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Most of you might be very much familiar with the rooting procedure. Its the process of giving yourself superuser permissions (ex - administrator in windows xp ).
If you are using a custom rom, then there is no need to specifically root your phone. But if you are using stock roms, then there is a guide to root in the forums.
Once rooted, you can now take your own decisions for your device which include improving system performance or flashing custom roms using cwm recovery or using any of these below listed apps. Use it wisely, as playing with your device performance can have damaging effects.
I AM NOT AT ALL RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE DONE TO YOUR DEVICE BY YOU.
Moving on, many of the rooted-on-stock and custom rom users might already know most of these apps and their uses, so this thread is for the begginers who have just rooted their devices.
Further, most of these apps are available in the playstore (mostly paid, but if you want the cracked versions, you can find them in the internet.
So here are some of the apps that might be usefull for you. I will also update this apps list as soon as, I find more usefull apps.
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Titanium Backup -
Losing all the apps on your device accidentally or while flashing custom rom is a bad feeling. Re-downloading every app is a painstaking work so fortunately for root users, Titanium Backup provides the solution. Titanium Backup is a powerful backup utility which stores your apps, app data, and system data on your SD card for safekeeping. Titanium Backup can also painlessly remove, freeze-unfreeze any app, including system apps. This app can be configured to run its tasks on a schedule, and the $3.99 donate version allows you to set up multiple schedules for the various combinations of backups it is capable of performing.
ROM Manager -
ROM Manager allows you to flash almost any ZIP to your phone, whether it be a kernel, ROM, app package, or even initiate a nandroid backup.
adbWireless does exactly what its name implies, all without the need for a USB cable. There really isnít much to say as the app is, quite literally, a big red button that you can push to enable/disable wireless ADB connection. Thereís also a widget for those times when youíre too lazy to fire up the full application. Its available on the playstore for free.
Move2SD Enabler / Install manager -
Move2SD Enabler or Install manager, allow users to move any app to the SD card. Like adbWireless, itís as simple as pressing a button. Itís free and both the the apps are available in the playstore. Although scripts like s2e and link2sd etc are there its sometimes convinient to use apps like these.
Market Autoupdate Bulk Toggle -
Another simple yet incredibly useful root-only app:
Market Autoupdate Bulk Toggle. This is an app that takes the Marketís auto-update feature to a whole new level:
Pressing "Autoupdate On" does exactly what youíd expect: it turns on auto-update for all of your installed apps. Thatís it Ė youíll never have to confront that pesky "Allow automatic updating" option in the Market again. The only caveat is that the program only enables automatic updates for apps that are already installed and wonít apply to those installed in the future Ė for those, youíll have to rerun Market Autoupdate Bulk Toggle and press "Autoupdate On" again. Unsurprisingly, youíll still have to push the "Update" button yourself when an app receives a manual update (which only happens when its permissions change Ė not a frequent occurrence). Although this feature is present in the playstore, all those who like using the old market this surely comes in handy. Itís free and available on the playstore.
Theft Aware -
Theft Aware, while considerably more complex than the other items on the list, is an Android security app unlike any other. With it, you can remotely track your phone if it gets lost or stolen, wipe it, call it and spy on the thief, and much more. Its free and available on the playstore.
DroidWall Android Firewall -
It will make sure apps on your phone donít unnecessarily waste your limited data plan without your knowledge. The appís main feature is turning off EDGE or 3G or WiFi access for any application, thus allowing you to restrict which apps can access the network. In addition to saving bandwidth, DroidWall can be used for security Ė just lock down a suspicious app to make sure it doesnít try to unnecessarily encroach your privacy. As an added bonus, a log of what goes on is included. And its open source
Button Savior -
This is an similar to virtual buttons bar app, but with a slightly different and better UI. Button Savior might be worth a look.
Samba Filesharing -
Samba file sharing is the bomb. It turns your phone into an smb server and puts your sd card on your desktop when youíre on a wifi network. It allows you to share files between your phone and pc over WiFi as a Windows shared folder. With this free app, you can wirelessly copy files to/from your Android device via the same drag-and-drop interface you use when your handset is plugged into your computer with a standard USB cable. Even the security freaks have a reason to celebrate Ė
Samba offers customizable username and password options in addition to letting users choose a Windows workgroup name and a device network (NETBIOS) name.
