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15 best root apps for Android

Update: New app added

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 for easy flashing: Flashify

Flashing manually can be a lot of work. What if there was an app that did all the heavy lifting? With Flashify, you can sit back and let the app automatically flash for you. This is an app for those who like to have a lot of customization and don't want to spend endless hours getting get. 

With Flashify, you can flash your boot.img, recovery.img and zip files with ease. If you want to backup these to your local or cloud storage, the app automatically syncs them. You get automatic cloud synchronization between backups of devices and your desktop. The app allows you to restore kernel and recovery using an SDcard as well. 

The app is free to use but you should be aware that you can only perform three free flashes per day. If you have a lot of flashes to do, you might want to consider purchasing a few more. If you want to spread them out so you don't have to pay, you can add them to your queue and they can be flashed the next day. 

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Flashify flashes your files in a flash. / © ANDROIDPIT
Flashify (for root users) Install on Google Play

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 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.

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  • giis 4 months ago Link to comment

    Hi Root users, I thought you may be interested in this new app: It allows you to carry the SDCard with apps and insert into similar Rooted mobile and start using your apps, contacts, photos, mails just like the original.

    YouTube Demo available on Plat Store: play DOT google DOT com/store/apps/details?id=in.co.giis.SpaceMachine

    Disclaimer : I'm the dev & Check G+ group for more details.

  • Ricky 5 months ago Link to comment

    Try Cf autoroot if you not use to rooting and all ther is to it. Realy easy and better than all this one click root.

  • Kingroot is the best root android app I've used. It root my samsung easily and safely,

    • Yep, Kingroot is easy to use, But it not works with all devices.

    • Kingroot (san an "o") might be fine..but...beware Kingoroot.....notice the "o" after king.

      Kingo's default PC software is set to change one's browser home page.

      Plus, post root, it installed adware on my lock screen, and an unknown, and unrequested, "battery saver" app. They're slimy, dishonest, and morally bankrupt.

      May they get a nasty paper cut, and have their eyes pried open like in "A Clockwork Orange", and then be subjected to nude photos of Hillary Clinton and Rosie O'Donnell for 2.345 minutes. Any longer would just be inhumane.

  • KrakyLand 8 months ago Link to comment

    I cant agree ...
    but you can find a huge amount of games and apps for rooted devices on www.krakyland.net under the android section

  • I DIDNT ROOT YET SO SAD

    • You can use iRoot and then use this knid of app. Follow this guide:
      First and foremost, make sure you have backed up your data and have enough charge to make the rooting process goes smoothly. After this, you can follow these notifications as below:

      Step 1: Enable USB Debugging Mode for Android and install related USB Drivers on your PC.



      Step 2. Download iRoot PC version on your computer.





      Step 3. Agree the user agreement, and click "Connect".



      Step 4. After iRoot detects your device, click "Root"

  • Using 6/10 apps above

  • If only those bloatware-occupied spaces were usable!

  • Dean L. 8 months ago Link to comment

    Thanks for the article. I have added a couple more apps for when I root that I didn't know about as I'm preparing to root.

  • DuFFi 8 months ago Link to comment

    what was not mentioned and what i have:

    - LMT (customized pie with applications of your choice) its on xda
    - KernelAuditor
    - Recently
    - GMD Gesture Control (paid version)

  • I cant believe that people able to make $1592 in 3 weeks on the internet. have you read this web link...>>.

    ()()*)???>>>> Home-jobs90.TK

  • Very informative. Thanks.

  • SCR free is a better screen recording app and one of my favorite app after rooting my device was aio downloader in which you can download paid apps for free!

  • 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.

  • Josh Webb 11 months ago Link to comment

    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 10 months 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.

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