Prevent Individual Apps From Detecting Root On Android With RootCloak Plus (Cydia)

While rooting truly unleashes the full potential of Android, it also has some shortcomings such as voiding your warranty, and being refused support by manufacturers, carriers and even some app developers. However, none of these are as annoying as the inability to run certain apps on your rooted device just because their developers have added checks for root access in the apps that close the app after showing you an error message when they detect that your phone has been rooted. Most of these developers do so for security reasons to prevent malicious apps from getting access to your sensitive data such as account information in banking apps, while there are others who do it to protect the proprietary content offered through their apps from getting recorded. If you’re facing a situation where you have to choose between root access and the ability to use certain apps, fret not! RootCloak Plus (Cydia) offers a no-compromise solution, and we’re about to show you how to use it for the purpose. Read More

Easily Capture Screencasts On Android With SCR Screen Recorder

Android has had a bunch of screencasting tools available for it on Play Store, including ScreenCast & Recorder that we covered a while back. Though having more options never hurts, especially if they are feature-rich and add something to the mix not offered by the ones already available. Brought to us by XDA-Developers Member iwobanas, SCR Screen Recorder is full-featured screencast recording app for Android that works on all devices running 4.0 ICS or later, including 4.3 Jelly Bean. Support for Tegra devices, high-speed recording on devices that have adequately fast hardware, and an extremely minimal UI that just works without getting in your way while recording make it a great option for anyone looking to record their on-screen activity on Android. Like all other screencast tools, the app requires root access to work. Read on for further details. Read More

Root Countless Android Devices With One Click Using Framaroot

In the initial days of Android, one-click rooting methods were all the rage, and the norm when it came to rooting. Though the OS kept on becoming increasingly secure with each update, and in addition to that, device manufacturers as well as mobile carriers kept on adding stronger and stronger protection against exploits, making it harder to root. Nowadays, it is extremely hard to find a single one-click app that can root many devices, and users have to resort to methods specific to their particular phone or tablet. All that is set to change, thanks to XDA-Developrs senior member alephzain, who has recently released Framaroot – a one-click rooting app for a plethora of devices, both popular and obscure. And the best part is that you don’t even need to connect your device to your computer, run any commands, or flash any files for it. Let’s learn more about this impressive rooting tool and how it works, right after the jump. Read More

Install Samsung Galaxy S4 TouchWiz 5 Launcher On Any Rooted Android 4.1+ Device

TouchWiz 5 Launcher from the Galaxy S4 has been ported to all Android devices running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or higher. So if you’re a fan of the TouchWiz Launcher and want to run the S4’s launcher on any Android device, you can now have it on any stock or custom ROM, be it stock AOSP, custom AOSP (CyanogenMod, AOKP, Paranoid Android etc.), TouchWiz, Sony or LG, as long as your device is running Android 4.1 or 4.2, and is rooted with a custom recovery installed. The launcher has been made available by XDA-Developers Senior Member emwno, and to complete the TouchWiz launcher experience, the Accuweather widget has also been bundled along with it. For more on the launcher and having it up and running on your device, read on after the jump! Read More

Root, Unroot & Unlock Nexus 7 (2013) & All Other Nexus Devices With Wug’s Toolkit

Earlier on, we covered a guide detailing how to root the new Nexus 7 and the older Nexus devices – barring the Nexus S and Nexus One – on Android 4.3. If you've owned a Nexus device, you probably know how the bootloader unlock and rooting process is pretty much the same across the board. While there are plenty of toolkits available for every Nexus device out there, Wug's Nexus Root Toolkit would be the first one that serves the new Nexus 7, complete with bootloader unlocking, one-click root and recovery flash, and more. Make no mistake, the toolkit has been around for a while, catering to Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, older Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, but it has just recently been updated to include support for the latest Nexus 7 as well. Read More

Set Individual Android Settings On Per-App Basis With App Override

Customization is one of the core elements of Android. A variety of apps available for the platform allow you to personalize a bunch of settings according to your liking. Map-related apps require always-on GPS or Wi-Fi access to track your exact location, so it’s reasonable to have them turned on when required. Similarly, videos are best enjoyed in landscape mode, so it’s better to always have them play in that orientation. Unfortunately, Android doesn't allow you to configure such settings separately for individual apps. For example, if you turn on GPS, it will remain enabled for all apps installed on the device, until disabled. XDA member emwno has created a tool by the name of App Override that fills in the gap. The app does a marvelous job at letting you enable or disable a particular setting for individual apps only, while keeping its default state intact for all other features of the device. Read More

