Many people think that rooting Android is some huge, ambitious project.
In reality, you basically flick a switch and your phone is rooted. Your phone reboots into your same desktop, with the same wallpaper, and all of your same contact information.
So you’ve rooted your Android. What do you do now? Here are some of the first things you should do after rooting your device:
Check to Make Sure It’s Actually Rooted
This is a step many people skip, only to realize how important it was later on. Download and install a root checker app. You run the app, it tests for root access, and you learn whether or not your device was actually rooted. Boom. Now you can move onto the next step.
Install ClockworkMod Recovery
ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM) is a custom recovery. Your phone already has a native recovery console, although it’s not well-suited for rooted Android users. On native Android, you have to press a unique combination of buttons to access different recovery features. Apps like ClockworkMod Recovery just let you tap on-screen.
With CWM, you can flash zips directly from the phone with no need to use your PC. You can also create cache partitions, manage Android Backups, and install custom ROMs. It’s one of the most helpful tools in any rooted Android user’s arsenal.
Flash Custom ROMs
Many people root Android exclusively to install custom ROMs. You install custom ROMs by flashing them onto your phone. They change the interface of your entire device. Many people compare it to installing a totally new OS – although you’re still using the core Android OS. Popular Androids often have custom ROMs that are updated more frequently than their actual OSes – and they run better as well.
Uninstall Bloatware Apps
If you’re sick and tired of seeing Samsung bloatware, Sprint bloatware, Verizon bloatware, and dozens of other pointless apps on your system, then you’ll love rooted Android.
After rooting your device, you can install system app removal tools (just search for system app remover on the Google Play Store, they all do the same job). These app removal tools will identify system apps on your storage drive and give you the option to remove all data associated with those apps. Normally, these apps are stuck on your system for life – but that’s not the case with rooted Android.
Be careful with this step: some system apps are integral to your Android. You should be able to find a list of system apps that are safe-to-remove on your specific device.
You might think overclocking is just for PC gamers. That’s not the case: many Android manufacturers artificially restrict CPU speeds using a governor. This governor prevents the CPU from overheating.
Overclocking apps like SetCPU let you remove that governor and gradually increase CPU speed. Typically, you can only safely increase it by 5% to 10%, although that can still give you a noticeable performance boost when switching between apps.
Alternatively, SetCPU can also underclock your device to preserve battery life. Which brings me to the next best thing you should do with rooted Android…
Optimize Battery Life
Most Android users complain about their battery life. Yes, no matter how good your device’s battery life might be, there’s always someone who will complain.
Popular battery saving apps like Greenify and JuiceDefender can boost battery life by 2-4 hours. Best of all, you can just run these apps at their default settings without really adjusting anything – they’re smart enough to boost your device’s battery on their own.