Best Android Phones for Rooting and Modding Android Central 2019

Rooting isn't as popular as it used to be, but there's still a vibrant community of modders involved in launching new ROMs. If you're just getting started or are looking to delve back into the world of modding, these are the devices you need to consider.

Staff pick: OnePlus 7 Pro

Staff Pick

The OnePlus 7 Pro brings the latest internal hardware, does away with the display notch, and uses an improved in-display fingerprint sensor. The hardware on offer makes it one of the fastest phones in the market today, and it's easy to recommend the 7 Pro if you're interested in tinkering with custom ROMs.

$637 at Amazon

That Cheap Pixel: Google Pixel 3a

The Pixel 3a is rocking a solid OLED display, the latest available version of Android, and is guaranteed to be updated for the next three years. Plus, if you care about camera quality at all, absolutely nothing comes close to it.

$399 at Amazon

Upgrade pick: Google Pixel 3

Whether you prefer the Pixel's size or just want that dazzling camera, it's a great alternative to the OnePlus 6T that won't cost you too much more. Google makes it incredibly easy to unlock the Pixel 3's bootloader, and there's a healthy modding community to help you flash the latest build of LineageOS or even set up an all-in-one flashing tool.

From $799 at Google

The flagship option: Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung makes great phones, but it isn't the fastest at rolling out updates. Combine that with a software skin that not everybody loves, and you get a community dedicated to launching ROMs that emulate a stock Android feel for one of the best phones on the market. Just make sure to grab the Exynos variant — you won't find the same community support for the Snapdragon model sold in the U.S.

$556 at Amazon

Budget Option: Pocophone F1

The Pocophone F1 is built on the same ideals as the OnePlus 6. You get fantastic hardware for not a whole lot of money, and there's an active community of people rolling out custom ROMs for the device.

$315 at Amazon

The Bottom Line

Rooting your phone gives you finer control when it comes to making your phone truly yours. You get the ability to install frameworks like Xposed — which give you more customization options — and there is no end to the number of things you can tweak on your device.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is the best device for getting started as there's already a wide selection of ROMs available for the device. And should you break anything, you won't lose out on the warranty.

If you are looking to save, the Google Pixel 3a is a good alternative. It's easy to unlock, and there's a healthy modding community that makes this a great choice. As manufacturers tighten the security of their phones, finding models that allow rooting or extensive modification becomes more difficult. There are still phones you can buy that fit the bill, though, and these are the best available right now.

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