My Android phone is rooted: now what?

September 8, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka

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My Android phone is rooted: now what?

The one-click root method inspired quite a few Android device owners to root their phone. Sadly, not all root functions are as easy to implement as the one-click method. Some of the hacks and features that interested me required careful reading and researching multiple guides to find out the proper way to do certain things. Rooting your phone definitely requires you to become a more focused user.

Here are a few plain-English language tips and explanations on how to perform certain tasks with root access. This guide is intended only to help newbies get the ball rolling, not hold their hands through all things root. These are just tips/starting points. I am also a newbie and not an expert on this by any means. Nothing I can tell you will be as effective or useful as reading up on each aspect of rooting directly from the source. This is just to help you have a better understanding of what to do once you have rooted your phone.

Before we go any further, you will need to root your phone for these features to work. For the 1,000th time, THIS IS RISKY, CAN DESTROY YOUR PHONE, AND MAY VOID THE WARRANTY. accepts absolutely no responsibility if problems arise from rooting your phone; you root at your own risk. If you need instructions on how to root, AndroidAndMe has an excellent explanation.


Understanding Android root terms and procedures
Terms and concepts that MUST be understood before you try anything. This includes:

  • Understanding ROM’s and builds
  • Where to Download ROM’s
  • Using Recovery image and Nandroid back-ups
  • Understanding Hero ROM’s, SPL and Radio
  • Installing Apps on an SD Card

How to create a second partition to install apps on an SD card
Go app crazy and gain more space by installing apps on an SD card. Most ROM’s have this feature automatically built-in, so all you have to do is create a partition on your SD card. This tutorial shows you how to do it directly from your G1/Dream.

How to install themes on a rooted Android phone (using recovery mode)

Change the look, performance, and features with user-optimized versions of Android. This tutorial is both written and video based. Each provides some examples of how you can download full-scale themes and apply them to your Android phone.

How to Update your Cyanogen Mod Android phone

Say goodbye to the days of waiting 6 months for a couple of features to be added to your phone. Cyanogen updates frequently and with the CM updater app, it’s ridiculously easy.