Do you root or jailbreak your Android or iOS devices?

Do you root or jailbreak your Android or iOS devices?
For most people, a smartphone is a device that looks and functions the way its manufacturer intended it to. Those people often don't have the time, patience, or knowledge, to go ahead and attempt any modifications that would allow them a wider degree of control over their phone (or mess it up completely). And that's absolutely fine -- especially considering that rooting their Android device, or jailbreaking their iDevice, invalidates their warranty.

But a vocal, yet smaller, community doesn't feel that way. They want their smartphone to look and work exactly as they want it to, and that often means they have to resort to modding, again through rooting or jailbreaking. The possibilities are usually endless after that, specifically if we're talking Android. We're talking about changing up the overall look of the entire interface, and even adding functionality that didn't exist before on top.

We know for a fact that most people don't mess with their devices, and, again, there's a very good reason for that. But we wanted to get a better idea of the split by polling you directly. So speak up! Are you a root/jailbreak user, or have you made your peace with your device as-is?

Do you root or jailbreak your Android or iOS devices?

Android user here. I root my devices.
59.2%
Android user here. I do not root my devices.
27.55%
iOS user here. I jailbreak my devices.
7.43%
iOS user here. I do not jailbreak my devices.
5.82%

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53 Comments

1. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Always! :)

9. blingblingthing

Posts: 947; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Agreed!

22. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I agree.

28. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I used both iOS and Android, obviously i chose android, but, when i was on iOS i could not live without jailbreak, an iPhone without jailbreak sucks, just a boring brick. Android however, you don't really need root for a normal user. Jailbroken iPhone is Android phone out of the box. Rooted Android is a PC out of the box.

32. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Android (and Windows RT) on my HTC HD2!

38. sgodsell

Posts: 7235; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Give the HD2 a rest already. Just put it out to pasture, and shoot it.

21. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Using Resurrection Rom, with Siyah Kernels on the Note3 Exynos. With overclocked Cpu,Gpu.

29. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Funny that phonearena is asking. I need root to block all these ads that take over the screen when I visit.

36. akbar

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

What adds, I haven't noticed anything ;)

39. jc.wilcox

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

Arte-8800, "Phonearena.com" doesn't has add. Check your security maybe you have malwares/troyans.

42. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Agreed :) Nexus 5 + Franco r57

45. Mkondrak unregistered

Idk what to put because I jailbreak my iPhone and root my dads android phone...

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I just feel the need. The need for speed.

33. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Yes and no. I've rooted every Nexus device I've had as well as a few others, but have kept my Moto X stock as there isn't any real reason to root the thing. When I had an iPhone (back in the 3G days) it was jailbroken, but today I've kept my iPad Mini 2 stock. It really depends on my mood and the device in particular, as well as what I want it to do.

12. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Greenify

13. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

What about it?

15. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

way better battery life

17. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I've seen some gains with it, but not really enough to justify rooting all on its own. A nice app though, no doubt.

24. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1247; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

[1] Call Recorder by SkValex... [2] AdFree by BigTinCan (from their website) [3] HideItPRO for hiding apps in a moment [4] GameKiller to write a desired number as score to Game like SubwaySurf [5] Enabling OneTouch NFC on PowerToggles [6] RootBooter to enter B/L menu or Recovery mode without switching off + key combination [7] TitaniumBackupPRO to remove bloat + Move normal apps to system partition + update apps to ROM + backup [8] MissedCallPatch to clear missed call notification for Ex-Dialer (else have to open stock dialer again to clear the same)... [9] Root Explorer / EsExplorer to Move files between folders in SD card (KitKat phone) Yes, the reason to root was shrinking day by day... Two years back, I can list 24 reasons... Not even ten by now...

35. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Support for PS3 remote controller via Bluetooth, that one was the reason for me to root. Greenify, another one.

4. express77 unregistered

Android user here. I root my device always.

27. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1247; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

+1...

5. Heretic

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

While my phone's warranty has expired. I don't dare root it. I'm mechanically inclined, not technically inclined. I won't risk turning my phone into a brick.

10. Busyboy unregistered

Once my warranty expires I'll root

23. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

App called, Triangle away helps.

26. Busyboy unregistered

Only for Samsung devices I believe.

6. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

I root my devices, but not necessarily need to flash a custom recovery and custom rom as my devices have skinned KitKat which are lagfree and better functionality than pure stock! But rooting is the first thing I do for a new device becoz of precious game data which have no cloud sync!

7. blingblingthing

Posts: 947; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Custom ROMs made from stock android distro for your phone will always be faster in my experience. I have a G3 ROM on my G2. Cloudy G3 I think it is.

8. josephnero

Posts: 779; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I never buy any device without first day root option

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