Universal Unroot Offers One-Click Unrooting For Any Android Device

If you’re reading this, you already have a rooted Android device, or you’re looking for reasons not to root it. Sure, rooting your phone opens up a plethora of new possibilities for your device that are otherwise restricted by its manufacturers. Root access and the mods that follow, such as installing a custom recovery, and consequently, a custom ROM, are not meant for every novice Android user, which is precisely why most manufacturers want you to stick to the stock firmware. So, in order to discourage this practice and prevent complaints that lie outside the scope of support that a manufacturers can provide, consumer devices are designed with layers of protection.  The procedure leading to the rooting your device not only makes you ineligible for troubleshooting support but also voids any warranty that you could have claimed from the manufacturer in case of a fault in the device. So you do what you can – you unroot the device before handing it in to customer support. However, this is not always as easy as it sounds, especially if you’re a novice who had his phone rooted by a friend. Enter Universal Unroot, the one root access removal app to rule them all! This app is the simplest one-tap unroot solution out there till date for any and all rooted devices. Details to follow. Read More

Delete User & System Android Apps In Bulk With GO App Uninstaller

Android has always fallen short of a better app management system when it comes to uninstalling apps. Sure you can do that from the system settings, or from the app drawer as well in case of Android 4.0 and higher. Also, many third-party launchers allow you a quick way of uninstalling apps from their icons, but what if you want to uninstall multiple apps in one go? There are apps available on the Play Store for batch uninstalling, but none offer the simplicity and additional features that GO App Uninstaller brings to the table. In addition to uninstalling user apps, the app can also delete system apps on rooted devices. With no complicated settings to configure, Go App Uninstaller is simple and easy to use for anyone. Read More

UNCOPT File Browser For Android Offers Holo UI, Dual-Pane View & Root Access

Update: The app has been renamed to Duo: Holo File Manager w/ Root. Dual-pane file managers for Android have been around for a while, and so have others that let you access root level system files. Both these elements offered in one single app for free however, is a rarity that UNCOPT File Browser aims to offer. To build on that, the app sports fantastic aesthetics with a dark Holo theme, along with the ability of browsing  the contents of compressed files like any other folder, support for plugins and much more. Let's take a look at what makes UNCOPT File browser a worthy opponent to most Android file managers out there. Read More

Koush’s ClockworkMod Superuser Offers PIN Protection, Multi-User Support & More

ChainsDD's Superuser and Chainfire's SuperSU finally have some serious competition, as Koushisk Dutta (aka Koush) – the developer of the famous ClockworkMod recovery and several Android apps like Tether, Carbon, and DeskSMS – has come up with a root access management app of his own. Currently in beta, ClockworkMod Superuser by Koush aims to add more features and transparency to the process of managing root access requests by third-party apps. Besides being free and completely open-source, this Holo themed tool brings with it several nifty features such as multiuser support on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean tablets, support for x86 & ARM devices, PIN protection for approval of Superuser requests, user-specified timeout for denying Superuser requests to apps, ability to handle concurrent Superuser requests effectively and full support for Android's permissions model. Read More

Create Local & Cloud Nandroid Backups Without Recovery Using OBackup

A timely NANDROID backup of your Android device can save you from losing your precious mobile data and personalized system settings. Android users have long relied on custom recoveries (such as ClockworkMod Recovery and TWRP) to create NANDROID backups of their devices. However, there are various apps and solutions available these days that can help you create NANDROID backups without having to reboot into recovery. Developed by XDA member snoopy33, Orange Backup (update: now called OBackup) is arguably the finest addition to the list of such tools to date, as it supports 1-tap NANDROID backup, zipping and uploading to cloud storage of your choice. Needless to say, Orange Backup is meant to work with rooted devices only. The tool also supports scheduled backup & uploading to cloud, full, incremental or split backups, backing up user-selected partitions only, option to upload data over Wi-Fi and/or while charging only, integrated app & task manager, and lots more. Read More

Root Tools: Run All XAP Files On WP7 Without Full Unlock [Homebrew]

If you own a Windows Phone 7 device and are interested in getting the most out of it, then surely you know about the three root access levels in WP7, namely developer unlock, interop unlock and full unlock (which is accessible only via custom Mango ROMs). You can run a lot of XAP files if you have a device with interop unlock, but some of the most juiciest homebrews could only be used on custom ROMs. Until now that is! WP7 Root Tools have been released, and the homebrew brings full root access to devices which only have interop unlock so far. Previously it was possible to flash any XAP file to an interop unlocked device, but if it was intended for custom ROMs, the app did not do anything. With Root Tools, this is no longer the case, as you just have to install the homebrew to get all homebrews running. Read More

