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In the world of mobile operating systems, Android and iOS stand tall, towering above all others. Both are very different operating systems. iOS is not available to be installed outside of Apple devices. What’s more, if you buy an Apple device you are forced to use iOS no matter what. When you buy a device that runs Android, you also get forced into running Android to an extent, but there are loads of different manufacturers that run the Android operating system outside of the name that owns it which is still Google Inc out of Mountain View, California.

The fact that Android is available for so many different devices out there under so many different brand names is a good thing for Google because it means it gets used by a larger number of people. Many Android users love it because it’s based on an open source kernel, which means you can spend a few years learning how to be a developer, gather some skills, and then start changing the code yourself to create something different. It will never replace Android that way, but you can do things like creating custom ROMs for people to install, which they often do.

What Does Rooting Android With KingRoot Achieve?

Custom ROMs is one of the things at your disposal that is related to customizing a device. In fact it makes up about 50% of what customizing a device that runs Android is all about. The other half is devoted to rooting Android. When you root the Android operating system, like so many people out there choose to do, what you are doing is giving yourself the full administrative rights to the operating system. All operating systems have something called “admin rights” but they vary in what they can do, and it’s all quite confusing. For example, a Mac user will tell you that you can run macOS with admin rights, but you shouldn’t always do it because it can become dangerous to you if you do. A Windows user will tell you that they have two admin accounts available to them: the one that you get when you first set up the computer and another one when you need to do some more serious stuff.

There’s no definitive answer as to how risky life gets when you use the Android operating system with root access. The main difference is that when you have Android as it comes to you in its natural form, things like malware don’t really concern you because each app you install is trapped in its own sandbox environment, meaning that it can’t move out of the little box that it gets. That’s the same thing for when malware is hidden in an application without your knowledge: not great that it happened, but also not a huge deal because it isn’t going to get the opportunity to move around your system. When you have root access, however, no longer are applications gated off in their own little community, so it means if you do install malware by mistake, it makes it a lot easier for that malware to move around your system and exploit other areas. The likelihood of malware doing that is quite high since malware typically has a purpose to do something. In other words, don’t be surprised if malware ends up reading information from your banking app if you happen to install it. So the risk of using a rooted Android device comes down to how wise you are at not installing malware, and different experts will tell you different answers for how easy it is to get malware on Android.

KingRoot Compared with Other Types of Android Rooting

There are two main types of ways to rooting the Android operating system. One of by installing a one-click rooting tool that doesn’t require you to install a custom recovery image. The other is by using a rooting tool that can be flashed from a custom recovery image. If you plan on installing custom ROMs these days, you have no choice but to install a custom recovery image because applications like ROM Manager aren’t what they used to be. The thing is you don’t need to install a custom recovery image by itself separately anymore. Applications like TWRP Manager from the Google Play Store allow you to install a custom recovery just by having root access. If your device is supported by TWRP Manager and KingRoot, then KingRoot is still as good as choice as any if you wanted to install custom ROMs.

Using Custom ROMs After Rooting with KingRoot

One of the things that the KingRoot website claims is that you can install custom ROMs with KingRoot. There is much debate about whether rooting has anything to do with installing custom ROMs. Most people tend to agree that in order to install a custom ROM, all you need is to have the bootloader unlocked and a custom recovery installed. What root access can do though is allow you to install a root application like ROM Manager which is an easy way to get a custom recovery image installed. Apps like Rom Manager also allows you to find some ROMs that are available for your device and flash them. These days there is one custom recovery image that shines over the rest of the field, and that’s TWRP Recovery. ROM Manager used to be a favorite choice of many root fanatics for getting ClockworkMod Recovery installed instead, but since part way through 2013, ROM manager has also given TWRP Recovery support as well. The problem with ROM Manager is that it is now outdated and doesn’t get any updates to support new devices. If you want to get a custom recovery image installed after installing the KingRoot tool, then you should install the TWRP Manager instead. The TWRP Manager requires you to have root access, and getting root with KingRoot is just fine.

Once you’ve installed the TWRP Manager root application on your phone or tablet, you can then find the custom ROMs that are available to be installed on your device.

KingRoot vs. SuperSU vs. Magisk

KingRoot and SuperSU both give you administrative rights to the operating system and allow you to install root applications. The main difference with KingRoot and SuperSU is that KingRoot is a one-click rooting tool and SuperSU can be flashed from a custom recovery image instead. It’s difficult to define what KingRoot is because it is just the name of a tool that has lots of rooting methods available from its database and it just picks out the one that is compatible with your device once it finds out what your device is from its identifiable hardware. There’s a new rooting tool out lately called Magisk that rivals KingRoot and SuperSU. Magisk is like SuperSU in the sense that it is not a one-click method, but also offers the chance to work on both SuperSU, phhSU and a feature similar to SUHide so you can use things like Android Pay. It’s also compatible with Pokemon Go and anything else that root access with SuperSU has known to cause a stumbling block. If you want to use Android Pay, which many of you might sometime in the future, then it would pay to check out what Magisk is and how to install it. Some people prefer Magisk over the combination of SuperSU + SUHide because of Magisk’s Xposed framework benefits.

