"If it's not broken, don't fix it" is a wise and popular mantra among anyone who fixes anything. Developers, on the other hand, couldn't care less. Enter SuperSu. While Superuser has been a staple of root usage for a long time now, XDA developer Chainfire (who has also brought us many other fantastic apps), has taken what already works and made it even better.

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SuperSU performs the usual tasks of managing superuser access, with a few added benefits, including logging superuser access, temporary unroot, and it even works in recovery. Here's the full list of features:


  • Superuser access prompt
  • Superuser access logging
  • Superuser access notifications
  • Per-app notification configuration
  • Temporary unroot
  • Deep process detection (no more unknowns)
  • Works in recovery (no more segfaulting)
  • Works when Android isn't properly booted
  • Works with non-standard shell locations
  • Trusts ADB connection
  • Always runs in ghost mode
  • Wake on prompt

The Pro version additionally offers:

  • OTA survival mode (no guarantees)
  • Full color-coded command content logging (input/output/error)
  • Per-app logging configuration
  • Per-app user override
  • PIN protection

One of the first examples of a reason to temporarily unroot that comes to mind is to use Play Movies, though a quick search through the thread on XDA reveals that users have tried with mixed results. If you want to give it a shot, let us know how it works, or any other way this app helps make a good experience even better, in the comments.

Source: XDA (forums) via XDA (blog)

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • Hal Motley

    Looks pretty sweet, I may get this. But for the time being I'll stick with the traditional Superuser that almost all root exploits bundle.

    • Sad

      This is really disappointing actually. Superuser Elite users have gotten basically nothing and I was hoping to see these features in that app. I've bought all of Chainfire's apps so far but I'll be thinking twice before I buy another.

      • Ibrahim

        Err, SuperUser is written by ChainsDD. This is written by Chainfire. They're different apps by different developers, who happen to have Chain in their names.

      • Fedup

        Considering that these are two completely different developers, I'm surprised at your comment.
        First, Elite offers several features. And secondly, since this developer has written an application with ALL the features you wanted so badly, perhaps you should support him?

  • Jan

    "couldn't care less"

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

      Awesome...The rest of us do

      • rchao

        I don't think he's criticizing the app. He's pointing out the writer's incorrect usage of the phrase. If you think about it, "could care less" doesn't make sense with what he's trying to say. The correct phrase is "couldn't care less"

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

          Wasn't clear at the time, it just looked like another self-important jackhole at first. There's been a lot more of them popping up lately, just look at the Angry Birds post from yesterday for great examples.

      • dwu

        "Developers, on the other hand, could care less."

        Should be "couldn't care less." If you could care less, then you are currently caring some undefined amount.

    • David
    • Sergio Fernando Cebrián Aguirre

      HAHAHA i thought you couldn't care less :P

      i didn't realized it was miss used when i read :P

  • Ethanmc12

    Then why even post?

    • Simon Belmont

      I think he was correcting the "could care less" in the first paragraph. At least it looks that way.

      This looks neat, but good ol' SU will be enough for me for now at least. I have my SU set to always notify me when SU is requested anyway and I'm pretty sure it already allows for per app notifications now. You just choose to remember it with the check box so it's "allowed" or you don't. It gets put in the list if it's remembered.

  • OFI

    Did you guys miss that it was a quoted correction? :-P

  • wideopn11

    Use with caution, borked my superuser when I uninstalled SuperSu, had to reflash my ROM.

    • Hammy

      Just download and reflash superuser in your recovery. The binary is eff if you install and uninstall supersu.

  • shaggyskunk

    can't find it on the market/play store, or on chainfire site?

    • shaggyskunk

      Oops found it. but odd that it didn't show up as being one of chainfires other apps under SUPERUSER?

      • squiddy20

        Chainfire didn't create Superuser, ChainsDD did. OR these are (oddly) two separate developer accounts for the same guy...

  • v3ritas

    What about all of us that purchased Superuser Elite that only had like one update?

    • shaggyskunk

      I agree. It could be because it's not just an update?

    • David

      Its a different app from a different developer.

      • shaggyskunk

        Looks like it's still from chainfire, and looks like an update/evolution rather than a different app!

    • Fedup

      This is a different app from a different developer. What does one have to do with the other?

  • slurms mckenzie

    pssh the regular one is fine for me

  • treoo0

    It's "couldn't" or "could not care less." Please, please get this correct. Otherwise, you mean exactly opposite of what you intend to convey.

  • spydie

    saves having to have two apps, SU and Voodoo OTA to save your root. However we don't know how well it saves the root yet. Time will tell. Other than that, if you're not a developer, you'll never use nor notice any of the other benefits.

  • watson387

    ChainsDD made the original Superuser app. This is not an update to that. This is made by Chainfire. Not affiliated as far as I know.

    • shaggyskunk

      guess my brain stopped after seeing Chain & super?

  • J

    "While Superuser has been a staple of root usage for a long time now."

    While what? I think you missed part of your sentence.

  • Zachary Jacob Zblewski

    Man, people are really jumping on the OP about the "could care less" thing. I thought everyone already knew that here in the US we say it wrong.

    Yes, it should be "couldn't care less". I see it is fixed now. Just an FYI: We say "could care less" because it evolved from a similar saying.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Thank you. I could care less for the other spelling. I also couldn't care less. It's not the end of the world.

      • watson387

        I agree. I saw nothing wrong with this article. I get tired of people attacking the authors around here.

  • shaggyskunk

    This is absolutely hilarious / ridiculous, the way that some people are going on about the author's writing skills! You'd think that a bunch of children had too much time on their hands..... Go outside and get some fresh air..... Either that or take your Meds.

  • djRip

    Just tried in on my Note and it works beautifully...play movies now works too

  • Fedup

    Elite and SuperSU are two different apps by two different developers. So before you complain about one app, make sure you know who/what you are talking about. Seems like 2 devs are getting bashed here because of ignorance. People saying one app that they bought didn't do everything they wanted, then griping that this dev is charging for a service they supposedly already bought. Get your apps and devs straight people.