So, let's say that you've finally mustered the courage needed to root your Android smartphone or tablet. What comes next? Why, taking advantage of the extra privileges you've acquired, of course!
There is no shortage of great and very useful Android applications that only work on a rooted Android device. Here in this post we've put together a whole bunch of them – apps that allow you to take better control over your Android device, to improve its performance, or to alter the appearance of its user interface. Go check them out and feel free to drop us a line in the comments in case we've missed any cool root Android apps.
Android apps for ROOT users
Android apps for ROOT users
Yup, you guessed it. This application is meant to improve the speed of your phone's SD card and it does that by adjusting the size of the cache memory used in the read/write process. For users who swap multiple SD cards back and forth, SD-Booster will remember the settings associated with each card. Note that results may vary depending on what kind of Android smartphone/tablet and SD card are being used.
In case a photo on a rooted Android device gets deleted by accident, DiskDigger might be able to recover it. It might even be able to restore your data from an SD card that has been already formatted. Currently, the app works best with photos, but video file restoration might be also possible. Keep in mind that DiskDigger may or may not work, depending on many factors, including how long has it been since the missing data has been deleted.
3. Assistive Zoom
There is a not-well-known gesture in Google Maps
allowing the user to zoom in/out with a single thumb, and Assistive Zoom brings it to any app supporting pinch-to-zoom gestures. The paid version of the application lets you choose which apps it works in, adds support for double-tap to zoom out all the way, and removes advertisements.
Download: Assistive Zoom Assistive Zoom Pro
4. Root Explorer
Made with ROOT users in mind, Root Explorer is a comprehensive file manager that gives access to every bit of the system's information, including the data folder. On its long list of features we wee support for Google Drive, Box, Dropbox and SMB network support, SQLite database viewer, built-in text editor, zip/tar/gzip file support, script execution, multiple tabs, and many more.
Download: Root Explorer
5. Samba Fileshare
This app turns your rooted Android smartphone or tablet into a file server, allowing you to share data over the network. In other words, folders you select on your mobile device will appear as shared folders on your home network. Note that the app may not work smoothly on recent devices running Android 4.1 or higher.
Download: Samba Fileshare
With this app you can free up some screen real estate on your tablet by making the navigation bar disappear. Of course, you will still have access to notifications and navigation buttons, it is just that they'll be rearranged for your convenience.
7. Titanium Backup
This list will not be complete without us including a backup application. And what better candidate for the spot than Titanium Backup? The app simply has it all. You can backup and restore your apps and their data, including all protected and system applications. Backups can be performed at a regular basis using the built-in scheduler. With the Pro version, apps can be frozen and backed up without the need to close them.
Download:Titanium BackupTitanium Backup Pro
Greenify is a handy piece of software that we recently featured in our post about 10 Android apps that can speed-up your smartphone
. It works by hibernating applications that hog system resources, thus improving performance significantly without affecting these apps' functionality.
9. Screencast Video Recorder
Taking screenshots on an Android device is easy as pie, but recording video of your smartphone or tablet's interface is a little bit more tricky. Thankfully, there's Screencast – an app that works well on a broad range of non-Tegra devices. High frame-rate videos are encoded in MPEG4 format for easy sharing and watching on other devices. Just keep in mind that not every rooted Android device is guaranteed to work, so check out the demo version of the app before going Pro.
Download: Screencast Video Recorder DemoScreencast Video Recorder
WiFinspect can be used to monitor and diagnose a Wi-Fi network that the user is connected to. The software isn't made with hacking purposes in mind, but it does come with some nifty features, such as packet sniffing. With this app you can see which of the devices connected to your network consume the most data.
11. WiFi Pass Recovery & Backup
Forgot your Wi-Fi network's password? No problem! Here's an app that can recover it for you, as long as it is stored on your phone. Obviously, you have to be connected or to have been connected in the past to the Wi-Fi network, the password to which you're trying to recover.
Download: Wifi Pass Recovery & Backup
12. Wanam Xposed
If you have the Xposed framework already installed on your rooted Android device, you may also try Wanam Xposed and the extra tweaks it provides. With its help, you can disable the camera shutter sound, customize your notification panel, make the flashlight turn on by holding down the volume key, and so much more! The app comes with a built-in call recorder as well.
Download: Wanam Xposed
13. Root Uninstall
Got bloatware or any app you don't need and can't uninstall? No worries! This is an application that can get rid of it. And it can be used free of charge by ROOT Android users. Multiple apps can be uninstalled simultaneously with the app's batch uninstaller feature.
Download: Root Uninstall
14. FPS Meter
So how fast is your Android smartphone or tablet anyway? Finding that out using a benchmark app is one thing, but measuring its real-life performance is a totally different story. So here's FPS Meter - an app that shows your device's frame-rate in a FRAPS-like fashion. As you can see from the screenshots, the app works both with games and while browsing the system UI.
Download: FPS Meter