13 best root apps for Android

by: Joe HindyApril 5, 2015

It’s true that rooting your device has become far less essential these days than the days of old but there are still plenty of reasons to root your device. You won’t be installing awesome mods over recovery so much anymore but there are a handful of root apps that have maintained their reliability and usefulness even in this age of non-root. Here are the best root apps for Android.

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Flashify best root apps for androidFlashify

[Price: Free / $3.99]
Flashify is a simple root application that helps do a bunch of otherwise tedious tasks. Using it, you can flash a variety of recoveries, download ROMs, flash ZIP files, create full Nandroid backups (depending on your recovery), and more. It also adds itself to menus so you can select it as an option when trying to open ZIP files and the like when using a file explorer. It’s simple but effective and easy to use.
Get it on Google Play
flashify best root apps for android

Fullscreen best android root appsFull!Screen

[Free / $2.49]
Next on our list is Full!Screen. This app takes away the soft key at the bottom of your device as well as the notification bar. The reason for this is simple. Without soft keys, the Galaxy Nexus screen was 4.65-inches. With the soft keys and the status bar, it was closer to 4.3. This app gives you that extra space back. When you activate it, everything disappears and you get a back button on the bottom left and a home button on the bottom right. Both of these buttons can be customized a number of ways. You can add a pie menu, swipe gestures, and long press functions to turn these two little keys into everything you need to get rid of those top and bottom bars.

Get it on Google Play

Best Root Apps

best root apps for androidGMD Auto Hide Soft Keys

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
GMD Auto Hide Soft Keys is a direct competitor to Full!Screen and another option for hiding your soft keys if you want them there. This one has plenty of options and generally works by hiding the soft keys for you. You can then retrieve them by hitting a pre-determined hotspot. It’s a great way to enjoy full screen mode more often and it’s definitely great for apps that don’t support the full screen option. It’s free to try which is nice.
Get it on Google Play

goomanager best android root appsGooManager

Next up is the official app for goo.im called GooManager. This app is a one way ticket to download and install anything you can find on goo.im. It has an easy to use interface and can help you find a lot of files that you may otherwise have to Google Search to find. Some examples include ROM and Gapps downloads for your device. You can also use it to install TWRP Recovery if you need a custom recovery, and use the interface to reboot to recovery or flash ROMs without using the recovery.

Get it on Google Play

09 GooManager - best root apps

greenify best android root appsGreenify

Greenify quickly climbed the list as one of those essential root apps a long time ago. The app checks out your running apps and shows you which ones are running, which ones run, how frequently, and how many times each one wakes up your device. Using this information, you can hibernate apps to prevent them from running in the background and drain your battery. This is the only app that prevents Facebook from waking up your phone 700+ times per day and it’s totally free.

Get it on Google Play

03 Greenify - Best Root Apps

quick boot best root apps for androidQuick Boot (Reboot)

[Price: Free / $1.99]
Quick Boot is an app that is both absurdly simple but absurdly useful. In most versions of Android, you only get the option to power down your device or reboot (sometimes you can hot reboot). With Quick Reboot, you can reboot into bootloader, recovery, or download mode. It’s not as convenient as having it built right into the power menu, but it’s a lot easier than shutting down your device, holding the required buttons, and rebooting again. It’s a must have and the free version works just fine.
Get it on Google Play
quick boot best root apps for android

rom toolbox pro android root appsROM Toolbox Pro

This is one of the very few all-in-one solutions for root users. It has a bunch of features that all root users could find useful and it’s even designed with Android in mind. That means all you #holoyolo fans will appreciate it. There are simply too many things this app can do and we only have a limited time here so I’ll tell you the highlights. With this you can download ROMs, install recoveries, manage your applications, and it even comes with a built in root enabled file browser. Count in the stuff for more advanced users like kernel tweaks, and you have a valuable app for any root user.

Get it on Google Play

04 ROM Toolbox Pro - Best Root Apps

Root Explorer best root appsRoot Explorer

Root Explorer uses root access to let you browse files on your entire device. For root users, this is an essential task. There are a plethora of activities that require you rummaging through the system parts of your device and Root Explorer helps you do it without being encumbered. It has a clean interface, plenty of features, and is one of those essential tools for all root users.

