android logoRooting your Android device allows you to have full access to it. Most users root their phones and tablets in order to install a custom ROM. However once you have rooted your device you are able to install some apps that require root permissions and you normally wouldn't be able to use. In the article below you will find a list with the top applications every user with a rooted device should try. Most of them are free. Some of them have a paid version as well with extra features.

Titanium Backup

Titanium Backup is the most powerful backup tool on Android. You can backup, restore, freeze (with Pro) your apps + data + Market links. This includes all protected apps & system apps, plus external data on your SD card. You can do 0-click batch & scheduled backups. Backups will operate without closing any apps (with Pro). You can move any app (or app data) to/from the SD card. You can browse any app's data and even query the Market to see detailed information about the app.

ROM Manager

ROM Manager allows you to flash almost any ZIP to your phone, whether it be a kernel, ROM, app package, or radio image. ROM Manager does this through Koushik Dutta's ClockworkMod Recovery (Koush, coincidentally, is also the author of ROM Manager). Once a ROM or other flashable ZIP file is selected, ROM manager will automatically reboot your phone and flash it through ClockworkMod

It's main features are

  • Flash your recovery to the latest and greatest ClockworkMod recovery.
  • Manage your ROMs via a handy UI.
  • Organize and perform backups and restores from within Android!
  • Install ROMs from your SD card.
  • Install your favorite ROMs over the air!

rom manager_1 rom manager_2

Market Enabler

There are some apps, especially paid apps, that cannot be seen in the Market depending on the region you are in. Market Enabler allows you to spoof your mobile network region thus allowing you to access applications that normally you wouldn't be able to install.

market enabler_1 market enabler_2

SetCPU for Root Users

SetCPU is a tool for changing the CPU settings, capable of overclock and underclock, on a rooted device in order to improve performance or save battery. SetCPU also allows you to set up powerful profiles to change the CPU speed under certain conditions, such as when the phone is asleep or charging, when the battery level drops below a certain point, when the phone's temperature is too high, or during certain times of day.

set cpu_1 set cpu_2

ES File Explorer

ES File Explorer is an all-in-one file manager. It gives you root level access to the file system allowing you to modify the system files. Moreover it allows you to have access to your home PC via WiFi with SMB.

Battery Calibration

Battery Calibration is a useful application for users who frequently change ROMs. Calibration needs to be done after flashing a new ROM, but you can calibrate any time you think your battery is miscalibrated. This program does it by removing the batterystats.bin system file. The OS generates a new clean batterystats file soon, thus any fake information from the previous ROM is removed.

SD Maid

SD Maid frees up space on your phone's SD card by cleaning it of unnecessary data left behind by apps no longer installed on your device or logs, crash reports and debug files you don't really need. Without root, functionality is limited as SD Maid won't have access to all necessary directories.

sdmaid 1 sdmaid 2

So that was my list with my favourite applications that require root. Which Android apps are your favourtite ones?

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Samba Filesharing
Iain Cheyne , December 29, 2011
I thought of adding Adfree in this list however, as I am also an Adroid developer, I believe that since I give my applications for free having some advertisements and earning and earning some money from them is no big deal for the user.

Samba Filesharing is indeed a useful app. In order to transfer files over wifi from and to my android device I am using ES File Explorer.
axel , December 29, 2011
Don't forget...
There's also file Expert, and Autokiller Memory optimizer are good ones too.
Lycan762 , December 30, 2011
I just hate ads. I buy apps wherever possible. I also use Adblock when web browsing. I use to fix my conscience. smilies/wink.gif

I used a new root-only app today - WiFi Key Recovery. Saved me a lot of hassle.

Incidentally, your captcha is tough on an Android phone.
Iain Cheyne , December 31, 2011
I can understand how you think Iain. By the way it's the first time I hear of flattr. It's a nice idea!

I just took a look into WiFi Key Recovery. It can be useful!

I will take a look at the captcha. Thanks for mentioning it. smilies/smiley.gif
axel , January 02, 2012

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