so ive decided to take it upon myself to do a writeup at least once a week to explain the technical side of things for us users. Please bear with me as i have alot on my plate...Mods, you might want to sticky these for future references. First question: "what is root?": To have root access on a linux based system means you have the equivalent access of Administrator on a Windows based computer. You will have unrestricted full access to nearly all aspects of androids system stack. Second question: "why would i want to obtain root access on my phone?": Having a rooted phone gives the end user unprecedented control over the phone. Essentially unlocking your phone's full potential. With root/superuser access on your phone you would be able to flash modified roms (roms from other devices) , have access to certain functions on "root only" applications (example: wireless tether for root users - ability to tether your phone). The possibilities are endless. Third question: "how do root?": To obtain root access, similar to jailbreaking, developers/hackers will need to find a system exploit that enables them root access. This means to having the superuser.apk in the rom with the superuser binaries installed. Once you have root access you can continue to flash a customized recovery image and a compatible bootloader/spl (secondary program loader) which will in turn, enable you to flash custom modified roms (example: cyanogenmod) WARNING: In addition to voiding your warranty, There are many risks associated with rooting your phone. The most apparent risk is bricking your device. If this happens: Your phone is and forever will be, nothing more than, a brick. So far, there are no software solutions for a bricked device. Your phone will be stuck at the splash loading screen indefinitely. The only for sure way to brick your device is to corrupt both the recovery image and the secondary program loader and the actual rom itself. As long as you have at least one of the three items listed, you are not the proud owner of a bricked device and can recover your phone. It is only when you are unable to enter recovery, fastboot, or your rom, and your device is stuck on the splash screen indefinitely, do you have a bricked device. Also note that rooting your phone will block over the air updates that your carrier may provide you. You will have to update your own phone from now on. How did I brick my device?: In most cases, you really have to try, to brick your device. As long as one of the three safety’s built into your phone are functioning, you should have no problem resurrecting your phone. You may thank MJ5150 for his original writeup, I am just spreading the wealth.