10 Android Apps That Make Rooting Your Phone Worth The Hassle

10 Android Apps That Make Rooting Your Phone Worth The Hassle

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.



Titanium Backup

Titanium Backupdeletereallyfull guide on using Titanium Backup







SSH Tunnel

Recently mentionedSSH Tunnel

Tasker (Root adds features)

Taskercan practically automate your entire phone




BusyboxTerminal Emulator

Wireless Tether

Wireless Tether

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!


  • Automatic call recording is one of my must-haves that require root access. (I use “2-Way CallRecorder”)

    Another useful app is “SD Speed Increase” (there are several similar apps) that increases the buffer size to speed up SD card access.

  • Samsung introduced the ability to take screenshots with their Froyo update.

    On the Galaxy hold the Back button and press the Home button.
    On Fascinate or Captivate hold the Back button and press the Power button (I haven’t tried these two, but that’s what others have said).

    You should get a message on the screen telling you a screenshot was saved, and it will be created in a new folder in the image gallery.

    • Thanks Zac – it’s been killing me not knowing what combination of buttons I’ve (accidentally) been pressing to get a screenshot I didn’t want.
      Now I know.

  • So apart from overclocking, there’s not much extra to gain from Rooting your phone, with all its complications and risks involved, unless you are a “nerd” who wants to “fiddle” with it. Backup can be done using My Backup Pro app for under $5, and all apps can be made ad-free by paying the small one-off fee to the developer! Until clicking one app, with no risks attached (or at least as safe as installing most apps)to root your phone is available, I don’t see too many advantages.

    • Have you actually rooted an Android phone? It IS that simple. You install an app such as Z4root, click a button and it’s rooted.

      As for risk, each app that asks for root access has to be approved – by YOU.

    • And if you don’t want the flexibility and features that rooting an android phone gives you, maybe you don’t even need the flexibility and features of an unrooted android phone. Have you checked out nokia’s budget symbian lineup? You might be happier with one of those.

      You mentioned a couple of the apps specifically (backup and adblocking) – what about setcpu? Is having a longer battery life something that only hardcore nerds would ever appreciate? Tethering whether or not your telco deigns to allow you that functionality? A little geeky, I guess – about as geeky as owning both a laptop and a smartphone. And metamorph? When someone asks me how to change the background or theme on their windows desktop, my first though tends not to be “This girl/guy is way too nerdy for me to be ok with”.

      These are some pretty basic features and I really don’t see how you need to be a rocket scientist to want them

  • I actually don’t support Adfree.
    If everyone blocks ads – devs will stop making free apps. seems kind of counter-productive to me. I don’t even notice ads, so bring ’em on if we can get quality apps for free.

    • I totally agree. Except in the case of games where the ads are right in the middle of the action, such as blocking the view of something that I’m meant to hit with an Angry Bird…

    • to not support adware because it will diminish the desire for devs to make free apps is like saying i dont support the downloading of games that your supposed to pay to play, but for free. not to mention the theory of downloading music for free because the artists think they dont make enough money 😛

  • I’m thinking of rooting my U8150 but I’m not really sure if there’ll be any major benefits. Froyo is pretty feature packed. I might do it for SetCPU though. If set up correctly, does it increase battery life much? I would have though android would have forced the CPU to sit at its lowest setting when the screen was off anyway…

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