Android phones are spectacular little devices because they’re able to do so much that others simply can’t, but one big snag in that greatness is that many of the best features require that the phones be rooted. With all the apps available in the Android Market, the most essential tend to be those that add these extra features. Whether you plan on installing custom ROMs or not, you may want to root your phone just to install those apps. Here are the 10 most essential apps available for Android that require root.
Also note that there’s a big difference between installing a custom ROM on an Android phone, and just rooting it. Custom ROMs may offer plenty of features that aren’t available direct from the manufacturer, but most of them can be added to a rooted phone by simply installing the right apps. That’s what we’re after today.
If you haven’t rooted your phone yet, but would like to know more about the process, be sure to check out our comprehensive guide to rooting Android phones.
Tasker (Root adds features)
There are plenty of other apps out there that only work with rooted phones, and it doesn’t seem likely that the carriers are ever going to allow phones on their networks to sell with root capabilities baked in. If you want the added functionality of these apps, there’s just no way around it. You’ve got to go rooted. So, if you’re convinced, head over to the rooting guide to see what’s required to set your phone free.
Know of any other great apps for rooted Android phones? Have a personal favourite that’s not on the list? Share them in the comments!