We have seen many valuable one-click rooting methods come out over the years, and most of them are still useful. The WinDroid Toolkit is one we love for many devices, and the PurpleDrake method did wonders for many LG devices and more. The latest craze in the one click rooting scene is the KingRoot tool which has a unique ability to root probably more devices than any other tool we have seen to date.
Here are the ten things you should know before you install the KingRoot tool on your device so you can get to know it better:
It has nothing to do with Custom Recoveries
People are calling KingRoot a “soft root” and frankly it is; however, it does not mean you cannot install a custom recovery. So long as you unlock your bootloader, you can still follow guides out there for installing a custom recovery. Those guides do not have to be anything to do with how you use KingRoot. Just follow those guides as you normally would for your device and install your new recovery. You do not need the custom recovery to get root access since you are using KingRoot, but you can still do things like take NANDroid backups and install custom ROMs.
You Cannot Brick
You cannot brick your Android device when you try to root it with the universal KingRoot rooting tool. The worst thing that can happen is that it says it cannot root your device, and you wasted ten minutes of your life.
There Is An App And A Desktop Version
You might see reports on the web that somebody rooted the same device as you have with the KingRoot tool, but when you try to get root it does not work. Annoying. There can be very different reasons for this. For starters, if you are using the app versions, the KingRoot team recommend you try the desktop version instead and see if it works. The app and the desktop versions can give different results.
The Buttons And App Changes Between Versions
The developers have changed the way KingRoot looks and works between older versions and newer versions, so if you see some guides online not making sense, you will now know why. In the earlier stages, you would get three apps when you install the APK: KingUser, KingMaster, and KingRoot. The newer versions only give you the KingRoot, and you open the same to unroot by tapping on the ‘Uninstall’ option from the main page. The older versions would make you open the KingUser app to unroot the device. Furthermore, the advantages the KingMaster app would give are now packaged with the one KingRoot app in the newer versions.
The App Is Always Being Updated
Do not panic if you tried rooting your Android device with the KingRoot universal one click rooting tool and it did not work. The developers are constantly updating the app so that it is compatible with more devices. Furthermore, you can even write a letter to the developers are requesting they work on your device. In fact, we think they like you giving them ideas on what devices to work on next, so provide them with a message!
It Comes With An Unroot Method
Worried about rooting your Android and not being able to return it back to stock without hassles? Don’t be. The KingRoot tool comes with its method for unrooting every device that it can root, and it does that by removing itself from your device. All you need to do is give the command and it is gone.
Related: How To Unroot Android Using KingRoot Universal Rooting Tool (KingUser)
They Are Not Stealing Your Data
There were rumors that because they KingRoot team in China can see some details about your device that they had this big scheme to steal your personal details. That rumor is highly unlikely to be true. The evidence speaks for itself: these are not Chinese spies, and they are working every day unlocking Android operating systems to do exactly as advertised which is root your device. The way the KingRoot tool works is that they have a collection of rooting methods all jammed into one giant server and when it receives the information about your device it finds the required rooting method. To get a working rooting method for your device, it does need to know the finer details like your model number and more.
It Still “Voids The Warranty”
There are occasional rooting methods that come out these days that have the ability to “not trip Knox” or not void the warranty; however, these methods are very rare. The KingRoot tool does still void your warranty even though it is incredibly easy to use. You will notice that I used scare quotes in the title. I did that for a reason. Believe it or not, no rooting method should ever technically void the warranty because rooting Android cannot ever legally void a warranty in the United States thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, passed by Congress in 1975.
There Are Versions In Different Languages
Notice when you visit the official KingRoot website that the tool comes in different languages. These various languages also come with unique file sizes — or so I figured out when I trialed them myself. That leads me to believe that a different language could potentially hold a different rooting method available. Always try downloading the language that suits your smartphone. If you own smartphone with a Chinese brand name, then try installing the Chinese version.
There Is No Difference Between A Soft Root And A Hard Root
Well, technically there is a difference, but when it comes to using your device with root access, there is no difference. Most people do not know what happens to the Android operating system when it is rooted, so let me explain briefly. There are two ways you can root a device: by literally unchaining the internal system so you are truly using your device with access to the root file system and just installing and enabling SuperSU or KingUser. Tools like GeoHot’s Towelroot truly unchained your OS so that you are using it like you would use Linux with Sudo Permissions or Windows with administrator permissions. You then needed to install SuperSU to keep your device safe from malware. Other tools like Chainfire’s CF-Root simply enabled and installed SuperSU, so the SuperSU is granting your apps rooting permissions. KingRoot works in a similar way to the CF-Root only you swap the SuperSU with the KingUser which is China’s fancy way of saying SuperSU.
