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15 best root apps for Android

Authored by: Kris Carlon — 2 months ago

If you've taken the plunge and decided to root your phone you're in for a treat: a whole new world of tweaks, modifications and custom ROMs awaits you. Once you're rooted, you can install any of the wide range of root apps for Android. These apps make use of root privileges to do a lot of the heavy lifting for you. Here are our picks for the best root apps for Android.

Best superuser app: SuperSU

If you're rooted you need SuperSU. The two go hand in hand and while you can avoid SuperSU, there's no reason that you would want to. It's by far the best root assistant around, to the extent that many rootable kernels have you install SuperSU by default.

Essentially Super SU manages the apps you give superuser permissions to, but there's a bunch of other cool stuff to discover as well.

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Step one for any rooted Android user: SuperSU. / © ANDROIDPIT
SuperSU Install on Google Play

Best ad blocker app: AdBlock Plus

This is another of the first things any rooted Android owner should do: get an ad blocker. The websites you love are largely paid for by advertising, but if you're the sort of entitled brat who couldn't care less about the financial well-being of their favorite tech sites, then look no further than AdBlock Plus, the original and best ad blocker for Android. After years of exile, you can now grab the AdBlock browser directly from the Play Store.

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Hard to believe Adblock Plus is finally back in the Play Store. / © ANDROIDPIT
Adblock Browser for Android Install on Google Play

Best app for removing bloatware: System App Remover

The second thing any rooted Android user should do is remove those pre-installed system apps – also known a bloatware – that come with most new phones and waste precious internal storage and system resources.

Unfortunately, there's no easy way to recover the memory they're occupying but you can remove them to stop the drain on your battery and CPU. System App Remover is a great tool for this.

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Root allows you to remove pre-installed system apps. / © ANDROIDPIT
System app remover (ROOT) Install on Google Play

Best app for audio control: Viper4AndroidFX

If you're serious about the audio output of your rooted Android phone then Viper4Adnroid FX is the root app you want. It has too many features to list here, but you can go nuts with EQ mode settings, get near-lossless sound quality, optimize your speaker output, get Hi-Fi sound on your headphones and manage system audio settings to work on any third-party or system app.

Get the latest supported version from XDA Developers.

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With root, you can tweak your Android's music settings for all apps. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best backup app: Titanium Backup

Backups are an essential part of any rooted phone owners repertoire. And backup solutions don't get much better than Titanium Backup, especially once you're rooted. Before you start delving into system mods, ROMs and other tweaks, it's always a good idea to do a full backup before you proceed, just in case things go haywire. Titanium takes the pain out of making and managing backups.

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A comprehensive backup solution is an essential once you're rooted. / © ANDROIDPIT
Titanium Backup ★ root Install on Google Play

Best app for battery optimization: Greenify

Greenify is pretty fantastic even without root, but with root privileges it really comes into its own. Greenify is an app-hibernation tool. It essentially lets you take control over when apps are awake (and consuming system resources) and when to put them to bed. The latest update even includes a 'Shallow Hibernation' engine for Android Marshmallow.

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Greenify is one of the best apps on Android and it's even better with root. / © ANDROIDPIT
Greenify Install on Google Play

Best app for system automation: Tasker

Tasker is the Lord of the Rings of root apps. It's big, it's complex and a little daunting, but if you can commit yourself to it fully, you'll be repaid in full. Tasker is a full system automation app that can automate anything you do regularly with your Android phone, from setting up scheduled activities to automating tasks in apps. 

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Tasker automates actions based on specific triggers. / © ANDROIDPIT
Tasker Install on Google Play

Best app for recovering lost files: DiskDigger

We're huge fans of recovering lost SMS, photos, files and data, and once you're rooted there are even more solutions to the problem. If you've accidentally deleted photos, files or something else off your phone, DiskDigger can instantly recover it without losing a second (which is important in these situations).

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With root, you can recover lost files with just your phone and an app. / © ANDROIDPIT
DiskDigger photo recovery Install on Google Play

Best app for battery management: BetterBatteryStats

Who doesn't love a good battery stat? OK, maybe not most people, but I'll assume that if you're the type of Android owner who wants to root your phone, you might have an above-average interest in critical system things like battery consumption.

Better Battery Stats offers just that: a much more detailed and informative breakdown of what's using your battery. A lot of this comes stock in Android Marshmallow but if you don't have that update yet, this is the next best thing.

AndroidPIT root apps Better Battery Stats
The kind of stuff nerd's dreams are made of, mine included. / © ANDROIDPIT
BetterBatteryStats Install on Google Play

Best root file manager: ES File Explorer

No root user should be without a quality file manager. There are a lot of solid file explorers around, such as Total Commander and Cabinet, but my personal favorite is still ES File Explorer.

You can also invest in a root-only file manager, but most file managers have a root explorer included. It's really just a case of finding one that you like the look and feel of.

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ES File Explorer is the default best file manager on Android. / © ANDROIDPIT
ES File Explorer File Manager Install on Google Play

Best app for multiple device owners: DataSync

DataSync is one of those voodoo features that you wouldn't have believed existed a short time ago, but it's a root ability that's been around for a while. DataSync lets you sync your devices together so you can put one down and pick another up at exactly the same point.

That means that you can pick up your tablet when you get home and continue reading that book you were into on the train, plus a whole lot more.

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DataSync lets you sync multiple devices via Wi-Fi, the cloud or even NFC. / © ANDROIDPIT
DataSync Install on Google Play

Best app for managing custom ROMs: ROM Manager

If you're rooted and you want to start delving into the wonderful world of custom ROMs and kernels, then ROM Manager is a must-have root app. It's basically the one app to rule them all, helping you manage recoveries, ROMs and kernels: basically everything a rooted tweaker could possibly need to keep track of.

