9 Amazing Android Customizations Worth Rooting For

Andy Betts 31-03-2016

The best thing about Android is that it’s completely customizable. There’s almost nothing you cannot change about it.


Many of the best tweaks can be done on devices that haven’t been rooted The Best Android Tweaks You Can Make Without Rooting Android tweaks aren't only for tech geeks. Here's how to get the most out of your non-rooted Android phone or tablet! Read More , but there are many more advanced customizations you can make that make rooting absolutely worthwhile.

Here’s our pick of the best customizations that require root.

1. A Custom ROM

The most comprehensive way to customize your device, and one of the main reasons people root in the first place, is to flash a custom ROM What Is Rooting? What Are Custom ROMs? Learn Android Lingo Ever had a question about your Android device, but the answer had a bunch of words in it that you didn't understand? Let us break down the confusing Android lingo for you. Read More . For the uninitiated, a custom ROM is an entirely new build of the Android operating system that you “flash” onto your device to replace its original software.

Flashing a ROM often has practical benefits. Less than 3% of Android devices have been updated to Marshmallow — if yours hasn’t, you can flash a Marshmallow-based ROM to do the update yourself. If you visit and search for your device, you’ll find countless ROMs available to try.



The best custom ROMs What Are The Best Custom Android ROMs? The moment you realize you can flash your Android phone with a new ROM is a pivotal one. Suddenly, you're free: Endless customization options, no more vendor bloatware, and, best of all, you don't have... Read More contain new features and can also look radically different. The popular CyanogenMod includes a permissions manager, built-in equalizer, and comprehensive theming support How to Make Your Own Custom CyanogenMod Themes Easily CyanogenMod's theme engine is great for customizing your device, but what if you can't find that perfect theme? Easy, just make it yourself. Read More .

MIUI, owned by the Chinese handset manufacturer Xiaomi, enables you to turn your Android into something with a more than passing resemblance to an iPhone. And there are so many more options from smaller developers who build them in their free time.

2. Customize Performance

One step down from the custom ROM, but no less powerful, is the ability to customize your phone’s performance. For best results, you could flash a custom kernel Why You Should Consider Using A Custom Android Kernel Do you want the best performance out of your Android device? Or maybe you want the best battery life? Consider a custom kernel. Read More , which would then enable you to control the hardware, including how fast the processor runs.

Apps like Kernel Adiutor are great for this, and it’s free.



Even if you don’t want to change your kernel, you can still makes tweaks to much of your phone’s hardware. With Cf.lumen, you can change your display’s color temperature to taste by adjusting the red, green and blue values separately — a feature that will be included in Android N Everything You Need to Know About Android N Want to install Android N or just learn about the next Android version? We've got your back. Read More as standard.

By flashing Dolby Atmos, ported from Lenovo devices, you can enhance the sound quality coming from your phone’s speakers. And there are tons of root tweaks you can make to improve your battery life. 10 Proven and Tested Tips to Extend Battery Life on Android Suffering from poor battery life on Android? Follow these tips to get more juice out of your Android device's battery. Read More

Usability Tweaks

It’s hard to find phones smaller than 5.2-inches these days. While the size makes them great for most things — browsing the web, watching videos, playing games — they’re not always comfortable to use, especially one-handed.


3. Thumb Friendly Controls


Along similar lines is LMT Launcher. Available for download directly from the XDA forums, this app places a pie-shaped control panel beneath your thumb containing a group of standard buttons, such as Home and Back.

These buttons perform the corresponding task with a single tap, but can be programmed to perform additional roles through multiple taps, long-presses, and multi-button combinations. If you’re willing to invest some time setting up and learning LMT Launcher, it can become a very efficient way to navigate your phone quickly.

4. Gesture Controls



LMT Launcher also supports basic gestures, but for a truly comprehensive way of controlling your device by swiping your fingers on the screen, look out for GMD GestureControl. The app offers a combination of pre-defined single and multi-finger gestures to do things like go back or open the app drawer.

You can also record your own by drawing a shape (such as a letter) on screen and then assigning a function or app to it. GMD is particularly good for multitasking, since you don’t need to exit your current app to use the gestures. Switching from one app to another, then back again, is done with just a swipe of the screen.

5. Ever-Present App Launcher


If multitasking is your thing, then you will love the omni-present app launcher you can set up using the Xposed module, GravityBox GravityBox Vs XBlast: Which Is The Best All-Purpose Xposed Module? Out of the two great all-purpose Xposed modules for customizing your rooted Android device, which is the best? Read More . By first enabling the Custom Key under Navigation bar tweaks then picking your apps under Application launcher, you can assign up to 12 apps to appear in a mini-launcher on the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen.