Juice Defender and Ultimate Juice Defender -
Juice Defender is a battery conservation app. It uses various triggers, rules, and timers to control how often your device utilizes 3G/EDGE APNís and wifi. These data connections are the number one drainers of battery life when your phone is idle, so Juice Defender allows you to decide when, where, and how often you want them to be active. Ultimate Juice ( paid version of Juice Defender) must be installed over an existing copy of Juice Defender, which unlocks a few additional capabilities for users with root permissions. It also provides some extra goodies for root users including the ability to adjust CPU clock speeds on the run to conserve battery, which requires root permissions.
ES File explorer -
This an application for exploring your phoneís directories.
For developers, its usefulness is self-explanatory. For the average user, it certainly is a solid file explorer with a better interface especially, ES file exp. One more unique feature of these file explorers is the ability to modify permissions settings on files or folders. It comes packed with some solid features apart from the conventional file viewing. Its completely free and is available in the market.
Root explorer -
Similar to any other file explorer app in the market. But its specialty is that, it can crawl deep into the deepest corners of android and modify them like the elusive dalvik cache to sd. Its a paid app available in the market.
CacheMate is cache cleaner app like no other cache cleaning app does it. Two, CacheMate can clear certain data from the device. This was/is extremely tedious to accomplish and linux does not handle this. Three, CacheMate clears cache from the SD card. While you can go and do this yourself, CacheMate does it all for you just by a simple tap on screen.
Sixaxis Controllerer -
Sixaxis Controller allows you to connect a PS3 controller to your phone, giving you the ability to have a full gaming experience on your handset. You grab Sixaxis Controller form the Market for $1.62.
Wireless Tether -
Wireless Tether remains the best way to utilize your phone as a WiFi or Bluetooth (PAN) hotspot. Its free and its open source. Available in playstore. But, it is certainly a battery killer so use it while charging the device.*
Shark For Root -
Itís essentially a stripped down version of WireShark. Itís a particularly geeky app to have, but for developers or those of us obsessed with monitoring where our traffic is going its a great app. Shark monitors all network activity on your device (presumably from all interfaces) and outputs a .pcap file by consrving quite an amount of battery when compared to other apps in the playstore. So use it and know the difference yourself.
One of the most frequent excuses for piracy has to be "The app isnít available in my country" or "Google doesnít allow paid apps where I live." No longer!
MarketEnabler makes your Android phone believe itís on another carrier Ė perhaps even one in another country. For example, a Swede could use this app to access Google Books, which is, by official terms, available exclusively in the US, right ? So use it and let the downloading begin !
SD Maid -
SD Maid frees up space on your phoneís SD card by cleansing it of "corpses in the basement," or unnecessary data left behind by apps no longer installed on your phone. It works with all roms currently on the forums. Use it and know the difference.
AutoKiller Memory Optimizer -
Hate using scripts like V6 supercharger ?
Then is THE app for you.
It tweaks your phone just like the V6, to run smoothly. It kills all the idle process running in the background and saves a lot of battery. You can choose various OOM values for all the apps like foreground, visible, empty etc. Donators are also able to choose alternate presets, enter Chuck Norris mode, and enjoy an ad-free experience. Its available in the playstore for free, worth a try.
It changes the font of your phone, virtually everything. This is not a resolution changer (lol) , as I have seen many comments in playstore. It simply changes the depth and space of your phone. Using the app is very easy Ė simply adjust the slider or click on one of the big rectangular buttons to alter the density, then click ĎApplyí to restart your device and see the changes in effect. Of course, the smaller the font, the harder it is to press onscreen objects; the larger the font, the more screen space goes to waste.
Keyboard Manager -
When it comes to landscape keyboards, itíd be hard to top what HTC has going with Sense UI. If itís portrait input youíre after, however, Swype is the cream of the crop. So how can you decide ? Should you manually change your input method each and every time you switch orientations, or type exclusively in one
position? As it turns out, you wonít have to partake in either of those practices; downloading Keyboard Manager will suffice. The app is simple:
Allow users to use one keyboard in portrait mode and another when they turn their phone on its side.
