What Can You Do With A Rooted Android?

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Root File Explorers

You can remount your /system/ directory read-write, which will allow you to remove carrier-shipped applications you don’t like and so on. Root file explorers can allow you to view all folders on your phone, such as /data/ which is normally protected.

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Flashify

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Rooted users who do a lot of tinkering with the back end of their phone system are going to end up repeating the tedious process of flashing boot, recovery and other .img files to and from their smartphone or tablet. Flashify reduces tedium by automating the process. 

Flashify users can flash boot and recovery images, create full backups and sync backups between devices and desktop. The free version has a limit of flashing three images per day, which can be unlocked with an in-app purchase.

Download:Flashify

What is rooted phone in Android?

Rooting is the process of allowing users of smartphones, tablets and other devices running the Android mobile operating system to attain privileged control (known as root access) over various Android subsystems. Root access is sometimes compared to jailbreaking devices running the Apple iOS operating system.

CPU Control

  • SetCPU – Control the processor speed of the phone, can also setup profiles. It allows underclocking based on conditions, e.g. underclock to 125mhz when screen is turned off. It dramatically increases battery life without affecting performance (when you’re actually using apps / the phone) or can improve performance via overclocking.
  • Overclock Widget – Similar to SetCPU but less functional

Is it safe to root an android?

There are essentially four potential cons to rooting your Android. Voiding your warranty: Some manufacturers or carriers will void your warranty if you root your device, so it is worth keeping in mind that you can always unroot. Security risks: Rooting introduces some security risks.

Should I root my Android?

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Yes. No. Maybe. All three answers are perfectly valid. People have different reasons to want to root their devices. Some do it just because they can — they paid for the hardware and think they should be able to do anything they like. Others want to be able to add things that aren’t there, like internet servers or be able to “fix” services that are there but don’t work the way they would like them to work. People might buy a phone because they like the hardware, but hate the software and want to change it. Mostly, people root their phones because they simply want to get rid of the extra things on it that they don’t want. Every one of these reasons — as well as any reason you might have that aren’t mentioned here — are the right reasons.

Most people want root to get rid of the bloat.

Before you do any preparation to root your phone, you need to remember that it changes everything about the inherent security from Google and the company that built it. Plenty of us don’t like it, but being able to access an account with admin permissions was not included in release versions of Android on purpose. As soon as you add this capability, you are responsible for the security and integrity of the operating system and every application on it. For some, this is more responsibility than they want or need.

Rooting isn’t the answer for everyone. If you’re not sure about the ways you can break things by doing them as root, you should learn more about it before you start. It’s OK to not know things and to try and learn, but not knowing and doing them anyway can turn a very expensive Android into a paperweight. You also need to know that for many Android models, rooting means your warranty is null and void. Services (including apps as well as network access from your carrier) can be denied to you because of the security risk when you’re rooted. The risk is real because so many users go into it all blind and let security lapse. Not doing that is your responsibility — take it seriously!

Rooting your phone puts you in charge when it comes to privacy and security. That’s good and bad.

Finally, there are plenty of users who simply don’t care about this stuff. Any Android phone, no matter how restricted root access is, can do just about everything we want or need from a pocket computer. You can change the appearance, choose from over a million apps in Google Play and have complete access to the internet and most any services that live there. You can even make phone calls. It’s great if you’re happy with what you have and what it can do, and aren’t worried about trying to fix what isn’t (in your eyes) broken.

SD Maid

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SD Maid is a storage maintenance app designed to free up space on your SD Card or internal storage by searching for widowed files and folders left behind by uninstalled apps. In addition, it also doubles as a file manager. The free version is a perfectly serviceable app, but more options can be unlocked by purchasing an unlock key.

Download:SD Maid

How to unroot a rooted device?

To unroot a rooted device, you can follow various steps.

Unroot by using a file manager

Root access is nothing but a bunch of files in your phone. All you need is to remove these files and the rooting will disappear.

Here are the steps to follow:

  • Go to your file manager and access the device’s main system.
  • Next, select on system and tap on bin.
  • Go back to the system folder and select xbin.
  • Next, delete the files that you want to remove.
  • In case of apps, Delete superuser.apk.

Why wouldnt you root?

There are essentially four potential cons to rooting your Android.

  • Voiding your warranty: Some manufacturers or carriers will void your warranty if you root your device, so it is worth keeping in mind that you can always unroot. If you need to send the device back for repair, simply flash the software backup you made, and it’ll be good as new.
  • Bricking your phone: If something goes wrong during the rooting process, you risk bricking — i.e., corrupting — your device. The easiest way to prevent that from happening is to follow the instructions carefully. Ensure the guide you are following is up to date and that the custom ROM you flash is specifically for your phone. If you do your research, you won’t have to worry about bricking your smartphone.
  • Security risks: Rooting introduces some security risks. Depending on what services or apps you use on your device, it could create a security vulnerability. And certain malware takes advantage of rooted status to steal data, install additional malware, or target other devices with harmful web traffic.
  • Disabled apps: Some security-conscious apps and services do not work on rooted devices — financial platforms like Google Pay and Barclays Mobile Banking do not support them. Apps that serve copyrighted TV shows and movies, like Sky Go and Virgin TV Anywhere, will not start on rooted devices, either — and neither will Netflix.

