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Poll results: Do you root or jailbreak your Android or iOS devices?

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Poll results: Do you root or jailbreak your Android or iOS devices?
Do you root your Android device? Jailbreak your iPhone or iPad? That's a question the answer to which we sought to uncover with our latest poll, posted on Monday

And many of you spoke up -- nearly 2,500 people, to be exact. According to the split, some 59.2% out of all the Android users who chose to vote (86.75% of the total) say they do root their devices, with the remaining 27.55% preferring to stay safe, and keep their warranty in case a problem develops. As for Apple's mobile platform, 7.43% out of 13.25% (or all the iOS users who voted) say they, too, mess around with their iDevices and jailbreak them for some added customization. The rest -- 5.82% -- keep things simple, and let Apple dictate the pace.

So what conclusions can we draw, then? First and foremost, we suspected a similar split, as the most active part of our small community over here is made up by people with pretty deep understanding of smartphone platforms. Those, we take it for granted, are typically the more likely to vote, too. Still, that's quite an overwhelming win for power users. The split over in Apple land is also not shocking, especially considering how much harder it is for iOS to be jailbroken in comparison with Android rooting. Anyhow, it's time for you to speak up once again -- did these results at all surprise you? Or did you expect as much? Why?

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Do you root or jailbreak your Android or iOS devices?
59.2%
1474 votes
(1474 votes) Android user here. I root my devices.
27.55%
686 votes
(686 votes) Android user here. I do not root my devices.
7.43%
185 votes
(185 votes) iOS user here. I jailbreak my devices.
5.82%
145 votes
(145 votes) iOS user here. I do not jailbreak my devices.

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posted on 17 Jul 2014, 09:56 1

1. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I have a Rooted Note3 non LTE, with Resseruction Rom, and Siyah Kernels. Overclocked to 2.4ghz.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 10:21

7. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4433; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I have a rooted Verizon Galaxy Note 3. I am running Eclipse Note 3 TW - 2.0.1.

BEST ROM for the Verizon Galaxy Note 3! & YES I enjoy the glorious 4G XLTE.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 10:37 1

10. steedsofwar (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


I have a rooted LG G2 on LG's stock Kitkat ROM. Running exposed modules for a number of things like tinted status bar, viper4android audio, adaway, youtube adblocker, pie controls, switcher, screen calibration, camera mods, call recorder. change dpi settings, lock essential apps in memory, change status bar icons.

This phone is so smooth and responsive, with a huge display in an unbelievably compact size, silly cheap price, v good camera and amazing battery life.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 12:26 1

25. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4433; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yep, that's why we root. With Android you can root & literally have the phone do things it could NEVER do stock/fresh out of the box.

Yeah you can't beat that. Before I had the HTC Droid DNA rooted, that 5.0 inch 1080p screen was incredible, but once I got that huge 5.7 inch screen, I just can't go back. My Note 3 is just plain old marvelous. BEST rooted phone I have EVER owned.

+1 for knowing your root stuff. It's like we are brothers!

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 13:06 1

26. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Same here to

Love my Note3 Exynos

+1

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 13:52 1

31. steedsofwar (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


That's right. The Android brotherhood!

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 10:02 7

2. Settings (Posts: 708; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


I didnt root my S4, just to be reminded how sh!t touchwiz could be.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 11:18 6

13. tedkord (Posts: 5279; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I didn't skip your comment just to be reminded how sh!t the education system could be.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 10:02

3. gaara6775 (Posts: 517; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Obviously I do. Its useless for me to use an android device without root xD .

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 10:16 2

4. needa (Posts: 153; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


i want to root, but i also want my moto warranty. and i don't want to lose my $85 motocare extended warranty. so i don't root. i am stuck looking at the same boring thing day after day after day after day after.........
OnePlus here i come.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 10:17 2

6. LikeMyself (Posts: 302; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


Extended warranty! Lol!

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 10:24 5

9. Settings (Posts: 708; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


You still believe in warranties? 1 year is enough. Buying extended warranties is a joke. Every phone is designed to last minimum of 5 years. It won't deteriorate quickly, not unless forced, thus less probability of service.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 11:08 3

12. Slammer (Posts: 1125; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


This is the most disturbing post dealing with life expectancy of a phone and warranties that I have ever read.

Please rethink your logic. I would never recommend owning a phone without insurance and/or a warranty.

John B.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 11:28 2

15. Planterz (Posts: 1086; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


The only people who need extended warranties are the people that never buy them. I've bought extended warranties, and either never used them, or the product failed AFTER the warranty was up. Murphy's law.

When I had Verizon, I had the full coverage plan on my Droid Razr Maxx. In 2 years I got 3 replacements. 5 year lifespan my wrinkly sack.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 12:01

20. jove39 (Posts: 1331; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


you dont need to be rooted to just change look of phone, install custom launcher, theme and you got different looks.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 12:08

23. arenanew (Posts: 218; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


google feeding on microsoft and android depend on window . google is just only crap search engine

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 13:40

30. SellPhones82 (Posts: 565; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Are you even a real person, or just a spam bot? Geez, I'll let your comments go on the Nokia story, which you posted the same post above at least 4 times!

Also, how exactly is Google feeding on MS and who depend on who again? You do know that MS made over $2 Billion a year off Android, right? Of that $2 Billion 95% was pure profit! Without Android MS would be sitting with Blackberry.