Live dmesg boot and live logcat boot -
You won't have any words, to being shown the real dmesg (kernel debug) or logcat (Android debug) log every time your phone boots up ? So this is an app for all those dev's out there who are crazy about logs.
Screencast Video Recorder -
Taking a lot of screenshots and "videos" of apps and games is a habit to you ? Then Screencast is your go-to app, especially for the latter. If you ever find yourself in need of a way to record whatís happening on-screen, look no further than Screencast. The app costs $4, but there is a demo available so you can give it a shot before you buy.
Game On -
It not only allows users to backup and restore game data, but download and share game progress over the Game On network. Yeah, you read right Ė share. Game. Data. Maybe youíre stuck on a particular part of a game. Perhaps you just donít feel like playing through all the boring crap (Gta 3) and want to jump straight into the good stuff. It doesnít matter the reason you want to progress in a game Ė Game On is the solution. Game On costs a buck in the playstore. So give it a try and happy gaming !
With this app you can play all the HD games on your phone. It comes with various visual gameplay options. Its a paid app and is available in the playstore. Do give it a try.
WiFi Protector -
WiFi Protector is a security app that protects your device from Wi-Fi sniffing attacks. Itíll detect and prevent ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) attacks, like DoS (Denial of Service) and MitM (Man in the Middle). Unlike most of the other apps in the roundup, this one actually offers a little bit of functionality for non-rooted users too. It can even defend your phone against WiFiKill, an app that can eject basically any user off of a Wi-Fi network with the tap of a button. Its a paid app available on the playstore.
This one is sure to save many people a lot of heartache. Weíve all mistakenly
deleted files before, potentially losing them forever. The next time that happens, though, Undelete is here to save the day by scanning your deviceís SD Card, finding all the deleted files, and, in most cases, restoring these files. The app is free in the playstore, so thereís no excuse to ever lose another file.
Reboot Control does 4 things, and 4 things only:
It allows you to reboot, recovery boot, wipe handset or bootloader boot with a single tap. The real usefulness of QuickBoot is in the ability to make home screen widgets for these functions, so theyíre always at your fingertips. Since, almost all the custom roms these days use this as a built-in function so this app can be usefull for the stock users.
Blocks data access to a list of sites that store ads. Speeds up browsing experience as the ads arenít downloaded along with the site and even blocks many ads from displaying in many of the ad supported apps.
Virtual Button Bar -
If your phone's buttons are about to fall off or something has happened and your buttons no longer work, then this app can save you a lot of time and trouble. Its entire purpose is to provide on-screen emulation of the dedicated hardware
buttons on most Android devices. The app offers various customizable features, such as user-definable buttons and positions, lockscreen animations, the ability to change various hardware button actions (volume, camera, etc) and a few
aesthetic variations such as transparency and button size. Virtual Button Bar is $1.63, but there is fully-functional trial available, as well in the playstore.
Call Blocker -
If you have specific numbers that you want to be blocked each time they call, then thereís a good chance youíve turned to apps that automate this process. There is one problems with that, though:
Most apps still let your phone ring at least once. Thatís where Root Call Blocker rises above the rest. Root Call Blocker detects incoming calls at the system level, so it can block them much more efficiently. In fact, itís so efficient that it blocks the call before your phone even rings, so youíre completely unaware that the offending caller has tried to contact you in the first place. The app offers
many other features as well, such as call logs, multiple rejection methods, multiple profiles, caller grouping, SMS auto-replies, and much more. This app is not free, but there is also a trial version so you can give it a try before dropping any money.
SetCpu / NoFrills -
These apps let you control the speed of operation of your phone. They come with all the latest governers and I/O schedulers, though some roms governers are rom specific. Also, an Overclock kernel is required to use this app.
LBE Privacy Guard -
This is probably one of the best privacy guards that are ever seen apart from the pdroid patch by Yagya. Its functionality is akin to that of a software firewall, with some elements of Windows UAC thrown in. LBE sits in the background and ďlistensĒ to your apps as they request various permissions and then provides you a notice with options to either grant or deny access.
