One of the best ways to explore your Android phone’s full potential is through rooting. Rooting gives you total control over your phone’s customization, additional functionality, access to some of the most exceptional apps that you would have otherwise missed out on, as well as access to a ton of custom ROM to ensure your device always stays up to date without relying on sluggish updates from carriers among other benefits. But even with its many advantages, rooting does come with its downsides.

First off, once you root your phone, you’ve basically opened up your device’s system to all kinds of potential dangers. This is because rooting your device is basically getting rid of any security measures initially put in place by the device’s manufacturer.

Second, rooting isn’t something as basic as having an app installed and utilized. It is likely that entire rooting process could go wrong, which may result in irreversible damage to your device, or even brick your device entirely. Also note that rooting an Android phone voids your warranty, so if something goes wrong its all on you. For a safer alternative, check out how you can root your Android and still keep your warranty.

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Luckily the Android system has advanced over the years, with many users opting to unlock the hidden capabilities on their Android devices rather than rooting their precious handsets. Below are just a few cool hacks that can work on an Android phone without the need for root.

Creation of custom widgets

Widgets allow you to access features of certain apps directly from the home screen without having to navigate to particular app. Unfortunately, what is made available depends on the creativity and imagination of the said app developer. That’s why finding an app such as Beautiful Widgets can really spruce up your experience. With this app, you have the ability to add your own personal touch and recreate your home screen to match your own taste and preferences. You could even have shortcuts to your most frequently used menus added, to avoid the hassle of switching back and forth.

Hacking of Android Games

If you’re looking for an Android tool will allow you hack a variety of games without having to root your device, then Game Killer is your best bet. Along with getting regular updates, the app’s database currently has over 800 games to take advantage of. To unlock cheats and have the games and apps modded, all you need to do is install the app and choose the hacks you’d like to use.

Game Killer isn’t available on the Google Play Store, so you’ll first need to go to your phone’s Security settings and check off the Unknown Sources option for app installs. From there, go to the Game Killer website and download the app’s APK. It is recommended that you also check out the FAQs and tutorial provided on the Game Killer site. The app bundles a lot of data related to thousands of games, thus it should be a pretty huge app download. Having it downloaded over a Wi-Fi network is probably a better idea than using your mobile data.

It is worth mentioning that using Game Killer may not be taken nicely by a few developers, since the app allows you to do things that most players would equate to cheating. Using Game Killer to mod an offline app is preferable, because using it for an online multi-player game may likely lead to your account being suspended if you’re found out.

Once you have installed the Game Killer app on your phone, launch it by tapping the icon. The game list should start loading, once its done, hit the Hack Android Games Without Root button.

On the screen that follows, you’ll see a list of all the games supported on the app. You can choose to either scroll to the game you wish to modify or enter its name in the search bar. When you select a game, all the cheats available for that particular game will be displayed on a new pop up menu. The features you can access depend on the type of game you want modified, ranging from unlocking features and number of levels to unlimited gold.

After you’ve selected all the modification features you want to take advantage of, tap the Hack option below the menu.

It’s that easy. A modified version of the app you’ve selected will be launched by Game Killer, with all your cheats now enabled.

Adding Edge Display to your Android device

If you’re longing for the the pretty notifications illuminated on Samsung’s Galaxy Edge handsets, then long no more. You can have that desire fulfilled, what’s even more fascinating is that you can do that without the Edge Display.

Forget LED notifications, thanks to an app called Edge Color Notifications, you can recreate the edge of your device’s display to show slick notifications in a way that closely resembles the Edge Display. It is not as perfect as the Edge Display found on  the Galaxy S6 Edge, but it sure comes pretty close.

Screen Recording

The introduction of Android 5.0 Lollipop brought with API screen recording capabilities that allowed developers to build apps that give users the ability to record their screens.

One excellent example is AZ Screen Recorder. This lightweight app, bundles customization options as well as features such as a countdown timer to give you an efficient screen recording experience. It works along with the default camera on your phone, and even allows drawing on the screen while video recording. Additionally, AZ Screen Recorder allows you to have the videos edited and trimmed within the app.

The basic requirement to have this app on your Android, is having a Lollipop OS.

 

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