Five Must-Have Apps for Root Users
For the last few weeks, I’ve covered the benefits of rooting your Android device and reviewed an app that makes good use of that process. To conclude the current trilogy of root articles, I have a number of apps that are must-have for root users! They’ll cover all the bases of what you’ll want to do with root, and are apps I’ve been using for a while now.
The first is Root Browser. You should be familiar with how a file manager works. It allows you to view the files stored on your device, copy and paste them or even delete them. However, the one installed in Android by default doesn’t allow you to access the /root directory. That’s where various system files, as well as system apps, are stored. Root Browser gives you full access. You won’t want to go around deleting random files in there, but having access allows for some nice modifications.
If you’re tired of all the preinstalled manufacturer or carrier apps, the root browser will allow you to remove them and free up space. You’ll also be able to install apps you do want in the /system folder. If you were to put the Pixel Launcher in /system for example, after rebooting the Google Now pane would work! It isn’t the prettiest of apps, but it is solid and reliable and that’s the important thing.
Next, we have BuildProp Editor. Your Build.prop contains information about your device that tells Android how to behave. You won’t want to mess with it too much or too often, but there are some nice tweaks. When Google Assistant was a Pixel exclusive, you could change the build.prop on your device so that the Google app believed your device was actually a Pixel! Or, do you have a device with broken physical keys? Let’s say you have an older Samsung and your home button is broken. No matter! Changing one line in the build.prop will enable the on-screen navbar that Google uses. That’s definitely easier than replacing the whole button.
Technically you can edit your build.prop with a file manager like root browser, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Editing or removing the wrong line could cause you a lot of problems. That’s why the editor that’s made just for this task is the best way to go. It automatically makes backups of the original file, just in case.
Finally, we have BusyBox for Android and ROM Toolbox. BusyBox allows certain applications to make use of Linux commands. You’ll need it for apps like Toolbox to function properly. The BusyBox app installs everything in one click and can uninstall the same way. Letting you create your own custom scripts is a nice touch, but doing so is something that we’ll cover another time. Custom scripts can be as complicated as the “continuity” in Michael Bay’s Transformers films.
Once BusyBox is installed you’re good to go with the ROM Toolbox. It’s the central hub that all of these other apps are built around. In the main screen, you have quick shortcut buttons that take you to the build.prop editor, root browser and others. In that sense, the name is quite literal. It’s your toolbox, with all the root tools you’ll need in one place. As well as linking to the other apps, it has its own tricks as well. In the performance tab, you can play with the CPU frequencies and governor. If you have a device where battery life isn’t a concern, you can put the device into performance mode. That will stop the system-on-chip from throttling to lower clock speeds, giving you maximum performance at all times. Conversely, you can also use the power save mode to ramp up battery life at the expense of performance.
You may be wondering why I’m predominantly focusing on JRummy apps in this series. First of all, we are not being paid or sponsored by them. All our reviews are impartial! There are other apps out there that perform the same functions as the apps listed. But it’s rare that you’ll find a whole suite of apps from one developer. Having everything under the umbrella of one company is definitely preferable. Otherwise, apps like the Toolbox wouldn’t be able to give you a central location in which to find everything.
Note that all of the applications listed here are free to download with unobtrusive ads. Pro versions with some enhanced features and no ads are also available. You’ll get a small message in your notifications shade if any of the pro versions ever go on sale. Handy, if you don’t want to miss out on a bargain!
So, if you’ve just rooted your Android device and don’t know what to do next, play around with these. They provide everything needed for a root novice in a relatively safe way. Once you gain more experience with modifying Android, there’s always more to do later on. Please note that while nothing should go wrong when using these applications, provided you use them properly, JRummy and Android Social Media aren’t responsible for your device. You root and modify Android at your own risk. Having said that, I’ve been doing this for five years now and I’ve never broken a phone yet! Just make sure you backup all of the important stuff before you do anything else. Click below to see the complete list of JRummy apps available on Google Play.