Android uses the term Root or SuperUser for elevated administrator privileges. Many users root their Android devices but are not sure how to proceed once rooting is done. Fortunately, there are various Android applications that utilize root privileges to do a whole lot more.
Root-enabled applications allow users to enjoy full use of the Android system and can do much more than root-disabled applications. For example, while an uninstaller app allows you to uninstall user applications, a root-enabled uninstaller app lets you uninstall user as well as system applications.
Moreover, these applications also provide functionalities that are not possible otherwise, such as system font changer, custom ROM installer, app data backup and restore manager, etc. To that end, here are 20 rooted apps that can help you do more with your Android.
SuperSU is the world’s best root privileges manager. It handles all root or superuser access i.e., any application trying to access the system has to contact SuperSU to gain access permissions. SuperSU lets you grant or deny permission to any application requesting system privileges. It comes with lots of features like access and request logs, un-root option, option to auto-allow system apps, etc.
Root Checker can test the root status of your Android device. This application requests root permissions on your rooted device and detects if the device is successfully rooted or not. It comes very handy in case you’re trying to root your device using some tutorial and want to confirm that the process went well and your device now allows root privileges.
Device Control is an all-in-one application to control your device parameters. It can be used to control the processor’s frequency, screen colors, entropy level, input voltages, and much more. The application can be used to increase performance as well as monitor system resources. You can increase or improve various parameters and options to gain better performance from your Android device.
Root Browser is developed to browse the system with root privileges. It can be used to view and modify system partition’s data and files and remove system applications. The app offers most of the file manager’s features, and many more advanced features such as sharing files via e-mail, files archiver and extractor, APK file extractor and decompiler, etc.
Greenify is a mix of battery saver and performance booster. It hibernates applications that consume more system resources and make your device run faster and smoother. Root privileges allow it to hibernate even system apps, thereby greatly improving performance. Xposed framework along with root privileges brings more features and so is recommended.
ROM Manager allows the user to maintain and flash custom ROMs without losing the phone’s functionality. It offers a simple and user-friendly interface and allows laymen users to change their ROMs easily and conveniently. The app offers the users to download a custom ROM from the given list of supported ROMs for the device and install it automatically.
System App Remover allows users to uninstall bloatware and other undesired system applications from their devices. Additional apps by manufacturers called bloatware to degrade device performance and can’t be removed easily without such an application. It also allows users to uninstall user-installed apps, move apps to SD card, etc.
Titanium Backup is a super useful data backup tool. The app can back up and restore user data even at the time of upgrading the ROM or installing a new custom ROM. It also allows batch jobs for installing, restoring, uninstall and backup of applications. The app also offers premium features such as a completely automated batch app installer, etc.
XBooster is a system booster. It controls the system’s parameters through profiles. You can switch between profiles to set the required performance output from your Android device, and the app changes the system’s parameters as required by the set profile. It offers two modes (hard gaming and multi-tasking), features such as scheduled boost, system apps killer and more.
Boot Animations is an application to view and modify the boot animation of your Android device. You can download boot animations from the web and set those for your device using this app. The app also offers a nice collection of free boot animations that supports every screen size and resolution.
Pry-Fi is a network analyzer developed with the primary purpose of analyzing your Wi-Fi network. It’s for Android what Wireshark is for Unix and Windows – it’s to track the data passing through your Wi-Fi network, as well as to hide your identity from outsiders who may be monitoring your Wi-Fi activity.
Flashify allows users to flash files without using a custom recovery. You can flash custom apps, mods, and custom ROMs using this app without rebooting the phone. The app is fairly simple: you only need to select the zip file to flash, and the app will flash the selected file to your device.
ROM Toolbox is a complete package of useful tools for managing your device’s health and performance. Some of the included tools are boot animation changer, font changer, file flasher, etc. It even offers a paid version that unlocks various advanced features such as batch backup and restore, move unsupported apps to SD card, etc.
Amplify Battery Extender uses advanced technology to extend the battery life by limiting resources to background apps. It detects apps acquiring the CPU and GPU resources in the background and restricts them from saving the battery juices. The app can also be used to monitor activities, and requires Xposed framework to function.
Read more: 20 Must-have Xposed modules for Android
Kernel Adiutor can be used to change the parameters of your device’s kernel. The app offers an easy interface to adjust the parameters such as GPU and CPU frequency, screen temperature, and voltage to get the desired performance output.
BusyBox is a set of tools and libraries, used to support running various Linux commands on your Android device. This app is requisite to use many other root applications. The installation unlocks many advanced root features such as better control and management of the device.
AZ Screen Recorder can be used to record the screen of your Android device and save the recording in mp4 format. The application comes in very handily for bloggers and tutors to record steps for a tutorial. It also supports advanced settings such as resolution and speed customization, etc.
TWRP Manager packs the features of the TWRP Recovery in an application. You can perform all actions possible through Recovery using the app itself. Some of the uses include flashing zip files, cleaning cache, managing files, wiping data partition, etc.
StickMount allows your device to support any On-The-Go flash drive. You can use this app to mount and use pen drives on your device if the default internal storage isn’t sufficient for your storage requirements. It can also create and edit labels for the inserted flash drive.
Undeleter helps recover deleted files from an Android device. It supports undeleting files from corrupted or formatted partitions of various memory devices: internal storage, external SD card, and OTG mounted drive. It can also scan call logs, messages, and WhatsApp or Viber conversations, with support for all types of files (the free version works only for images).
Hope you’ll find this list helpful in various situations. Which is your favorite root-required Android app? Please let us know through the comments.
[Update: Dec 28, 2015] This post has been replaced with an updated version.