Get it on Google Play

02 Root Explorer - Best Root Apps

best root apps for android sdfixSDFix

[Price: Free]
SDFix is a system modifier tool that helps those running Kit Kat and Lollipop overcome the dreaded locked-down SD card problem. I have personally tested this on a Note 3 running both Kit Kat and Lollipop as well as an HTC One M9, NVIDIA Shield Tablet, and Nexus 5 all running Lollipop. This makes your SD card useful and takes away the limitations placed on other apps like file browsers. It doesn’t work for all devices but it’s definitely worth a shot if you are afflicted with this issue. It’s also absurdly easy to use. Open it, hit go, wait a few seconds, and then uninstall the app.
Get it on Google Play
sdfix best root apps for android

supersu best root apps for androidSuperSU

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
SuperSU by Chainfire is the de facto Superuser application available. Most root methods have you installing this app anyway so most new root users already have it. It’s a solid app and works great to be that front door to root access on your device. It’s simple to use and frequently updated to support new devices and changes in how root works. Also, it helps that Chainfire is one of the most well-known developers out there with a sterling reputation and a deep knowledge of Android and root access.
Get it on Google Play
SuperSU best root apps for android

Tasker best android root appsTasker

Eighth on our list is a very useful root app called Tasker. This powerful application can make your phone do pretty much anything whenever you need it to. It’s a vague explanation but pertinent because it can really make your phone do almost anything. So here’s how it works. You create a task or a scene, then you define what those tasks and scenes do. It’s highly recommended to read the online FAQs before attempting because there is a steep learning curve involved. A fun use for this app is using the Tasker add-on that some NFC apps have to make your NFC tags do things you created in Tasker.

Get it on Google Play

08 Tasker - Best Root Apps

Titanium Backup Android appsTitanium Backup

Titanium Backup is a long time mainstay at the top of many root lists and this one is no different. With this application you can uninstall bloatware (a must have for many people), freeze apps (leaves them installed but prevents them from ever running), and backup your applications and application data. ROM flashers have sworn by this app for years and it may very well be the most popular and oft recommended root app of all time. If you have root, go get it immediately. Root life just isn’t the same without it.

Get it on Google Play

xposed framework best root apps for androidXposed Framework

[Price: Free]
Xposed Framework has replaced installing ROMs for many as the default root experience. Modules are created inside of the framework by many developers that do various things like theming, UI and performance tweaks, visual modification, button remapping, and much, much more. Modules can be a tad difficult to find sometimes depending on your device but there are plenty of universal ones that you can use and enjoy. The button below will take you to the XDA thread where you can download it.
Get it on Google Play

Wrap up

If we missed any great root apps, let us know in the comments!

To see our complete list of Android apps and games lists, click here!

  • Juan Manuel Tastzian

    How is it that Titanium Backup is better than Rom Toolbox Pro when this one does the same as the first one, plus a lot of other things?

    • JosephHindy

      It’s used by more people, it has a higher rating in the Play Store, and both have a veritable boat load of other functions. There’s nothing bad about either of them, but when push comes to shove, people prefer Titanium Backup.

    • SeraZR™

      Toolbox giving me bootloops :p

  • MasterMuffin

    I prefer root browser over root explorer (and it’s even built-in in Rom Toolbox Pro!)

  • Ivan Myring

    GMD hide software buttons is better than full screen. You get a swipe up nav bar, which then hides it self.

    • JosephHindy

      That’s actually what I use when I do app reviews because I find the little blue bar at the bottom is less intrusive when taking video footage of apps than the two corner circles. Full!Screen earned it, though. I know it’s not apropos for most app reviewers, but I really use absolutely no bias when making these lists lol otherwise GMD probably would’ve been there.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001386596236 Tha Watcher


        The “little blue bar at the bottom” (or any other color you assign to it) is only visible on the FREE version. The paid PRO version is the winner here with GMD Auto Hide Soft Keys since the soft keys remain invisible until you swipe up or even touch the bottom of the screen. It is invaluable to me on my Nexus devices as other apps like the one you’ve shown have visible, albeit transparent, keys that still take up screen real estate by merely being an overlay.

        I find it rather odd that you didn’t know this and it’s not like you’re only showing free apps as many of them require a purchase.

        • JosephHindy

          Most of these apps can perform perfectly fine without purchase with the PRO versions bringing more features, but not essential features. You don’t need to buy Titanium Backup to backup your apps, but you do if you want 1-click batch restores. ROM Manager will install ClockworkMod Recovery without going Pro.

          I use the free version of GMD because I’m cheap ;) not because I don’t know about it.

  • Cecil

    Lag Fix isn’t the most popular app but it for original N7 users it’s necessary

    • JosephHindy

      I couldn’t agree more.

    • Leonardo Rojas

      Lag Fix is the “method” in which you disable all UI animations?
      Does that app is for that?

      • Cecil

        No it’s an app that uses TRIM

    • Keg Man

      it also saved my galaxy nexus

    • WarGasm

      I really agree with you
      But at the same time the 4.3 update solved that problem…
      I use it on my Note 10.1 and Id REALLY recommend it to users to non 4.3 jellybean users

  • Ravo

    ES File Explorer. Root access + LAN access + Cloud + download manager with useful info. It also makes backups in the form of APKs.

    • JosephHindy

      It’s also not a root app :P, it’s a regular app with a root option ;)

      • RarestName

        It keeps on prompting me to download requirements every time it’s launched. Any fix?

        • JosephHindy

          I use Root Explorer ;) so I have no idea how to fix that problem.

  • PuzzledObserver

    #1 must be Ad Away!

  • fluffy

    Check out ” Button Savior ” i use it all the time much better than keylimepie , you can configure in to whatever you want , the pay version simply allows a bit more customisation , it DOES NOT need usb debugging enabled just hit the cancel button every time it asks whilst you configure it.Works nicely on my S4 even my old HTC Legend.

  • fluffy

    Permission Manager is also useful but you have to know what you are doing it allows you to edit permissions of individual apps but sometimes you can screw those apps up by messing with the permissions

  • Jorem

    GMD gesture control should have been included at least!

  • Sharath

    Titanium Backup and Greenify are my favorites.

  • Steven S

    juice defender is dead.. they haven’t updated since jan 2012 and forums are useless

    most of its root features were experimental and therefore not trustworthy.. and even the beta hasn’t been updated in over a year

    I’ve been using Snapdragon Battery Guru for awhile, not really sure if I’m happy with it or not, lol

    • JosephHindy

      It does suck they don’t support it anymore but the stable features still work very well. When I update this list (probably sometime next year), Juice Defender may get removed depending on if it’s still compatible with the latest Android.

  • Seth Forbus

    Seeder should be on this list.

    • JosephHindy

      No, no it shouldn’t. Seeder is a garbage app that delivers placebo effects. It does literally nothing. Steve Kondik himself stated that app was nonsense.

  • Leonardo Rojas

    ROM Toolbox Pro is my favorite root app. With it I can tweak my device and make it work as I want it to work. With it I don’t even need a custom ROM. It simply is a wonderful app, and has great costumer support! I’ve learned so much from their replies to my questions n.n

  • Leonardo Rojas

    Wait, wait, why Directory Bind isn’t in the list?
    I’d say, for the enormous benefit it provides, it’s the number one root app of the Android OS!

    If you can’t move the apps to the SD natively, this app can move all the very heavy data folders of the apps (specially game’s) you want to the SD! It can turn your 5, 9 or 11GB internal storage capacity into 34, 38, and 40GB having a 32GB SD card, or even much more having a 64GB SD. Isn’t that wonderful? Many people don’t even know about it and suffer from little internal storage capacity in they devices :(
    How sad.

    • JosephHindy

      If I did this list in 2010 then I would’ve included Directly Bind. These days, the storage provided in devices is more than enough to handle all but he most ridiculous users. I have a Note 3 (32GB internal) and with 200 apps (including 20 games) I only take up 14GB total. That is far, far above the norm.

      • Leonardo Rojas

        No, no, no. These days smartphones manufacturers still sell devices with less than 8 or even 5GB internal storage for apps, and there’s no App2sd native support anymore, and these devices are the majority in the Android world, fyi.
        What a pity you only write for high end devices users. Oh, even these devices have less than 11GB for apps, and there aren’t many devices with 32GB of internal storage, did you know? Internal storage can get filled rather quickly, so Directory Bind is still enormously useful, specially for the ones who still don’t know about that app, but you failed to think of them and excluded a very useful app from your list just because YOU have enough storage space.

        • JosephHindy

          High end device users? The Galaxy S2 had 16GB (international had 32GB) internal w/SD card slot. 16GB is way more thane enough for 95% of users. The Nexus 4 came in a 16GB variant and the Nexus 5 comes in 16-32GB variants. The Moto G comes with a 16GB option (with SD card slot). So does the Galaxy S3 (a midrange phone by today’s standards) and the Note 2. The HTC One X had 16/32GB options (midrange by today’s standards). The Galaxy Nexus had 32GB of storage, the Moto RAZR HD Maxx comes with 32GB. I could go on and on. There comes a point when people need to be responsible for their own actions and if they buy an 8GB phone knowing full well that they use more than 8GB worth of data, then that’s the consumer making a mistake, not the OEM. There are plenty of high and midrange options that provide more than enough internal storage for most people. As of September of this year, the average smartphone owner downloads only 26 applications to their smartphone. I fail to see a problem here.

