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Unleash your superpowers with the best root apps for Android

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If you've taken the plunge and decided to root your phone you're in for a treat: a whole new world of tweaks, modifications and custom ROMs awaits you. Once you're rooted, you can install any of the wide range of root apps for Android. These apps make use of root privileges to do a lot of the heavy lifting for you. Here are our picks for the best root apps for Android.

Best for easy flashing: Flashify

Flashing manually can be a lot of work. What if there was an app that did all the heavy lifting? With Flashify, you can sit back and let the app automatically flash for you. This is an app for those who like to have a lot of customization and don't want to spend endless hours getting get. 

With Flashify, you can flash your boot.img, recovery.img and zip files with ease. If you want to backup these to your local or cloud storage, the app automatically syncs them. You get automatic cloud synchronization between backups of devices and your desktop. The app allows you to restore kernel and recovery using an SDcard as well. 

The app is free to use but you should be aware that you can only perform three free flashes per day. If you have a lot of flashes to do, you might want to consider purchasing a few more. If you want to spread them out so you don't have to pay, you can add them to your queue and they can be flashed the next day. 

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Flashify flashes your files in a flash. / © NextPit

Best superuser app: SuperSU

If you're rooted you need SuperSU. The two go hand in hand and while you can avoid SuperSU, there's no reason that you would want to. It's by far the best root assistant around, to the extent that many rootable kernels have you install SuperSU by default.

Essentially Super SU manages the apps you give superuser permissions to, but there's a bunch of other cool stuff to discover as well.

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Step one for any rooted Android user: SuperSU. / © NextPit

Best app for removing bloatware: System App Remover

The second thing any rooted Android user should do is remove those pre-installed system apps – also known a bloatware – that come with most new phones and waste precious internal storage and system resources.

Unfortunately, there's no easy way to recover the memory they're occupying but you can remove them to stop the drain on your battery and CPU. System App Remover is a great tool for this.

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Root allows you to remove pre-installed system apps. / © NextPit

Best backup app: Titanium Backup

Backups are an essential part of any rooted phone owners repertoire. And backup solutions don't get much better than Titanium Backup, especially once you're rooted. Before you start delving into system mods, ROMs and other tweaks, it's always a good idea to do a full backup before you proceed, just in case things go haywire. Titanium takes the pain out of making and managing backups.

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A comprehensive backup solution is an essential once you're rooted. / © NextPit

Best app for battery optimization: Greenify

Greenify is pretty fantastic even without root, but with root privileges it really comes into its own. Greenify is an app-hibernation tool. It essentially lets you take control over when apps are awake (and consuming system resources) and when to put them to bed. The latest update even includes a 'Shallow Hibernation' engine for Android Marshmallow.

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Greenify is one of the best apps on Android and it's even better with root. / © NextPit

Best app for system automation: Tasker

Tasker is the Lord of the Rings of root apps. It's big, it's complex and a little daunting, but if you can commit yourself to it fully, you'll be repaid in full. Tasker is a full system automation app that can automate anything you do regularly with your Android phone, from setting up scheduled activities to automating tasks in apps. 

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Tasker automates actions based on specific triggers. / © NextPit

Best app for recovering lost files: DiskDigger

We're huge fans of recovering lost SMS, photos, files and data, and once you're rooted there are even more solutions to the problem. If you've accidentally deleted photos, files or something else off your phone, DiskDigger can instantly recover it without losing a second (which is important in these situations).

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With root, you can recover lost files with just your phone and an app. / © NextPit

Best app for screen recording: Rec

Screen recording may not be useful for the vast majority of Android owners, but for some, it's critical. If you're a gamer, bug-catcher or general go-to-guy for all your friends with Android problems, then being able to screen record is a real bonus. And Rec is the best root app for that.

Watch your descriptive language skills disappear as you say everything with recorded actions rather than words.

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Stil the simplest, best and most functional screen recording app we've found. / © NextPit

Best app for managing internal storage: SD Maid

Internal storage is always going to present problems, especially for those of us with a rather obsessive relationship to new apps and modifications. With root access, SD Maid takes control of any ghost files or folders left remaining after you've deleted data.

It also comes with a file browser, search tool and app management options to help you free up every inch of internal storage without wasting a KB.

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Never lose a MB to leftover files or folders again with SD Maid. / © NextPit

What is your favorite root app? What's the best thing about having root? Let us know in the comments.

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Kris is a former AndroidPIT Editor who came to the team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • Nadeepriya Amarasekara 3
    Nadeepriya Amarasekara Nov 10, 2018 Link to comment

    This post is really valuable if it includes deep explanation than you have brought.

