10 cool things you can do with a rooted Android smartphone

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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31 Comments

1. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Phonearena Y U No Include Chainfire 3D?

13. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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: Oct 11, 2011

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

27. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 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: Jul 13, 2012

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

5. Nick_T

Posts: 184; Member since: May 27, 2011

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

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

14. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 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: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 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: 109; Member since: Mar 30, 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: Sep 20, 2011

A week of reading on XDA's forum's will do you a lot of good.

7. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 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

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 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..

10. aokde

Posts: 186; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Use root explorer or es explorer...

11. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

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

12. linneti15

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 26, 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: Oct 21, 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.

22. suneeboy

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

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

18. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 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: 1222; Member since: Jan 24, 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...

21. RicNP

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Root, Flash, Radio and RIL is the way!

24. bkb01

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 21, 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: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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: 103; Member since: Nov 21, 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: Jan 23, 2013

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

29. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

30. ANTHRANDROIDGROUPIE

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 29, 2017

I want to root cuz i wanna check out the Dark Web I heard its better to make sure everything is encrypted

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