From this thread over @ XDA:
* See post #2
1. Force stop your current drop box app
2. Clear all data
3. Remove the app
4. Download the zip file from this link
5. Be sure to put it on the root of your sd card or internal storage
6. Boot into recovery
7. Flash the zip from step 4
8. Reboot your device.
9. Android will show updating, let it do its thing
10. Sign in to the new drop box app
11. After a few minutes get 48 gigs free for 2 years.
* Then you have to complete @ least 5 out of these 7 steps below:
Take the Dropbox tour
Install Dropbox on your computer
Put files in your Dropbox folder
Install Dropbox on other computers you use
Share a folder with friends or colleagues
Invite some friends to join Dropbox
Install Dropbox on your mobile device
I keep reading and hearing that Apple is bad because they restrict what you can do with the iPhone and in order to do some things, you need to jailbreak it.
Tell me. What makes rooting different?
They both mean the same thing but the reasons behind doing it differ. With Apple, to be able to install the apps you may want but Apple doesn't want you to have, you have to jailbreak the device. With Android, the biggest reason to root is to get the bloatware off the device that both carriers and phone manufacturers put on the phone.
There are some amazing things that can be done with the right apps however.
Continuing with what Strephon_Alkhalikoi said with Android it is not necessary to root the device to acquire apps from different sources, all I need in my Nexus 7 is go to settings and check mark "Allow installation of apps from sources other than the Play Store"
iPhone 4, jailbroken. iPad 2, jailbroken. iPad 3, jailbroken.
can't find the files to download anymore
Will rooting the device void the warranty?
ok, I found the zip file to download. Apparently Galaxy S3 phones come with these files already installed because these phones get 48gb of dropbox space for free - some kind of promotion thing.
Well, many months ago, for my HTC phone, I went to www.htcdev.com where I waived my warranty and started the process to unlock the bootloader.
Once unlocked it was easy to root it.
With root access, one can potentially royally mess up one's phone - not unlike having Administrator access on Windows.
It is best to read plenty ahead of time, and always research how to "undo" something before you "do" it.
Learn how to make nandroid backups, because if things go wrong, restoring a backup is often the only way to get things back to normal.
You can always un-root the device back to factory spec if you made a back up prior to rooting the phone, however if the phone breaks and becomes unusable then you can't reverse the rooting process and if you send it back for repair they may not honor the warranty.
If the phone is genuinely bricked--as in you can't flash a stock ROM (and use Triangle Away in the case of Samsung devices)--or otherwise so unusable as to be unflashable, the factory is probably not really going to see evidence of rooting anyways
That said--the attitude towards rooting phones does vary with carrier; Sprint in particular is actually known to have issued a formal statement (in regards to Android phones) to treat troubleshooting and repair EXACTLY as they would with a stock device, and people have reported successfully getting repairs done under warranty while on Sprint. T-Mobile is probably next friendliest, whilst Verizon is known to be most openly hostile to people modding their phones (to the point of actively crippling phones--first with GPS, then with the ability to sideload apps on Android, and now with locking bootloaders even when these are unlocked with other providers).
The ability to root also depends on devices--Samsungs are by far easiest (a one-click tool called Odin exists that will do everything necessary), HTCs next (they used to lock their bootloaders but now provide a tool to unlock them and allow rooting), and Motorola devices being a bit notorious for their difficulty in rooting. (Samsung is in fact so friendly towards rooting that they actively contribute phones to the Cyanogenmod project--an alternative version of Android designed to be "lean and mean" and which requires rooting to install. )
I'm of the opinion phone rooting is a Good Thing as long as you know what you're doing, and there are some distinct advantages (access to non-App Store apps in the case of Apple--and yes, there are some good apps that are Cydia-only due to Apple not giving their blessing--and some powerful backup tools in the case of Android like Titanium Backup and Rom Toolbox Pro). That said, it's not for everyone, and some folks can live happily without rooting.
Yesterday I lost the 50Gig, it is now down to the size it had been previoiusly.
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