Top 40 Must Have Apps For Rooted Android Phones

In the initial days, when Android rooting wasn’t discovered, we were not having as much as control as we are having today. Earlier, it was almost impossible to do even little customizations. Android didn’t give as much control as it provides today. But today, the scene is entirely different now. Even after rooting the stock Android (or Stock ROM), we get a whole new level of control with lots of customization options. Once you have rooted your android phone, you can easily tweak your phone to a next level by using some of specific apps which can be run on rooted android device only.

So, in this post we will share some of the best root apps which are supported on Rooted android phones only. If you own an android phone which is unrooted, then you can root your android device without computer too.

So, are you ready to explore the list of best apps for rooted android smartphones? Here we go.

Top 40 Best Root Apps of 2016 (NEW)

I have included a bunch of useful apps to be used on rooted phones. I handpicked all the apps for ensuring the topmost quality for you. Here we go with the list of top root apps for Android.

1. Xposed Framework

If you have been using Android for a long time, you might have heard about custom ROMs, don’t you? Custom ROMs allow you to bring your phone to a new customization level. Moreover, they optimize Android for better performance as well. But Xposed Framework has made the use of custom ROMs less famous. As installing custom ROMs include several geeky processes, many users try to stay away from the same. That’s what gave birth to this app.

Xposed Framework is one of the best root apps for Android which can be used to customize the phone to the fullest without installing custom ROMs. There are several modules for button remapping, theming, performance tweaks and UI customization inside the app. The only thing you need to do is finding the modules that are compatible with your device.

The download link is available on XDA forum only, as this is an app built by their developers for the sheer customization of Android without installing custom ROMs.

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2. Viper4Android


Have you ever thought about controlling different audio devices connected with your phone individually? Unfortunately, it is not possible on normal Android phones. You can only monitor the volume of the playback (in Music app, you can add effects and bass using the equalizer). XDA forum has found a solution for this problem as well. With the advanced root access that you get after rooting your phone installing Viper4Android is easy. You can control the playback through phone speakers, headset, Bluetooth device or any other audio equipment you connect to the phone.

Viper4Android is your Android audio lab. It comes with an audio driver by itself, which adds beauty to the sound you hear through the phone. Tons of additional effects and bass boost are there using which you can explore the new horizons of audio hearing. The download link I have given below leads to an XDA forum thread. As this one is an app for rooted phones, you must follow that little bit complicated installation procedure.

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3. Greenify


Are you looking for ways to improve Android battery life? Then, you must download and install Greenify. Greenify is undoubtedly best android app for rooted android phone users who love to have a good battery backup. Recently, they have also release a Greenify version for unrooted android phone owners too, but there are many limitations in that.

I personally use it on an unrooted device and found it really worthy. Then you can imagine how good it is on a rooted mobile.  Greenify shows the apps running in the background and how many times it wakes up your device. It also gives you an option to hibernate the background running apps to save battery life. Using this app, you can save both RAM and battery juice simultaneously. Overall, it will also increase performance and fluidity of your android phone.


4. Titanium Backup

titanium backup

Backing up the data on your phone (or any other device) is significant because no one can predict a terrible moment for it. If you are a serious smartphone user and there are tons of data on your phone for sure including files, contacts, then Titanium Backup is best app for your rooted device.

That’s why every smartphone nerd recommends taking backups often. Have you ever taken backups? You can make use of the default feature by going to Settings>> Backups& Restore>> Backup. But I don’t like it due to the sluggish processing and not-up-to-the-mark performance. For the very same reason, you need a third- party app for backing up the smartphone data.

Titanium backup is one of the top rooted apps for Android that allows you to remove bloatware (good-for-nothing apps come preloaded with the device). And, it can be used for taking backups of applications and app data as well. There are two versions of the same app available on the Google Play Store; one is free, and the other one is paid. (There are many good feature in premium version, but free version is enough for most of the users).


5. Tasker (Paid App)


Do you want to automate every action of your smartphone? Tasker can do anything for you like if you want that music player should be opened when you plug your headphones into it, then Tasker can easily do that for you. You can’t describe the use of this app in a single sentence because it has tons of uses. If you check the review of this app, you will be able to see the description as an app that does everything.

