This is PART 2 of THINGS TO DO AFTER ROOTING. In the part 1, I covered How to remove system apps, freeze the apps from running in background, change DPI and bootanimation, Hide/change navigation bar, Check it out HERE
There are still a lot more things you can do. I won’t be able to cover all of them but I will try to list the important ones.
5.) Overclock/underclock your device
I am sure you must have heard about overclocking the CPU in a computer. You can do the same in your phone too. Overclock means increasing the operating frequency limit of the device. Whenever you decide to buy a new device and you start doing research about features, you must have come across CPU frequencies i.e 2.2 GHz or 1.8 GHz etc. These are the MAX frequencies, respective devices can reach.
To put it simply, these are the safe limits for your device, but that doesn’t mean that the device can not cross this. Of course you can increase the limit but this should be done very carefully as you are playing with the CPU now and one wrong move can damage your device.
So let’s begin. First you need to download any kernel mod app. This is necessary because it includes many features at a single place. I prefer using Kernel Adiutor (ROOT). It’s simple to use and support many kernels out there.
Open the app, Give root permission and on the home page it shows you different temperatures and frequencies your device is operating at.
Click the menu and go to CPU. Increase the limit of CPU Maximum Frequency and CPU Minimum frequency. DO not increase to a very high value, try one step raise at a time and check if the device is responding properly.
You can also change CPU Governor setting to performance.
Underclocking the CPU will save some battery for your device. SO to underclock, just decrease the frequencies below the default values.
You can do a lot more things with kernel mod apps, for eg- low memory killer, modify build.prop, modify/create init.d, virtual memory setting, I/O scheduler, Srgb mode etc. I will discuss these in some other article.
6.) Install Busybox
Busybox is a set of library files, which installs in the system directory. This is important as some apps require busybox to run, eg- Titanium Backup.
7.) Install Greenify
Greenify is one of the best options available if you want to save battery or data consumed by apps running in the background. Greenify hibernates the apps after the screen goes off or you can manually hibernate them even if the screen is on.
8.) Flash(Install) Mods
Now flash recovery by writing the following command
fastboot flash recovery twrp.img
- AKT profiles (battery saving and performance)
- Viper for Android (Sound mod)
- Pixel Mod (pixel icons and colors)
- Camera mods (device specific)
- Magisk (undetectable root)
- Emoji mods
- animations mods etc..
9.) Flash Custom ROM
Ability to use custom ROMs is best part of having an android device. Custom ROMs are rich in features, battery backup and have better performance too. It also helps you use the latest version of android in your subsequently older devices, which are not getting updates from the OEMs. For eg- Nexus 4 ( device from 2012 ) recently got Android 8 (Oreo) custom ROM.
Flashing a ROM is same as flashing a Mod, download the zip file and flash it via the recovery. Go through the instructions on the ROM thread. The most general steps involved in flashing a ROM are
- backup your current ROM
- wipe system and cache
- flash rom
- flash gapps, root and any other mod
Lineage OS ( earlier known as Cyanogen Mod)
- Dirty Unicorn
- Xenon HD
- Carbon ROM
- Omni ROM
- Euphoria etc..