"Android is a more profitable business for Microsoft than the combination of their Skype, Windows Phone, and Xbox units"

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2013/11/08/microsoft-earns-2-billion-a-year-from-android-is-it-time-to-drop-xbox/

Oh and Root all day every day! I can even count the number of devices or friends devices I've rooted over the year. The Kindle Fire was hands down the most difficult and the reason I will never own any Amazon Android device.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 03:27

39. xfire99 (Posts: 570; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


U dont loose warranty by rooting the device.
Root and have fun. Need to send it in? Unroot, flash back to stock and send it in. Warranty intact and Moto, wont even know the device has been rooted.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 06:18

42. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 1193; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Unless of course your phone breaks down and you can't unroot the phone. Then your warranty in most countries is gone :)

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 06:15

41. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 1193; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I'm glad I live in a country where rooting (or jailbreaking) doesn't void warranty. Unless ofcourse you brick your phone.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 10:16

5. LikeMyself (Posts: 302; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


Rooting is sufficient for my needs, i.e, full control! No need for custom roms when your device is getting updated by the maker itself!

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 10:22

8. kkmkk (Posts: 110; Member since: 06 May 2013)


i root and install custom roms on all my devices and the best thing is when you realize that you can make phone what ever you want
i have a note 3 with sense on top of it and lg g2 with cloudy g3 rom

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 13:40

29. avalon2105 (Posts: 113; Member since: 12 Jul 2014)


How is Cloudy G3 working for you? I have G2 and I'm considering rooting for G3 ROMs but I've read that Cloudy is as stable as Windows ME. If not Cloudy, any other G3 ROM you could recommend.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 10:50

11. PorkyBurger (Posts: 256; Member since: 18 May 2013)


I have rooted my device for some ROMs just to get that damn memory slots swapped. For example, for USB memory I use SD card and so on. But not anymore because that thing caused many apps installed on my phone not recognized or something, it just showed - App not installed.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 11:23

14. Planterz (Posts: 1086; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I root my Androids, but I've never played around with custom ROMs. But last night I got ahold of a Nexus 4 for free(ish). Just have to replace the screen (and battery, while I'm at it), I can barely contain my excitement. Shoulda paid extra for expedited shipping.

As much as I dislike iOS/Apple, I wouldn't mind getting an iPhone for free either. But the first thing I'd do is Jailbreak it.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 11:31

16. astarling10 (Posts: 20; Member since: 12 May 2014)


I used to root all my Android devices but recently I haven't. I'm currently using Z2. I also have Nexus 5 that is rooted but I rarely use it.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 11:40

17. syncronyze (Posts: 100; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


I have a jailbroken 5S, jailbroken iPod Touch 2G, rooted HTC One M7, rooted Galaxy S3, rooted M8.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 11:51

18. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1291; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Got one of these $130 2013 nexus 7 deals from eBay. Keeping it stock for another 6 hours before I let the fun begin.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 12:04

21. jove39 (Posts: 1331; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I had Nexus7 for few months, never felt need to modify anything...i didn't even bothered to unlock bootloader! Had it stock all the time.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 11:55

19. jove39 (Posts: 1331; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I have rooted all android phones I ever owned - Galaxy S, Galaxy SII, OneX, Nexus5, Oneplus One.

jailbroke iPhone4...as well back in the day.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 12:05

22. Dee79 (Posts: 92; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


I have Note 3 LTE rooted, rom is Omega KitKat with all S5 Mods and unlimited 4K camera. Also Sneakykat Kernel for that extra sound tweaks :)

Why wouldn't anyone root? :/

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 12:08

24. arenanew (Posts: 218; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


phone arena run by crap google owner

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 13:07

27. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Jealous

It must be killing you

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 13:08

28. pavsidhu (Posts: 115; Member since: 20 May 2014)


These poll results are so predictable haha.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 13:53

32. ryan5609 (Posts: 99; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


Nexus 5 Rooted, unlocked, running stock 4.4.4 with tons of Xposed mods.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 15:05

33. marlboro (Posts: 94; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


i still burn that roots until my last pop!

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 16:44

34. Stuntman (Posts: 784; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I seem to be in the minority that doesn't root their Android phones. I did it once for a specific feature. I don't need that feature anymore, so I unrooted. It was just easier for me to get updates unrooted.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 00:47

38. Planterz (Posts: 1086; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


You're not in the minority. In fact, the vast majority of Android users don't even know what root is, or are only vaguely aware of it, but not what one can do with root.

You're only in the minority of Phone Arena viewers that happened to also vote on this poll, which many PA viewers probably didn't even vote on because they don't root/JB or don't know what it means, while likely every rooter/JBer that views PA voted on this poll.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 16:46 1

35. Stuntman (Posts: 784; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


There are no options for users of both iOS and Android who jailbreak/root none, one or both.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 17:10

36. AfterShock (Posts: 2985; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Fastboot OEM unlock
Rest is history.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 19:17

37. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Samsung galaxy s3 user here and am rooted with towel root!!!! Warranty is still intact!!

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 04:45

40. techsavvy.jaz (Posts: 114; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


I have a Nexus 4, and really happy with what stock OS has to offer, but definitely root it, install adfree, xposed installer, busybox, and customize it the way i like it !!

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