I’ve spent the past few weeks debating whether or not to attempt this whole “root” thing with my Android phone. You see, I have an LG Optimus V from Virgin Mobile. Love the battery life, love the performance and I love all the crazy and wonderful things I can do with it. What I’m not crazy about is the lack of space and I sincerely hate the idiotic bloatware Virgin throws on it. There are so many things I’d like to do with the phone, but couldn’t because I kept running out of room.
Now you could say all I needed to do was ignore the apps, make sure they don’t automatically update and I’d be fine. I tried that for a couple of weeks, but being I like having the latest and greatest on my PC’s, I also get annoyed when I see this list of apps that are begging for updates on my phone. Most of which I don’t use, don’t like and don’t want. I’m also a big fan of freedom to do what I like with the things I build, buy or what-have-you. Dammit, it’s my money, I bought that freedom.
So, last night I finally searched around and found this video on YouTube talking about rooting the Optimus V and then turning it into a hotspot. Since I can already do the hotspot thing using PdaNet and Foxfi without having to root my phone, I only paid attention to the rooting portion.
Only took a few minutes and my phone was rooted and ready to go! Using Titanium Backup, I backed up the phone and then proceeded to rip out the useless Virgin bloatware. Managed to squeeze an extra 25MB of space when all was said and done and I feel much better not having to stare at useless crap on my apps list and when I check for updates.
Also, note that the Avast! mobile security flipped out on the Gingerbreak used to root the phone. I let it eradicate the offending app since I was done rooting and all seems to be happy.
Granted, I only did this last night. So far, the phone is proving to have no issues. I shall keep an eye on it to see if what I did bites me in the ass later 😉 If it does, it gives me an excuse to get a better phone.