Customizing a smartphone running Android always sounds fun, but sometimes it can be risky. Many OEMs prefer you not playing with your device primarily because it increases the risk of you suffering from a technical problem they would rather not deal with. Tech support is something that needs to be there for smartphones companies already and often those tech support teams are inundated with work already. But what if you could install a new one-click universal rooting app that made your experience that much easier and was risk-free from any bricking? That’s what problem the KingRoot one click rooting application aims to solve, and it does a pretty good job of it.
These are the guidelines to download KingRoot Android 2.3.1 Gingerbread APKs and install them on your device.
The KingRoot tool is known as a soft root because it doesn’t need the bootloader unlocked and it won’t unlock your bootloader during the guide.
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.
Downloading KingRoot for Android 2.3.1 Gingerbread
1. Start by enabling the Unknown Sources option from your Settings by tapping on the Menu > Settings > Security > Device Administration > Unknown Sources.
2. Download the KingRoot APK file from one of the direct download links below:
- Kingroot_188.8.131.5280619.apk — This is the latest and recommended version
3. Open your web browser directly from the smartphone or tablet and point to the KingRoot APK. You can install that APK file directly from your web browser like Google Chrome, or from the computer if you prefer transferring it from the SD card. You will want a File Manager if you are transferring from the SD card.
4. Once installed, navigate to the app drawer or where you frequently find new apps on your device to find the KingRoot app waiting.
5. Tap and open the KingRoot app.
6. Tap the button on the KingRoot applications main page that currently says “root status error: fix” and it will start rooting your device. (The wording on the button can change over time and the link in this post will update when required. You must see something different like ‘Try to Root’ or ‘Get Root’ on your version.
7. Wait for the progress bar to reach 100% on the display of your Android device before closing the app and rebooting your device.
8. Once the device reboots, you should open the Google Play Store and download the root checker app.
Those of you who wish to delete KingRoot and remove the KingUser can do that easily, and your device will be unrooted. Once unrooted, it is the same way it was before you started this guide.
Rooting Android is referring to becoming the root user. Anyone who doesn’t know Linux operating system wouldn’t know what root exactly means. The root user on Linux is the same thing as the administrator on Windows. You could argue that Windows made the better choice because the word administrator is far more widespread than root. Still, they both mean that you can install anything that you want, and all of the installing is done with applications. You can find most of the root apps available to you now from the Google Play Store just by doing a simple search.
Those of you who already have the root applications in mind will know the names and how to find them, but many people out there haven’t a clue yet. The Play Store does not offer any support in this area. It is more than happy to allow the root apps to be hosted in the Google Play Store, but no area shows thew latest root apps available or anything like that. Instead, you need to take some time to do that research. Good thing we’ve already got you covered with our best root apps for Android operating system post that goes into detail about many of the best root apps you will find available in the world. Most of them are available from the Google Play Store ad the rest are found by doing a Google search for the query.