If you want a safe and easy way to root the Android operating system, then you should look at one-click rooting tools. There are many free one-click rooting tools that you can install; you might already know of a few like CF-Auto-Root that is developed by Chainfire—the same guy who develops the SuperSU applications that people can flash from a custom recovery image.

Out of all of the one-click rooting tools, there is a clear standout favorite: KingRoot. No other one-click rooting tool can get root access to nearly as many devices as it can. The team isn’t promising that it roots every device out there, but it can root so many devices that you can install it with the hopes that it will come through with the goods for your device.

The way KingRoot works is a team of developers interested in rooting Android are continuously collecting known working rooting methods for as many devices as they can, and then they bundle those working rooting methods onto a file. The KingRoot program then detects what device you have once you run the program, and then it applies the effective rooting method that it knows of for that device.

The benefits of getting root access to Android by using the KingRoot one-click rooting tool are the same as any other rooting method out there, including the SuperSU by Chainfire. Along with all of the usual good things like being able to remove bloatware, making the battery last longer, and being able to use the Titanium Backup app finally, KingRoot is also perfect for giving your device a speed boost. It does this thanks to the Purify application—an app developed by the same guys who made the KingRoot tool. Giving your device a speed boost with the Purify app is as easy as 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 5.0.2 APK For Windows PC Installation

Head to the official KingRoot website and then click on the download link that is available for Windows PCs.

You should find the rooting file immediately begins to download directly above the taskbar. If that is not the case, then you can click on the link that presents itself like in the screenshot below. (Note that even though the taskbar is always visible when you navigate the Windows 10 operating system, the files you download are only visible when you keep the web browser open. So, if you were using the Microsoft Edge web browser to visit the KingRoot website to download the file, you need to keep the Microsoft Edger browser open to be able to see the file downloading above the taskbar.)

Click on the KingRoot executable file after the download is complete to open up the KingRoot setup wizard.

First, you need to start off by accepting the terms and conditions by swapping the checkmark from the bottom box to the top box.

Once you have swapped the checkmark, click on the button on the left-hand side to continue.

The following page shows you a box with a tick in it. That box is asking whether you would like to have a KingRoot desktop icon available after the installation is complete or not. Anyone who wants the KIngRoot icon on the desktop for quick access at a later date can keep the box ticked. Everyone else should remove it.

Once you have made up your mind, click on the button that is in the middle of the three available at the bottom.

Click on the middle button again to proceed and then the installation of the rooting programs officially begins.

Wait for the progress bar to reach the other side of the screen. It’s at that time that you know the tool is installed. Wait for the screen to change automatically.

Keep the box checked if you would like to launch the KingRoot tool as soon as you have exited the setup wizard and then click on the button at the bottom to close it.

You now need to connect your mobile device to the computer with the USB cable. Make sure that you have the USB Debugging Mode enabled on the smartphone or tablet before using the KingRoot tool. Once you do have the USB Debugging turned on, it’s time to check if your device can be rooted by clicking on the large blue button at the bottom.

The KingRoot version that gets root access to the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop software updates is now installed on the Windows PC and ready for you to use. Once you have clicked the button to check if your device can be rooted, wait until it gives you the results. A device that can be rooted will automatically go ahead and get rooted without you needing to do anything. You know the rooting process is finished when it shows you a large green tick on the computer’s display. It’s at that time you can disconnect from the computer—but not sooner.

Having the KingRoot tool installed on your computer means that you can now begin to install any of the root applications that you might find appetizing. There is no difference in the number of root applications that you can run when you get root access to Android with the KingRoot tool in comparison to another tool like Chainfire’s SuperSU. The only difference between tools is the way in which they all go about their business in getting you root access to Android.

Hundreds of root applications are used every day by a large number of people right around the world. A handful of the root apps are apps that many individuals feel they cannot live without. There aren’t many new root applications being developed as time goes on because all of the best ideas are already covered. But that doesn’t mean that finding these apps on the Google Play Store gets any easier. Google does an excellent job of showcasing the most popular apps that can work on unrooted devices, but when it comes to the root apps, they choose to leave them alone. So, if you need to do research on what root apps you want to install on your Android, you need to read up on what the best root applications for the Android operating system are and then remember the names. Most of the apps are available for you to download from the same Google Play Store that you already use, but sometimes the occasional root applications are not accepted by Google. For most of those times, you need to check out the root applications that are posted on the XDA-Developers web forum.