There's also a premium version with even more advanced features.

AndroidPIT root apps ROM Manager
If you get into ROMs, kernels and recoveries, ROM Manager can keep track of them all for you. / © ANDROIDPIT
ROM Manager Install on Google Play

Best app for screen recording: Rec

Screen recording may not be useful for the vast majority of Android owners, but for some, it's critical. If you're a gamer, bug-catcher or general go-to-guy for all your friends with Android problems, then being able to screen record is a real bonus. And Rec is the best root app for that.

Watch your descriptive language skills disappear as you say everything with recorded actions rather than words.

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Stil the simplest, best and most functional screen recording app we've found. / © ANDROIDPIT
Rec. (Screen Recorder) Install on Google Play

Best app for CPU and kernel tweaks: Device Control

If you're rooted you now have the ability to over-clock or under-volt your Android. These terms basically mean pumping more power into your CPU or limiting the amount of juice your battery uses. Device Control gives you these options and plenty more, including sound and display management, a build.prop editor and Tasker integration.  

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Device Control gives you access to all the best bits of a rooted phone. / © ANDROIDPIT
Device Control [root] Install on Google Play

Best app for managing internal storage: SD Maid

Internal storage is always going to present problems, especially for those of us with a rather obsessive relationship to new apps and modifications. With root access, SD Maid takes control of any ghost files or folders left remaining after you've deleted data.

It also comes with a file browser, search tool and app management options to help you free up every inch of internal storage without wasting a KB.

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Never lose a MB to leftover files or folders again with SD Maid. / © ANDROIDPIT
SD Maid - System Cleaning Tool Install on Google Play

What is your favorite root app? What's the best thing about having root? Let us know in the comments.

Kris is a former AndroidPIT Editor who came to the team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • Rooting app is not a good choice if you want to root your phone, I chose the desktop rooting software - AnyRooter.

  • I think that he did wonderful on the article, he probably helped out a lot of people who were on the fence with certain apps. Also I think that SuperSU is the best.

  • Thank you really helpful tips

  • Why is it that this writer is too biased towards certain apps? Like "Screen Recorder"?"SDMaid"?"ESFileExplorer"? whereas there are other apps with higher user ratings in Playstore and other alternative markets.I am sticking to "RootExplorerPro" for my file manager, with EsfileExplorer as backup only. Like "Screen Recorder it is hardly rated anything higher than 3.3. With loads of complains from users but this writer recommends it. (He usually does this as I follow AndroidPits updates nearly daily postings) I would NOT take this writers recommendation with a pinch of salt(rather a spoonful), except for those new to Android. .
    I have all of my Android "rooted" nearly 11 active devices, I played around daily. It is good to "root" for those sceptical of rootings, but please standby with backup firmware in case somethings go wrong before rooting. Sometimes I had to "reflash" or "reinstall" the firmware upto 8 times to get the right modifications working on my devices. Only foolish people would "root" without learning up how to recover , reflash, reinstall the firmware as with Murphy's Law...What could.........! So stop whining

    • Thanks for the tips!
      How can I backup my firmware? I have the Galaxy Note 4

      • xsquid 5 days ago Link to comment

        You can do a nand backup but it's easier and more convienent to use titanium pro to backup eveything, including apps and data. I keep a backup on my sdcard along and if something happens do a data reset and then re install from Titanium backup. Restoring only takes a few minutes and with a couple of widgets on your home screen you hit them regularly to update the backup and you really are up to date, Far better than backing up the firmware.

    • xsquid 5 days ago Link to comment

      It sounds to me like you are the one whining. I have owned root explorer pro for years, have been rooting since the beginning, and it takes a back seat to solid explorer. I have both installed but root installer pro is backup. SD maid is an excellent app and has been for years, I would recommend it over any other "cleaner" app that can use root. Wipe the drool off your face and accept that your opinion means no more than his and stop whining.

  • prooter 1 month ago Link to comment

    Thank you so much for your sharing.

  • Al JR 1 month ago Link to comment

    No, rooting is not safe. Alot of bricked devices, scripts appearing after root, or unroot, disabled functionality etc.
    If you have 'app permissions' in Security and can disable stuff (a different Launcher will hide the Google search), then that's nearly as good.
    Your browsing speed is governed by Mbs of signal, not liteness of system.
    I do have 3 rooted kit-kats put away for when Trebor update has thought-control and obligatory Google tattoo on ass..

    • xsquid 5 days ago Link to comment

      I have been rooting since the beginning hand have never bricked or had disabled functionality on any device. It does help to know what you are doing though.

  • Is rooting the device safe? What is the exact & safe procedure to do it?

    • storm 1 month ago Link to comment

      Each phone is different. It can also vary with the carrier having made changes to the phone as well. Look up you phone on xda for more details

  • storm 2 months ago Link to comment

    I like Ad Away better than Adblock Plus. Plus is a bit more cluttery in the notifications and not as effective outside of the browser. Ad Away also doesn't trigger sites that detect ad blockers.

    Titanium Backup with the paid for root features gives you the app freeze and delete features of System App remover. No need to duplicate features imho though it does cost a bit to get the extra features of Titanium.

    Tasker is a great app, but before that I have to list Droid Wall and Xposed or some other App Opps permissions editor. Droid Wall increases my security and control of apps and is easy to use. And permissions control is a primary reason for Root.

    I've used ROM Manager and a few of the others, but they don't really simplify things that much. And their limitations in finding ROMs is a bigger burden than what they solve. If you have the ability to unlock your phone and root it, TWRP and a web browser is more powerful and versatile.

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