This post was updated in January 2015.
Managed to finally take the risk and root your Android device? Congratulations! What now though? You notice no real difference and begin to wonder what the whole fuss is about. Well, fret not, there are plenty of useful apps for you to install on your newly rooted Android device. However, you must be much more careful with your installations now, since apps seeking root access basically have control over your device’s system files and can be potentially harmful. Here I will introduce you to 5 essential apps for rooted Android devices.
Titanium Backup is a true lifesaver. The app is basically used to make backups of your installed applications and their data files. You can essentially copy these backups to your PC or external hard drive for safekeeping (this is optional), and in case you flash your phone, wipe it, or delete everything, these backups can help you restore the apps just the way they were, along with all the settings intact. Moreover, the app can make backups of your call records, contacts, calender, alarms and wifi access points, allowing you to completely restore your device to how it was before you wiped it (accidentally or deliberately). There is a free version available and it works just fine; however, in order to make sure of more advanced features, you should consider purchasing the Pro key.
Root explorer functions just like your regular file explorer (the app which allows you to browse your phone’s storage and copy/paste/delete files etc) but with added functionality, thanks to root access. The explorer is light, simple and solid, allowing you to perform the basic file functions and work with zip files as well. Moreover, with root access, you can browse the system directory of your device and copy or paste files into your system apps or data (only advanced users should do this) along with setting permissions.
This is actually a very useful app for rooted Android devices. GestureControl basically allows you to setup gestures (finger motions on your screen) to perform specific functions. The app has a lot of customization options and you can select the number of fingers you want to use in a gesture, the screen border (top, bottom, left, right) you want to initiate the gesture from and the general motion of the gesture (pinch, expand, swipe, rotate). There are preset gestures and you can also make your own custom ones. My favorite is the pinch to kill gesture, which I have setup to kill active apps when I pinch on the screen. You can try the free version before deciding whether you want to pay for it.
Admit it, you are curious about overclocking your device’s processor and noticing how it affects the performance. SetCpu does exactly that, allowing you to manage your device’s CPU frequency. You can both overclock and underclock your CPU (overclocking can require voltage modification as well, which should only be done by advanced users) to increase performance and save battery respectively. Moreover, the most useful feature is the ability to set profiles, which automatically regulate the processor speed depending on conditions like battery life, sleep time, charging etc.
Ever wanted to get rid of those annoying ads which often come with free apps? Adaway is your solution for that. The app uses updated host files to block ads on your device, allowing for an ad free experience, even with free apps. However, Adaway is no longer available on Google Play, but you can still download it from other sources.
Let us know if these apps help you get more out of your rooted Android phone or tablet. If you have any recommendations of your own, please feel free to comment below and let us know!