Yes, Tasker can do a lot of tasks. It is more of an automation app using which you can turn off the lock screen when you are in the home, turn on the silent mode when you are working, etc.

Though, this app is made for rooted android phone users but you can use many of its features on unrooted phones as well.

Download from Play Store

6. Nandroid Manager

nandroid manager

As you can figure out from the title of this app, it manages the nandroid backups. You can interact with the nandroid backups quickly with Nandroid Manager. You can recover and restore data to your current device using nandroid backups. In Nandroid Manager, you can easily backup+restore Apps and it’s data in couple of clicks. Nandroid Manager also allows you to extract files from Nandroid Backups. This app has both Paid and free version and you will get some advanced features with the paid version.

Download Nandroid Manager

7. Quick Boot

quick boot

Are a hardcore CWM Recovery user and loves to flash Custom ROMs, Kernels and tweaks? I know it’s very painful to boot into recovery mode by using several Keys Combo. As, the usual power menu of a phone includes the Power off option, sometimes the Reboot and Flight mode options as well. Reboot to recovery mode is always missing especially if you are a STOCK ROM user. So, have you ever thought of making your power menu even more powerful?

With Quick Boot, you can bring the power menu to a whole new level by inserting Reboot to Recovery and Reboot to bootloader as well. Both paid and free versions are available; with the former you will get Tasker support and a hot boot option.

Download Quick Boot

8. Dumpster

dumpster app

Have you ever encountered a bang-the-head-on-the-wall moment after deleting a useful file accidentally? At that time, you suppressed your frustration and pretended the deletion affects nothing, didn’t you?

But from now on, you can smile even after deleting necessary files because Dumpster can restore the data for you. It supports music, images and videos the most. But you can recover documents as well. Basically, Dumpster will act as a Recycle Bin of your android phone in which every deleted file of your android phone will go.

After installing Dumpster, you can’t delete files permanently with one click. It goes to the Dumpster recycle bin. You need to open the app and remove from there as well.

Download Dumpster from Play Store

9. GL Tools


GL Tools is top rated root app among rooted android phone users. If you are a gamer and loves to play heavy games on your android phone, then you should install GL Tools now. While playing heavy games, most of the gamers got frustrated with the slow rendering of the graphics? Right?

With GL Tools, you can render the graphics at a slower bit rate so that your CPU can withhold the same and due to this tweak, you can enjoy high-end games without any kind of lag. According to it’s customers reviews GL Tools can boost the gaming performance by a large margin.

Download GL Tools from Play Store

10. SetCPU


Here comes another best app for gamers and battery lovers both. Yea, you heard it right. SetCPU can easily manage frequency of CPU of your android phone. You can play with CPU Frequency of your android phone just by swiping your finger on the screen.  If you want to save the battery then lower the frequency and battery performance will increase. Using SetCPU, you can overclock CPU or even underclock CPU easily without any problem.

Note: Using this app is a bit Risky. Many guys were facing random reboots after changing their phone’s CPU frequency.

11. Servicely


When it comes to battery juice, Android sucks as compared with iPhone. Do you know why? It is because of a number of background apps Android keeps running in the background. If you have a rooted Android device, you can get rid of that critical battery drain process with an app called Servicely. It helps you disable background apps for all the time or for a specific period or by the time your screen turns off. (Though, you can use Servicely alternative Greenify for this purpose too).

Making use of this app, you can stop bloatware running in the background with a single click. You need to spend about three bucks to buy this app from Play Store.

Download From Play Store

12. SuperSU (Pre-installed in most of the cases):

super su

Though, SuperSU gets pre-installed most of the times when you root your android phone, but still SuperSU is one of essential and best app for rooted android users. Do you like to track the apps that request for root access? Then, you must use SuperSU as it showcases the apps with its root access request and access history. On opening the app, you will be able to see a list of them. SuperSu acts as a front door to the old root apps by showing the root access usage notifications as popup and toast as well.

This Superuser app gets regularly updated to avoid any technical glitches due to the firmware updates. Apart from keeping the logs, you can unroot the device fully with SuperSU.

Download From Play Store

13. SDFix

sd fix

One of the dreaded problems most of the KitKat and Lollipop users face is an SD card issue. All of a sudden, your SD card gets locked. We can’t even figure out what the cause of this out-of-the-blue happening is.

