15 Best Root Apps for Android
October 09, 2020 (3 years ago)
Rooting a device has now become a trend and is very common these days. Stock Android has increased and have become popular through updates making root a less tempting option than it was before. Similarly, many applications these days do not support the rooted devices and requires some hacks to work properly such as Netflix, Google Pay and Pokémon Go. Though, there are still many users who want to gain the root experience and a load of root applications that enhance the functions and perform tasks that a regular unrooted device cannot do. This article brings the best root apps for Android! There are no Chainfire’s apps in the list as he has wormed out of the industry of root devices. Some of these apps are not present to be downloaded through Google Play Store so use those at your own risk!
AdBlock is a free and publicly available app. As it is clear from the name that it removes ads from the device. Root users love this app but bloggers are not on the same page though we do agree that users find this app very useful. This app is a configurable app allowing some inconspicuous advertisements to get through. Though, this app is not available on Google Play Store and can be officially downloaded by using the official link from ABP and is one of the most popular root applications.
If we see technicalities then then Bouncer will not be considered as a root application. Nonetheless, it is an app that in our opinion root users will like if not love. This app lets the user manage their permissions with more coarseness than the stock Androids in a simple way. It works simply by allowing the app asking for permission to have it and then simply disable the permission after few minutes through Bouncer. Consequently, you can use all the apps on your phone by providing them with all the permissions they require but none of those permissions are enabled everlastingly. This app has multiple options though Permission Ruler also works the same but without additional options.
FK Kernel Manager
Price: $3.49 with additional and optional in app purchases
Kernel Manager is a root application specifically for devices that has Franco Kernel installed. This app lets the user to modify their phones by changing multiple things such as CPU frequencies, GPU frequencies, the Governor, color and temperature presets and much more can be modified through it. This app also supports an unlimited amount of devices precisely in the Google and OnePlus devices lines. This app is one of the few actively development applications found on Google Play Store and a user can get it for $3.49 if they want more control as this is not the only application available for a particular aftermarket kernel or ROM.
Magisk Manager is a new, really popular, free and powerful root application in the market. This app allows the user to hide root efficiently on their device. The problems with Netflix, Google Play Store and Pokémon Go alongside root has been solved through this app. Not only this, the app offers other utilities too that include modules adding more functions to the package. Though, this app is not available on Google Play Store and have to be downloaded and installed from the XDA-Developers. Since, it is in active development means the users will get new features, designs and fixes very often.
Migrate is new in the market under the genre of root apps and is a Read Only Memory migration tool. This app allows the users to back up their data that includes their apps, app data, messages (SMS), call logs and some other information and a zip file is generated that is flash-able. The user have to flash a new Read Only Memory then this zip file and again boot up and after the final installation it will be just like you never flashed it. This app is in beta form and takes a lot of setup process to install a new Read Only Memory and works well when combined with Magisk (recommended by developers), having no in app purchases or advertisements.
Price: Free or up to $12.99
Naptime is a great and decent app for root and non-root users because it uses some sort of coding charm to bring the original Doze Mode of Android fairly fast giving the users a better battery life. Some connections such as Wi-Fi, Mobile data, GPS and Locations can be disabled through this app when the Doze Mode activates and helps to keep battery running for long. This application is user friendly as it is easy to use when it starts and the root users can work with it faster compared to non-root users and the same permissions of this application can be enabled by using ADB. The instructions are given on the Google Play Store description box and it is a type of tool that you install, save battery and forget it is even there in your phone.
Permission Ruler is the diamond among all other in the world of root applications and is completely free. This application requires root to perform any task and manually manages the permissions as well. As soon as the device is rooted this app brings out its outstanding feature and turns off the permissions for all the applications on the phone while the screen is off. This way no application can access any data or information on your device behind your back. While uninstalling, remember to pause the application otherwise all access to permissions for all the apps on phone will be disabled and then the user will have to enable them again manually.
Price: Free or up to $13.99
An application to control background services is? Servicely. This application enables the users to prevent the applications to run in background such as Facebook while the device screen is turned off. This app is best for stopping the rouge applications and unwanted wakeups of the device and may enhance the battery life as well as performance according to the services that are being stopped. Greenify is another good application but this is more perfect for stopping and managing application running in the background.
Price: Free or $1.99
Solid Explorer is one of the best file managers out there in the market as it performs most tasks without root. This application performs simple tasks such as copy and paste files as well as unzip files, etc. also supports the network storage devices and cloud storages. The design is great and the root can be enabled within the application using built in option. There are many file managers in market but this is best among them as it does not include any advertisements and comes in low cost.
Substratum and Synergy
Price: Free as well as varies on versions
Substratum and Synergy are both used for theming the Android phones. These are not available for every rooted device, only for the ones that are supported and works best with stock Nougat, stock Oreo and Samsung devices with Nougat and few other Android versions. Then the themes can be searched online on Google Play Store, applied to the phone and done though some may cost money and the support for this application can be found on Reddit, GitHub, XDA-Developers, Telegram and Google+.
Tasker is a very powerful tool as it fully customizes the phone. The description for this application is vague but perfect as it works with the users’ imagination. Most of the tasks performed by this app does not require any root permission and also adds more functions to the device if it is already rooted. If a user has Google Play Pass they can use this application for free and it is a best app for the users with unique needs and tinkerers though the learning curves are steep so be cautious.
Price: Free or $5.99
Titanium Backup is one of the top listed root applications as with this application the users can easily uninstall bloatware, freeze the applications and also backup the app data or apps. The Read Only Memory flashers love this app the most and it is one of the most recommended application to the new users. And lies among the top 3 root apps of all times and everyone with root needs to get it as abruptly as possible.
Viper4Android is a modification tool specifically an audio modification tool that allows the users to have unlimited amount of control over their audio sounds that are coming out of speakers, Bluetooth devices and headphones. This app has its own audio driver, equalizer, a range of effects to control and customize the audio sound experience and more. The procedure of installation is complicated as the user need to go to the official XDA thread to get instructions and downloads but for audio modifications on Android, it is the best application.
Price: Free or $1.99
Wakelock Detector is an application that allows the users to identify applications that are acting weirdly. So that the required steps can be taken to stop such applications from hacking or taking out information from Android. Wakelock can mean many things for example Google Play Services running wild, a scallywag app going crazy or maybe there is something wrong with the device. These are usually the main causes of battery drainage and most root users utilize this application to find the root causes and solve them. The only downfall in this app is that there is a bit trouble with Android Pie and Android 10 versions so it is recommended to try the free version then buy the full version for people with newer Android versions.
Xposed Framework is an application that has been replacing the Read Only Memory for many users as a default root experience. Inside this framework the modules are being created by developers and themes are also being made. The User interface and performance changes, button remapping, visual modification and many more tasks can be done. Modules can be difficult to find though there are many that are universal and can be easily enjoyed. The Magisk Manager commandeered as Xposed Framework to be a must have app for root users and Xposed can also be installed as a Magisk Module and works better for the older versions.
If any of the root applications have been missed, do tell us about it in the comments section so that we can add those as well!