10 cool things you can do with a rooted Android smartphone
10 cool things to do with a rooted Android
1. Get rid of bloatware
Most Android smartphones come pre-loaded with software that the owner will probably never need. These apps are called bloatware. Thankfully, there are ways to disable, or uninstall the unwanted software. Gemini App Manager, for example, is perfect for the task. Check it out if you want to prevent any unneeded applications from running, or simply uninstall them, if you think doing so would be safe.
2. Install custom ROMs
Custom ROMs can be pretty cool as they might be faster than your smartphone's stock firmware. Installing one, however, has its prerequisites, and having a rooted handset is one of them, while having an unlocked bootloader is the other. That is because only root can remove and replace files belonging to the operating system.
3. Use a Sixaxis controller to play games
Playing River Raid on your favorite Atari 2600 emulator for Android is a lot more engaging if you have physical controls to rely on. Thankfully, you can totally use a PlayStation Sixaxis controller with your rooted Android device. Our guide is here so check it out.
4. Overclock your CPU
Overclocking is the process of forcing a processor to run at a higher clock speed than recommended. That could result in increase in performance, but it might lead to stability issues, not to mention that the CPU will definitely get hotter when running on overdrive. No wonder that overclocking apps require root access. Speaking of which, SetCPU is an application one can experiment with. At their own risk, of course.
5. Use Wi-Fi hotspot for free
Some wireless carriers don't allow users to freely share their smartphone's internet connection with other devices. Rather, they require a monthly fee for the feature. Yet root users have a way around that limitation, and that is through apps like Wireless Tether. Other devices, such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, you name it, can connect with the rooted handset via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth in order to access the internet. Just don't blame us in case you get caught tethering by your carrier.
6. Record videos of your screen
Currently, the cheapest and easiest way to record a video of your Android smartphone's interface is with an app like Screencast. It can capture smooth recordings of whatever is being displayed and save them in a convenient MP4 format. Audio can be recorded as well using the smartphone's microphone.
7. Backup everything
Backing up your data is a lot easier with Titanium Backup, which also happens to be one of the most popular apps for root users on the Play Store. It can keep all your data safe, including installed applications, system apps, and whatever you have stored on your microSD card.
8. Remove advertisements
There is this neat Android app called AdFree, and as you might expect, its task is to prevent those annoying advertisements from being displayed. It does that by nullifying requests to a set of host names, which practically stops the ad from being accessed and rendered. It works for both the web browser and ad-supported applications, and it should be able to block the majority of them.
9. Change screen resolution
If for some reason you need to alter the resolution on your Android device, be it to change the size of icons and text, or just to see what will happen, you can use an app called LCD Resolution. It allows you to reduce or increase the system's DPI, which makes icons, text, widgets, and everything else, bigger or smaller, depending on how you set it. Some manufacturer interfaces look terrible if the setting is tweaked, but there are third-party launchers out there that work just fine.
10. Wave your warranty bye bye
Unfortunately, even though it can be lots of fun, tinkering with your smartphone's software voids its warranty, so there's nobody to complain to in case something goes wrong. Sure, there are apps that remove root access, yet some carriers are now implementing software that can detect whether the handset has been hacked. So before rooting your Android smartphone, always make sure your data is safe and keep in mind that you are on your own if you end up with a $600 brick.
1. whysoserious (Posts: 316; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
Y U No Include Chainfire 3D?
13. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4188; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Also they forgot better battery life. Some developers can develop custom ROM's & kernels that deliver better power management thus increasing battery life & performance overall, compared to stock.
There is just so much that can be accomplished by rooting that it's a shame more people don't do it.
19. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1087; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
Wvae warranty bye bye...LOL!
But all in all make your android phone even more awesome than it already is :)
23. hobble (Posts: 130; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)
I didn't see anything about overclocking or undervolting batteries either. Greatest features available IMO
27. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
why no wifi kill? you can kill people's wifi connections
2. Mark.J.Linskiy (unregistered)
Oh the joys of rooting, just love taking full control of my device.
3. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
you wrote 10 cool things...
however I don't find bricking my £600 phone cool :)
5. Nick_T (Posts: 145; Member since: 27 May 2011)
But rooting is one of the coolest ways to void your warranty.
9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Or he can wait till the phone is out of warranty!!
14. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Oh, oh, i forgot to introduce you. Ladies and gentlemen, i bring you Nick T in the form of lucifer in this very comment. Come all ye curious and be deceived!!
