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10 cool things you can do with a rooted Android smartphone

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10 cool things you can do with a rooted Android smartphone
In case you are reading this, you have probably rooted your Android smartphone, or you are planning to do so in the near future. And now the $1 million question is, what is so special about root, and what does it allow one to do? Well, quite a few things, as it turns out. You can remove system apps you don't need, you can flash third-party ROMs, you can overclock your CPU, and a lot more – all stuff that you wouldn't be allowed to do otherwise.

Here we have collected some of the coolest things you can do with a rooted Android smartphone. You'll learn about some pretty neat applications as well along the way – apps that you might be interested in should you be new to the root party. Go ahead and check them out, and in case you think we've missed something that should have been on the list, just let us know in the comments!

Disclaimer: Rooting is fun, but also pretty risky, so we don't encourage it. Performing the hack might brick your smartphone or tablet, and then your warranty won't cover the damage. Root only at your own risk!



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posted on 10 Oct 2012, 02:49 20

1. whysoserious (Posts: 316; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Phonearena

Y U No Include Chainfire 3D?

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 07:14 8

13. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3764; 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.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 11:02 6

19. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; 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 :)

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 12:58 1

23. hobble (Posts: 130; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


I didn't see anything about overclocking or undervolting batteries either. Greatest features available IMO

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 20:26

27. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


why no wifi kill? you can kill people's wifi connections

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 02:57 16

2. Mark.J.Linskiy (unregistered)


Oh the joys of rooting, just love taking full control of my device.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 03:19 4

3. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


you wrote 10 cool things...
however I don't find bricking my £600 phone cool :)

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 03:59 29

5. Nick_T (Posts: 141; Member since: 27 May 2011)


But rooting is one of the coolest ways to void your warranty.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 05:28 9

9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2993; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Or he can wait till the phone is out of warranty!!

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 07:29 5

14. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2993; 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!!

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 07:58 10

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!

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 10:20 4

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

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 04:00 14

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.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 04:19 4

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.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 03:51 3

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

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 04:57 5

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..

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 05:29 4

10. aokde (Posts: 185; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


Use root explorer or es explorer...

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 05:59 3

11. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Please always tell which phone and rom u r using??

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 06:59 2

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

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 10:24 4

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.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 12:54

22. suneeboy (Posts: 153; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


You get the point. Don't be such a nerd.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 11:00 9

18. ayephoner (Posts: 836; 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.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 11:29

20. kanagadeepan (Posts: 634; 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...

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 12:16 1

21. RicNP (Posts: 32; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Root, Flash, Radio and RIL is the way!

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 20:16 2

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

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 20:55 1

25. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; 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.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 01:11 2

26. hitechredneck (Posts: 55; 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.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 18:10

28. AAYYEE_JAAYE (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


Can you get unlimited data and enable hotspot by rooting your phone?

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 15:14

29. ayephoner (Posts: 836; 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.

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