How can I make sure I can restore my Moto E to its current state if I root it an use a bug fix to force the mobile radio to disconnect after sending data? I also have a privacy question about the Republic App.
- I only use the phone and text when away from my home or office wi-fi network. I disabled most of the apps that I don’t use to extend the battery life. I have a Moto E 2nd Gen with Lollipop 5.1 and found on line that the mobile radio on this model and platform may have a bug which prevents the mobile radio from disconnecting after sending data (presumably to Republic/Google). The solution I found was to root the phone (which is no longer under warranty) and install a bug fix using a patch they wrote for the Xposure Framework.
- If I root the phone, Motorola says it will wipe out all apps. I imagine this includes the phone and messaging and Republic Apps, and if so, is there an easy way to reinstall the apps that Republic needs?
- Where can I look to become more knowledgeable about everything involved with rooting the phone? I need to restore it to the same condition it is in now plus the bug fix, but I don’t want to try it without verifying that it will work with others that might be able to assist me if it trashes up my phone.
- I read the description on the Republic App and it says the app can record audio and take pictures without asking my consent. Can these features be blocked, or does Republic offer a version of its app that doesn’t invade my privacy? Since I have no idea what this phone is doing, I must shut it off for confidential conversations, and even then, I have no way of knowing that it is really off since the battery is still attached. Any advice?
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