Root Toolkit for Android™

Root Toolkit for Android™

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Root Toolkit for Android™

I wrote this little root utility for myself to help consolidate and automate some root functions that are available in various other apps, but nowhere all together.

Note: this utility does not root your Android™ device--it assumes that your device is already rooted.

If you have problems or issues with the app, please contact me via with as much detail as you can provide.


* display current root, /system and root (/) mount status, and root save status; will also display bootloader lock status for recent Nexus devices

* reboot options (normal, recovery, bootloader)

* power off device

* remount rootfs (/) and/or /system in read-write or read-only mode; note: remount behavior changed in Android™ 4.2 and higher that causes remount effect to not be usable by apps other than the one that initiated the remount

* save (protect) / restore root function; for 4.2 devices with ext2/3/4 /system partitons, a copy of su binary can be saved and later restored; for 4.3 devices, I've implemented Pau Oliva's 4.3+ "OTA rootkeeper" functionality (i.e., via; saving root for 5.0+ has not yet been determined

* freeze (disable) or thaw (enable) an application (use caution when freezing a system app!); you can select showing user and/or system apps in the Freeze/Thaw Display Options in the Preferences / Settings menu

* display system (getprop) property values

* calculate an MD5 or SHA1 checksum on any file (navigate to selected file, long-press filename, select desired action)

* Samsung Galaxy Nexus, LG Nexus 5, and Nexus 7 (1st gen/2012) only options:

-- flash a stock recovery
-- flash various custom recoveries
-- make recovery "stick" (keep stock recovery from overwriting your custom recovery)
-- identify currently installed recovery

-- stock recovery identification and flashing now also available for Nexus 9

* bootloader lock, unlock, status (select Nexus devices: Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2nd gen 2013), Nexus 10)

* option to turn confirmation mode on / off (defaults to on)

* option to turn "safe mode" on for the app to prevent any su or flashing operation from occurring

Warning / disclaimer: the author of this app is not responsible for any loss or damage caused by or related to its use.

If you are not comfortable with or knowledgeable about the proper use and functionality of this app, please discontinue its use and uninstall.

Note to anyone that installed and still has the v3.4 version: if/when you try to simply uninstall this app, the uninstall process will not be able to fully remove the app's /data/data/sa.root.toolkit folder because of how files in that folder were secured (to prepare for Android 5.0 support). Updating to a new version should not encounter this issue, so it's only for those that want to just install.

You can avoid/fix this issue by either by updating to the new v3.5 or higher version or by:

1. Uninstalling the app (Settings -> Apps -> Root Toolkit for Android -> Uninstall)
2. Next, remove the /data/data/sa.root.toolkit folder using a root-capable file browser (like Root Explorer).

If you successfully installed the v3.5 or higher version, then you shouldn't have to do anything else.

If you have any questions or issues, please contact me at



INTERNET - for downloading recoveries from the internet

WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE - this is for the downloaded recoveries and work files used to identify which recovery is currently installed

ACCESS_SUPERUSER permission to support interaction with SuperSU

Android™ is a trademark of Google, Inc.

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Recently changed in this version

[version 3.8 - 17-November-2014]:

- fix freeze/thaw issue for retail Android 5.0 release

- support identification / flashing of stock Nexus 9 recovery

- support Android 5.0 stock recovery for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (1st gen 2012)

Comments and ratings for Root Toolkit for Android™
  • (59 stars)

    by Randhall Bernabe on 20/11/2014

    How to root it?

  • (59 stars)

    by roy solo rayo on 20/11/2014


  • (59 stars)

    by Zainal Haron on 09/11/2014

    I dont know how to root please help me

  • (59 stars)

    by Ahmad Sam on 07/11/2014

    Note 3. Jb4.3

  • (59 stars)

    by Michael Fasano on 07/11/2014

    Great app!! MUST HAVE! Great ICON!!

  • (59 stars)

    by Leyla B on 03/11/2014

    worst app ever

  • (59 stars)

    by Jesse Garza on 02/11/2014

    It doesn't work =-(