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Scam Alert: Don't Get Duped By Root-Android.com

Steven Blum
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Just a PSA to anyone out there thinking of rooting their devices: don't trust any site that wants to charge you to use their software.

A prime example is "Root-Android.com." This site claims to be able to "root any device" using a single piece of software for the low, low price of $30. But does it actually work?

The problem is there is no single piece of software that can root any phone model without any input needed from the user. Rooting instructions are drastically different depending on your carrier and model, and you should be wary of any website that says it can root your device "with a single click." Especially if that site wants to charge you.

Root-Android.com preys on the inexperienced and uninformed. Knowing that the majority of new phone owners don't really know what "rooting" is, they've filled their website with erroneous information about what rooting can do for your phone. The site lists "screen shot" as one of their top ten apps that require root because "it's a sad fact that Android shops with no way to take a screenshot." In fact, that hasn't been true since Gingerbread. 

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Root-Android.com has a "we've been featured in" section, but instead of listing sites like Engadget or the Verge, it lists Wikipedia and Blogger – in fact, those are just sites where Root-Android appears as a search result. If that wasn't enough of a red flag, the site doesn't even link to these search results, which could have included very negative reviews of the service. 

According to those who've downloaded the program, RootAndroid.org uses free downloads from a few specific websites, but charges for them (of course). Despite what it says on the site over and over again, there is no "100% money-back guarantee" and repeated emailing won't result in any sort of communication from the site's side. Once you fork over your $30, it's gone forever – unless you feel like calling safecart.com and begging for your money back. 

Does it actually work? For some it did, for others it didn't. But it doesn't sound like the site contains anything you can't find elsewhere online for free. And without good customer support, there's no reason for it to exist.

So how do you actually root your device? It depends on the model! First, read this rooting guide, so you know what you're getting into. Then, simply Google ROOT [YOUR DEVICE]. Sites like Android Authority, unlockr, XDA Developers, Lifehacker, AndroidPIT, Droid-Life and others will be able to provide you with detailed up-to-date rooting instructions. Read all the comments below the thread to make sure the instructions have worked for others, then follow them. There is literally no point in paying someone to do something you can do yourself. 

In short, it's a giant scam. Who knows how many people have wasted their money on this bulls**t service. I just hope enough people read this blog entry that it ends up underneath the search results for "Root-Android.com." Share this page with friends so we can ensure no one ends up falling into the same trap.

Thanks to Ian MacGregor for sending this in!

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  • Brad Lloyd Apr 18, 2013 Link

    Good article, hopefully it will help educate the gullible! I tweeted it and posted it to my contacts on LinkedIn.

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  • CJ Brown Apr 18, 2013 Link

    Thank you for publishing this informative article, Steven .... when searching for ways to root my new LG Spirit 4G? I found Root-Android.com right @ the top of the Search results (fortunately, my Trend Micron flagged this website as BAD and I would encourage anyone to use a great Software like Trend Micron to keep you safe) ....


    Because the device I am using is from MetroPCS, I found a lot of useful information (which I posted in the Forums here @ Android-Pit under LG SPIRIT 4G) found @ Admin edit: **links are forbidden** (by a guy with the name Murphys Cell Repair who posts some great :how to's" on youtube.com) ...


    I would urge EVERYONE to red flag Root-Android.com so that the website disappears !!

    C J

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  • Ian MacGregor Apr 18, 2013 Link

    Thank you for publishing this information! I've shared it to Google+ and androidforums.com. I'm hoping this reaches ever android user :)

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  • Ric Hood May 4, 2013 Link

    Too late.... I got eager and being an oooold computer teck I bit on this .. Did not work but did get a email back.. same one twice different discription of problem..Hope this helps others..

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  • P S. Jul 9, 2013 Link

    Hi there had my HTC rooted by these guys, promised me it would be ok and that they were insured. They rooted the telephone which initially worked. I turned off then my phone, then in the morning back on and then I think the term is "bricked", nothing but the TWRP boot loader. I contacted them and they told me it was my fault as i may have done something to the telephone. Rubbish!! I have had to go and purchase a new phone as they were un willing to do anything about my telephone. On the plus side they give me back my $49.99. How generous. All in all an expensive exercise costing many hundreds of pounds...

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  • James Lugo 10 months ago Link

    This article was poorly thought out. We at RootAndroid.com do not sell one click software!
    Your referring to RootAndroid.org and listing it as rootandroid.com???

    You shame the names of me and other android experts on rootandroid.com
    you should correct this info. How does this make any sense? You post the website as rootandroid.com yet in your pictures and description list rootandroid.org?

    your information is incorrect and slanderous, if your going to post blogs, then maybe you should review what your posting and pertaining info.

    I, James refuse to use one click tools. I'm a software developer and designer, and refuse to use one click tools! And also have rooted well over 3,000 + android devices, manually !

