Installing the new one-click universal rooting tool called KingRoot is as easy as any other APK file. Once you have it installed on your device using the step-by-step guide below, you can root just about any Android device. The KingRoot file we have below works for the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software update. It does not matter if you installed that update on your device manually or automatically by accepting the over the air (OTA) update when you got the notification.
The APK works for all users. KingRoot is a new one click root solution that works for nearly all devices with the Android operating system. You can see the full list available in the files section below. Once you know that your device is compatible from checking the compatible device list, you can install it on any device running Lollipop, KitKat, Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Froyo, and Marshmallow.
The only tricky part about the new universal one click rooting tool is that you get three new applications on your device after you finish installing the APK file. The main one you use for the Android rooting is under the same name of KingRoot. The other two you can see associated with the tool are the KingMaster and the KingUser.
The KingUser is most useful for learning how to unroot your device again. For example, if you have a Samsung device, you do not want to install Odin and your official stock ROM to unroot the device this time. Instead, just open the KingUser application from your app drawer and it gives you the option from the menu. Once you do that, everything associated with the KingRoot app is deleted from your system by the KingUser.
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.
How to Download KingRoot App for Android 5.1.1 Lollipop to Root Android Devices
You can install the KingRoot tool that works for the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software updates directly from the official website, but before you do, it’s important to take care of one thing first on your Android operating system because without it you can’t get the KingRoot tool installed. The thing you need to do is turn on the Unknown Sources option which is something that Android has that allows you to install applications from outside of the Google Play Store, hence why those are being called an unknown source. To turn it on, head to the Menu > Settings > Security and then toggle the option for the “Unknown Sources” so that it is now in the on position.
With Unknown Sources on, you can now install KingRoot by downloading one of the KingRoot APK files from the given links below.
- Kingroot_126.96.36.19980619.apk — This is the latest and recommended version
Note: Alternatively, you can open your web browser application that you usually use to browse your websites and then search for https://kingroot.net in the address bar and then tap on the Enter button so that the website loads in your browser.
The KingRoot website will automatically detect your device when you visit the official website. All you need to do is scroll down the page a bit, and you’ll see a button that says “Download APK for Android” that you need to tap to get the app installed.
You’ll be given a thank you message from the KingRoot team but the Android operating system will give you a message letting you know that files like these can be harmful. That’s a message that you get when installing apps from outside Google Play and is not anything specifically to do with the KingRoot file which Android has not scanned in any way before it gives you this message. Just tap on the “OK” button to continue with the installation of the tool.
Now swipe down from the top of the Android device’s display, so you are pulling down the notification shade and then tap on the KingRoot file that has finished downloading to your device.
Have a quick read of all the things that KingRoot wants you to give access to; you don’t get a say in which of these you want or don’t want. You can click on the “Cancel” button if you don’t like the sound of any of them, but other than that, you’ll need to accept them all. Tap on the “Install” button to continue with the installation of the KingRoot tool.
You’ll then get a message letting you now that KingRoot is installing on your device.
Some of you might get a message saying that KingRoot is blocked before the installation completes. If you do get the message, then click on the small arrow that’s to the right of the “More details” section to reveal the additional information that the box has on offer.
Now tap on the “Install anyway (unsafe)” link that is at the bottom of the text. The KingRoot tool then continues to install.
Wait until it gives you a message letting you know that the app is now installed and then tap on the “Open” button at the bottom of the window.
Now your device has root access; you can install the root checker application from the Google Play Store. The root checker app is useful for making sure the guide did work for your device. Once you know you have the internal system unlocked with root access, you can start to install all the root-requiring apps from the Google Play Store. Furthermore, you can also find guides for installing a custom recovery on your device. Once you have the custom recovery, you can start searching for any custom ROMs available for your device.
Many people know that rooting is somehow related to customizing a smartphone or tablet that runs Android, and they know that rooting and jailbreaking are somehow different. What many people do not know is that rooting is short for becoming the root user of the operating system and the term root user is for Linux what the administrator is for Windows. If you were to start up your computer for the first time and not be able to use it as an administrator because Windows had locked that option away, there would be many people out there in the world who would not be able to to do what it is that they wanted to do today. The same thing happens for Android users. Being the root user and having all of the permissions to install and uninstall anything they want is imperative to doing things that require developing and so forth. That is why Google will always be okay with people becoming the root user as long as they know what they are doing.
Rooting Android means having the chance to install many more apps. Thousands of these extra apps are available from the Google Play Store, and there are heaps available from outside the Google Play Store too. The Xposed Framework is one example of an app that is popular but not available from Google Play.
If you are installing root apps from outside the Google Play Store, make sure you know for sure that the app you are installing is not malware. Likewise, if you plan on installing root apps from the Google Play Store make sure that you already know the names because there is no easy way to find them. They are all there, but you need to search for the names before they appear. There are no shortcuts or recommended root apps available from Google Plays homepage.
You can learn what we think are some of the best root apps for mobile devices that run Android from our list and then remember the names of the ones that you want to try and key the names into the Google Play Store app search box on your next visit.
Not everyone knows what they are doing with the KingRoot tool when they are installing it. Sometimes you have to do more than just find out the version that works for your Android version that is running on your device. For example, there are two main versions of the rooting tool that people use. One of them is for the desktop, and the other is for the mobile. Additionally, not everyone is aware that KingRoot does not make people the root user on all devices. Sometimes you need to use different tools for the job instead. You can find out more by reading our article on how to fix KingRoot not working on your device.
If the Android version of the KingRoot tool didn’t end up getting root access for your device, then you are advised to give the KingRoot Android 5.0 Lollipop for Windows PC version a try instead. The developers of the KingRoot tool insist that it should theoretically give people a greater chance at success—whether that is because it was packed in more rooting methods or something to do with the program itself is not explained. But the developers have publicly stated to try the Windows version if the Android APK version didn’t work.
Kingroot.net is the official KingRoot website. Beware of imitations, particularly on the Google Play Store, from apps that are labeled ‘KingRoot’ but not made by the real KingRoot team. Those apps likely won’t root your devices and could cause you harm.
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