KingRoot claims to be the best one-click rooting tool for Android, and by that, they’re referring to the fact that they can root more devices than any other single tool in existence.

All up, KingRoot can get you root access to over one hundred thousands different smartphones and tablets on the market from all over the globe.

The team often releases different KingRoot APK versions, and each of those is compatible for more devices than the last.

When you download KingRoot for Android 4.0.2 Ice Cream Sandwich, what you’re doing is downloading the version of KingRoot that will work for all compatible devices that are running on that particular Android version. Since each APK release is made to be compatible with more devices than the last but it never takes away compatibility with existing devices, it’s relatively straightforward to be able to make that distinction.

While KingRoot doesn’t provide the official compatible product list, the chances are quite high for success given how many devices it is said to be suitable for. What’s more, the version of KingRoot coming from the official website’s homepage is always compatible with the latest version of Android possible. Nevertheless, if it were APK files that you wanted, we link you through to those as well.

KingRoot for Android 4.0.2 Ice Cream Sandwich will mean you have root access that can install all the same applications as you could if you were to be rooted on any other version of Android. Additionally, it means you can install the same root applications that you could from any other root method as well, one of which is the Purify app which can be downloaded from the official KingRoot website.

Most of the other root applications that will work for the version of KingRoot that you’ve used for Android 4.0.2 Ice Cream Sandwich will be available to download from the Google Play Store that you already know and love for regular Android apps. Root apps can always be downloaded whether your device is rooted or not; the difference is you can only run them if you can grant them the root permissions they need to be able to function.

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 the KingRoot app for Android 4.0.2 Ice Cream Sandwich

Before you can install the KingRoot tool on your device, you need to turn on the Unknown Sources option from the Android operating system’s settings. Unknown Sources is there on Android so you can install stuff from outside of the Google Play Store. The KingRoot tool is one of those tools not currently located in Google Play, so it requires you turning on Unknown Sources before the installation will work. To do that, head to the Menu > Settings > Security and then tap on the “Unknown Sources” toggle, so it is turned on.

Now that you can install applications from outside of Google Play, you can go and get the KingRoot tool. To do that, open up any web browser application that you have on the device already and then type “KingRoot.net” into the address bar at the top of the window. Tap on the “Enter’ button, and then the official KingRoot website will load on your device.

The official KingRoot website is smart enough to know what device you are browsing the internet site from and subsequently offers you the Android APK file just by scrolling down the page a bit. Tap on the “Download APK for Android” button in green to get the KingRoot tool downloading to your device.

To find the downloaded file, swipe down from the top of your Android’s display and then tap on the KingRoot file where it shows you the “Download complete” message.

You’ll then get a thank you message from the KingRoot tool, but the Android operating system itself won’t have allowed you to get the file just yet. It’ll show you a message letting you know that installing files of this type can be harmful. That isn’t actually referring to the stuff that’s inside the KingRoot tool specifically; it’s just talking about apps that get installed from outside of Google Play. But you know the official KingRoot tool is a legit application used by millions of people, so there is nothing to worry about in this particular instance. Tap on the “OK” button on the bottom right side of the window to continue with the installation of the application.

KingRoot then gives you a warning about all the things that it gets access to should you wish to install it. Have a quick read through the list, and if there’s anything you aren’t happy with KingRoot seeing, then you might want to consider tapping on the “Cancel” button. If you still want to go ahead with the installation, then tap on the “Install” button instead.

You’ll then get a message letting you know that KingRoot is installing on the device. If all goes well, the installation will complete without you needing to do anything else.

On the other hand, a lot of you will probably get stopped by message letting you know that the installation has been blocked. For you to fix this, tap on the small arrow that is to the right-hand side of the “More details” text, so it opens up more details about the issue.

It’ll then show you a link that says “Install anyway (unsafe)” that you need to tap on to continue with the installation. (Don’t tap on the “OK” button or else you have to go back and start the installation from the beginning).

You’ll then get a message letting you know that the KingRoot application is installed. It can now be found from your app drawer along with the rest of your apps until you uninstall it again. If you want to open it right away, you can also tap on the “Open” button available in the bottom right corner. All you need to do then is tap on the button available for trying to get root access, and it’s done.

You can always check out how to unroot KingRoot by using the KingUser application. Alternatively, you can use the ‘Uninstall’ button from within the rooting app, depending on what is designed for your app version.