If you download the KingRoot APK and install the app on your device running Android 5.1 Lollipop or later, you can root them using a single tap.
Appropriately dubbed the new rooting tool that can root almost any Android device, KingRoot is the latest craze to hit the rooting community. The new KingRoot tool comes as an application and a desktop program. If one version doesn’t work for you, it’s advised you search the web for the other version.
Arguably the best part about KingRoot is that it’s impossible to harm your device. Thanks to a new cloud service that the owners of the rooting tool use, they can search their cloud system and locate any working rooting method automatically after you click the ‘root’ button in the app. If the tool cannot find a working rooting method, it will tell you on the screen. Doing so eliminates any possible soft brick situations because you won’t go ahead if you know it doesn’t work. Normally, though, you wouldn’t get the chance to see you are about to apply something dangerous to your device until it’s too late. That is why the new KingRoot method is so highly regarded of late.
Anyhow, we must thank the XDA Developers who came up with this new One-Click universal rooting tool that works for almost all devices. The program comes from third-party developers out of China and doesn’t have anything to do with Google or any particular OEM or manufacturer. Although it doesn’t work on any device, it does work on any firmware. That means it doesn’t matter if you are using a device that’s a minority running 2.3 Gingerbread, or if it’s one of the latest handsets that’s running Android 5.1 Lollipop. The KingRoot app works for all Android software updates, including the Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Furthermore, just like with any other rooting method, you should backup the device before starting the guide. If your device does get the root access but still doesn’t respond well to having the system internals cracked open, you might want to apply a hard reset. A hard reset is just like a factory reset whereby you wipe the data from the storage and completely reset the device to its original factory state. Doing that is often the easiest way out of trouble. However, you need to backup so you can restore that data later after applying the reset. Those without backups cannot restore the data, and it is lost.
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 Lollipop to Root your Android Device
You can install the version of the KingRoot tool that works for the Android 7.1.2 Nougat software update directly from the official KingRoot website when you visit it from the device that you want to root, but before you can do that you need to turn on the Unknown Sources option from the Settings application. By default, the Android operating system stops you from being able to install applications from outside of the Google Play Store. They do this because they don’t have any control over apps outside of the Play Store and therefore, installing them comes with more of a security risk. To prevent installing malware they don’t allow it until you make the adjustment from the Settings app. To get there, head to the Menu > Settings > Security > and then toggle the option for the “Unknown Sources” so that it is now on.
Now that installing applications from outside of Google Play is possible, you are ready to download the KingRoot APK from the direct download links given below.
- Kingroot_18.104.22.16880619.apk — This is the latest and recommended version
Note: Alternatively, you can head to the official KingRoot website using the same device that you want to get rooted. To do that, pick up your device and then tap on the web browser application that you prefer to use (most people use Google Chrome on Android because it’s the default browser) and then type https://kingroot.net into the address bar at the top of the window and hit the Enter key so that the website loads.
When the KingRoot website opens, it automatically knows when you are visiting it from your Android, and it gives you the “Download APK for Android” button that you need to click by just scrolling down the screen a bit.
It then thanks you for downloading but Android gives a warning message letting you know that this type of file can be harmful. That’s just referring to the fact that you are installing a file from outside the Google Play Store and not anything to do with this one file in particular, so tap on the “OK” button to continue with the download.
Swipe down from the top of your device’s display to pull down the notification shade and then tap on the KingRoot file that has finished downloading on your device.
It then brings up a page full of information about what you agree to allow KingRoot access to on your device. You don’t have any chance to accept some and deny others; you either accept them all or don’t accept them as a group. If you don’t want to agree to the terms, then you can tap on the “cancel” button. If you are happy with the things KingRoot can get access to on your device, then tap on the “Install” button, and the installation begins.
KingRoot then starts installing on your device.
You will probably get a message on your screen after a few seconds letting you know that the installation has been blocked. That’s Android choosing to block the installation. You can fix it by clicking on the small arrow next to where it says “More details.”
And then by tapping on the “Install anyway (Unsafe)” button.
In a few moments, the KingRoot application will be completely installed this time. Now all you need to do is open it up and start using it. Do that by tapping on the “Open” button.
All that you need to do now is begin installing your root apps that you wanted to try. If you like, there’s also a way that you can check the guide above worked for you. To do it, you need to install the root checker application from the Google Play Store. Once you know your device is verified to have root access by the root checker app, then all of the root apps should have no trouble working on your device.
If you are used to using the SuperSU for have root access, then the KingRoot tool takes some getting used to. You’ll need to start visiting the KingRoot app that is now available from your app drawers to start managing the root permissions of the applications that you have installed. So, if you think one of the apps you have installed is no longer trustworthy, it’s the KingRoot app you want to enter to mange the permission for that app a.k.a revoke its rooting permissions so that it is now denied instead of granted.
If at any time in the future you decide that you no longer want to have root access on your device, you can follow the guide that is required to unroot using the KingRoot tool. You should have no problems getting that done all on devices; KingRoot has made it very easy to take root access off.
There is now no limit to the number of root apps that you can install. The same number of root apps work for your device no matter what method you used to get the root access. As long as the internal system is open and apps can get access to the root user account, then there is no difference. However, that doesn’t mean finding out what the root applications are is easy because it isn’t. There is nowhere on the Google Play Store that showcases the apps that need root access like it does from its front page for all of the apps that don’t require root access. What you need to do instead is look around the web for articles that go into detail and list the root apps for you. We have made one of those of out own that lists over 60 of the best root apps for Android, and the list should contain at least a few that suit your needs.
The KingRoot tool works for most devices that are from Samsung, HTC, Google, LG, and Huawei, but it doesn’t work for all devices. The version of the KingRoot tool that is available in this guide is the version that can be installed directly on your Android device as an APK file. However, there is another version of the KingRoot tool that you can use instead that is made for Windows PCs. Moreover, the KingRoot team does actually recommend people use the version made for Windows PC if the version for Android does not grant root access because the version made for PC has an even higher success rate. You can check the Windows version out by reading the article that goes into detail about how to download KingRoot 7.1.2 Nougat for Windows PC.
There will also be times when the KingRoot tool is not working. There are a number of different reasons why that might be the case. We have another article that gives all the known solutions for KingRoot not working and what you can do to solve them. The article also offers other suggestions about what you can do if you need to get root access another way instead.
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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