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http://androidforums.com – Hi, I am fairly new to this rooting ordeal. I first rooted an LG Motion, then the ZTE Avid, bricked without backing the ZTE up, But now I have rooted this LG pheonix with the gingerbreak exploit method, which worked, but don't know what steps to take now. First what should app is best used for backing up, and then which recovery should I attempt to prevent breaking my software? I don't know about what to do to custimizing my rom without bricking the phone first...I assume this would all be in the all things root guide? (General)