What is “roots and hacks”?

P. Vowk 08/17/2018. 1 answers, 1.107 views
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I was reading comments on this website, and I stumbled upon such an expression:

Roots and hacks and whatnot just to get a custom screensaver.

I tried to google it, but I found just a couple of examples of this phrase used in sentences and no explanation.

Could anybody explain me the meaning and, perhaps, the origin of this phrase?

1 Answers


ubi hatt 08/17/2018.

Those two words are normally found together when you talk about accessing internals of mobile OS (operating system: Android or iOS etc.). Also, just to make it clear, it is not a phrase or an idiom. Those are two individual words.

root (You root a mobile phone by rooting process)

"Rooting is a process that allows you to attain root access to the Android operating system code (the equivalent term for Apple devices id [sic] jailbreaking). It gives you privileges to modify the software code on the device or install other software that the manufacturer wouldn’t normally allow you to." link

hack

It is a tweak or a setting(s) which allows you to access features more than what manufacturer wants you to access.

Hope it is clear now!


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