The first ever official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich released by the Google now can be rooted. This good news comes as a huge relief for all the who always wanted to root the Android device and customize the way you want to. So, in the due course of this article, we will see on how this device can be easily rooted. Please be informed that, as soon as you apply the rooting process to the Galaxy Nexus the warranty of the device gets lost. The only way you can get back the warranty is by applying the official stock firmware.
This Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone is not yet launched Worldwide but we are expecting this phone to get launched by December 2011 in almost all the parts of the World. In the due course of the article we will also see on what are the advantages as well as the disadvantages of rooting followed by the basic one what is rooting.
Disclaimer: We, Android Advices should not be held responsible in any manner just in case if any damage happens to your device after following the instructions which is very unlikely just in case if you follow the instructions properly.
What Is Rooting?
Just in case if you are new to the Android family and have purchased the Samsung’s Google Nexus phone recently then we will tell you more on the rooting process. Rooting is basically a process wherein the system level files are provided with the access by the third party files so that the required customization can be done easily. The need for this comes at a time if you wish to install the custom firmware then these third party apps require the root access of the system level files so that the required customization can be made.
Merits of Rooting:
Rooting opens up the device so that you can make the most out of it as rooting allows,
- To install Custom ROMs like Cyanogen Mod 7.1 etc.,
- To convert he file system from the buggy and slow RFS to the faster EXT4 File system,
- To remove the system applications which otherwise is not possible if you are on default firmware,
- To install applications which need Rooting access
De Merits of Rooting:
There are couple of demerits of rooting which are,
- Once the device is rooted, the warranty gets void
- If the rooting process is not followed perfectly then you may even brick the phone.
So, let’s head to the list of short pre requisites which you need to follow before you proceed to the instructions which are mentioned in the next page.
- In the process of rooting, the data stored in the phone may get lost. So, it’s very important to create a backup of the same as just in case if any data is lost you can then easily restore the same easily. With the help of the tips which are given below you can easily backup and restore the data which is there in your phone and which may get erased after rooting.
Notes – Backup in the mail so that you can then restore manually
SMS Messages – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts Stored in Phone Memory – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log – Call Log and Restore
Videos, Images, Videos & Files etc.– Copy to internal / External SD Card,
Internet & MMS Settings – Backup all the settings from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names”.
- Now, you need to ensure that the device is left with at least with 70% of the battery charge, so as to just ensure that the phone doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.
- USB Debugging in the device should be turned ON, it can be turned ON from the path Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging. You can also refer to the screen captures shown below. Close all the PC Suites as well as the firewall and antivirus tools which are there in your computer or else these tools tend to interrupt the process of the firmware update.
So, now let’s move to the next page where we will see on how to apply the rooting process.