Dual Mount SD Widget -
The inability to mount your SD card to both your phone and PC at the same
time can be quite annoying, as you canít access any of the information or apps that reside on your SD card when your device is mounted to your computer. Dual Mount SD Card is a simple and practical solution to this problem, as it allows you to access your SD card from phone and PC alike while itís mounted. In order for this app to function properly, you must first disable Androidís auto-mount option, using the widget instead. This available on the playstore.
Hexamob Recovery Pro -
If youíve ever accidentally deleted any data from your phone, then Hexamob Recovery Pro is here to save the day. Hexamob Recovery Pro is a data recovery tool designed to grab deleted files from either the SD card or internal storage of your Android phone. It supports the FAT file system, and offers the ability to scan the media for specific files types, including audio, video, images etc.
Total Commander -
Total Commander is a feature packed dual-pane file manager for Android, based off of the popular Windows file manager of the same name. It really is the only file manager that youíll ever need. Most of the CM7 roms come cooked with it, in case you are using stock this will come in real handy.
Mobile ODIN Pro -
Flashing your firmwares the mobile way. Very handy and very useful thanks to ChainFire for this awesome app
Call Master -
Itís probably the best call and text firewall in the playstore. It can control dozens of variables in countless situations Ė everything from blocking certain numbers during certain times of day, sending specific numbers to voicemail, to auto-hang ups etc.
avast! Mobile Security -
Last, but certainly not least is avast! Mobile Security Ė an app that every rooted user should have installed. I know what youíre thinking Ė an antivirus app? Really? Yes, really. This app is different than the rest of the anti-virus applications in the Market, because it is also the best anti-theft solution of any app. (The other features of the app are top-notch, as well, but the anti-theft functionality is its only root function). Why is its anti-theft so good? Because
it used to be Theft Aware , an app that is listed above. TA was bought out buy avast! and incorporated into its Mobile Security app. The best part is that the root function of the app wasnít altered in any way Ė avastís anti-theft setup is identical to Theft Aware in every way but with a wonderfull UI Ė itís simple and intuitive, and when itís finished, you can rest assured that if your device is ever lost or stolen itís as protected as it can be.
avast! Mobile Security is free and if you only choose to install one app from this roundup, I suggest that this is the one.
If you have a regular habit of changing roms ? Then this is the right app for you.
Its a battery calibration app. It wipes all the battery stats/data from your phone and will make your phone ready to produce some fresh new stats. In this way your battery will last longer as it is always recommended to calibrate the battery after flashing a new rom. Its a free app and is available in the playstore.
Did you ever feel, where can I get a old version of busybox ? This is a common query while using the V6 Supercharger, since it recommends a busybox 1.18.2 or higher version. So ever come across an app that requires an older version of busybox ? Then this is right app to turn for. Its a free app and many versions are available in the playstore so, choose wisely
"THE" app for applying "ANY" script for your phone. It can help create terminal widgets for apps that aren't available for that app, by simple taps of the screen. SM widgets is another add-on for this app so you can use its full power.
For a guide to create terminal widgets, you can check this out :
It can also help tweak your phones performance by applying scripts like V6, kickass, 3G booster etc. A must have app for any dev or tweaker. It can serve as a decent root explorer for an average user. Its available in the playstore for free.
Annoyed by the fact that you can't remove those useless system apps ? No more ! This is that app, that removes all the useless apps from your phone. It can also freeze user apps, backup them, delete them, unfreeze them, move them sd card etc. Its a powerful to have and sometimes may come in handy some times. Its a free app available in the playstore.
Too lazy to go into settings>wireless and networks>tethering>usb tether ??
Then this is your go to app. Its a one-click tethering app for your phone so that you can use it to browse on your laptop or desktop. Its a free app available in the playstore.
