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Root Explorer vs Astro File Manager

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by troutbeck27, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. troutbeck27

    troutbeck27 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    OK for you rooted experts.

    I have been doing some research here this morning about the two.

    I already have Astro File Manager Pro downloaded on my phone as well as Titanium Backup Pro.

    I don't plan on doing any file deleting or renaming or anything along those lines YET.

    So my question is, do I really need Root Explorer or do the two programs I already have all I need.



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  2. RUKKU5

    RUKKU5 Member

    ASTRO does not allow you to access root directories.
  3. JDunc

    JDunc Android Enthusiast

    I've heard its best NOT to delete apps rather to rename or freeze. I freeze apps with Titanium Backup personally. I think you have to have Root Explorer or something similar to rename.
  4. jayxpx

    jayxpx Newbie

    Root Explorer is basically the same as astro with more permisions and files you can change right? If your rooted just get root explorer and it will replace astro.
  5. Thornfullessrose

    Thornfullessrose Android Expert

    Yea root explorer is better if your a root user. Though if u do plan on removing apps or mess around with the system root explorer is the way to go. I removed some apps with it flawlessly.
  6. kidon

    kidon Well-Known Member

    IMO I have both. I use root explorer to work with the "system" ie edit build.prop and astro for installing apps..
  7. pool_shark

    pool_shark Android Expert

    I have root explorer but don't use it. I rename my apps via command line. Actually I've stopped renaming them and just move them to another directory all using the command line.

    Root explorer allows you to rename if you don't like the command line and it will also mount and umount the filesystem. I do that with a shell script.
  8. doomedromance

    doomedromance Android Enthusiast

    Astro looks nicer.
    I use root explorer. and for root activities it's better.
    Root Explorer isn't necessary, you can do command line things in adb or terminal emulator.
    I'd say just use astro until you find you need root explorer then buy it then.
  9. Roze

    Roze Hiding behind a mystery

    I have the Atrix, rooted and I froze all of the unwanted apps instead of uninstalling them. I have titanium backup and Astro. What's the benefit of getting Root Explorer? What does it exactly do? lol So far I can tell other than wipping apps from your phone...which Titanium backup does. The only benefit is that you can see the System file and move them? What's the point of this? I can't ROM or anything as well. I can't seem to find the benefit of this app for me. I've tried googling but for some reason, this was the best thread I found :/ And worst, the developer, Speed software doesn't even have a website for this app. Any info is greatly appreciated.

  10. sookster54

    sookster54 Android Expert

    Ghost commander works and is free, like others said, be careful of what you delete/change, I use Ghost to edit build.prop or stuff in /system/customize and /etc, etc.

    Es file explorer is my main file management app.
  11. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic

    I actually have and use both. Anytime I am working just with the SD card I will use astro, when I decide to screw around with the root on my phone I will use Root Explorer. I was very comfortable with Astro prior to root and It is prettier than Root Explorer. If I had to choose to only use one I would choose Root Explorer as I can mount /sys/ as r/w and edit however I feel.

    As to the statement that it is better to rename/freeze apps instead of deleting system apps, depending on your phone it may be. With any moto phone from the Droid X and newer if you remove any system apps and an OTA is sent out you can not install the OTA and have to flash the phone back to stock before you can upgrade.
  12. Roze

    Roze Hiding behind a mystery

    :thinking: Can you tell me in detail of the comment bolded? What if I'm NOT technical savy wrt to commands and what not. I'm still not sure of the benefit on it other than editing/moving those files. Other than deleting, what kind of edit do you do?
  13. pulgoki

    pulgoki Member

    It means that he can mount the /sys directory with read and write permission so that he can edit files.
  14. Roze

    Roze Hiding behind a mystery

    Why do you need to edit files? I understand if you need to delete them.
  15. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic

    Depending on which device I am using. Normally I use it to freeze apps so they do not auto start and drain battery. I do not have the donate version of Titanium so I can not freeze apps that way (long story paypal hates me but it is mutual), I could choose to uninstall the system apps however with my device if I remove an app I will not get the OTA when/if it becomes available. When I was using the D1 I would use it to replace system apps so I could have a custom rom that was more suited to my taste. All this could be done via ADB or with terminal
  16. Roze

    Roze Hiding behind a mystery

    OK, thanks for the clarification. I've come to the conclusion I don't need Root Explorer atm, lol.
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