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Can I Root an Amazon Fire tablet?

 Amazon Fire tablet

Episode 1606

John from San Diego, CA

John got an Amazon Fire Tablet and he'd love to wipe it clean to get rid of having to go into Amazon for everything. Leo says one thing he can do is put the Google Play store on it. Once done, everything else on Android is available. Leo says he stopped using the FireTV because it was all about Amazon as well. He could maybe "root" the tablet in order to make it Android only.

How can I Jailbreak an Android Phone?

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Episode 1570

Mike from Los Angeles, CA

Mike wants to know how to jailbreak his Android phone. Leo says that jailbreaking is for the iPhone and it's not recommended because it exploits known security flaws, which is dangerous. The Android phone equivalent is "rooting" which enables administrator access. This allows one to put other firmware on there. But the Samsung Galaxy mobile phones are very difficult to root because Samsung doesn't want users to. But if users go to XDA Developers and input the exact model of their phone, they can find out how to do it.

How can I get my phone unlocked?

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Episode 1460

Rob from Los Angeles, CA

Rob has an old Android phone and he doesn't like his carrier. Can he unlock it and go with another carrier? Leo says he should as long as his account is in good standing. Even if he's no longer a customer, they should still do it for him. He should just call and ask them politely. He should not pay to unlock a phone, though. If he has to, Rob should go to XDA-Developers.org and look in there for instructions.

How can I use an old Nook tablet to watch movies?

Barnes and Noble NOOK Tablet 7"

Episode 1459

Steve from Denver, CO

Steve was given a Barnes and Noble Nook reader. Can he watch movies on it? Leo says that the Nook had very limited space and used a proprietary format, but he may be able to hack it to give it more options, including watching the movies he wants. He should head over to XDA-Developers to see how to "root" the Nook. His real problem, though, is copy protection. The Nook only supports movies with Cinema Now DRM. But that's part of the fun of hacking old technology like a Nook.

How can I update my Nexus 6?

Google Nexus 6

Episode 1371

Mike from St. Cloud, MN

Mike has a Google Nexus 6 that isn't updating. He's tried to get Nougat on it, but it won't update. Leo says that the Nexus 6 may not be getting updates anymore, especially through Verizon. Leo says he may have to root the phone to get it updated. Google didn't offer a major update to the Nexus 6, and the security update for March was pulled because it broke Android Pay. They do plan to update to version 7 soon.

How can I root my tablet?

Dell Venue

Episode 1342

Brett from Woodbridge, NJ

Brett has an older Dell Venue tablet and wants to update it, but they don't support it anymore. Leo says that his only choice is to root it and put a custom ROM on it. Leo says the first place he'll want to go to put a custom ROM on Android is the XDA Developers Forum. He can get step-by-step instructions for his exact model. There is a Dell Venue section, but he should be sure he uses the exact model or he could brick it.