If you are a KitKat or Lollipop user, you might have faced this issue several times. This lock-down imposes various restrictions on the file manager that you can’t be able to copy and move files properly.

In such cases, you can use SDFix to fix the SD card problem. You don’t have to do a Herculean task. Just install the app, open it, hit for the making the changes, wait for a few seconds and reboot. That’s all it takes.

Download SDFix

14. ROM Toolbox

rom toolbox

We are all aware of the numerous customizing options a custom made ROM can provide. But it needs a geek’s hands to finish ROM installation successfully. That’s when such rooted apps for Android become significant. You can do a lot of tasks using it.

The app includes a file manager with root access, a font installer, script writer, ROM management, etc. The manufacturers claim that in some devices, it can even change the boot animations and status bar icons as well.

But it is a notable fact that the app hasn’t been updated over a year now.

Download ROM Toolbox

15. Link2SD


Android does not allow us to migrate all the apps to SD card because it prefers storing the default apps on phone storage. But you can install Link2SD app to move most of the apps to memory card from phone storage. What it does is creating a link to access the app that makes Android OS believe the app is really on phone storage, even if it is not.

Download Link2SD

16. Flashify

Hearing the name, you may think that this would be one of the best root apps to operate the flash light. But you know? Flashlight doesn’t need root access. Flashify makes the flashing process easier. Generally, one needs to be on boot screen for flashing the device.

But Flashify makes it even easier by allowing you to do the same task without turning off the screen. It queues up recovery images, zips, mods and stuff like that to flash with.

Download Flashify

17. AdBlock Plus

Not all the websites make use of advertisements fairly. Some sites experiment with our patience by opening pop-ups and floating ads. If you are a person looking forward to putting a full stop t annoying app, you can try this out. AdBlock Plus allows you to block ads on your phone. The app is highly configurable that you can allow harmless ads.

The app is not available from Google Play Store. The link here leads to the official website.

Download AdBlock Plus

18. Terminal Emulator

I hope you are familiar with the command prompt of Windows computers. The command line interface gives us a lot of admin level facilities. The Terminal Emulator on rooted Android phones is a lot more similar. The only difference lies in the commands used. You can use full Linux emulation and launcher shortcuts in it.

Download Terminal Emulator

19. System App Remover

Almost all manufacturers load their smartphones with a bunch of bloatware without even considering the users’ mindset. And they don’t give permission to uninstall the same as well. But you can uninstall the preinstalled apps on a rooted device using System App Remover. If you are confused, it can give you suggestions on which app is necessary and which are not.

Additionally, System App Remover allows you to move apps from phones to SD card.

Download System App Remover

20. Better Battery Stats

Will it be awesome if you get stats on battery usage? I hope you are the kind of phone user who looks forward to improving the device’s battery life. The app displays a lot of details like the time the device were using a data connection, Wi-Fi, etc. Plus you can find the percentage of battery usage of different apps as well.

Using the insights this app gives, you can improve the battery life by taking necessary precautions.

Download Better Battery Stats

21. ES File Explorer

If you ask me what my favorite file explorer is, my pick will always be ES File Explorer because I couldn’t find another one that can beat this one till date. You don’t need a rooted device to run this app. But as a user who wants to get his/ her hands on advanced features, you should have the root access.

It includes wireless file sending, data encryption and a lot of advanced features that most of the other file managers lack.

Download ES File Explorer

22. Device Control

Here comes yet another free best root app to help you pull the most out of your phone’s hardware. We all know it is the phone’s GPU that elevates the graphic performance of it. If you overclock it a little bit, the game run and graphic rendering process will be much better.

You can configure CPU and GPU frequencies with this app.

Download Device Control From Play Store

23. Kernel Adiutor

Kernel Adiutor takes care of many kernel parameters. Though it offers a number of features, it depends on your CPU that which one turns out to be useful to you.

You can configure a lot of things like CPU frequency, voltage, GPU frequency, sound, battery, low memory killer, etc.

Download Kernel Adiutor

24. WiFi Tethering

All the devices available today offer you a feature to be a wifi hotspot that helps us share our data connection with others.