MIUI File Explorer Available For All Android ROMs, Now With Root Access

The popular Chinese-made custom ROM, MIUI, has plenty of feature-rich options to offer to Android users. The elegant and frequently updated themes, the crowd-favorite native music player, customizable lockscreens, a control-packed notification drawer, and the overall goodness of the ROM itself makes it a favorite custom ROM for many Android users. Previously reviewed apps, MIUI Music Player and MiLocker, have already provided non-MIUI users with a chance to get a taste of the ROM’s native music player and various lockscreens on their devices, respectively. Adding to the list of native MIUI features that have been ported to non-MIUI ROMs is Mi File Explorer – a standalone MIUI file explorer that requires Android OS v2.2 or higher to run. Developed by an XDA member, apooonet, Mi File Explorer serves as a handy alternative file browser for Android, and comes with the additional capability of allowing users to access the root directory of their devices. Being a port of the MIUI File explorer, the app offers you the same three tab style explorer interface, using which you can view all your device’s content on a category-based dashboard, browse the internal as well as mounted storage (SD card content), and remotely transfer files between your computer and device using a built-in FTP server. Read More

FileSlick For Android Is A Swipe-Based File Explorer With Root Access

XDA Developers member RyanZA is well-known for his infamous z4root app that has helped many a user in gaining root access on their Android devices (including my very own Huawei IDEOS u8150). After raking rich accolades for his proficiencies with said app, the renowned developer has now tried his hand at a file manager for Android, going by the name of FileSlick. FileSlick (in beta as of now) offers a unique, swipe-based navigation into/out of folders, and presents the users with comprehensive file management features, ranging from basic actions such as copy/move/delete, batch selection, extended attributes/properties (such as file size/extension & modification details), advanced assortments and filter-based search to rather complex, yet simple to access features such as toggling read/write permissions for various mount points, modifying user permissions for root mode and Server Message Block (SMB) support to let you easily retrieve your shared resources. Read More

Top 15 Apps To Install After Rooting Your Android Device

Rooting your Android device is an attempt to unleash its full potential, break it free of the chains that bind it. If you’re wondering why you should root your device, you should see our guide on the top 10 reasons to root your Android device. Assuming that you have root access on your device, you might now be wondering what more you could possibly do with it. Because root alone is just a state and you’re not accomplishing much with that. So here are 15 of the best apps that you might need, or you may want to try after you get root access on your Android device. Read More

Root Uninstaller: Freeze, Backup, Restore & Batch Uninstall Android Apps

Root Uninstaller is a comprehensive app manager for rooted Android devices that lets you view, backup (APKs only, no data), restore, freeze and uninstall system as well as user apps. Apart from letting users perform the aforementioned functions, Root Uninstaller supports quite a few handy additional features such as the advanced application filter and APK file viewer/installer. With Root Uninstaller, you can directly launch installed apps on your device, visit their Market links and launch their info screens (to clear app cache and defaults, for instacne). In addition, Root Uninstaller also supports uninstalling user apps in batch. Read More

Access & Manage Android Certificate Authority Keystore With CACertMan

In technical terms, keystore is a storage space on your computer (or smartphone) reserved for all the digitally signed security certificates and their relevant information. Using valuable information from this keystore, your device (or rather the browser) learns whether a specific website that is being visited is safe (trusted) or not. Android OS has its own Certificate Authority keystore (located in /system/etc/security/cacerts.bks) where all the information pertaining to security certificates is stored. Accessing the Android keystore is not easy but thanks to the efforts of XDA-Developer’s member remzicavdar, now we have CACertMan - an Android app that not only lets you access your (rooted) Android’s Certificate Authority keystore but also lets you manage various certificate entries stored in it so that you can always surf the web without any safety concerns. Details, screenshots and download link after the break. Read More

How To Login As Root User In Ubuntu From Logon Screen [Tip]

Linux operating systems like Ubuntu do not allow logging in as root users due to security reasons. As an alternative users have to perform root actions (such as installing software) by using sudo commands. While it can be quite risky to login as root user, one may be willing to perform administrative functions in the GUI mode. In case you would like to login to Ubuntu using GUI, here is a small tip which will allow you to do just that. Read More

How To Unroot Nexus S 4G [Guide]

More and more people are converting to custom ROMs to get a better overall experience on their Android phones. However to install a ROM on your phone, the first step is usually to get root access on your device. Rooting your phone gives you an amazing amount of control over it, but it comes with a downside. Once your phone is rooted, its warranty is void. That’s why it should be useful to know how to revert back to the original state of your device. Another reason for seeking to unroot your device might be to make the system more stable. Whatever your reason might be, if you have a rooted Nexus S 4G, and you are planning to keep the warranty intact, this guide is just what you need. Read More

Map Android Phone In Windows To Access Files Over WiFi Using SwiFTP

If you are a gadget geek at heart and love to do anything that encompasses remotely accessing your device from anywhere, give SwiFTP FTP Server a shot. It is a free open source Android app that lets you remotely connect to your phone over WiFi / 3G to upload and download content. This Android application converts your phone into an FTP server which is accessible by a unique FTP IP generated by the app.We tested this app on HTC Desire And HTC Dream G1 and it works perfectly on both. Read More