine macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2012
    Houston, TX
    Do you mean factory reset? Not sure. If root is built into the image it will stay for sure. Otherwise I do not know of root retains through reset. If you just mean powercycling, then yes it will retain root.

    It is also easy to unroot. Typically easy one click root programs have an unroot option.
  3. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    What the devil is root? Is that Gallic for unlock or something? :confused:
  4. reefoid macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2011
    1. Yes, it will stay rooted, even after a factory reset. Only way to revert to non-root is to unroot, which leads to....

    2. Yes, you can unroot devices. Method will depend on the phone.
  5. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    Rooting is like jailbreaking, if you update or restore the phone, it'll be unrooted. However the bootloader will remain unlocked.
  6. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    It depends on the method you use to root it. If you flash a pre-exsisting ROM that has the root already, you're always going to be rooted, unless you use something like a temporary unroot to use a service that doesn't let you when it is and maybe forget to turn it off (just my thought anyway).

    If you just use an app that finds an exploit, then yes, it will be gone if you reset it, or if an update somehow gets through.

    And yes, it's very easy to put a phone back to normal after you root it, as long as you have access to original images and recoveries. You'll most likely find all this at XDA. Sometimes it's just flashing the original ROMs with the recoveries attached to them, other times you have to use something like ODIN.

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