7 Android overclocking apps to get the most out of your rooted device

7 Android overclocking apps to get the most out of your rooted device
Overclocking, as you may know already, is forcing a computer or component to run on a faster clock frequency than what the manufacturer intended for normal usage circumstances. A true hallmark of a hardware enthusiast that stretches towards devices as unpredictably overclock-able as the Sega Genesis, overclocking trades processing speed for increased power consumption and heat generation - a challenge entire overclocking teams pride themselves in taking.

Of course, it's no surprising that overclocking has been alive and well on Android since the operating system's dark ages. In fact, if you are still rocking a veteran device and want to give it a little speed boost - these benefit greatly from a frequency bump, by the way - root it and get going with some of the apps listed below. Another thing you can do is install a custom ROM and kernel with built-in overclocking tools! But whatever you choose to do, don't push your smartphone's tiny processor harder than it should go. System instability aside, there is a very real risk of meltdown.

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15 Comments

1. cozze02

Posts: 122; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Trickster MOD, how did that not make the list?

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

And why no ElementalX Kernel and franco.Kernel updater Though personally I used Trickster MOD to undervolt, it reduces heat, i.e. less thermal throttling, overclocking makes my Nexus 5 get too hot Also the screenshot for Faux123 Kernel Enhancement Pro is outdated, its been update to Material Design

3. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

franco is great, but we purposefully avoided kernel-specific apps. As always, feel free to chime in with your own recommendations everyone, there are so many apps out there!

10. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

synapse

4. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Honorable mention: Kernel Adiutor

5. jcass5467 unregistered

What about synapse

6. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

I haven't needed to overclock since my Note 2 days. Today on high end phones it's about having stock/very light skins in order to see a performance difference. If I only care about performance I would rather install stock Android on a Note 4 vs overclocking a phone with TouchWiz. Today it's more about software.

11. romeo1

Posts: 807; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Thats true. There is no need to overclock at the moment. But im not sure if it would help on tw. Stock android isn't as functional as tw. I personally like the xperia ui as it has everything i need, the small apps is perfect for me and has no lag. The last phone i overclocked is the x10 but since the last update came there was also no need as it functioned ok without it. But by that time it was already time to upgrade my phone.

7. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Fairly useless w/o a good albeit modded kernel to run on.

9. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I would have just up voted you if i had read all the comments first. Yes sir bang on!

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Its always about the kernel, not the o/c app. Can't o/c without that crafted part.

12. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Overclocking is really only good for bragging about benchmark scores and making your battery drain faster. Maybe you can squeeze a few more FPS out of intense games, but you have to be careful not to get carried away. Processors are down-clocked, so depending on the quality of bin your phone happened to receive, you might be able to get a slight performance boost. Just do all the appropriate nandroids and other back-ups first.

13. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

It will turn every Galaxy to Galaxy-C4. Kabooooom!

14. Enddo

Posts: 53; Member since: May 26, 2014

Faux123 FTW!

15. shehroz

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

these apps are nice but i like BEST CPU OPTIMIZER more. its easy to use and very accurate. try searching it on play store

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