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Top 5 Android Apps For Root Users

Eric McBride


I don’t know about you guys, but the first thing I do when getting a new phone or tablet is to root it. I don’t care how fast or badass it already is, it’s getting rooted. I simply can’t get the most out of my phone without having access to root apps and root functions. There are lots of apps out there for rooters and modders, so I thought I would compile a list of my personal top 5 Android apps for root users. If you’re rooted and own an Android device, these 5 apps are an absolute MUST.

1. Titanium Backup (free and paid versions available)

This is easily my number one pick. I have 389 apps installed on my tablet, and over 200 on my phone. I am constantly flashing ROMS and beta testing, meaning that I often have to reinstall all my apps, which takes a very long time if I have to manually do it. Titanium Backup Pro makes it easy to backup all of my apps and their data (like login data, ect), and then to restore all of them with the click of a button. The free version can backup and restore too, but you’ll have to confirm each app before it restores. If you go pro, just sit back and wait for your phone to finish restoring. A MUST HAVE APP for any root user. You can get the app from AndroidPIT here, or from Google Play here.

2. System Tuner (free and paid versions available)

This all in one utility app gets the job done well. With System Tuner Pro, I can easily manage my entire system. I can adjust my CPU speeds (if my kernel supports overclock), I can adjust kernel governor settings, I can apply system tweaks, control startup programs, edit my build prop, analyze my sd card, and sooooooooooo much more. I use this app more on my tablet, as phones sometimes have better kernel management apps for specific developers (ie Trinity or Franco kernels). But for an all in one solution, you really can’t beat this app. You can download it from Google Play here.

3. ROM Toolbox (free and paid version available)

This one is also a great all in one solution that’s similar to System Tuner, but offers a few different tweaks. It damn near made number 2 on my list, but didn’t only for the fact that I’m so used to System Tuner. ROM Toolbox basically combines a bunch of awesome root apps into one massive all in one rooters app. It can manage apps, act as a terminal emulator, block ads, manage boot screens, and so so so much more. It also has CPU and tweak options as well, giving you a great all in one solution. If you you’re rooted and don’t have this app, you’re really missing out. It can be downloaded from AndroidPIT here, or from Google Play here.

4. CPU Spy (free and paid version available)

If you need a way to monitor your CPU, this app gets the job done better than any other I have used. Anytime I’m getting a lot of battery drain, I can pop this app open to see how fast my CPU is running, how often it runs at which speed, and how often it enters deep sleep when the screen is off. It’s great for giving you the right CPU frequency information for optimizing battery life, and definetely deserves to be on this top 5 Android apps list. You can download it from AndroidPIT here, or from Google Play here.

5. File Manager (free)

With the amount of ROMS I use, I am constantly moving files in and out of “system”, changing my boot animation, and ripping certain apk system files from one ROM and adding them to another. Without a good file manager with root/system read/write access, you’ll have your work cut out for you. My file manager of choice (out of the thousands available) is actually called File Manager (LOL). There is a tablet version and a phone version that not only look great and have a nice UI, but also give me access to system files while allowing me to delete, move, and edit them. File Manager can be downloaded from Google Play here.


So that’s it guys! Long time rooters will probably know all about these apps, but if you’re new to the world of rooting, you can’t go wrong with these top 5 Android apps for root users!

Happy rooting! :)

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  • Tyler Oct 16, 2012 Link

    Root Browser by JRummy Apps (creator of ROM Toolbox) is my go to file manager.

    Permissions has also been useful when certain apps have permissions that can affect the way the phone should run.

    Oh...and gotta love Sixaxis Controller if you run emulators and want to use a PS3 controller.

  • Eric McBride Oct 16, 2012 Link

    Sixaxis is awesome, but I prefer USB/BT works for PS3 and XBOX 360 controllers, and supports keyboads as well!

  • Jack Strauss Oct 16, 2012 Link

    After switching through a number of file explorers, I have finally settled on Solid Explorer ( I still use Root Explorer from time to timeout of habit, but really Solid Explorer is all I really need.

    Also, apart from CPU Spy (BTW, I don't see a paid version), I use Better Battery Stats ( to nail down what's draining the battery.

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    Donsaibot Oct 16, 2012 Link

    The most important ones for me are:

    Titanium Backup

    Rom Manager( altough i mostly go straight to recovery)

    ES File Explorer

    and most imprtant : LBE Security Master. I wouldn't want a phone without it.

  • Patrick R. Oct 19, 2012 Link

    SD Maid Cleaner is a rooted app I love. I sometimes flash a rooted kernel just to run it. Keeps my Note running like new.