Best Apps for Rooted Android Phones (And some questions...)

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  1. xShane macrumors 6502a

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    Hey,

    I just (successfully) rooted my Android phone. I have an LG Optimus V. It's *way* out of warranty, anyhow (and over 2+ years old). Back to the main point...

    Since I successfully rooted my Android phone (don't worry, I made backups, and followed instructions *very* carefully), I was wondering:

    - Which are some *must* have apps for root-users? I want to really take advantage of this (i.e. force installing apps to SD card, tethering data from my rooted phone to my MBP, etc.)?
    - Is rooting my phone safe, in regards to my information (i.e. texts I send, emails I send/receive, passwords I enter)? Safe meaning, is it likely that the software used to root my phone and the custom ROMs will "keylog" me and/or my data (check link below). I *only* used software within the guide (and 'ROM Manager' which includes 'Clockworkmod (Recovery)').

    Here's the guide I used (includes links to ROMs, '.apk's, and other downloads).

    Shane
     
  2. siiip5 macrumors 6502

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    You do know that "rooting" is nothing more than giving you access to your "root" files within the system and be able to make changes (or allow an app to make changes). This is why you have to be rooted for apps like Titanium Backup.
    It is not the root that is dangerous, it is software you download that now has access to the root data that can be dangerous.

    Must have apps after root are:
    Titanium Backup
    ROM Manager
    Root Explorer
    FX File Manager (main reason is for the FX Text Editor for when you need to change files)
    Game Emulators (like Nintendo)
    Busybox


    You may not use these apps right away, but if you start rom'ing a lot, you will want them. (Download Goo Manager as well).
     
  3. xShane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I understand. Thanks for the info. Also, I noticed that I don't have the Google Play store anymore (so I can't download apps). How do I reinstall it?
     
  4. xShane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Also, is it safe to enter my Google account information and password? I have to "flash" the Gapps (to get Google Play and other important Google apps). I don't want any of my accounts to get "hacked".
     
  5. 3bs macrumors 603

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    Yes it's safe as far as I know I've been doing it for a while now and you have to use gapps with custom AOSP ROMs.

    Check out: Titanium backup, ROM Toolbox, AdAway, GMD gesture control to name a few off the top of my head.
     
  6. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    Did you just root or install a custom rom?




    Mike
     
  7. Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

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  8. xShane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I rooted and then installed a ROM (custom I believe; it's in the link in my original post).
     
  9. viskon macrumors 6502

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    If you have installed a custom ROM (like CyanogenMod) , you might have to flash the Google Apps ( gapps) package. The Play Store is part of the gapps package. There is a link to gapps in the post that you linked to in the OP.
     
  10. xShane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm pretty sure it was CyanogenMod (sounds familiar). Is it safe to log in/use my Google account information on Google appes from the Gapps package?
     
  11. viskon macrumors 6502

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    If you go to Settings>About Phone , it should show you what ROM you are using, as well as Android version.

    After you verify your Android version , you can download the corresponding gapps from goo.im/gapps. Refer the table on the goo.im website.

    The gapps from goo.im are generally considered safe.
     
  12. xShane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay thank you.
     
  13. bairdedwiin macrumors newbie

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    Rooting your Android phone is the first path towards customizing your phone for optimum use. Once you have your device rooted, you will not only be able to use certain apps, you can also remove bloatware, boost battery life, make your Android work snappier and faster plus further customize the internal systems for better performance you won’t be able to get from a non-rooted phone.
     
  14. lighthouse_man macrumors 6502a

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    Here is a few more:
    Air audio/air stream to airplay your music (to airport express for example).
    Avast firewall will now be able to work.
    Greenify will force apps that run in the background to hibernate.
    Stickmount will make your USB port read from and write to external drives.
    Ultimate Sound Countrol will make you change your system default sounds.
     

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