Frequently Asked Questions

iQ Android Frequently Asked Questions

What is rooting?

Rooting android means gaining administrator access to the operating system.  It and allows users to make changes to your android device in ways that are restricted from normal users. Essentially, it gives you full access the entire operating system to customize and improved performance. With root access, you can also bypass any blocks that your manufacturer or carrier applied. You can run root apps, overclock your processor, even replace the firmware with a newer version of android.

Why do I want root?

Main reasons for rooting your android include advanced backup capability, increased performance, better battery life, upgrade with custom version of android, remove factory installed bloatware apps.

What are the risks of rooting my android?

Yes, there are possible drawbacks to rooting.  As with many things in life, there are pros and cons.

You can end up with a bricked android.  If you mess up the rooting process, you can damage the android phone software and your phone becomes as useless as a brick.

Your phone warranty is now void. Now your device warranty does not cover you anymore. If you have hardware or software problem in the future, you are on your own.  However, root is reversible so you can simply unroot and get your warranty back.

Malware can more easily breach your mobile security. Gaining root access also gets around the security restrictions in the android operating system. This means worms, viruses, spyware and Trojans can infect the rooted android and assume master level access to all your apps and app data.  This threat is real for all android devices, even without root. You can protect against this by installing effective mobile antivirus software for Android. Some of the many ways these types of malware get on your phone include drive-by downloads, malicious links, infected apps you download from not so reputable app stores or websites. They steal your private information and send it out through secret backdoors.  Imagine your contact list & e-mails hands of cybercriminals.  They can send text messages to premium numbers, racking up charges on your service.  Hijack and sell personal data such as passwords, usernames, credit card details, banking and shopping info from your android smartphone.

Is rooting legal?

Yes, it is legal to root your android.  This doesn’t mean that service carrier and manufactures all want you to be able to do this easily.

Will rooting delete my stuff?

The rooting process does not delete all your stuff for most devices.  There are some cases that it will wipe everything from your android internal storage or factory reset your device.  The best practice is to backup your important info before rooting.

Does Rooting allow me to change service carriers?

No, android root does not have anything to do with the carrier of your device.  It does not carrier unlock phones.  These are too separate things.  iQ Android does not unlock carrier.

What does unlocking mean?

Most cell phones are locked by the carrier to only work on their network. Some carriers do provide this code for free depending on certain circumstances. Also, be careful when buying a used smartphone and be sure to check with the seller or test whether the device is unlocked or not.  iQ Android does not provide carrier unlock service.

What is a Custom ROM?

A ROM is the term we use to describe an android-based operating system. TouchWiz is the rom developed by Samsung, the HTC Sense.  An independent group or individual can develop their own Custom rom. For example, CyanogenMod is a custom ROM based on "pure" android.

What is a custom recovery?

The recovery mode is a special place in the software that allows you to perform maintenance and repair.  Most often this is accessed by restarting your phone using a certain key combination.  Install a custom recovery, which often requires root, in basically a much more powerful modified recovery mode. Use it to create complete backups or to install custom ROMs, kernels or other software.