5 essential apps for rooted Android devices

By Kunal Khullar | Published on 03 Jan 2014
5 essential apps for rooted Android devices
  • Here is a suggestion of the most essential apps that one should consider installing after rooting their Android smartphone or tablet

If you are an Android user, then you might have heard about rooting your device. In simple terms it is a process that allows a user to gain privilege control of the Android subsystem. A rooted device enables the user to perform functions that are not available to a normal Android user like running special apps that require administrator permissions, alter system applications and settings, or even remove and replace the OS to the most recent version.

Rooting a device is not that tough and there are a number of sources on the web that will help you perform the procedure. However, rooting a device means that you could lose the warranty of your device and could even end up with a bricked device, so be very careful.

Right, so you managed to root your Android device, what next? Well, you should definitely get these apps as soon as you are done with the procedure.

1.    Root Checker

As the name suggests, this app confirms whether your device was rooted properly or not. It even tells you some basic system information of your device. Once you run the app, it checks for system admin access. In case you do not have root access, it means that you need to go through the rooting process once again. Quite useful for people who are rooting their device for the first time.

Grab the app for free from the Google Play store.

2.    ClockworkMod (CWM)
This is very the terms get a little technical. Clockwork recovery is a very essential tool for all rooted devices as this app enables you to access your device’s recovery mode. Through the recovery mode you can install different customized ROMs, make an entire backup of your whole system as an image, install apps directly into the system, perform system related functions like formatting and partitioning your memory and a lot more. If you are rooting for the first time, do go through instructions and tips on using CWM because it isn’t that easy to use.


You need to install ROM manager to install CWM into your system. Download the app from here.

3.    Titanium backup pro

One of the best backup tools available for Android is Titanium backup pro. The app requires root access and lets you back-up all of your apps along with your data. It even lets you backup your system apps in case you plan to change your smartphone or just plan to change your ROM. One of the best features of Titanium is that you can uninstall any app from your device meaning that all the unnecessary bloat-ware apps that you don’t use can be removed from your device. Just a word of caution, do not remove any Android system related apps as you could end up damaging the operating system files.

Titanium backup pro is available from the Google Play store for Rs. 329

4.    Root Browser

This is your traditional file manager application which allows you to access all of your files and folders. You can move, copy or delete files, open or create zip files, sort your files to any order, share files with anyone, etc. Once you have rooted your device this app will let you access your system files and set read and write permissions of files and folders. Root browser is a very useful app as it makes the task for searching files and folders very easy.

The app is available for free from the Google Play store over here.

5.    STweaks

If you are looking for an app to mess around with your system then Stweaks is the answer. The app is a very powerful tool which directly allows you to reconfigure your Android kernel so use this app with extreme caution. You can perform various system functions like changing the clock speed of your processor, change the levels on your display, enable backlight notifications, boost your audio output, enable dual-booting, change the power consumption modes, and so on.

The only drawback of this app is that it is supported by limited number of kernels, so make sure you go through the list of supported kernels when you install the app.

Stweaks can be downloaded free of cost from the Google Play store.

Kunal Khullar



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