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Top 5 Root Apps for Android

Authored by: Joel W. — Oct 24, 2013

Rooting your phone gives it superpowers, but there's lots more you can do with root access than installing custom ROMs and themes. Root apps allow you to supercharge your phone's superpowers.

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Unlock your phone's true abilities: Root it! / © AndroidPIT

There are plenty of reasons to root your Android device. You can remove bloatware, install custom ROMs, overclock your processor, and otherwise tweak your device to make it do exactly what it should, and no more. But you don’t have to do any of the above. You could just install some of the following fun root-only apps, which I present in no particular order.

Excellent Root Apps 

Titanium Backup

Probably the premier root app, I haven’t begun to explore the depths of this program’s capability. Let’s start with the basic (and obvious) purpose: backing up your apps. You can use Titanium Backup to build an archive of all your apps on your SD card. Catastrophic system failure? Just reinstall your apps from this program. You can also freeze and even force-uninstall apps as you please.

Titanium Backup
Titanium Backup - Save your apps in case of disaster / © Titanium Track

Rom Toolbox

This app can do just about everything, for a price. The free version is somewhat limited, but allows for plenty of minor tweaks to your system. My personal favorite is the custom boot animation function, which in my case means my phone pretends to be a Cylon every time I start it up. Plugins are available for a small fee that expand the capabilities of the app. You can install custom fonts, for example


ROM Toolbox - Nearly infinite possibilities / © JRummy Apps, Inc.


Unlike the above apps, this doesn’t require root to work. But what fun is that? With root access, CleanMaster can shut down system apps (be careful) and speed up your system in a variety of other ways with one touch.

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Clean Master - One-stop task killer and app manager / © KS Mobile

Ad Free Android

This is only available as an apk file and not via the Play Store. It’s worth the effort to download, install, and sign up for this ad blocker, though, because when it works, it kills ads within free, ad-based apps. If only it worked on browser ads…

Root file browsers

Plenty of these are available, and some work better than others. The principle of these apps is that they give you access to hidden files that you otherwise wouldn’t see with a stock file browser. Strict rule: Don’t delete anything or move it if you don’t know what it does.

All you root users out there: What’s your favorite root app?

Joel is a globetrotter extraordinaire (he prefers the term human pinball) who has lived in far too many US states and quite a few countries too. He's also a technical writer, short story writer, novel writer, and generally just a writer. Oh, and he's also an obsessive Android rooter and modder.


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  • Adrian 8 months ago Link to comment

    In locking for an apk too root my mobil and i cant find it my mobil is MWIG 559 CITY with android 4.4.2 need help pls

  • Too many to choose, but the first one that came to mind is: Link2SD

  • Ad Free Android: Something fishy; Tried to register with two email addresses. login email + password got swallowed, no confirmation E-mail sent, no organization name nor address. looks like less than honest email harvester operation. You should verify operation a bit more seriously. people assume that when you endorse something, the endorsement has some meaning.

  • David D. Oct 27, 2013 Link to comment

    Nandroid manager and AdAway

  • David D. Oct 27, 2013 Link to comment

    STweaks, Online Nandroid backup, Xposed modules, Voltage control

  • Greenify.

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