Best Android apps for rooted devices

| Updated 9 Feb 2015

Got a rooted Android device? Then here are some apps that you should install to expand the capability of your device. Remember, you need root access and be careful as tinkering with these apps could leave you with a bricked device.


Titanium backup

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 on the Google Play store for Rs. 413.




If you want to save up on battery, then you should try Greenify. This app basically kills background processes and apps that hog battery from your device. You can select the apps which you think are not so relevant and Greenify will put them to sleep so that they don’t keep running. This not only saves battery but also saves up on mobile data if the apps (like emails, Facebook, Twitter) sync on regular intervals. The latest version of the app works without root access, which means you can install and run this app on almost any Android device. But in order to unleash its true potential, it works best on a rooted device.



Xposed Framework

This tool makes customizing your device quite easy and the only requirement is a rooted Android device. the app allows you to make changes that give you access to a number of customizations which is usually available on custom ROMs. The Xposed framework has a list of modules for download and allows you to enable and disable them as per your requirement. You can add some modules online from Xposed Repo, XDA and even Google Play . There are even some in Google Play. Most of the modules have their own settings UI that you can use to configure.



Device Control

This app lets you control several features of your device and also comes loaded with features like a Tasker, App Manager, Editors, Entropy Generator, Wireless Filemanager and more. You can control device specific features like Knock-On, vibration strength, screen color temperature, LCD power reduce, CPU and GPU frequencies, governors, i/o schedulers, Kernel specific extras like intelli-plug and intelli-thermal by faux, msm dcvs toggle, mpdecision toggle, power scheduling, power efficient workqueues, Voltage Control, Fast Charge and more. 



Root App Delete

If you are tired of bloatware apps and system apps that are just hogging space on your Android device, then try Root app delete. As the name suggests, the app lets you easily freeze or remove apps that you don't need. Just make sure you don't remove important system files that can crash your OS.




It can be really frustrating when you accidently delete pictures or you are forced to format your device deleting those precious moments you took at your vacation. Well, if you have a rooted device, then DiskDigger is the solution. This app lets you recover lost photos and images from your memory card or internal memory. The pro version lets you recover other type of files as well.



ROM Toolbox Pro

This is an all-in-one app for rooted users which features a number of tools to customize your Android experience. It contains various apps like Titanium Backup, ROM Manager, Root Explorer, SetCPU, MetaMorph, Autorun Manager, Terminal Emulator, Script Manager, SD Booster, BuildProp Editor, Font Installer, Boot Animation Installer, and so on. If you want a single solution for various tweaking and customisation, then try this app.



Ad Block Plus

Adblock Plus blocks all those annoying ads that pop up on your device. The best part is that it does not block anything until it is given orders to do so via filter lists. These filter lists are essentially an extensive set of rules, which tell Adblock Plus which elements of websites to block. Besides blocking advertisements, filter lists can also be used to block tracking and malware.



Network log

If you want to keep a track of how much and when your apps are using network data, then Network Log is quite a useful tool. The app monitors iptables-logging to display a real-time list of which apps are making network connections, and provides statistics about those app connections. The app gives a real-time log display which gives you details including source and destination addresses/ports, network protocol and interface, bytes transmitted and timestamp. There is also a real-time network usage statistic that gives you total packets and bytes sent, active network throughput speed in Bps/Kbps/Mbps, timestamp of last connection, list of all the unique connections made by each app and sortable and filterable packets/bytes counters




Low on internal memory? Get the Link2SD app which lets you move applications to the SD card, providing you more space. It can move any non-protected user app to SD card (force move) and also has batch moving capability. The app uses Android's standard SD-card installation feature and does not require a second partition. There is also a cache cleaner and an app manager onboard and other tools to manage your apps and data.



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