A few years back, you would have to root your Android device to even take a screenshot and record the Android screen, etc. But thankfully, rooting is not a necessity now; it’s more of a luxury. If you are one of the control freaks that want to control each and every aspect of your Android device like removing system applications, controlling processor clock speed and taking a complete backup of all the Operating System, then rooting is for you.
What Exactly Is Rooting?
Doesn’t matter which Android device you own, all OEMs put certain restrictions on the device. Like — you can not uninstall system apps, you can not flash a custom ROM, or change CPU clock speed, etc. Now, usually, these restrictions are there for the own good of customers. If you are not sure what you are doing on a rooted Android, chances are you can mess it up pretty badly.
But if you root your device, you gain system level privileges on your Android. It’s equivalent to running Windows program as an administrator or using super user command on Linux. If you are still not able to make up your mind, here are ten reasons why you should root your Android.
Now this question comes up from time to time. And the only answer to it is — there is no one way to root Android device. Unlike iPhone, Android are made from difference manufacture and thus they have a different method of rooting it.
But there are two general methods that work in most cases.
1. One-click root method like KingoRoot — This method is the easiest one. All you have to do is; install the app, connect your phone to your computer and run the application. If your device is compatible, the app will root your device in no time. This app works by finding some vulnerability on your device and then using it to Root your Android. But unfortunately, this method on few devices, generally the older one.
2. Flash SU zip from custom recovery – The second method is the most reliable way to root your phone because in this method you will unlock the bootloader and install a custom recovery. If you have a custom recovery installed, then rooting is a piece of cake because system partition can be easily modified through custom recovery. But since, every device is made different, the steps to unlock bootloader and installing custom recovery is different for each device.
The best to find, how to root your Android, is by doing a simple Google search with your device model and Android version or watch a couple of video on YouTube.
Note: Rooting your device can void your phone’s warranty, proceed at your own risk.
Let’s say you have gone through all the complicated process of rooting your phone, now what? How to use these administrative privileges? To utilize all these privileges efficiently & gain full control of your Android you need to use certain applications. And here are some of the best apps that every Root user should install.
Best Root Apps for Android
#1 SuperSU [Free]
The first thing that you need to do after rooting your Android is to install SuperSU. Why? Well, once you root your Android, every ROOT app you install after that, will automatically acquire root access without asking you. And SuperSu fixes this problem.
If you have SuperSU install, apps that require root access will show a popup, asking for permission for ROOT access – which you can grant or deny. And next time you open the same app, it’ll remember your preference. It also has a unique feature that lets you completely UNROOT your Android, but before you get all excited, this feature doesn’t work on every device.
#2 ROM Manager [Free]
When you buy an Android, it comes with either a stock ROM like in Nexus or TouchWiz in case it’s Samsung’s phone. But the good thing about Android is, if you are not happy with your current ROM, you can easily flash a different one like CyanogenMod, etc. And apps like ROM Manager, helps you do both i.e. – download a custom ROM and flash it on your device with a press of a button.
You can also use it easily flash a custom recovery (CWM) and take full Nandroid back of your device.
#3 Adaway [Free]
Adaway is an open source ad blocker that modifies the host files of your Android. It can block ads on both – browser and within the app. You can also add certain sites (that you want to support) to the white-lists.
Though make sure you disable the Ad blocking before you uninstall the app, or it’ll permanently hide all the ads even though the app is not installed. For obvious reason, the app is not available on Google play store.
Also See: Best Android Apps not on Google Play
#4 Titanium Backup [Free]
Unlike iPhone, Android can not take a full backup of all your data. Yes, there are some 3rd party workarounds, but it still can not create an exact copy of Apps and its data. And well, Titanium backup is the solution here. It can take a full backup of all the apps and their data. You can even automate the backup process and save it to your cloud storage like Dropbox for complete peace of mind.
It also offers other useful features like — uninstall system apps (bloatware), freeze apps and much more. Though, for these extra features, you’ll have to get $5 paid version, which is totally worth it, in my opinion.
#5 DiskDigger [Free]
Lets you recover delete files from internal storage. We all have those times when we accidentally deleted something that we didn’t want to. And thankfully with apps like DiskDigger, you easily recover deleted files and photos from your internal storage. The app works similar to most data recovery apps for computer i.e. run the app, specify the file type and the folder where you want it to scan. And it’ll recover those photos for you which you can either save to your gallery or share online.
The free version works for png, jpg, and mp4. Recovering rest file formats are paid.
#6 Xposed framework [Free]
It is a framework which provides handles to the user for making system changes which allow tweaks and modifications. Xposed contains hundreds of modules which user can download from the application itself. These Xposed modules are likes standalone applications that use Xposed Framework handles to tweak your Android. You get custom ROM features without flashing any ROM. Before you use any modules let me clarify that these modules make changes in your system partition hence, please do some research before installing them.
Some must have Xposed modules for root users.
5.1 Gravity box – tweak every inch of your Android
5.2 X-privacy – deny certain app permission for the app
5.3 Boot Manager – prevent apps from running into startup
#7 BusyBox [Free]
BusyBox is a collection of Unix tools which can be used with Linux kernel to replace conventional commands with smaller no of executables. This application is not directly useful, but many root apps require you to install it so that they can function properly. Basically, it’s a collection of a bunch of terminal commands.
After installation, the application will scan for applets that are already present on your device. After the scanning is complete, the screen will show the recommended applet list for your device. After choosing applets, we can hit install to start the applet installation.
#8 Link2SD [Free]
Consider this situation in which you have limited internal storage space on your Android, but you still want to install a game which requires huge disk space. With Link2SD you can use some of the external SD card space as an extended internal storage.
With Link2SD, installed application is sitting in your internal storage, but the application data is in external storage which is quite handy for low storage phones. The best way to use this application is by splitting the external SD storage into two parts and using one of them as extended internal storage.
#9 Notification OFF [Free]
Suppose you have too many apps on your phone which are constantly notifying you about something, but you don’t want to be bothered at your workplace. The conventional way to avoid this problem is to manually disable notifications for each app. Luckily, with Notification OFF you can select multiple apps in a single window for disabling their notifications.
You can also create your own profiles which again can be integrated with Tasker to improve the functionality.