The new KingRoot universal one-click rooting tool can root the Android 4.4 KitKat software version in just a few minutes. It’s not the first one-click root tool we’ve ever seen. You might remember others such as Z4Root, TowerlRoot, KingoRoot just to name a few.
Android is based on the Linux kernel, which is usually easy to get root access. However, the OEMs and manufacturers of the devices we own lock up the operating system so we cannot use it to its full potential. The KingRoot tool will get access to the root file system which allows you to install any app available from the Google Play Store that requires root access to work. With those apps, you can often increase the device’s performance, increase the battery life, remove bloatware and more. You’ll even find some apps that are just fun to use.
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.
Supported Android software releases:
- Android 2.2 Froyo
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- Android 4.4 Kitkat
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
The list above is the main software update the one-click universal rooting tool does work for; however, there are more software updates available. Anything that has come out between 2.2 Froyo and 5.1 Lollipop will work. For example, you can use the app on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and it will work. You can use it on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and it will work.
The list of supported devices:
- Samsung devices
- Google/Nexus devices
- HTC phones and tablet
- ZTE devices
- Sony supported devices
- LG devices
- Huawei devices
Rooting your smartphone or tablet with the KingRoot app
1. Download the KingRoot app from the direct download links below:
- Kingroot_220.127.116.1180619.apk — This is the latest and recommended version
2. Download the app directly to the desktop of your computer.
3. Enable the Unknown Sources options from your smartphone or tablet. You can do that by heading to the menu > Settings > Security > Unknown Sources.
4. Connect the device you want to root to the same computer where you have the file.
5. Transfer the file over to the devices SD card internal storage.
6. Unplug the device from the computer once you are happy that it is definitely on the SD card. Just be sure to put it on the root of the SD card and not hidden in a subfolder.
7. Unplug the device from the computer and the USB cable.
8. Use a File manager to install the KingRoot APK on your device so it’s now an application available from the app drawer.
9. Tap your finger on the app and open it up from the app drawer.
10. Click the ‘Root’ button that’s available within the app.
11. Now, wait while the KingRoot tool opens up the system internals of your device. You can see when it’s finished by watching the progress bar on the display.
12. Once you can see the ‘success’ message on the display, leave the app and open the Google Play Store.
Download the root checker app from the Google Play Store and you’re done.