A screenshot app that has all the cool features like shake to capture your screen. Its fully functional trial is available in the playstore. Use it and feel the app before investing in it
Another screenshot app. Its a completely free app in the playstore unlike any other in the playstore. As it is free, there has to be some way to chop our legs. :P . So that drawback is a 6-sec delay after taking every screenshot. Though if u buy it, you can reduce that delay to 1-sec. Some of its features are, screenshot preview ( various views for previews ) , shake SS, on-screen button, notification capture etc. Use it and the know the difference yourself.
Z Screen Recorder
Probably the only app to give some competition to screencast app. Its a similar app compared to the screencast video recorder. It simply has two big buttons, when the app is opened. It simply records whatever is happening on the screen and saves the video to your sd directly. It has fully functional demo in the playstore. Try it before buying it.
The dev of this app claims it to increase the external memories speed upto 40 times than before. You can set this app to work from boot. If you don't believe me or the dev, just use any of the benchmark tools and see the proof your self. Its a tiny-free app available on the playstore. Do try it
SD Speed Increase
Originally developed by our xda member '"brainmaster". Its a similar app to SD Booster. The app has similar results to that of its competitor in terms of write/read speeds in any benchmark apps. Its also a tiny-free app available in the playstore.
System Tuner Pro
The most complete android system utility app/tool. It does all activities like backing-up your apps, task killer, logcat reader, terminal emulator, memory controls, freeze/unfreeze apps, activity recorder, system tweaker etc. Use it and you'll know the difference yourself. You can also setup widgets and notification indicators to any of these function and monitor your phone with real ease. Its a free app available in the playstore.
If you have a habit of forgetting things ? Then this is the BEST app available in the whole playstore. Then only drawback of this app is, YOU. lol, yeah coz if you forget to set the tasker to do its task, then you are actually limiting its function. So moving on, Tasker is powerful app that has triggers which can make you remember the mildest things through its alarm and etc functions, 200+ built-in actions , task completion, scene/icon/design your own task according to yourself. So what are you waiting for ? OH wait, have you forgotten what you were doing ? Then first download this app.
Its a paid app available in the play store.
Font Changer Root
Moving on, this allows you to change fonts. You might be asking, Why root for a puny font changer app ? The answer is, it changes fonts. Yes it changes fonts of virtually anything, even the keyboard you use. According to the dev, it creates a buck-up of your default font in-case something happens. While removing this app, make sure that you restore setting of your default font. In case you forgot, just restore your nandroid back-up. Its a free app in the playstore and a donate version is also available in case you like the app.
AnTuTu CPU Master
AnTuTu CPU Master is a tool for changing CPU/GPU speed. Its similar to SetCpu or no-frills. It slightly has better UI. You can overclock your device for faster performance or slow down by reducing the clock frequency. Its a tiny-free app available in the playstore.
Speed up your fix of your current location using your phone's GPS. Here is the link to the trick/hack used in addition to this app : Enjoy
Using this app you can now control your phone from any browser. Yeah, you heard me right ! With this app you can send screenshots, control another phone, download-upload files, get gps location, read-write sms, export-import contacts-sms-call logs, terminal emulator etc.. So what are you waiting for ? Go ahead and try this app as its a free app available in the playstore
This tiny-free app DOES NOT REQUIRE ROOT. Then why on the list ? As the name implies, it simply checks your su-binary and verifies that your phone is properly rooted or not. So this app is helpful for beginners who rooted their stock recently and lets you check whether you have followed the procedure correctly or not. Its available in the playstore for free.
This is a very handy app to have. It currently works only on custom roms and CM7. It a tool to control all your hidden interface changes in your custom rom. Going through setting for even changing even the screenlock can be painful, So this app save that time and energy easily. It also allows you to change the screen transition type and its speeds, wifi sleep policy, useage statistics etc. Its a free app and is available in the playstore.
It lets you create, add and manage swap memory file without a swap partition on SD card. Reconfigure the app if you changed your swap size. This tiny app is free and its available in the playstore.
A small All-in-one app for your rooted phone. It also can mount the system partition as read-write for development purposes and also can clear dalvik cache directly by the tap of a button. Its presently in beta stage but its working fine for me. This tiny app is free and its available in the playstore.
1. Android Central for some apps
2. Me for the rest
3. You for being cooperative
4. XDA for giving a place to learn and share
5. Google for Android !