30 Best Apps for Rooted Android Phones

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John Corpuz

John Corpuz flip-flopped between computer science and creative writing courses in school. As a contributor to Tom's Guide he's found a happy middle ground writing about apps, mobile gaming and other geekery.

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  • torque79
    love the call blocker and the samba file sharing apps. drag and drop to network location >>>>> USB docking with Samsung Kies software (which works, but is obviously nowhere near as convenient).
  • misry
    Who can live without Samba and adbWireless?
  • nurgletheunclean
    Rom Toolbox replaces half of these apps, and offers even more tweaks not even listed.
  • kelemvor33
    LinkSD is a life saver for me. If you have a phone that has little internal memory (like my old Optimus V and Optimus S) LinkSD lets you use part of your SD card as internal memory. Previously I could only install a handful of app even if I used the built in Move to SD Card option. With LinkSD, it moves the entire app to the SD card bt fooling the phone. I can now install unlimited apps (or until I fill up the card).

    Oh, and Wifi Tether of course.
  • quicksand10
    Your download link to Market AutoUpdate Bulk Toggle doesn't work. Also, it's not available on the Play Market.

    Seemed like such a good idea!
  • amk-aka-Phantom
    Fusion777How could you leave out http://code.google.com/p/android-wifi-tether/?shame!

    Inbuilt into Cyanogenmod... nothing to look at here.
  • amk-aka-Phantom
    Actually, number one download for any rooted Android device (provided it's supported) should be CM.
  • dalmvern
    Why Samba rather than Dropbox? I tried Samba a while back, but didnt really like it compared to Dropbox, and was just wondering if anyone had a compelling argument for Samba.
  • joebob2000
    dalmvernWhy Samba rather than Dropbox? I tried Samba a while back, but didnt really like it compared to Dropbox, and was just wondering if anyone had a compelling argument for Samba.

    Dropbox is cloud based storage and Samba is local peer-peer storage. They are completely different methods of transferring files.
  • yjagota
    I am surprised by the non inclusion of Titanium Backup.
  • Anonymous
    "How could you leave out http://code.google.com/p/android-wifi-tether/?
    "I am surprised by the non inclusion of Titanium Backup."
    Previous article nincompoops also "Inbuilt into Cyanogenmod... nothing to look at here." Always something to look at its called kernal source code dipshit!
  • pheroh
    DroidWall is abandonod.. AFWall+ is the successor.
  • Anonymous
    I use CIFSManager (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ws.plattner.cifsmanager) quite a bit as it provides a link to NAS based storage and makes it look like local storage on an Android device.
    This way your music collection appears local(and accessible)
    But true, I guess it's not a top 30.
  • Rimist
    LBE Privacy Guard is not currently compatible with Jelly Bean. It crashes the system into a rebooting loop.
  • thomsonwm
    The best app is kite, that allows you to make <a href="https://kitecommunications.net/download/">free international calls</a> all around the world and stay connected to your loved ones via free text messaging and files sharing.
  • kenh536
    Gaaaahhhhh the slide article is killing me! I hate it... I would rather grab a newspaper and do origami to read it over this crap.
  • g-unit1111
    Adblock Plus isn't available on the Google Play store anymore, but it is on the Amazon App store for Android.
  • thollyzuma
    no one can live without samba i think so
  • marclee37
    I like this type of article, let me review what apps i am missing. how further my device can work for me.

    there was similar 45 best apps for windows pc article before. but that page is already removed. can tomsguide advise why? can that be back?