Because the navigation bar is almost always visible, you’re never more than two taps away from opening your favorite app.

6. View Running Apps


Once you start switching between multiple apps more frequently, you might need to keep an eye on which ones are running in the background.

Ever since Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Recents button has shown a list of every app you’ve recently used, which means it eventually just lists every app on your phone. With Recently you can change this to only display the apps that are still running. You can then identify which ones you need to close to reclaim your system resources 5 Android Apps That Really Clean Up Your Device (No Placebos!) These phone cleaner apps for Android help you clear out junk files taking up space on your device. Read More .

Customize the Interface

Customizations don’t always have to be purely functional. Sometimes they’re more about changing how your phone looks, giving it the personal touch.

7. Customize the Navigation and Status Bars

In GravityBox for Xposed, you can tweak the status bar in various ways. It’s possible to redesign the battery icon, move the clock, hide persistent icons (such as Bluetooth) and notifications, and also change the colors of the notifications pane and status bar.


You can also change the color of the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, and with the app SoftKeyZ it’s even possible to change the navigation buttons themselves. SoftKeyZ gives you well over a hundred different styles to choose from, or you can design your own.

8. Boot Animations

An easy and fun way to personalize your phone is to change the boot animation. You can find animations online on various Android enthusiast forums and flash them manually, or you can do it the quick way using a root app called Boot Animations.

It comes with several dozen alternative animations to choose from and requires no more than a couple of screen taps to install.


If you do decide to do this, it’s essential that you make a Nandroid backup What Is A Nandroid Backup and How Exactly Does It Work? You need that backup at the ready. Read More first. If something goes wrong with your boot animation, it can actually prevent the phone from booting altogether. Your backup will enable you to recover pretty quickly.

9. New Emojis

Finally, how about changing up your emojis? Every phone comes with its own set; they mean the same thing What Does This Emoji Mean? Emoji Face Meanings Explained Confused by the emojis in that text message you just got? Here are the commonly accepted meanings of popular emojis. Read More but look different. Some platforms may also have a few extra characters not seen elsewhere, and these won’t show up if your device doesn’t support them.


With the app Emoji Switcher you can choose between Google, Samsung, LG, and iOS emojis. If you have a lot of iOS-using friends, then this mod is well worth doing. You can even get those fancy new iOS 9.1 emojis How to View & Send the New iOS 9.1 Emojis on Android Tired of seeing little boxes when your iPhone-using friends send you emojis? Well, no more. Now you can have all the emojis on your Android device too! Read More .

Your Own Customizations

Rooting your Android phone or tablet opens it up to a truly expansive range of customizations. You can tweak how the hardware performs, change how the interface looks, and even adjust how easy it is to use. From the fun to the functional, nothing is off limits.

What customizations have you made to your rooted Android phone? And what things would you like to change on it? Let us know in the comments.

Image Credits:DIY Tools by igor.stevanovic via Shutterstock

Related topics: Android Customization, Android Rooting, Custom Android Rom.

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  1. Masrati
    February 3, 2017 at 12:38 am

    It is great. Thanks!

  2. GP
    January 27, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    And of course, after rooting your phone and before starting customization the first app you should install is Titanium Backup. This app together with the custom recovery TWRP are the ultimate backup/restore tool for Android. You should always do a nandroid backup of your ROM using TWRP before flashing a new ROM. You use your phone, add new contacts, take photos, etc, etc but forget to backup and after two weeks of usage your phone crashes, no way it works anymore with new rom. Reboot into recovery (TWRP) do a nandroid backup of this crashing ROM, reflash the old, working one, then use Titanium Backup to restore apps and data from the backup of the custom ROM. I love android!

  3. Jony
    September 18, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    I can't find custom rom for galaxy j1 ace j110h.

  4. Anonymous
    April 14, 2016 at 3:36 am

    Just having root doesn't make you able to change your rom totally. I have a locked bootloader so the best I can do is get a customized version of Touchwiz.. I'd like to try Cyanogen or Paranoid, but my phone won't let me.

    • Anonymous
      April 14, 2016 at 4:15 am

      I do feel it necessary to mention the ROM I use since it is still updated even after Samsung mostly gave up on the Note 3. JasmineROM is my ROM of choice.

      • John F
        June 7, 2017 at 12:29 pm

        I used a FireKat ROM on mine (AT&T incredibly limits the choices for me, but there're many more for the other carriers; I'm tempted to try to adapt some T-Mobile ROMs when I get time). Here're some more you can try:

    • krystal
      October 24, 2017 at 3:37 am

      Anyone reading in 2017: Sunshine S-Off may be your answer if you have a locked boot loader. It's worth the $20.

  5. David
    April 1, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    You forgot about ad blocking. Adaway: