The Best Apps to Install After Rooting Android
Rooting an Android device is a popular way to unlock certain apps and features that are otherwise unavailable. However, a rooted system won’t be much different from the ordinary unless you optimize it with various apps.
To maximize the potential of your device, you should add the tools that will improve its performance and functionality. So, before you start downloading video games and huge files, make sure that you have all the essential apps installed and set up first.
This article will list the five most important apps that you should install to your rooted device before you start adding other apps.
One of the major problems with Android OS is that it contains many large files that you can’t manually move to an SD card. Android’s built-in ‘Move to SD’ feature is limited in this regard, and won’t help you with the big files such as ‘obb’ (video game files), apk, lib, etc.
This app will use a portion of your SD card to emulate the device’s internal storage. So, if you have a huge app, this tool will move most of it to the SD card while the lightweight shortcut to the original app will remain on internal storage.
The structure of the file will remain the same, so the system won’t notice that a chunk of data has been moved to your SD card. This will save you a lot of internal storage space and allow you to have more apps than you originally could.
Keep in mind that you’ll need a secondary partition on your SD card to set up this tool.
When you root an Android device, you can never be completely certain that everything will go according to plan. That’s why a good backup tool is one of the first apps on the list for a post-rooted Android device. Titanium Backup is probably the most reliable.
With this tool, you can backup and restore all the apps and data from your internal and external storage. There’s also an option of freezing your apps with all the customized settings before you make a backup.
When it comes to the backup frequency, you can decide whether you want to do it manually or automatically. If you want to avoid any abrupt data loss, it’s better to schedule a routine backup on a daily or weekly basis. The tool will perform the backup seamlessly in the background, without closing any working apps or interrupting your activity.
Once you perform a backup you can automatically export it to different devices or Cloud storages (Google Drive, Dropbox), so you never have to worry about losing data.
When you root your device, it’s possible that you’ll have various apps running in the background. Although you may find them useful, most of these apps will quickly drain your battery.
Greenify will keep track of your battery life and notify you if certain apps are hogging too much resources. Then, you may decide whether you want to turn them off or hibernate them. If you put a certain app in hibernation mode, it will keep working with reduced performance and as a result, use up less RAM.
On top of this, the app gets frequently updated. If you value your device’s battery life, this tool is the cream of the crop.
The built-in ‘File Manager’ app will let you navigate your storage. However, if you’ve rooted your Android, it means that you want to delve a little deeper than the surface level of your device. With Root Explorer, you can browse the levels that were inaccessible before.
This tool enables you to access the system’s root folders, view them and modify them. You can even delete the files, but you should only do so if you know exactly what you’re doing (or if you have a good backup tool). Otherwise, you risk destroying the OS and losing all your data.
Besides allowing you to access and customize all system data, this app has plenty of other features. It supports Cloud storage and allows you to create ‘zip’ and ‘tar’ files, extract ‘rar’ archives, and much more.
The default Power button will do the basics well. It opens the Power menu where you can choose whether you want to turn off your device or restart it. However, after you root an Android device, you’ll most often need additional booting options. That’s where Quick Reboot comes in handy.
This app will not only do what its name says – restart your Android quickly – but also provide you with additional features. It allows you to easily access safe mode, recovery, and boot mode. These modes are essential when you’re tinkering with the system. A quick way to access them will make your job much easier.
Tip of the App Iceberg
There’s no end to the abundance of apps for the rooted Android phones. Although this article covers the essentials, there are many more that you can find online.
Also, you can find apps with similar options and functionalities as those mentioned in the article, but with minor feature changes. Apps such as Servicely, Solid Explorer, or WakeLock are good alternatives to the aforementioned apps.
Which apps do you like to install first after rooting your Android device? Are there any apps that you think are undeservedly omitted from the list? Share your opinions in the comments below.