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    • John Dorsey 7 months ago Link

      James I beg to differ, please see my reply below! What a joke saying you don't use one click programs. You shame yourself, not us or the guy who wrote this blog!

      Thank you for writing this Steve Blum!

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  • Steven Blum 10 months ago Link

    James, RootAndroid.com and RootAndroid.org are one and the same. As in: type in either into your browser and it redirects to the same site.

    I find it curious that you're harping about how many clicks it takes to root something but not the more relevant claims in my article about the site's nonexistent refund policy and steep charge for something many will be able to do for free.

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  • idiot baby 9 months ago Link

    Thanks for it..beware of such scams in future..Always have a whois lookup at those scam looking sites from http://www.whoisxy.com and check whether the disclosed contact details are true and whether they are trusted to your knowledge.If not it is likely to be a scam.You can also check the website reputation and safety at http://www.webutation.net

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  • John Dorsey 7 months ago Link

    I beg to differ with what James wrote. James you tried to unsuccessfully root my device on Rootandroid.com. In the process of trying to root my device you installed Kingo Root program (A free one click program that can be found on the net) and you installed Vroot (another free one click program that can be found on the net)

    Then on top of that, if you do a simple search for the terms Vroot and Kingo you will get tons of hits about how the the programs send your devices IMEI number to some chinese server and other worries about malicious activity.

    You state you do not use one click programs. Well buddy what is your definition of "One click" may I ask??? Because BOTH OF THESE ARE ONE CLICK PROGRAMS!!!!!

    BUYER BEWARE!!! This guy failed to root my phone (In all fairness I did get a refund from the site but I also got possibly malicious programs installed on my PC too!) He openly lied in the statement above about not using one click programs as that is all he tried, there was no "manual" attempt to root my device. He ran these 2 one click programs (And one other called Cydia Impactor too (also free on the internet)) and when they failed James you told me sorry but my phone could not be rooted!

    Well sir, I ended up finding some very helpful gentleman on XDA that helped me root my phone FOR FREE!!!!!!! I thought you told me my device was not able to be rooted???

    Again, BUYER BEWARE!!! This guy is full of it, he openly lied just a few comments above and I can prove it! If anyone wants to verify this with me personally, my email address is boostedevo2013@gmail.com. Also before you pay this joker $40 to root your device on his site, I would suggest trying XDA for free or at least just go download the FREE ONE CLICK PROGRAMS programs he uses and root it yourself at no charge Try Impactor first as it is made by the guy that jailbreaks iphones, if that fails you might try Kingo or Vroot but just remember about the potential for them being malicious.

    If you would like to try and dispute any of what I said as being incorrect please feel free to do so James, I would be more than happy to provide links to back up pretty much anything I have said. And one last thing, you shame yourself buddy by trying to come on here and openly LIE! IF you want to run a successful business might I suggest try being a little bit more honest with your potential clients!

    GO TO XDA AND GET HELP ROOTING YOUR PHONE FOR FREE! Don't pay this joker to do it for you and charge you for using free rooting programs he found on the internet!

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  • Jeremy ward 3 months ago Link

    RootAndroid.com is LEGIT! I have had several devices rooted by James and Robert.
    These guys are PRO'S ! I have a ton of faith in these guys. People who bad mouth this site are doing so because they thought they could do whatever they felt like to the device and then when they removed the wrong app or did something they were told not to do. Then when the device malfunctioned they ran straight here after not wanting to accept any responsibility for what they did as the SuperUser of the device. AS the customer is the Superuser of the device. Top quality work and professionalism is a more accurate description. . They are absolutely brilliant individuals and to see this site shamed for a few people who would rather point fingers then man up, is insane.

    I have spent alot of $ with this site and have never had an issue.
    So to all that read this, know these guys are top notch pros and know android inside and out. There is no sale of any software so i have no clue where people assume that.

    RootAndroid.com ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!

    I will always take my devices to them and so should you.

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    • John Dorsey 3 months ago Link

      "Then when the device malfunctioned they ran straight here"

      Here? Lol nice to see you guys are smart enough to make a fake name and come here to "try" and boost your reputation. All in all, you are charging people to use software that is found on the Internet for FREE. Why don't you try to go make money off of an original idea of YOUR OWN?

      Lol besides no one complained here about messing up our devices, so much of your statement is invalid sir!

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  • james fletcher 3 months ago Link

    I was going to use this site to root my phone but since they were not open when I needed it I decided to cancel. I did get a refund and along with it an email that cursed me and because of my choice of email names ( I'm from the south) I was called a dumb ass. if you would like me to forward the email contact me at bbilly360@gmail.com. I'm in the process of forwarding it to the BBB and anywhere I feel will do the most good. This site needs to be taken down.

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