Usual “root only” features and apps

Once you gain root access, you can now install apps that would otherwise be unusable on a non-rooted Android device. It’s up to you to install these, but the apps usually focus on giving you more features and more flexibility in using your device.

You can install a “system app remover” – usually t

You can install a “system app remover” – usually the first thing users do upon gaining root. This allows you to remove apps that have been embedded into the system either by your mobile carrier or the hardware manufacturer themselves. Users can’t usually uninstall these apps via the normal app manager route, so root process is the way to go.

In devices where internal storage is a premium, you can install an app like “Link2SD” to do exactly what the app says it does – move app data files to your expansion SD card. This will not be possible without elevated root privileges, so now you can free up more space on your internal storage and install more apps if you want.

“Tasker” is a popular automation app for Android d

“Tasker” is a popular automation app for Android devices, and it only works with root access. Automation will speed up some daily processes for you – such as automatically connect to a wifi network, set alarms and profiles when you arrive at home (or at a specific location), connect to Bluetooth connections when in a certain vehicle, and other cool automation processes.

“Xposed Framework” is probably the king of all tweaks – it is a framework that allows you to install modules for specific Android tweaks like battery saving features, call and text blacklisting, floating windows and other such fancy features not normally found on stock software. And yes, you guessed it right – it only works with root access.

What to do After Rooting Your Phone

1. Take Control

You can get access to the system files of a rooted phone.  As explained above, you can remove the bloatware that you will never use to free up memory for your own choice of apps.

Simply go to your application manager and remove unwanted pre-installed apps with a few taps.  This will release memory for you to use as you wish.

You may think that if you have Android 4.1 and above you can disable apps you don’t need – and you would be correct! However, ‘disabling’ them does not mean they are deleted. These ‘disabled’ apps still take up memory space.

You can remove (i.e. delete) unwanted apps with a rooted phone – but make sure you don’t delete apps essential to the workings of your phone!  You must understand the function of any app you decide to delete.

Then check out the available apps for rooted Android phones. There are lots of them – check some out by clicking on the link.

2. Customize the Appearance of Your Screen

Android users often find it difficult, if not impossible, to customize the appearance of their screen as they want it. They are stuck with the stock themes offered.  A rooted phone does not have this restriction.

You can install a number of themes and wallpapers suitable for Android without having to resort to what is available from the Google Store.

3. Increase RAM on Your Device

It’s always good to be able to increase the RAM in your cell phone. This enables you to install many more apps with a wide range of functionality.

If you find that your app count is limited on your phone, then rooting it enables you to significantly update your RAM.

4. Improved Backup and Restore Options

Another thing you can do with a rooted phone is to back up many options that you would struggle doing with a standard Android device.  You can back up the apps you have downloaded, your contacts, SMS and your system settings.

You can install backup apps on your rooted phone t

You can install backup apps on your rooted phone that not only make backing up easier, but that you can also use to schedule regular backups for your phone.

5. Bypass Google Play Store For APK File Installation

While we are referring to apps, it is important to note one other app-related benefit of rooting your phone. You will be able to install any .apk file without having to access the Google Play store.

APK files are essential if you want to install and run any individual Android software app on an Android mobile device.  If you root your phone, you can bypass the Google Play store to install your apps.

6. Ad Blocking in Apps

Many Android apps contain pop-up ads that often appear when you don’t want them to.  This can be extremely annoying.

By rooting your Google or Android cell phone, you can stop this from happening. It is possible to find apps that will block certain advert pop-ups although they generally don’t block them all. You may have to specify the ads to be blocked – rooting your phone enables you to block them all.

7. Block Unwanted Websites

If you have a rooted Android phone, you can block specified websites without having to install ES File Explorer or Freedom which is a timed site-blocking app available on the Google Play Store.

You will not be restricted to Play Store apps, and can block websites using any method you prefer.

8. Install Custom  ROMs

There are many custom Android ROMs available that can be installed on a rooted Android device. Among these are SlimRoms, Paranoid, and Resurrection Remix.  The best by far, however, is LineageOS. There are many other relatively unknown or new custom ROM designers whose work is not available from the Google Store.

If you are unhappy with the ROM on your device, then you can easily replace or enhance it if your phone has been rooted.

9. Make Full Use of Automation

There is a choice of apps available to automate your mobile phone. Tasker is one that is capable of automating anything that can be automated on your cell phone.

You can use it without rooting, although the functions that can be automated will be limited on a phone that has not been rooted.

However, one of the many things you can do with a rooted phone is to extend the functions to be automated. You can control the CPU speed using the Tasker app with a rooted phone. You can also change the network mode, switch GPS and control the screen on-off mode using this app on a rooted Android cell phone.

10. Emulation of Legacy Devices

Emulation is a means whereby you can imitate or duplicate the hardware and software of one system in another system. A rooted Android phone enables you to emulate some legacy devices such as Gameboy Advance and Playstation One.  Rather than explain how to achieve that here, you should check out our excellent Emulation on Android post on the subject.  Among other things, it shows you how to run the Windows 95 / 96 / XP operating systems on your rooted Android device.

The above suggestions describe only some examples of what you can do with a rooted phone.  Rooting a phone means that you own it.  You are not subject to all the automatic changes made by the manufacturer. The genuine answer to the question “what to do after rooting” is simply to enjoy your phone without the adverts and distractions but with the look and feel that you prefer.  You own your phone – so own the way it looks and the way it works!

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