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I just got one of these, coming from blackberry. Just want a short tutorial on how to "root" and optimize my phone

-Uninstall preloaded stuff
-get the latest version of android OS
-best user interface etc
-will I lose the apps etc I already have?
-can I still use all the regular features "market" etc if I root it?

Thanks if you want to help a noob

I was looking online but just want to make sure I don't follow some guild that is out of date or something like that. Also I trust the gurus here.

Question? It says I have a USB storage of 11.5GB, what is that? Also with 2GB of system storage and I don't have an SD card at the moment in it. I do have a 2GB card laying around somewhere though if I need it.
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Originally Posted by noahhova View Post
I just got one of these, coming from blackberry. Just want a short tutorial on how to "root" and optimize my phone

-Uninstall preloaded stuff
-get the latest version of android OS
-best user interface etc
-will I lose the apps etc I already have?
-can I still use all the regular features "market" etc if I root it?

Thanks if you want to help a noob

I was looking online but just want to make sure I don't follow some guild that is out of date or something like that. Also I trust the gurus here.

Question? It says I have a USB storage of 11.5GB, what is that? Also with 2GB of system storage and I don't have an SD card at the moment in it. I do have a 2GB card laying around somewhere though if I need it.
You can still use all the features of your phone unless you flash a custom rom like cm7, often times pre release candidates versions won't have things like 4g working. My phone is different then yours as far as rooting goes so check out this site and find your phone on the list for more specific information.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/

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You can still use all the features of your phone unless you flash a custom rom like cm7, often times pre release candidates versions won't have things like 4g working. My phone is different then yours as far as rooting goes so check out this site and find your phone on the list for more specific information.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/

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Ok Im on that site and wow talk about overwhelmed with information. Does it matter which firmware I choose? I just want the newest one 2.3.5 but there seems to be like a hundred variations of it, some tied to carriers some not etc.

Which do I choose??
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Ok Im on that site and wow talk about overwhelmed with information. Does it matter which firmware I choose? I just want the newest one 2.3.5 but there seems to be like a hundred variations of it, some tied to carriers some not etc.

Which do I choose??
it all depends on what variation of SGS2 you have.

What carrier? We need to find out the specific model number, because then you can go to the subsection that actually is your phone.
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it all depends on what variation of SGS2 you have.

What carrier? are you in the US?
I am in Canada with Virgin Mobile.
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My phone isn't rooted I should mention. Should I do that before updating firmware? Does the order matter at all?
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My phone isn't rooted I should mention. Should I do that before updating firmware? Does the order matter at all?
got to settings -> about and give the entry for firmware version if you could please
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got to settings -> about and give the entry for firmware version if you could please
Model Number: GT-I9100M

Andriod Version: 2.3.3

Baseband Version: I9100MUGKG2

Kernal Version: 2.6.35.7-I9100MUGKG2-CL371789dh130.yoo........etc
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ok, so the regular gt-i9100 forums is where you want to be.

i'd recommend reading through all of the guides in there before attempting to do anything.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=1055
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post #10 of 11
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Ok new question Im no longer so entirely lost.

I used Odin to upgrade firmware to 2.3.5 XWKI8 . Now how do I root this firmware. Some guides I've read mention they are for specific firmwares. Do I have to wait for someone to create one for this new version? Or can I just use cyanogenMod 7.1?

Just dont want to ruin the phone.
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