Few year back routing your Android phone was a pretty common thing to do. Over time as each new version of Android was released the software became more and more refined and slowly rooting your phone became less and less common. But rooting your phone gives you more freedom and control over your phone. Here is a list of 10 reasons why rooting your phone can still be an incredibly useful thing to do.
The look and feel of your phone is one thing. There’s really not so much you can do if the overall Android skin on the phone that you’re using is one that you just don’t like. So in that case if you have a rooted device then you can just load a custom ROM onto your phone in some cases this may just be a tweaked version of the software already running on your phone. But in other cases it may be a completely different form of Android that radically improves the experience of using the phone. For example you want access to Android newer version earlier than what is available natively you can load a custom ROM onto the phone. More than anything loading a custom ROM on to your phone is just a fun thing to do. It’s always worth giving a go at some point in your Android journey.
Face unlock in every app
Using finger face you can basically utilize face unlock in any app that already supports fingerprint authentication. Which is downright amazing this means that all my banking and security apps that are still to be updated to natively support face unlock. Well, now they do.
Plenty of App Availability
One reason that you might want to route your phone in 2020 is that there are just so many more applications available on the Play Store or otherwise that just have some great features that do not work if you can’t get them root access. A lot of apps these days do have some backdoor methods of enabling their functionality via adb commands. It’s just super fun knowing that you can download and install pretty much any app that you so desire simply because your phone is rooted.
The Quick Switch App
The quick switch is an app that lets you replace your phone’s stock launcher with any third party supported launcher. Why is this a thing that you might want to do? Well since the release of Android Pi when Google started making gesture navigation a thing. The gestures themselves were actually baked directly into the launcher. Which is what allowed them to have those nice integrated animations. But also meant that if you were using gestures and you wanted to use a third-party launcher at the same time, the experience became a little bit clunky. So using a quick switch with a supported launch of like launcher version 2 means that you can have your cake and eat it too.
One way in which Google’s gestures are still somewhat lacking in comparison to iOS is full screen gestures is that the little navigation bar still has that background that shows up behind it. It just looks a bit tacky and takes away from that immersiveness that we otherwise should experience when using full screen gestures. Using the magic module called immersive gestures you can actually remove that black background. If you want to remove the bar all together then try using a different module called full screen gestures. However it’s a little bit finicky whenever the keyboard is opened.
Google Dialer Framework
Google’s software is king when it comes to Android phones but it’s not just about their OS. It’s also about their system applications. Now you can of course download and install most of their system applications on the Play Store no problem but unless you have a Pixel or Nexus device you generally can’t install their phone and dialer application. But if you install a magic module called Google dialer framework this will actually let you install the phone application whether it be via the Play Store or via a third-party app.
Always on Display
One plus had already gotten their act together in implementing and always-on display feature. Well, using an app called AOD mod you can enable this exact feature. Now to get this app to work you first have to install the Riru Core and then Riru EdXposed Module within Majik. Then you need to install the EdXposed Manager application. Then need to enable the AOD module within the EdXposed manager module settings. Once you’ve done all that you’ll finally be rewarded with an always-on display. There are even some handy settings you can tweak within the app to customize how it looks though. Be aware that using this mod does have a fairly significant impact on battery life.
Dark Theme Toggle
This is a small tweak if you are one plus user. Oneplus is still to implement quick settings toggle to quickly turn on and off the dark theme. So using the Oneplus dark mode toggle, you can now find a toggle that you can add to your quick settings and now you can quickly switch the dark theme on and off.
If you’re someone who really values being able to use the stock home screen launcher but you also really hate having to sift through all of that bloatware and those pre-installed applications. and if you launcher doesn’t support the hiding of applications in the app drawer. The pixel launcher falls into this category. Using ice box will allow you to do so. All you do is select the app you want to hide in what the app calls and ice box. Which hides it or freezes it from your device. Keep in mind this does mean that the app is no longer in operation so you can’t freeze an app that you still want to run in the background. But for hiding those annoying preinstalled applications without permanently deleting them, this app is very handy.
Substratum Theme Engine
If you love tweaking your phone to make it look and feel just how you want it to. There’s probably no better tool than substratum. There are so many theming applications for substratum available on the Play Store. Though not each one is for every device so be careful and do some reading before installing the various themes