But on some older devices, this option isn’t available. In order to integrate this feature with that kind of devices, you can install one of these best root apps for Android.

Download WiFi Tethering

25. Full!Screen

We like to use some apps on the full screen. But the status bar may be a hindrance in this case. Though a few phones offer transparent status bar and such options not to make it an obstacle to the full-screen experience, you need this app on other phones.

The usage of Full!The screen is no brainer that it hardly takes ten seconds to configure everything. You need to purchase the paid app if you want to set different options for different apps.

Download Full!Screen

26. DiskDigger

You don’t need to have a rooted device to run DiskDigger. But on an unrooted phone, the app can’t carry out an elaborated search to dig through all your deleted files.

As you root the device, the app gets the permission to search everywhere for deleted pictures.

Download Disk Digger

27. Boot Animations

Have you been tired seeing the clichéd boot animation on your phone whenever you reboot your android phone? Then, one of the top root apps on board, Boot Animations is going to help you out. You can install this app for free on Play Store. They have a lot of boot animations as a library. Choose any of them and you are good to go.

Download Boot Animations

28. Chainfire 3D

Here comes another best root app for optimizing the performance of games. The lagging of games on your phone is most probably due to the higher size of the graphics. You can reduce the size of the rendering graphics using this app. The download link below leads you to an XDA forum thread.

Download Chainfire 3D

29. Hosts Editor

I think you are familiar with the host file on computers. The hosts file on computers allows you to block the access to some particular (entered) websites. The same feature is what Android hosts editor offers. The app is free to download on Play Store, and you won’t find any ad on it.

Download Hosts Editor

30. Root Explorer

The first file explorer I have given here, ES File Explorer is meant for every Android user while Root Explorer is for the rooted users only. It allows you to access app data folder, open zipped files, open text documents, etc.

Download Root Explorer

31. 3C Toolbox

3C Toolbox has got a spot on our list of best root apps due to its versatility. You can do a lot of tasks with it including CPU control, battery saving, auto backups, WiFI access priority, etc.

Developer: 3c

Price: Free*


32. Pimp My ROM

Making good changes to your ROM gives you the right amount of boost in the performance. Pimp My ROM edits system files without any issues in such a way that it speeds up your phone.

Developer: Androguide.fr

Price: Free


33. Battery Calibration

Android OS generates a bin file to track the battery details and provide you with the same. So, deleting that bin file will result in a huge leap in the battery backup.

Developer: NéMa

Price: Free


34. DPI Changer

Pixels Per Inch or DPI is the best measure to know the quality of your display. With one of these best app for rooted phone from XDA forum, you can change the DPI to a certain extent to improvise the visual experience.

Download DPI Changer

35. XUI Mod Top

XUI Mod Top is a customization app with a lot of animations and colour scheme options. You can fill the status bar with a gradient, makes clock center, change animations and do a lot of other features with this app.

Download XUI Mod Top

36. Smart Booster

With one of the best root apps for cleaning your phone for making it super fast, you will not find your device sluggish anymore.

It includes fast cache cleaner, SD card cleaner, partition manager and a lot more features.

Developer: AntTek Mobile

Price: Free*


37. BuildProp Editor

Allows you edit any property file on your Android phone without any issues. Doing it will eventually increase your phone’s performance.

Developer: JRummy Apps Inc.

Price: Free*


38. Set DNS

Sometimes, we face it difficult to connect to the web due to DNS problems. Set DNS allows you to change the name servers of your Wi-Fi or mobile network connections. SetDNS also supports bunch of DNS by default too.

Developer: H12 Enterprises

Price: Free


39. DataSync

Are you looking for a way to transfer app data with your friend and don’t know where it is located? Then, you need this best app for rooted Android phone as it allows you to share application data with anyone wirelessly.

Developer: Quint Stoffers

Price: Free


40. GMD GestureControl Lite

I hope you are already familiar with the gestures, don’t you? GMD GestureControl Lite adds some of the handy gestures to the phone’s collection to save your time.

Wrapping up

Now, you have got about 40 best root apps to try. I recommend trying out the lite version or free version before you spend money for the paid one. It will help you know about the quality of the app.

Which is best app for rooted android phone? We would like to listen about it in comments below.



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