Most people who are into Android have heard about this thing called rooting the Android operating system. Some people choose to avoid it because they don’t have any confidence in being able to get root access without creating problems or even bricking the device, so they need to buy another one.
Thankfully today rooting the Android operating system is a lot less risky. Things become next to risk-free when you choose to get root access with a one-click rooting tool such as KingRoot. The KingRoot one-click rooting tool can be installed directly on the mobile device as an APK file, or it can be downloaded and installed on a Windows-based computer, and then you can connect your device to the computer and try rooting it from there. If things work out, then the rooting tool lets you know that your device can be rooted using the program. If it can’t, then it just lets you know that there is nothing it can do for your device and then you close down the program and uninstall it. There is not going to be any bricking when you try to find out whether to not the KingRoot tool can root your device.
You won’t get a custom ROM installed without having a custom recovery image installed first, but there are loads of things that you can do to your Android operating system after you have gotten root access by using the KingRoot tool. Some of the main things include being able to give your device a speed boost, remove the bloatware, save the battery life, use better backup applications, remove advertisements from your web browser experience and tweak the UI with things like Xposed Framework.
If you want to increase the sped performance of the device, then you can install the Purify application. Made by the same people who produced the KingRoot rooting tool, Purify offers an easy way to speed up Android once you have finished getting root access with the KingRoot tool.
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.
Download KingRoot Android 4.4.3 APK For Windows PC Installation
Head to the KingRoot website by pointing your browser to https://KingRoot.net and then click on the large blue button from the download page that says “Download for Windows” to get the file downloaded onto your computer.
The KingRoot file should automatically begin downloading directly above the taskbar where you always see your files downloading. If you do not see it there, it might have gotten stuck. If that happens, then wait for the KingRoot page to begin to display an alternate link that you can choose. The link you want to look for says “Click here to Restart the download” and then the file will definitely download the second time around.
Now everything should see the KingRoot file downloading above the taskbar just like it shows in the screenshot below.
By changing the checkmark, all you are doing is agreeing to the terms and conditions of the KingRoot tool.
The next screen shows you another checkmark in a checkbox. This checkbox is there to give you the chance to choose whether or not you want to have a KingRoot desktop icon available on the computer, so the KingRoot tool is readily available each time you turn on the computer. It doesn’t matter too much for most people because after they root their devices with the KingRoot tool, they usually delete it from the computer. As long as you know how to delete the tool from the Downloads folder and delete the desktop icon (by right-clicking on it), then you shouldn’t mind creating the desktop icon now so you can use the tool easily when you are ready.
Click on the middle button once you have decided if you want the KingRoot desktop icon to continue with the setup wizard.
No one I know is quite sure about what this next screen says, but you need to click on the middle button to continue. It used to be the part where it gave you the option of clicking on the “Browse” button so you could choose where your file ends up on the computer. That option is now gone, and it might be telling you where about’s on the computer the file will be stored. There’s also a chance that the Browse button comes back in a future version of the tool when you follow this guide. If that’s the case, then you can swap it from the default Downloads folder to something different.
In just a few moments, the KingRoot tool will be installed on the computer. All you need to do is wait for the green progress bar to make its way to the other side of the screen and then wait for the screen to change automatically and bring up the exit screen.
When you get to the exit screen of the setup wizard, you get one last checkmark in a box. This checkbox is there to give you the option of running the KingRoot tool as soon as the installation wizard closes.
If you aren’t using the KingRoot tool now and you opted not to create the desktop shortcut, then you need to navigate to the Start button > File Explorer > This PC and then click on the “Downloads” folder to find your KingRoot executable program file. Clicking on it from there will open up the tool so you can use it.
Once you do open up the KingRoot tool, using it is relatively straightforward. All you need to do is make sure that your Android device has the USB Debugging Mode already enabled on it and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable.
As long as you have the USB Debugging turned on, you can then click on the big blue button from the KingRoot user interface, and the tool will then do everything in its power to find a working rooting method. If it does find a working rooting method, it doesn’t notify you of this. It just begins to root your device, and it will let you know when it is finished by showing you a large green tick on the computer’s display.
Those who aren’t so lucky will get a message letting them know that KingRoot could not find a working rooting method at this time.
That’s all you need to root your device that is running on a version of the Android 4.4.3 KitKat software update. You can now start checking out what root applications are available for you to install on your device. It doesn’t matter what rooting method you use to get root access over the Android operating system, they all give you the same opportunity to run the same amount of root apps. So, KingRoot lets you run the Viper4Android, ROM Manager, Flashify, Link2SD, Greenify and all of the other root apps that you might know about.
Understanding what can be done with root access can be tricky business for a beginner because they aren’t able to browse the Google Play Store and see what apps are popular for the root apps. Google hosts heaps of the root apps on the same Google Play Store, but it doesn’t showcase any apps that cannot be run without having root access. Thus, the only way to find out the names of the root apps is by knowing them already before you begin using the Google Play Store.
Furthermore, sometimes you can find root apps that are used by many people but aren’t on the Google Play Store. Just because a root app isn’t on the Google Play Store does not mean that it is a bad application or will harm your device. It just means that Google took a particular stance against that app because they might have thought it was not in their best interest to display it. The Viper4Android app is one of the most popular root apps that is not available from the Google Play Store, for example.