June 16, 2017 @ 10:31
So basically this method is safe from tripping my knox?
June 16, 2017 @ 12:45
I have read somewhere that KingRoot does not trip Knox, but I don’t know how true that is. I also can’t say whether it’s true for some devices and not for others.
Update: Here is an official note from the KingRoot team regarding the Knox X0 or 0X1 question: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=60806379&postcount=157
June 17, 2017 @ 09:00
So if i switch from my kinguser into superSU,will it be safe from tripping the knox? Also do i need to disable knox before rooting it or do you mean i can’t use knox even after rooting it without tripping the knox?
June 18, 2017 @ 03:38
I don’t have any answers for your Knox related questions. The link I gave is all the information that the KingRoot developers have given related to Knox.
Their note suggests that Knox does not get tripped when using KingRoot, but they have not tested it for all devices.
I would guess that switching KingUser to SuperSU would be different. If SuperSU normally trips Knox then switching from KingUser to SuperSU will probably trip Knox as well.
You might be able to delete Knox after having a rooted device.
I’m not sure what your beef with Knox is, so it’s hard for me to give tips. But it is possible to remove Knox, and you can even back it up before you remove it so you can restore it again later if you need to send your device away under warranty.
Technically rooting your operating system isn’t an illegal thing and according to law, these manufacturers need to take it under warranty. Unfortunately, they don’t always abide by that law though.
If you get root access and then install the Titanium Backup app, you can backup all of your apps, including Knox. Titanium should also allow you to remove Knox. There are reports that not all people have had success removing Knox with Titanium though. (Personally, I was able to.)
There are other solutions out there for removing Knox. Here is one I found on Android Forums: https://forums.androidcentral.com/samsung-safe-knox/366118-solution-how-permanently-remove-knox.html
If you can let me know what it is you are worried about with Knox, I might be able to help you better. But backing it up, removing it and then adding it again before sending it away for warranty is probably the best solution for anyone who is unable not to trip Knox.
Hope that helps!
June 12, 2017 @ 04:20
Question from a rooting newbie… I installed king root. It said it worked. I then ran root checker, and I was not rooted. How would I know? Regarding above comments, all my email and text apps tried to run within 5 minutes. I uninstalled. Had to use ccleaner to uninstall, and it’s pop-up window required that I disable device administration for kingroot first. I’m all confused now.
June 13, 2017 @ 00:39
The uninstall option should be inside the KingRoot app. You should uninstall this way, so it unroots the device correctly instead of using CCleaner. That might be why it’s causing confusion.
I’m unable to tell what is happening to your apps after installing KingRoot. The KingRoot links available from this website are safe and official. It’s what people install after getting root access that can lead to problems; i.e. if they have installed malware instead of an official root app.
Usually, if the root checker app says it is not rooted, then it is not rooted. I recommend trying the version that is available for Windows and see if that works better for your device. If you let me know your Android version, I can link you to that guide.
Once you’ve done that, try installing one of the root apps that you wanted to run and see if it works.
May 12, 2017 @ 14:34
With in 1 day of using KINGROOT……… every account I use for android games and other ones I play on PC were stolen/changed/renamed. 1000% for sure, this app is also being used to inspect/record logins and see what is of value they can sell. One of my game accounts was for sale on a black market website with in hours. 4 years of playing the game and lot of money spent in game, lost. Whoever makes posts “assuring” everyone that KINGROOT is safe, like you….. is worse than the criminals them selves. I hope everyone gets a chance to see this before they use it. If you have used this app, make sure u change every possible login/pw u have asap. and dont change it while using the device KINGROOT is on.
May 13, 2017 @ 04:03
You might want to learn what rooting is before you go around making accusations.
When you root the Android operating system, it does make you more vulnerable to hackers. Nobody has ever denied that. That is not in any way relevant to the KingRoot tool not being safe. That is you not knowing how to use the internet.
Research what root access on Android is before you do it. That way you know how to avoid being hacked.
September 7, 2016 @ 00:45
I soft bricked my Galaxy J5 using KingRoot. I tried wiping in recovery mode and nothing; fixed it by reinstalling the official stock ROM.
August 17, 2016 @ 01:07
Number 2 is not true. I just tried to root it using newest update and now my phone is soft-bricked
September 4, 2016 @ 14:21
@Vincent Winter: what device did it bricked and where you able to un-brick it? Did you try the buttons reset metods?