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Rooting (Android OS)
- Created 2012-02-14
is the process of allowing users of
, and other devices running the
mobile operating system
(known as "
") within Android's subsystem.
Rooting is often performed with the goal of overcoming limitations that
and hardware manufacturers put on some devices, resulting in the ability to alter or replace system applications and settings, run specialized
that require administrator-level permissions, or perform other operations that are otherwise inaccessible to a normal Android user. On Android, rooting can also facilitate the complete removal and replacement of the device's operating system, usually with a more recent release of its current operating system.
As Android derives from the
, rooting an Android device is similar to accessing administrative permissions on
or any other
operating system such as
Root access is sometimes compared to
devices running the Apple
operating system. However, these are different concepts. In the tightly-controlled iOS world, technical restrictions prevent
1. installing or booting into a modified or entirely new operating system (a "locked bootloader" prevents this),
unsigned applications onto the device, and
3. user-installed apps from having root privileges (or from running outside a secure
Bypassing all these restrictions together constitute the expansive term "jailbreaking" of Apple devices. That is, jailbreaking entails overcoming several types of iOS security features simultaneously.
By contrast, only a minority of Android devices lock their bootloaders—and many vendors such as
explicitly provide the ability to unlock devices, and even replace the operating system entirely. Similarly, the ability to
apps is typically permissible on Android devices without root permissions. Thus, primarily the third aspect of iOS jailbreaking, relating to superuser privileges, correlates to Android rooting.
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