Is Your Android Phone Rooted or Not?

Find out if your Android device has root access in just a few steps

Have you tried to root your phone, and now you want to know if you did it right? Or have you bought a second-hand Android phone and don’t know if the previous owner has tried to tweak its system? Android phones are typically easy to root without you knowing. You may now know if your phone has been rooted. 

We’ll tell you how you can check if your phone has gained root access or not. 

What is root access? 

Android devices run using a Linux operating system. In these operating systems, most of the high-level operations are protected, and can be accessed only by developers with administrative access. To access these system files, you need to be a “superuser” before you can execute password-protected commands. Having root access is just like gaining admin rights on your personal computer. 

Phone manufacturers purposely block typical users like you from having too much freedom with their devices. By default, these can be viewed only by administrators who can read, edit, control and delete all of the root components of the device. 

Is there a need to root? 

The need to root your Android phone depends on how much control you want over your device. Most users who have rooted phones do so for a variety of advantages, such as: 

  • Increased CPU performance 
  • Better battery life 
  • Access to “incompatible” apps and features 
  • Greater file coverage during backup 
  • Access to the system files

Although there are a few disadvantages to rooting one’s phone, including loss of warranty, greater security threats, and the possibility of bricking your phone, rooting makes your phone completely yours. More on rooting you can find on

How do you know if your phone is rooted?

If you just rooted your Android phone and want to check if the rooting process was successful, there are plenty of ways to check. In the same way, if you’ve purchased a second-hand Android phone and want to know if it’s been tinkered with, there are many ways that can reveal this. 
Option #1: Look for a SuperSU icon on your phone 
During Android rooting, an application labeled SuperSU or SU is commonly installed. This program lets you use certain superuser commands on your system. Check in your list of apps if you have an app for this purpose. If you see this icon, or similar apps such as KingUser, then it’s likely that your phone has gained root access. If you do not see this icon, install a program right away. Then, open the app to get final confirmation that your attempt at rooting was a success. 
Option #2: Download an app that can check for you 
There are several root checker apps on the Google Play Store, such as Root Checker and KingoRoot. Run these apps and follow the instructions. The app will tell you if your phone is rooted or not.
Option #3: Use a terminal app 
Install a terminal client on your device. The terminal client is a text-based window that lets you execute commands using your Linux device, also known as your Android phone or tablet. Think of it as a command line that you use when you’re programming on the computer. When the terminal opens, if you see a “#”, that means your phone has gained root access and superuser abilities. If you see a “$”, the phone isn’t in superuser mode, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it hasn’t been rooted successfully. You could also type in “su” to know if the device has been rooted. If the next line responds with a “#”, that means it has root access and your phone is ready to receive superuser commands. If not, the terminal won’t acknowledge the command. 
When rooting your phone, you should always be careful when accessing system files and using root permissions. It can be very easy to ruin your phone’s software -- even deleting the smallest file can brick your phone or render it useless. Before you root your phone or use a rooted phone, you should read everything that you can find about rooting and educate yourself as a precaution.

How to Prevent Spam Phone Calls

Turn on Do Not Disturb

Turn on "Do Not Disturb" and then "Allow Call From" everyone, favorites on no one.  Hopefully, this will prevent unwanted phone calls.  Hope this helps.

We tried blocking calls for a while but this didn't seem to help.  

Are Spam Phone Calls Driving You Insane?

Scam Likely Phone Calls
Have you noticed a significant increase in "Scam Likely" phone calls in the last year?  What is causing this to happen?  Is there anyway to stop it?  I have tried blocking phone numbers but apparently these companies keep getting new phone numbers. 

I think we are getting to the point where fines and regulations need to crack down on these companies.  They are a menace to society and waste valuable time and energy for people.

As a result of these phone calls I don't answer the phone anymore unless I recognize the number in my contacts.  This is unfortunate because I actually might be missing phone calls that I would have wanted to take.

Can't the carrier prevent spam calls similar to how email companies prevent spam? 

Someone in congress or Trump needs to fix this business disgrace!! 

How To Find Cell Phone Towers Near Oil & Gas Fields

Today, we launched a new map of cell phone towers vs oil & gas fields map.  Easily search and find the nearest cell phone tower near oil & gas drilling operations.

Oil & gas rig monitoring relies on remote wireless sensors and device that need to connect to wireless networks.  AT&T, Verizon, Sprint & T-Mobile call remote monitoring sensors the IOT (Internet of Things) revolution.  Remote monitoring saves oil & gas companies lots of money vs having someone physically drive out to the site.

Click on the cell phone tower pins (black) to locate the contact information of the wireless tower operator.  

Campground Cell Phone Coverage Reviews

Cell Phone Coverage Reviews vs Campgrounds Map

Cell Phone Towers Map vs Campgrounds Map

Today, we launched two new comparison maps that will help you find cell phone reception at campgrounds all over the United States.  

The 1st map on the upper left shows you 70,000+ cell phone coverage reviews submitted by our users.  Click on these pins to read the specific reviews and comments.  The map to the upper right is a map of 28,000+ campgrounds.  Click on these pins to get the specifics of each campground.   

The 2nd map below shows 100,000+ cell phone towers vs 28,000+ campgrounds.  Use this map and submit new coverage reviews directly by clicking on the +.  

These two maps are showing the Grand Canyon as example.  However, there are over 28,000 campground sites in the database.  

We are looking to build out more cell phone coverage reviews at campgrounds this summer.  

