What Is Root Explorer?

By Leonardo R. Grabkowski

Root Explorer is a file manager for the Android mobile operating system, developed by Speed Software. While Root Explorer provides access to the standard files on the phone's SD card or drive, it also provides access to the Android system folder, allowing users to manually delete applications and make other modifications. Root Explorer can only access the system folder if the phone has been rooted. The term "rooting" refers to granting the user "Superuser" privileges. Rooting a phone voids its warranty.

Root Explorer Features

Root Explorer includes a database viewer and text editor, and it allows users to run scripts to install or remove applications. It also extracts compressed files such as zip and rar files and lets users manually set the default permissions for specific folders, applications and files.

Version Compatibility and Availability

Root Explorer is compatible with Android version 1.1 and up. The application is available for download in the Android Market. At the time of publication, it is a premium app with a price of $3.99. The developer has a 24-hour refund policy.

Purchasing Root Explorer

To purchase and install Root Explorer, open the "Market" icon on your Android phone and tap the "Search" button. Search for "Root Explorer" and then click "Install." Afterwards, click "Accept & Download." Once the app finishes downloading, it is added to your applications list.

Using Root Explorer

Open Root Explorer from your phone's applications list. You'll immediately be presented with a list of folders in the root directory. If your phone has not been rooted, the info bar above the folder list will display "Mounted as R/O (Read Only)." If your phone has been rooted, you'll see a toggle switch that allows you to set the system to read-write mode. Navigate to the desired folder. To perform an action, such as "Delete" or "Rename," tap and hold the specific file and then make your selection.


Users should be careful when using Root Explorer on a rooted phone. Accidentally deleting or modifying an important system file or application could cause features of your phone to stop working. It could also "brick" your phone, rendering it useless.

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