So it was an unexpectedly productive day today.

I went to main market with my mother to buy groceries for entire month.

We explored a lot on foot and had fun time where she explained me how the core markets work and where are located.

Back home and I just looked for a thread to be able to root my phone.

Guess what bitches!!!! I rooted my phone following a YouTube tutorial.


I wanted to do it since years but finally did it. And first thing I did was to overwrite the system host file with mine to block the god damn ads.

Removed the fucking bloatware and now I only have those apps which I use.

It took me a while to do it and I fucked up a lot in between but eventually everything worked out.

Though I managed to successfully nuke my file system and now I cannot see the default folders which were there earlier.

I am trying to change my default notification tone but the folder is vanished and the one in root folder does not reflect in settings.

Tried a lot but nothing worked. I need to figure that out.

But boy good day it was. I feel the sense of achievement 😎

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    Though I am sceptical that the files I used might have more tracking in them or installed a keylogger and would be tracking me.

    Am I paranoid?
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    @Floydian what do you mean, you can’t see the folders? The ones in the root of your file system or the ones on /sdcard (your “internal storage”)?
    Perhaps they are just hidden? Enable “show hidden files” in your file manager (btw if you want a decent file manager, try MiXplorer).

    Your ringtones should be in /system/media, iirc

    What kind of files did you use for ad blocking? Did you place them by yourself or did you use AdAway or something similar? Dig in your host file if you are paranoid (should be in /data/data/hosts or /data/hosts)
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    Did you use an app like KingRoot to root your phone? If so, you should be paranoid.

    I have heard there is malware floating in that.

    But if you rooted your phone legit, you have nothing to worry about, but then your folders should be there.

    Root your phone legit, it obviously depends on what phone you have, there are tools to help, but essentially it entails:

    new phones:

    boot into fastboot

    unlock OEM bootloader

    flash a new bootloader

    boot into new bootloader

    mount /system partition RW

    copy superSU to your phone and install on / partition.


    older method:

    use third party tool to mount /system partition RW

    copy SuperSU and install

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    Root via TWRP and use the naked root shell over prettily dressed up apps whenever possible, and everything should be all right 🙂
    Congrats on rooting your device!
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    @Bitwise You should be paranoid about SuperSU as well. It’s been acquired by some shady small Chinese company and since it’s closed source, god knows what they did with the original code.

    If it comes to rooting in 2018, I always recommend Magisk. It’s FOSS, has a super easy and idiot-proof ZIP installer and offers more features than SuperSU (e.g. various Xposed-like modules, Magisk Hide for SafetyNet passing, systemless Xposed and Host file ad blocking...)
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    @RantSomeWhere systemless Xposed?! For real? And here I thought that I'd have to give up on Xposed to keep passing SafetyNet! If only I knew :')
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    @Condor yes, there’s a Magisk module for that (at least last time I checked).
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    @Condor https://forum.xda-developers.com/xp...

    It’s a module made by the original creator of Magisk (topjohnwu)
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    @RantSomeWhere damn.. currently waiting for an adb backup to finish so that I can flash Paranoid Android afterwards (perhaps along with MultiROM). But damn.. in that case Magisk and Xposed are so gonna be a part of it <3
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    @Condor Paranoid Android, very nice ROM!
    MultiROM, while an interesting project, is a bitch. I’ve tried it multiple times, but it simply. Won’t. Boot. The. Secondary. ROM. After. The. First. Boot.

    Take a look at EFIdroid. It’s a project that aims to port UEFI to android in order to make multibooting easy. It’s not finished yet, but it’s still being worked on.

    You can install Systemless Xposed via Magisk, but it won’t pass SafetyNet. I dunno why. There’s an Xposed module called “NoDeviceCheck” which will disable SafteyNet checking and will pass ctsProfile, but BasicIntegrity will simply not pass. Most apps rely on ctsProfile, though, so your Pokémon Go/Netflix/Snapchat/Android pay/whatever should still work.
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    @Condor basicIntegrity simply means that you can’t download these apps from the play store. But the apps themselves do work.
    APKmirror is your friend ;)
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    @RantSomeWhere Aha, that's great to know! Guess I'll stick with just a single ROM then, and then flashing each one I want individually, then backing up and restoring them as Nandroid backups. With 32GB of storage on this N6P I doubt that I have sufficient storage for more than 1 or 2 ROM's anyway :/
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    @RantSomeWhere so basic folder of music/pictures/videos et cetera disappeared.

    They were present when I booted up but after removing the bloatware things messed up. And I did check the notif folders in system/media/....

    But those files are not being fetched on UI in settings. God knows what fucked up.

    @Bitwise yes, I followed the steps you mentioned. Also the files were of TWRP as @Condor mentioned.

    Everything is flawless except the ringtone and default folder part.
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    @Floydian The ringtones should still be present in the stock ROM's image, if one exists (usually it does). You can download, extract and place back the ringtones from there if so desired :)

    Meanwhile here I'm trying to reconfigure my phone with Resurrection Remix, as my stock system's backup didn't want boot upon restoration after I flashed Paranoid Android. All my customizations lost and I'll have to do them all over again.. great -.-
    And worst of all is that this turd isn't even on the latest security patches, so at some point I'll probably have to build my own.. at least it's based on Android 8.1, but still ._.

    And I'm having vendor image errors upon reboots.. fucking amazing!
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    @Condor where can I find the stock rom folders?

    And Paranoid Android sounds hilarious 😂😂😂
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    @Floydian Usually on XDA or Needrom. A little bit of ducking-fu with "$productSeries (e.g. Nexus 6P) stock rom" should yield some results. As for Paranoid.. actually I didn't really like it. I thought that it'd be some really privacy-oriented ROM but it doesn't seem like that's the case.
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    @Condor It sounds to be a parody Android version.
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    @Floydian that’s weird. You unlocked the bootloader as well, didn’t you?
    Normally, the internal storage and data partition are wiped during the process. For security reasons, you know.
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    @RantSomeWhere Well, I got it.

    I was using .MP3 in .OGG place. I converted and now shit works.

    Looking for new ringtone now. Suggestions are welcomed.

    Preference would be Melodic Rock/Metal.

    @Shellbug any ideas?
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    @Floydian I'm not good at choosing ringtones actually. I still have one of the default ringtones set on my phone.
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    @Floydian I have “I know where I belong” by Joe Bonamassa as my ringtone, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, tbh
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    @RantSomeWhere It is brutal and fast?
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    @Floydian what about Iron Maiden - Aces High?
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    @shellbug Had that earlier..
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