Tips for Preventing Damage to Your iPhone

How to Prevent Damage to your iPhone
You paid enough for your iPhone, so when it's damaged you not only have no way to talk to your friends or download some great apps - but you also feel as if you are losing money on your favorite investment!

So why not make sure you prevent damage to your iPhone? It will save you time, headache, and money! There are four surefire ways to prevent damage to your iPhone and I have shared them below.

Always make sure to check your pockets before you do the laundry!

Always make sure to check your pockets before you do the laundry! Liquid damage is quite hard to repair, and you may even lose your expensive iPhone to such a simple and silly mistake. To save your iPhone from water damage try a couple of things before you send your iPhone to device heaven.

1) Don't turn on your iPhone or push any buttons when it's wet, it's dangerous and is a way to kill an iPhone that actually only needs repair.

2) Immediately put your iPhone in a bag of dry rice. Sounds silly, but it has worked for many desperate iPhone owners. Try keeping your device in the bag for a few days and try to turn it on again to see if it works.

3)  Blow dry your iPhone or iPod Touch. This is a perfect step when done after the rice bag trick. Before you try turning it on, make sure to try to aim the blow dryer in any open holes or crevices on your device as this will dry any water trapped in your device.

Remember: When in doubt check your pockets!

Purchase a Good Quality Case 

This one may seem a little obvious, but you wouldn't believe the amount of iPhone owners out there that don't have a case protecting their precious device.

Some popular case brands are: Speck, Otter Box, and iSkin - but of course there are some other quality brands as well.

Get a Scratch Resistant Screen Protector 

Even if you have the great case or bumper on your iPhone, this doesn't prevent the inevitable face-down drop of your iPhone on the concrete.

Don’t Let Your iPhone Die

The battery in your iPhone has a limited amount of charge cycles. What this means is that every time you let it die and charge it all the way back, that counts as a full cycle. So charge often to prolong the life of your battery.

 Speaking of charging, buy the right charger! We all know how they easily break, but buying a lightning charger that may not be supported with your iPhone is just a waste of money! Apple runs software checks on these cables to make sure they are safe and compatible.

Treat Your iPhone Like the Delicate Package it is!

Just because you may have a nice case on your iPhone or some scratch resistant screen protector doesn't mean that you are in the clear of any iPhone damage. People often damage the headphone jack in their phones by yanking on the headphone cable.

If you're in a high-chaos environment, run your headphone cable underneath your clothes. Or use a headphone cable with a quick-disconnect that gives way before your device does.

5 Reasons Why You Must VPN for Private Web Browsing (VPN)

A Virtual Private Network is a secure tunnel established between your PC and a VPN server and all your web traffic is encrypted and sent through the tunnel. When you use a VPN connection, your actual IP address is masked and it becomes difficult for eavesdroppers to track your online activity since the entire traffic is encrypted through the VPN tunnel. Though using a VPN connection will slow down your bandwidth by 30-40%, there are several advantages of using a secured VPN tunnel for private web browsing as listed below.

1. Downloading and Uploading of P2P Files without Getting Tracked

Virtual private networks are essential if you wish to enjoy unrestricted access to the internet along with total protection. It is illegal in many countries to download pirated content such as movies, music, TV from Torrent sites. By using a VPN tunnel you can share files with your friends using a P2P (peer-to-peer) connection securely. You can hide your IP address and location using a VPN connection and it will be difficult to trace your online activities.

2. Using Public Wi-Fi Securely

We always feel uncomfortable while using free Wi-Fi available in hotels, airports, shopping malls, and coffee shops etc. since we are doubtful whether it’s secure and if anyone will eavesdrop on us. Since these Wi-Fi connections are open and your web traffic is not encrypted, it can be easy for hackers to eavesdrop and steal all your confidential data. Any person with access to same public Wi-Fi can intercept all your web traffic using a simple plugin Firefox tamper data and steal your passwords, contacts, credit card information and all your confidential data. By using a secure VPN tunnel for browsing, you can make it impossible for hackers to eavesdrop since all your data will be encrypted.

3. Access Geo-Blocked Content and Bypass Content Censorship
When it comes to online streaming, every country has their own rules and regulations which make it difficult to watch your favourite TV shows and music broadcasted by companies like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu etc. outside the United States. Due to certain copyright agreements, even some videos on YouTube are blocked in certain countries. Using a VPN service helps to masquerade your IP address and change your location as if you are browsing from US or a different country. This can help you bypass the content censorship and watch your favourite videos online. Even some popular services like Gmail, Facebook and other Google services are blocked in certain countries like China. By using a VPN connection, you can bypass such restriction and access these services through a secure VPN tunnel.

4. Search securely without your data being logged
All the popular search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo will log all your web search history which is linked to the IP address of your PC. By using a VPN service, you can hide your IP address and hence there won’t be logging related to your search history which allows you to maintain your privacy during web browsing.

5. Secure your VoIP calls

People use Skype, Google Duo, Lync and other services for online chatting through VoIP calls. Hackers can eavesdrop on your Voice-over-IP calls easily using certain promiscuous monitoring tools. Hence, you should secure your VoIP calls using a VPN tunnel so that all your voice data will be encrypted and sent through the tunnel. This ensures greater privacy and protection of your sensitive information.

VPN connection can also be used to bypass any restrictions made by the network administrator in your workplace or school. There are VPN products available in the market and you should compare the pros and cons of each product before you decide to purchase it. There are comparisons available for different products like the article Expressvpn vs Nordvpn which describers the performance, features, customer service and pricing of both products.

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