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The Unrooted Enigma: Why is the Nexus Losing its Old Fame?

Every now and then, I stumble upon the rare sight of a Nexus user in real life. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I quickly pose questions about their ROM and kernel. But so far I always found that they are, in fact, not even rooted. To us at XDA, hobbyists and amateurs of...

A Case for Unlockable Bootloaders: How Could Everyone Benefit?

OEM’s provide a service. Your device is a way to access that service, and whether you agree with the conclusion or not, you can see why they might want to limit your access to modify that service. However, there is a difference between modifying, tweaking and tinkering with your device to match your exact personal...

Windows Phone Internals Opens the Custom ROM World for Lumia Phones

Somewhere around a decade ago, when XDA was a little forum based in Netherlands, users gathered together to make some modifications to Windows phones. It was one of the few, if not only operating systems that allowed modding to such degree. Many amazing developers started their careers hacking their Windows Phone devices, but when Android appeared, everything changed. Microsoft decided...

Snapchat Is at It Again and Blocks Root Users — but for How Long?

Despite many security concerns from the past, Snapchat is still one of the most popular social media service available for smartphones. According to reports, it has 100 million of active users, and 65% of them upload photos. Snapchat users would easily become the 13th biggest country in the world if we take population as a measure. Snapchat's fast way...

How to Root the Nexus 6P and Install TWRP Recovery – XDA TV

A rooting method for the Nexus 6P is fairly straight forward, but in case you’re new or need a reminder, XDA TV Host TK shows you how to root and install TWRP recovery on the Nexus 6P. Even though it’s a Google stock Android experience device, you can still get so much more out of it....

Lookout Discovers Trojanized Adware that Secretly Acquires Root Access

Publicly available root exploits are a godsend to consumers whose devices are locked. Exploits such as Towelroot easily enabled any user running on Android version KitKat and below to acquire root access with the click of a button. However, these methods are considered "exploits" for a reason. If an application like Towelroot can exploit your device's firmware to...

The Importance of Open Source in Root

Update: Having discussed this with Chainfire, I thought it would be a good idea to add some clarifications here. There are many reasons for software to be open or closed source, and the security of it is not determined by the availability of its source. There's a lot of very secure (and well written) closed...

Chainfire Releases Root For Android 6.0 Without Modifying /system

If you have ever rooted a device, then chances are very good that you may have heard of Chainfire, XDA Senior Moderator and Senior Recognized Developer. In case you haven't, Chainfire is the developer behind popular works like SuperSU, CF Auto Root, TriangleAway and CF.lumen, making him one of the most influential developer in the Android...

NetGuard Gives You Back Control Over Apps’ Internet Access, Without Root!

One of the changes introduced with Android Lollipop (5.0) was the removal of the dedicated Internet permission on Android. At the time, there was some attention drawn to the changes, but users were still free to use root access to install a firewall, and block individual apps. Obviously, this wasn't much help for those not wanting...

A Look at Marshmallow Root & Verity Complications

As the dust settles on the Android 6.0 release, Nexus users galore are diving for OTAs and Factory Images, and getting ready for the latest iteration of the Android operating system. While, from the outside, Android 6.0 appears (visually, at least) remarkably similar to Android 5.0 and 5.1  (the Lollipop releases), there are a number of...

Your First Root Story: Why’d You Do It and How Did It Go?

We all remember the first time we rooted our phones: palms were sweaty, anxiety near unbearable, and as we reached closer and closer, we could begin savoring that positive root check. Sometimes, an enthusiast's first attempt skips the great success and leads to trouble. But there's always a reason to root, and a surprising result that opens...

How to Root the OnePlus 2 and Install TWRP Recovery

Our very own XDA TV Host TK was lucky enough to get his hands on the OnePlus 2. However, there were some glaring issues with the device. With an update to Oxygen ROM and some custom kernels, he was able to resolve a big majority of those issues. In order to install these custom kernels...