"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.

Developer: Codingcode
Price: Free

SuperSU Pro
SuperSU Pro
Developer: Codingcode
Price: $3.75

Source: XDA (forums) via XDA (blog)