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Rooting the T-Mobile Springboard is what you need to do if you want to install all the extra apps available from the Google Play Store.

These apps can help you increase battery life, increase the performance, remove bloatware and more. Installing a custom recovery like CWM recovery is what you need to install a custom ROM and take a NANDroid backup.

T-Mobile Springboard

What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?

When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.

Why Would You Want to Root Android?

Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:

  • Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
  • Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
  • Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
  • Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.

What Are the Risks of Rooting?

If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.

With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:

  • Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
  • You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
  • You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.

The Files You Need

  • Download the ClockworkMod recovery file from this page.
  • Download the Fastboot from this page.
  • Download the SuperSU from this page.
  • You must have a Windows PC to follow this guide. Likewise, make sure you have the USB Debugging Mode enabled on the smartphone. You can find that in older devices by navigating to the Menu > Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging Mode. Newer versions of Android have it under Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging Mode.

Rooting The T-Mobile Springboard

  1. Extract the Fastboot and the CWM recovery file to the desktop of your computer.
  2. Do not unzip or extract the SuperSU file.
  3. Reboot the T-Mobile Springboard by holding the Power + Volume Down keys. You must do that starting with the device off.
  4. You should now have the Springboard in Fastboot mode.
  5. Connect the smartphone to the computer.
  6. Transfer the SuperSU file over to the internal SD card.
  7. From the folder where you have Fastboot, launch the command prompt window.
  8. To launch the command prompt, hold down the Shift key from the keyboard and right-click the mouse on an empty space in that folder.
  9. You will get a new menu where you can choose the ‘open new command windows here’ option.
  10. The the following command to install the custom recovery: ‘fastboot flash recovery recovery.img’.
  11. Reboot the T-Mobile Springboard after the custom recovery image is flashed.
  12. Now turn it off completely by holding in the Power key until it’s off.
  13. Reboot into the custom recovery mode that you juts installed. The buttons for that are Power + Volume Down.
  14. Navigate to the Install option from the recovery menu.
  15. Browse the SD card for the SuperSU file you loaded on the SD card earlier.
  16. Once you have the SuperSU installed, you have a custom recovery and root access. All you need to do is choose the reboot system option from the main recovery menu and you’re done.
  17. You can install the root checker app from the Google Play Store. The app will tell you if the guide worked or not. Once you know you have root access, you can start installing the root-requiring apps from the Google Play Store.
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