After rooting your Android phone, it opens up tons of possibilities of things to do. But what are the best root apps for android phones? Which rooted apps are in the top ten? Which rooted apps do you need? Do you want to wirelessly tether? Overclock your Android? Install a custom ROM or theme? Keep reading to find out what are the best root applications to get after you root your phone.
Depending on what you want to do with your phone, there are quite a few different apps you should consider. Most of them don’t matter if you have Froyo, but some might.
- Root Explorer ($)- Root explorer allows you to look around the protected system files and system area/internal memory of your android device that is not normally accessible by the system file manager or other third party file managers. This isn’t incredibly useful unless you are serious about hacking and altering the phone’s OS, such as if you are installing or developing your own custom ROM and testing it. It is also 2.5 British pounds, which costs almost $4, making it really expensive. But if you are a hacker, it is probably worth the money.
- z4root – Z4 root is actually a program you need before you root. It will one-click root your phone and install Busybox which opens up other rooted opportunities. Since I am not a hacker nor do I have a large knowledge about Android OS, I am not really messing around with too much, but Z4root will help you root and unroot your phone for newbies.
- Autokiller Memory Optimizer (root not required with limited functionality) – Root is actually not required for the full functionality of this program. This free app allows you to alter internal Android settings of how much RAM to keep free for immediate use by changing at what remaining level of MB or pages free that it will start killing open apps that are no longer being used by are still running in the background. Rooting allows you to change these values for active processess, including the program you are using. This has sped up my phone immensely by just using the non-root values. It has made it much, much more responsive when doing anything, and I recommend this app for everyone.
- Autorun Killer ($ or free) (root not required)/Startup Auditor ($ or free) – These two programs do the same thing – they stop programs, specifically bloatware, from running at boot up and also attempt to prevent them from restarting. Extremely helpful for BS programs like Amazon MP3, Blockbuster, City ID, etc… Unfortunately, Autorun Killer requires a donation to stop the programs from restarting, and Startup Auditor requires a paid app if you want to use it to stop more than 5 apps. Both, however, have the ability to “try” to prevent the apps from restarting. Another great program to use.
- Wireless Tether/Barnacle Wifi Tether – I haven’t used Barnacle yet, but Wireless Tether is great. It does exactly what it says – wirelessly tethers the data signal without your carrier knowing about it. Barnacle claims to be faster than Wireless Tether
- Wired Tether – Not as useful, but I found this after looking stuff up online. Only supports a few phones without special custom ROMs installed.
- ShootMe – This app allows you to take screenshots of your Android phone simply by shaking it, screaming, or performing some other similar action. Very useful. Ad supported with paid app available.
- Droid Overclock ($)/ SETCPU ($) – These programs let you overclock your phone’s processor. They are both extremely customizable and variable, letting you set up profiles to set conditions where you want to over or under clock your phone. Be careful though, anything can get screwed up at any time.
- Titanium Backup ($) – Titanium Backup can backup all of your apps, data, settings, etc… It also has some other features, like “freezing” bloat apps and more. Pretty useful overall, and a premium version is available as well with more features.
- Superuser – I think this is supposed to come with Android after its rooted, but it allows you to grant access/ungrant access to root features for certain apps, along with some other features. But if you hit “deny root” to an app by accident, you can un-do it with this app.
- Linpack for Android – This rooted app allows you to benchmark your phone and CPU and compare it to others. This is good if you are over clocking your phone.
- AdFree - AdFree accesses the Android system to disable the ability to call for ads from certain hosts, blocking a large majority of the ads in programs and websites. Can be useful if ads bother you.
- Cachemate Free – Cachemate Free deletes the cache files your system stores in multiple places, including the SD drive. I think the paid version lets you schedule regular cache cleaning and also allows some additional features.
These are the most important apps to get for your rooted Android phone. Have any questions/thoughts? Anything I forgot? Let me know!