          • Roland Goldberg

            Yes, I agree. High-end device users. The lower-end devices, for instance, are still running Gingerbread, quite often. Anything that is remotely affordable to the lower-to-middle class without a contract is going to be severely limited in storage capacity… I’ve rooted 5 phones in the past 6 months (friends and family), and of those the only one with over 4GB of internal storage was mine… And that’s an antiquated (but still useful!) Droid 3. I would consider every single phone you mentioned high end to super high end. As far as the Consumer ‘making a mistake’, it’s only a mistake if you didn’t mean to. If you meant to buy that phone, and there are good, wonderful workarounds… Then by all means, use those workarounds.

            That said, the limited functionality means that while extremely useful in it’s area, I would not call it one of the ‘top ten’. Top ten is for… you guessed it… the TOP TEN, and that means apps that will be useful for everyone, usually in more than one way.

  • Michael McGrade

    ROM Toolbox Pro makes Root Explorer and Titanium Backup redundant as it does those 2 and much more…just saying.

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  • rajnaimesh007

    How to get features that most of custom ROMs have to your rooted device and it is easy
    : http://www.tektalkers.com/2013/10/android-xposed-framework-that-make-your.html

  • Salman

    Great share … Titanium backup and Greenify are my favorite apps!

  • http://gadgeticmusings.net/ Soul_Est

    I vote for One Power Guard over JuiceDefender Pro.

  • Ben Veenstra

    Video is missing ?!

  • jack

    which app for rooting samsung galaxy note 2

  • Rajan Kumthekar

    I know Gravitybox isn’t an app, but it’s so useful and contains so many tweaks, every rooted phone must have it :)

  • someone you dont know

    Seeder is one of the best, if not the best lag fixer app, google it.

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  • Frank

    Was this article written by a 13 year old?

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  • TafayorFellow

    I recommend you Tilt-Scroll app , which adds a system-wide Tilt-To-Scroll feature
    to your phone or tablet, so it works with any application on your device.
    Here is the link : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tafayor.tiltscroll.free


    Password Recovery


    Simple and very useful app

  • Mahmoud Fahmy


  • that guy

    I need to get rid of some bloatware on my cheep phone without much storage. Any module suggestions?

  • hazem elsaiegh

    great article

  • http://www.toprootapps.info/ Rateb Alhuseen

    Good and useful software
    There are also some other wonderful programs such as
    SCR Screen Recorder Free A Simple Program That Can Make And Record A High Quality Video

  • kelly

    wow! so much useful apps!

    thanks for this awesome list:)

    i heard about drippler that it’s the best app for rooted android


    Do you know it guys?

  • 정찬영

    Plus I recommend ‘One Handed Mode / Reachability Touch app

  • ajsantiago

    ^ if you read the article in your head in Joe’s voice

  • Felino Tano

    If you are rooted chances are you are on a custom rom that has the feature to hide the navbar already.

    My go to for navbar replacement is LMT.


  • Rajorsi Roy Chowdhury

    For tweaking UI best xposed modules are xui mod and gravitybox

  • Naveen Moses

    greenify + xposed +link2sd

  • luncrzs

    Hi, I am here to recommend another great root app “Easy Dot”. This app enable you to access every corner of your large screen in a small area using your thumb only by swiping out from the dot floating on your screen. Many more features are available. You can check on google play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cn.luozhenhao.easydot

  • Suraj Bhat

    So wow, much helpful. Seriously though, the SDFix app is quite absolutely brilliant, works like a charm.

  • Abd
  • Captain Obvious

    Greenify is not the only app that can handle Facebook – 3c Toolbox can as well, it also provides enough functionality to replace a few other apps on the list…. definitely worth checking out.

  • Clay

    Try Mesh It Up – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dinero.mesh, a quick file sharing app which transfers files within minutes among the mobile and the tablet devices at a very fast speed. I suggest you to give a try atleast once for file transfer.

  • Akashi Seijuro

    Guys. Help me. I want to root my Zenfone 4 but I dont know how. How can I root my Zenfone 4 without using a Computer. Help me please.

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  • ali abdullah

    I am using http://hackify.us for unlimited Clash Of Clans gems,money and elixir! You should try it too! It’s completely free and easy to use! My code: 42D7K3DE

  • Karan

    Which is the app that i can use for double tap to turn ON the display or lock screen. So that i can avoid using the power buttons.

  • Iain Slater

    all these rooting apps and no one has a app that can root a acer A1-830 and no the utube videos are a scam and do not work when will we get this rooted ???

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  • Abdullah

    My phone is samsung, i like the lg clip tray feature of the LG phones is there a way to art this feature to my samsung throw rooting

  • z2

    Add “True Mouse/KB”. It enables Bluetooth HID Device Profile. Let your phone works as real Bluetooth mouse & keyboard. No server software required. Also support scroll & pinch zoom gestures.