[Sprint] Useful Root Apps


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  1. An UrgeTo Dance

    An UrgeTo Dance The Hero of the Winds

    Okay so I figured I would start a list of apps that you need root to use or need root to use to their full potential. I will also have some apps that don't need root but come in handy if you are rooted. If you know of any other apps just let me know and I will add them to the list.

    First off comes one of my favorites, Root Explorer. This is just a file manager with root permission so it lets you mout your system as R/W. The reason I like it better than other root explorers is because it is so easy to use, if you like more of a GUI and don't feel like paying for an app check out ES File Manager.

    Another one of my favorites many consider not to be a root app but to use it to its full potential you need root. I am talking about Nova Launcher. It's much like the stock launcher but has many more features. I personally use the free version but if you want more features or if you just want to support the devs you can get the paid version.

    Now since we are rooted we flash ROMs, when we flash ROMs we have to wipe everything and start a new. Well starting fresh has been made easy with apps that backup our apps lol. Titanium Backup is probably the most well known and works very well. It will back up not only the apps but also the data (no more having to redo every angry birds level) so it is pretty much just how it was before you wiped. You may also want to spring for the paid version of TB because it makes it a little bit easier and supports the Devs. A newer app that backs all your apps up is called App2zip and it makes backing up and restoring apps quite easy because all you do is flash them in recovery like your ROM. It doesn't back up data so if you are looking for something that does that I would recommend TB.

    Okay so now we have some apps that will let you modify your kernel with various settings such as overclocking and color modifications. The most famous is probably setcpu or voltage control, however you may want to see if your kernel dev has an app built specifically for their kernel.

    If you are like me you have many apps that are add supported (free.) Also if you are like me you don't like these adds which is why the app Adfree comes in handy. It does exactly what it says, it gets rid of the adds inside of apps. Best part about it is its free and has no adds lol.

    Now this last one is one that does not require root but comes in handy if you are flashing ROMs. SMS Backup and Restore does exactly what it says, it will backup your text messages and then restore them after you flash a ROM.

    So this is just a short list of useful apps if you are rooted, if you know of any others let me know.

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  2. AARONONE

    AARONONE Well-Known Member

    First off, great idea and write up Urge. Here are a couple additions, IMHO, that may be of use as well.

    Nova is cool, but I ended up back w/ go launcher. More comfortable I guess.

    Drop Box (no root required). The way we exchange files, it comes in handy.

    Adfree for us cheapos who play the free apps. :D

    I also use quick boot (thanks to frenchy's recommendation) for those roms that dont have the built in reboot to recovery option.

    Terminal emulator (no root required). Comes in handy though.


    Also, for those using es file explorer, make sure to go into settings and check "up to root" and all the boxes in "root settings" in order to access system files ( i barely learned this after being rooted for a year).
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  3. An UrgeTo Dance

    An UrgeTo Dance The Hero of the Winds

    I knew I was forgetting something, I love adfree lol. Also I was in a hurry and planned on adding some of these like terminal emulator. I didn't even think of dropbox though but that is a great idea. Wifi tether is good but with most ROMs its already built in and according to AF's new guidelines we can't encourage wifi tethering :(.
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  4. AARONONE

    AARONONE Well-Known Member

    That's right, I'll edit it out
  5. An UrgeTo Dance

    An UrgeTo Dance The Hero of the Winds

    Updated with adfree.
  6. frenchy714

    frenchy714 Well-Known Member

    What about ROM Toolbox? You can do plenty with it! Solid Explorer is another great file manager that's comparable to Root Explorer (but free). Busy Box is another must (if the ROM you're flashing doesn't have it baked in) and so is Better Battery Stats. Let's not forget Goo Manager! Know when your ROM is updated or Gaaps for that matter! Battery Calibration is a one click way of calibrating your battery after flashing a new ROM! I'm sure I'll think of more....
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  7. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Well-Known Member

    Good list guys. If I may, from the EVO days I have a bunch of networking apps, WiFi analyzer, WiFi kill, WiFi protect, orbot droidsheep and others. All used for educational reasons obviously. ;)
    Also, plus 100 to terminal emulator!

    Great list guys - I realize I don't use much root only apps. Oh well.
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  8. frenchy714

    frenchy714 Well-Known Member

    I know once upon a time in OG Land people were claiming Adfree was slowing browsing down....Is this not the case w/ our Gnex's?

    Great add btw!
  9. An UrgeTo Dance

    An UrgeTo Dance The Hero of the Winds

    I don't know let me check?

    WIFI with adfree
    14.1MB down 1.3MB up

    without
    13.3MB down 1.3mb up

    3G with adfree
    550kb down 87kb up

    without
    752kb down 101kb up

    these were using speedtest.net, I don't know if these are reliable. Real time use may differ. Also I rebooted between installing and uninstalling.
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  10. frenchy714

    frenchy714 Well-Known Member

    Mixed bag it seems. I guess like everything else YMMV.
  11. An UrgeTo Dance

    An UrgeTo Dance The Hero of the Winds

    Yeah especially since Sprint is doing work on our towers so our service is in and out right now. One day I'm getting 1 to 2 down and the next I'm getting 27kb down, lovely isn't it lol.

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