  • 1
    Wawan S Oct 18, 2018 Link to comment

    SuperSU is not free any longer, what is the best alternative?

      ARAVIND RAJ Nov 15, 2018 Link to comment

      Magisk is the best alternative for SuperSU

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    Reg Joo Jul 25, 2018 Link to comment

    Why isn’t magisk on this list? Where’s kernel aditor(yes, that’s how you spell it)? Tasker, Greenify are good. There’s been reported issues with titanium backup on some roms, and it can screw up(used it til 9 months ago, was a favorite). System app safe remover is fine, but heed the warnings it gives for certain system apps. SDmaid can help, but know what you’re doing. If you don’t go heavily into rooting, this post it alright.

    Brittany McGhee

    • Jerry's W. 20
      Jerry's W. Jul 26, 2018 Link to comment

      magisk is not there because this is an updated very old article from like 4years ago and some nitwit noob from androidpit gets bitcoins for advertising in the article by spamming the Apps mentioned

  • Daniel Swan 2
    Daniel Swan Jul 23, 2018 Link to comment

    Dude, you've got to take ROM Manager off that list. It was abandoned by the developer YEARS ago.

    Nicholas Montegriffo

    • Nicholas Montegriffo 11
      Nicholas Montegriffo Jul 24, 2018 Link to comment

      you're absolutely right, thanks for pointing out that one. It's been taken off the list and we'll be looking to test a good replacement.

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    storm Jul 23, 2018 Link to comment

    If you've already got Titanium Backup, you don't need System App Remover.

    ROM Manager, last time I used it, didn't support a lot of desirable ROMs if they didn't download from the supported repository. You're better served doing the research and finding the ROM yourself imho. You'll get a better match to your preferences that way.


  • Stein Otto 3
    Stein Otto May 4, 2018 Link to comment

    OTA update will not be installed automatically on devices with root access, you have to install it manualy on most devices. Thats the only negative beside safety as you have to take care of (be shure what app you install cause system will not prevent access).

  • Stein Otto 3
    Stein Otto May 4, 2018 Link to comment

    As best file manager I would prefer Total commander before ES File Explorer

  • 3
    Drifter O'Sullivan Oct 13, 2017 Link to comment

    I'd probably go completely insane if I couldn't root my phone

    Carmelo Rivera

  • 1
    Gayan singhabahu May 17, 2017 Link to comment

    How can i root my huawei honor 4c marshmallow updated phone without pc

    • Euronyoumous 94 1
      Euronyoumous 94 May 18, 2017 Link to comment

      you need to unlock your bootloader first, that requires a pc

  • Hard Victoria 1
    Hard Victoria Mar 19, 2017 Link to comment

    If you haven't root your Android device yet you can use the oneclickroot tool you can download it from their website www(dot)oneclickroot(dot)com

  • 2
    giis Jul 28, 2016 Link to comment

    Hi Root users, I thought you may be interested in this new app: It allows you to carry the SDCard with apps and insert into similar Rooted mobile and start using your apps, contacts, photos, mails just like the original.

    YouTube Demo available on Plat Store: play DOT google DOT com/store/apps/details?

    Disclaimer : I'm the dev & Check G+ group for more details.

  • Ricky 1
    Ricky Jun 30, 2016 Link to comment

    Try Cf autoroot if you not use to rooting and all ther is to it. Realy easy and better than all this one click root.

    • Papa Rob 1
      Papa Rob Mar 4, 2017 Link to comment

      Too painful not to comment: Ricky, don't you see the red lines under every other word you wrote? You can't possibly be more than 9 yrs old. Check with your parents before you install anything like a root app on your Dad's phone!!

  • little lee 5
    little lee Jun 16, 2016 Link to comment

    Kingroot is the best root android app I've used. It root my samsung easily and safely,

    • Kate Collins 2
      Kate Collins Jul 21, 2016 Link to comment

      Yep, Kingroot is easy to use, But it not works with all devices.

      Веселина Стоянова

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      Fernando Lipschitz Oct 27, 2016 Link to comment

      Kingroot (san an "o") might be fine..but...beware Kingoroot.....notice the "o" after king.

      Kingo's default PC software is set to change one's browser home page.

      Plus, post root, it installed adware on my lock screen, and an unknown, and unrequested, "battery saver" app. They're slimy, dishonest, and morally bankrupt.

      May they get a nasty paper cut, and have their eyes pried open like in "A Clockwork Orange", and then be subjected to nude photos of Hillary Clinton and Rosie O'Donnell for 2.345 minutes. Any longer would just be inhumane.

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