The 360 Root application is another one-click rooting application similar to KingRoot—but the way it works is a bit different and thus what it offers people is different also.
What you can do with the 360 Root application is give the root access to the applications that request it but without actually always having root access on your device. That’s why so many people are choosing to use the 360 Root application over other one-click rooting solutions that usually allow you to run all the root applications without unlocking the bootloader and getting a custom recovery installed.
Before getting stuck into the guide below, you should spend a few minutes checking the list of supported devices that is available from the website so you can make sure that you are not wasting your time installing this tool. Just because the creators of the tool are suggesting that it works for all Android devices, does not mean it is true. It’s a clever bit of marketing that they do to get people’s attention—but just like with the KingRoot one-click rooting tool that promised the same thing about 12 months ago now, the 360 Root tool does not come close to delivering on the promise of being able to root every day. Still, there is a significant amount of devices that it can root. You just need to make sure that you are running on the right software version. That software version information is available from the same page.
Moreover, it’s also worth noting that there are many similarities to this tool and KingRoot with the way it has been marketed, so there’s also a chance that the guys from team 360 Root manage to root more devices in the future and add them to the list of supported device much like the KingRoot team continually does even to this day.
What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?
When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.
Why Would You Want to Root Android?
Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:
- Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
- Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
- Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
- Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.
What Are the Risks of Rooting?
If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.
With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:
- Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
- You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
- You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.
How to Download 360 Root App that Roots Supported Devices Running Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Start by making sure that your computer has the Google Chrome web browser because it offers the easiest way to translate webpages from other countries that speak other languages thanks to its Google Translate feature that it also owns.
When you visit the Google website and Chrome page, click on the link available at the top of the page that says “Download” and then hover the cursor over the link to reveal two options: the download for PC and the download for mobile. Choose the one that suits your needs.
If you click on the link for PC, make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click on the download link that is available for the 64-bit version of computers if your is 64-bit—like most of them are these days.
Visit the official 360 Root website. When you visit the website, you will see the page with some buttons on it that look like the screenshot below. Instead of taking your best guess at what the buttons say, continue following the guide below to find out what they mean.
You now get to see the writing available on the screen in English. Click on the version of the 360 Root application that you want to install on your device (Either the version for PC that required you to connect your device to the computer to get the root access to the internal system or the version that you can install directly on your mobile device and get root access from there.)
Note that just because you have translated the page in English so you can read it doesn’t mean you can get this application to install on an operating system that is not Chinese.
Click on the 360 Root executable file that is available just above the taskbar if you downloaded the version that is made for the computer—-keeping in mind that only a Chinese version of the operating system can run this file.
Now that you have the chance to start installing any of the applications that require root access before they can run on your device, you can check out what those apps are by researching through our list of the best root applications available for the Android operating system. In it, you will find root applications that can give your device added features, different design, the chance to remove stock apps better known as bloatware and much more.