15. whysoserious (Posts: 316; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
I agree. Rooting your phone make you look badass. And if you do it right, you can also reset the root counter to 0 and make a fool out of the Samsung customer support if you brick it somehow to avoid void of warranty. Double badass!
16. Hotzb22 (Posts: 103; Member since: 30 Mar 2009)
doesnt always mean your warranty is voided if you root. i have rooted before and just return back to stock and exchanged my phone through warranty at a sprint store just fine
6. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
A week of reading on XDA's forum's will do you a lot of good.
7. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Yep. This is what I did. And in the end, it was as easy as plugging my phone in and clicking a button.
4. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
Hi i am rooted and have set CPU installed on the Galaxy s1 .
However i dont Clockworkmod recovery and the maximum frequency is still 1000 , weird thing is , even i dont change the frequency i only changed the CPU scaling to on demand performance improved a lot !
I also got rid of some stupid preloaded Samsung apps and changed the screen DPI so that fonts gets bigger
8. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
lol $600 brick, does anyone know how to gain write access on system/media ? i wanna change my boot animation but when i do it it says "Sorry, Operation Failed" yes i know this is not relevant to the article..
11. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
Please always tell which phone and rom u r using??
12. linneti15 (Posts: 49; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
Use root explorer and there should be a button in the top right if i can remember correctly so you can
17. andygallo (Posts: 39; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
"2. Install custom ROMs"
You don't need root to install custom ROM's. You only need the bootloader unlocked. Once the bootloader is unlocked you can install a custom recovery. From the custom recovery, you can load whatever you want. Root only allows admin access to the ROM itself. Since the recovery is loaded before the ROM, root access is not needed.
If you are talking about the ROM Manager app, then yes, you need root. BUT root access is only required to run the app itself. ROM Manager still needs a custom recovery to work. It's basically a GUI to the custom recovery, so it is not required if you can navigate thru the recovery manually.
Easy way to think of it...
Root Access = Local admin or SU rights on a computer...but the computer is locked in a closet. You can do whatever you want but you're still limited to whatever OS is on the computer.
Unlocked Bootloader = Physical access to the computer. You can pop in a DVD or boot off a USB stick with whatever OS you want. Doesn't matter if you have local admin or SU on the existing OS.
18. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
i wonder if some readers still think the superuser logo is anti-android.
ive seen that comment about my avatar several times. i think its hilarious.
20. kanagadeepan (Posts: 685; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
You forgot about "CPU Sleeper" app, which switches off all but one CPU cores when idle to save battery... Thats a cool way to save battery...
Similarly BootAnimation editing and soooo many things are possible to assert that "YOU ARE THE OWNER OF YOUR PHONE AND NOT THE OPERATOR (even if its subsidized ;p )"...
Even in Bootloader-ENCRYPTED phones (like MOST Motorolas especially on BigRED), we can bypass it to install Custom ROM and backup current ROM using BootStrap-Recovery... All you need is Root access... But Custom Kernal will be a BIG NO NO...
Further SD-speed increase and soo many small utilities are there which will be useful for rooted phones only...
24. bkb01 (Posts: 43; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)
oh the coolest thing i installed once i rooted my device (galaxy s2 ) was to install an app that can selectively disconnect devices connected to a wifi hotspot. I was really just curious to see if it worked and it did remarkably. Imagine having the connection just for yourself. Oh the faces of the iphone users in coffeeshops thinking "why cant i connect to your wifi".
Initially installed it to prevent my younger bro from hogging the connection at home (torrents and online gaming)..but was curious to try outside the home.
Anyway already uninstalled it since the app stopped development and connection in the house is better;) the app still works up to ics. not sure if it supports JB
25. jroc74 (Posts: 4947; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I rooted to get rid of ads, over/underclock the cpu, free hotspot. And some apps have extra features that you need to root to use.
For me.....I can live without custom ROMs...but I need root access.
26. hitechredneck (Posts: 63; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Rooting is cool I used ROM manager and superuser and now have gingerbread running on my backflip with alot extras I didn't have before.
28. AAYYEE_JAAYE (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
Can you get unlimited data and enable hotspot by rooting your phone?
29. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
your data plan is your data plan. rooting does nothing for that (that i know of).
you can enable hotspot, but you dont have to root to do that. there are several ways to do it. i recommend "hotspot toggle widget" by fattin. others like "foxfi" as well.