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Root Explorer

by Speed Software
Platform: Android Rated: All Ages
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)

Price: $3.99
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 3.2
  • v3.2
  • • New white notification icon
  • • Simplified Chinese translation
  • • Various bug fixes

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004SRWW0C
  • Release Date: March 18, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Multiple tabs.
  • Network (SMB), Google Drive, Box and Dropbox support.
  • Concurrent, background processing of multiple operations with notifications.
  • Action bar and multi-select action mode support.
  • Fully customizable list icons.

Product Description
Root Explorer
The multi-select mode efficiently compounds tasks

Root Explorer is the ultimate file manager for root users and non-root users alike. With this skillfully designed app loaded on your smart phone you will be able to access the whole of Android's file system. Plus, if you've gained super user permissions through the process of rooting your phone, you can even drill into the elusive data folder.

App Name
While not needed, rooting your phone unlocks Root Explorer's true potential

It's an easy way to work with the files on your Android using a familiar graphical interface. You'll appreciate how smooth and fast Root Explorer allows you to search through your phone's files via file and folder thumbnails.

Powerful Options

If you're curious about when your files and folders have been accessed, their timestamps, permissions, and sizes are displayed next to their thumbnails. This is true even for Android files and folders that are normally hidden from view in other apps. You can also remount any folder with read/write capabilities.

Other highly useful Root Explorer features include a text editor, a multi-select option, and the ability to execute scripts. You are also able to search efficiently through the depths of your Android's data while having the ability to remount files, alter their permissions, and create bookmarks. You can even use Root Explorer to send files via email or Bluetooth.

New features and enhancements include:

•Tar/Gzip archive support: view, extract and create

•Support for large SQLite databases

•Improved speed when launching images using the Gallery

•Display mount button for more read-only folders


Technical Details

  • Size: Varies by device (2.3MB - 2.4MB)
  • Version: 3.2
  • Developed By: Speed Software
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Allows installation of home screen shortcuts
    • ACCESS_SUPERUSER
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Manage the list of accounts in the AccountManager
    • Allows verification of Google app Entitlements
    • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
    • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
    • Access information about networks
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Minimum Operating System: Varies by device
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 30 seconds

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The way it was, The way it used to be June 9, 2012
Verified Purchase
I am old fashioned, or so most will say, but I remember when I used to make a purchase, it was MINE.
Let me explain:
When a person bought something, it was theirs, to do with as they pleased. After all we paid for it, we paid any and all taxes, paid for the upkeep, paid for any necessary repairs, etc. So when, did it become acceptable for a merchant to sell something and tell us how we are to use it. What we have access to or not, literally control how we use our purchases.

That is the reason I purchased Root Explorer. After rooting my phone, I wanted a product that would give me no nonsense access to every file on my phone. I wanted to be able to decide which file or directory to keep, or delete. Root Explorer does exactly that, gives me full control of my phone, The way it was, The way it used to be! Thank you for a great piece of software
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great file explorer app for Kindle Fire March 31, 2014
By Matt V.
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I use this on my Kindle to get around Amazon's stupid restrictions. It works really great and has allowed me to access the Google Play Store and actually get some good apps (unlike Amazon's... yikes).
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98 of 132 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars where are the updates??? May 8, 2011
By A Customer
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program is awesome update suport SUCKS!!!!!!!#!!####

I took a chance and used amazon to download a few programs rather than Google. Now there is an update taking root explorer to 2.15 IIRC which I keep getting notiffied by Google.about but nada on amazon about it. since I choose to go thru amazon I can not update thru Google. Now I am stuck with an outdated version and no updates. I have emailed amazon multiple times.about it over the last two weeks and have not gotten a single response. If this is the service I get from amazon I will not be using them going forward. Google can have my money and buisness which is already more streamlined. I really wanted to use amazon but they get an F. from me on support for this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best tool for rooted devices June 8, 2011
By T.av
Verified Purchase
This may not be the best UI file manager, but when I try other tools I always come back. I've used it forever across different devices and several versions of Android OS. It always worked well, and had the fleibility to do whatever I needed. If you are not rooted and need an SD card browser, there are probably better options out there, but for accessing system data this is a must.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its up to date :) May 22, 2014
Verified Purchase
Awesome app, A must have for any root user.. I did email them to make sure that this app was getting updated along with the google play edition and they replied quickly with yes it is.. thanks again y'all, now to remove es file explorer lol
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing Directory Sizes March 17, 2012
By GSDer
Verified Purchase
A pretty nice app overall, but I docked it one star because it doesn't show directory sizes. You can long-press on a directory, choose Properties and it'll calculate the size, but that's a hassle and frankly this is a basic feature that anyone would expect to find.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got me out of a bind. May 25, 2013
By Greg
Verified Purchase
So the Kindle HD Fire is awesome, but Amazon really tries to restrict your access to Google native market. Rather then find sites with potential malware on these modified .apk files to install. So I rooted my Kindle HD Fire, in which I was installing the latest Google Play Market onto my Kindle.

This lovely application helped remove the Read Only permission on the System App folder required to install the market services; this application is worth the $3.99. Just for the ability to truly alter your file system.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One of the best explorers for android! February 28, 2014
By jojo
Verified Purchase
I have used ES Explorer for ages, and it works great. But a recent OS update caused problems where I couldn't access/update root folders/files anymore on my S4. (This issue with ES was subsequently fixed). Root explorer worked fine even after the OS update.
It allows for relatively easier permissions change, but given that ES is a free alternative, it is hard to recommend this paid alternative.
P.S. this works on non rooted devices too (won't let you update root files of course)... Just in case folks get confused
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