The new KingRoot one-click universal rooting tool is quite literally the King of all rooting tools. The said tool lets you root nearly all Android devices, whether it be a smartphone, tablet or even phablet. And for all those devices that cannot be rooted, you don’t run any risk of bricking down your device. You can click the button to try to root, and it will tell you on the display whether it can or cannot be rooted.
With that said, we do have the complete lists of devices from several smartphone and tablet OEMs for you to check if you wish to make sure your device is on the list. Furthermore, we also can tell you every software update (firmware) the KingRoot tool works for, including the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread.
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.
The list of supported Android devices
- Samsung supported devices
- Google/Nexus devices
- HTC smartphones and tablets
- ZTE devices
- Sony smartphones and tablets
- LG devices
- Huawei devices
Rooting most Android devices with the KingRoot tool
1. Download the universal one-click rooting tool (KingRoot) from the direct download links below:
- Kingroot_188.8.131.5280619.apk — This is the latest and recommended version
2. Point your Android device to Menu > Settings > Security and turn on the Unknown sources.
– You must enable the Unknown Sources options if you want to install applications outside of the Google Play Store like we want to do with the rooting tool.
3. Connect the smartphone, phablet or tablet you want to use to install the app to the computer.
4. Transfer the KingRoot APK from the link in the first step over to the internal SD card folder.
– Make sure that you do not hide the app in any subfolder. Keep it in the topmost folder, known as the root of the SD card.
5. Unplug the Android device from the computer once you know that the Kingroot app is on the SD card.
6. Download any File Manager, or use the File Manager that comes stock with some Android devices.
7. Tap the KingRoot options and it will download and install on your device.
8. Visit the app drawer and tap over the official KingRoot icon that is now an app on your device.
9. Click the Root button once you are in the app and it will use its cloud servers to root your device.
10. Watch the progress bar on the display; soon it will be complete, and a success message will be on the display of your mobile device.
Now you can head to the Google Play Store and download the root checker app. Tap to open the root checker app and it will confirm that you do have root access, and the guide did work for you.
Now that you have access to the root file system of your Android device, you can install loads more apps from the Google Play Store. These apps include increasing the performance, adding a free mobile WiFi hotspot, increasing the battery power and more.