There are many one-click rooting solutions out there for your Android device, but none of them root as many Android devices as the new KingRoot tool. Using the links you will find in the guide, you can check which devices can be rooted using the new KingRoot one-click universal rooting tool. The hardest part about using the tool is getting it on your device with a File manager. Once you figure that part out, the rest comes down to a single click and you’re done.

The KingRoot app is a Chinese application from a group of third-party developers associated with the XDA Developers. These KingRoot team members should not be associated with Google and this is not an official operation recommended by Google. If you do follow the guide below and install the Android 2.3.5 KingRoot APK on your Android device, you will void the warranty.


You can use the KingRoot app for devices running any Android Froyo, Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, KitKat, Gingerbread or Lollipop version. That includes software versions from Android 2.2, Android 2.3, Android 4.0, Android 4.3, Android 4.4 and Android 5.0. In addition to those numbers, it works on all of the numbers in between those mentioned. For example, you can use the KingRoot tool on Android 4.1, 4.1 and the latest 5.1 too.

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 devices

Rooting Almost All Android Devices With The KingRoot Tool

1. Download the KingRoot app universal one-click rooting tool from the direct download links below:

2. Download the file directly to the desktop of your computer. It doesn’t matter if it’s Windows, Linux or Mac, so long as you can connect the device to the same computer.

3. Connect the Android mobile device to the computer with the USB cable.

4. Transfer the KingRoot file over to the internal SD card folder.

5. Once the transfer is complete, remove the Android mobile device from the computer.

6. Launch a File manager and install the KingRoot app on your device, just like you would with any other APK file. See: How To Install APK Files On Android Devices.

7. Launch the app from the app drawer once you know it’s on your device.

8. Click the Root button from within the app — you’ll see the button on the front and main app page.

9. Wait for the progress bar to reach 100% and a pass message to be displayed.

KIngRoot success message

Now you can exit the KingRoot APK and download the root checker app from the Google Play Store. The root checker app will check that the root file system does have the root access you were after.

There is lots of information floating out there online about rooting and what it means, but not all of it is true. Rooting means you are now the boss of the operating system, and it is you who can choose to install and uninstall anything you like. Installing and uninstalling are almost always referring to apps. Now you can choose what system apps are removed from the phone carrier networks and manufacturers. Moreover, you can choose what apps are installed out of all the ones that would not install before because they needed a device with root access before they would run.

There are hundreds of apps that we recommend to people to install that require root access before they can run. Think of names like Titanium Backup that helps you backed the device much better than any other apps like Helium ever would (God bless you though Koushik Dutta). Think about Viper4Android that somehow can make the music coming out of your same set of headphones sound like you are using the best headphones ever created on earth. Think about the Tasker app that offers total automation and the chance for you to add additional features to existing features that stock Android does not offer. There are also root apps out there like Xposed Framework that can make your devices design different and deck it out like you have installed a custom ROM. The best part about Xposed is that you do not need to be unlocking the bootloader and installing a custom recovery like you normally would do if you were installing a real custom ROM. Every change is made to the Android software already running on your device.

If there is one downside to rooting Android it is that you should be an advanced Android user because for every application you try to install there might be malware out there wanting to make you believe that it is a real app, and you need to have the knowledge to know that the apps you are installing is a real app and not malicious. If you install malware, the Android security is not there to help you anymore. The other thing is that you need to have a knowledge of knowing where to find the root apps because there is no front page for rooting apps available from the Google Play Store. Nothing is pointing you in the right direction. You need to know the names of the root apps that you are looking to install and then install them on the device. We can help you with that by pointing you in the right direction of our article that lists many of the best root applications for the Android operating system. You can install any of these apps on your device after you rooted it with the universal one-click rooting tool called KingRoot.