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What are the top 5 most useful Root only apps?

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  1. homeeconomicalengineer

    homeeconomicalengineer Active Member
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    take care of three little people :)
    For those that have been rooted for a while now, I'm just curious about the most helpful root apps used after installing a new ROM...
     

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  2. w_bovine

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    I'm new to Android...didn't know the first thing about it until a week ago, so I don't know if any of this will be of use to you. I've already seen there is a vast amount to learn and a lot of good resources. A few things I've come across recently:

    8 Great Apps Every Rooted Android User Should Know About | Android News, Reviews, Applications, Games, Phones, Devices, Tips, Hacks, Videos, Podcasts - Android Police Has links to other tutorials I've found helpful.

    xda-developers Much to find in the forums about rooting and what you can do with it.

    There's a lot more. Start looking for more Android forums if you haven't already. It's amazing how much is out there.
     
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  3. jwmacdon1231

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    I absolutely love Screenshot, SetCPU, and Quick Boot. Oh and Titanium Backup.
     
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  4. homeeconomicalengineer

    homeeconomicalengineer Active Member
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    take care of three little people :)
  5. copestag

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    top 3 IMO......... setcpu, titanium backup, root explorer
     
  6. shawn1224

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    if you don't like seeing pop up ads, Adfree is another good one
     
  7. grainysand

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    Titanium Backup, Boot Control (better than quickboot IMO), ROM Manager, SetCPU, Metamorph.
     
  8. wuthton

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    Cachemate hasn't had a mention.
     
  9. w_bovine

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    I looked around for Boot Control but came up empty. Whence comes this app of which you speak?
     
  10. TheBiles

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    Titanium Backup, Root Explorer, QuickBoot, ROM Manager*, and Autostarts.

    *replace this with Wireless Tether for Root Users if you don't have Froyo.
     
  11. grainysand

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    It probably shows up as "Reboot Control", but once downloaded in the widget list it displays as "Boot Control." Lets you boot to bootloader, recovery, power off, wipe phone, and restart.
     
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  12. bluenova

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    In order...

    Number 1 has to be: Titanium Backup (full version)

    2. SetCPU
    3. AutoKiller
    4. Wireless Tether
    5. ShootMe
     
  13. flu13

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    I hear a lot about SetCPU, but I haven't seen much reason to need to fiddle with my cpu speed. Could a few of you who are into it explain how you use it and what benefits you get?

    Also, what's metamorph?
     
  14. bluenova

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    Well there are two benefits...

    Decrease CPU speed to save battery life
    Increase CPU speed to make the phone work faster

    Manufactures set it somewhere to give a reasonable speed whilst not killing the battery life.

    So if you want to increase your battery life or increase your performance you can use SetCPU to do this. You can also set profiles to increase or decrease based on certain situations.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=591329
     
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  15. w_bovine

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    Okay, now I see it. I'll check it out. Thanks!
     
  16. flu13

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    Cool. So what sort of things would you want to increase the CPU speed for? Does decreasing make navigation sluggish?
     
  17. gmanvbva

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    I was testing SetCPU the other day... and while running it with just some basic profiles (screen state, battery levels, etc.) I was getting worse battery life than stock on my EVO.

    The last OTA update for the EVO really helped with battery life (specifically with standby battery life). After doing some more testing/monitoring, it appears my EVO is already scaling the CPU constantly depending on demand. I typically get 15-17 hours battery life from a single charge. That dropped down to about 10-12 running SetCPU (with just some basic profiles and no OCing).

    During typical phone use/navigation my CPU seems to scale between ~300Mhz and ~650Mhz (without SetCPU). I set it manually to sit at 500-650 with SetCPU and did not notice any lag in navigation.

    So from what I have seen on my EVO (Stock w/ Full Root), SetCPU seems to have no real benefit. I could see using it if I was on a custom kernel that allowed OCing and I wanted more control over the CPU scaling or wanted to push it past 1Ghz.

    This may not be the experience of others or be the same for you depending on your phone and ROM.

    Right now the only programs I am using that need root are:

    Titanium Backup
    Wireless Tether
    Root Explorer
    Terminal Emulator
    Shoot Me
     
  18. MaxOmus

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    Those are great apps, in addition all the following are pretty sweet root apps:

    Root Explorer,Titanium Backup, Wireless Tether,SetCPU, Cachmate, Autostarts,Swapper, Louder Volume Hack, SQLite Editor, Webkey, BusyBox, Dual Mount, Shark for Root, Apk Uploader, Scripter, Packet Sniffer, Metamorph...

    There are too many to mention, but if you want complete control of your device root is it...

    My top 3 is pretty much like everyone elses:

    1. Wireless Tether
    2. Root Explorer
    3.Titanium Backup - must have when your constantly trying out all the new roms...
     
  19. Jim_Phone

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    I really miss Shoot Me screen caps. The app used to work with my non-rooted Evo but not anymore since the previous update! I may have to root at some point, but I just learned all the ins and outs of Android and I am waiting to see how the imminent stock Froyo update works for me.
     
  20. Rambler358

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    I remember hearing of a root app that could be installed once rooted, and could track your phone's location should it be lost or stolen. I tried searching but couldn't find anything. Anyone know which app I'm referring to? :thinking:
     
  21. Szadzik

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    Lookout maybe.
     
  22. XboxOmac

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    Lookout does this, without root.
     

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