Systemless Root and Why Some People Prefer It

Rooting the Android operating system is far from a new concept, but the way developers have managed to do it has had to change a lot over the years. There is now a new way called “Systemless root” that many people prefer to use, and we’ll run through the difference between the two briefly now.

Most versions of Android have had a “su” daemon that runs when the device is starting up. That daemon needs to have enough permissions to handle all the requests that are being made to it. To help make that happen, files on the /system partition needed to be modified. Rooting the Android operating system normally works by getting the same files on the /system partition modified. However, Android Lollipop brought about a change where it was no longer possible to launch the “su” daemon at boot anymore, and that meant the rooting developers needed to come up with another plan on how to get root access. Ever since Android Marshmallow, people have been installing a systemless root version of the SuperSU, named because of the same reasons above where it no longer needed to modify anything that was found within the system partition.

There are some upsides and downsides to consider with the systemless root version or any rooting methods.

The downside is that you can’t get root access with a locked bootloader if you have a rooting tool using a systemless root method. There can be some workarounds for some devices, but they change depending on the device.

The upside is that it makes it easier to accept over the air updates when you have root access—Chainife, the guy who created the SuperSU, brought out a tool made specifically for keeping the OTA updates that many people are now starting to use and that you can now find available from his website, and the Google Play Store called FlashFire. It’s also known to be a cleaner rooting method than the others since no files need modifying. Presumably, that means a little bit safer, too. But above all, it means it makes it simple to unroot the Android device if you wanted to do that later—say if your device needed to be sent away under warranty and you were concerned they might not accept it because it has been rooted.

Downloading and Installing KingRoot Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow to Root your Android

The first thing you need to take care of is to make sure that the Android operating system you are using can accept applications that are installed from outside of the Google Play Store. The way you do this is by enabling the Unknown Sources option from the Settings application by heading to the Menu > Settings > Security and then toggle the switch next to “Unknown Sources” to turn it on.

Now head back to the homescreen and tap on the web browser application that you want to use to browse for website (most people use Google Chrome since this is Android.) Type “KingRoot.net” into the address bar and then hit the Enter key to load the website—it’s the official KingRoot website, and you need to be careful these days because there are many imitations. There might be many other sites that are trustworthy also, but you can’t just assume that is true. Alternatively, you can download the KingRoot APK files from these direct links.

When the KingRoot website loads, it automatically detects you are using the Android operating system, and if you scroll down just a bit you’ll see the “Download APK for Android” button that you need to click on now.

You’ll get a message in a few moments thanking you for downloading the KingRoot tool and a little “OK” button in the bottom right corner that you need to click on now.

Pull down the notification shade at the top of your device’s screen by swiping in a downward action from the very top of your touchscreen and then you’ll see the KingRoot file that has completed its download. Tap on that KingRoot download to open it up.

You then get a message asking if you want to install the application. It also lets you know what permissions you’ll be handing over to the application if you choose to install it. Read those before installing if that kind of thing is important to you. You don’t get a chance to deny some and accept others, but you can choose to walk away from installing the application entirely if any of them bother you, like the ability to look at your pictures might for some people. Now just click on the “Install” button at the bottom of the window when you are reading to continue with the installation.

KingRoot then lets you know that it is installing.

You’ll probably get a message letting you know that the installation has been blocked. Don’t worry; you can still install it. What you have to do now is click on the little arrow next to where it says “More details.”

Now just click on the “Install anyway (unsafe)” link that you can see that has been revealed.

Now the KingRoot application is installed on your Android device. There’s only one thing left to do which is a tap on the “Open” button at the bottom of the screen.

The Android operating system doesn’t really want you to have root access with any of the available rooting tools out there like KingRoot, Magisk, SuperSU, CF-Auto-Root to anything else. They prefer to keep apps locked into their respective sandbox environments so that they are fenced in and cannot move anywhere. That’s how to offer people the ultimate security experiences. Because of that, every once in a while they send out a message letting you know that the KingRoot tool is not safe and that you should remove it. You don’t need to worry about that message when you see it appearing every few weeks or so. There is nothing that makes KingRoot unsafer than any of the other tools out there. It’s just Android going through the motions and trying to get you to uninstall the app, so you don’t have root access. You can dismiss those notifications and just keep using the tool as you have been already.

Your mobile device that is running the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software update should now be rooted. You can make sure that it is so you don’t need to just take KingRoot’s word for it by installing the root checker application from the Google Play Store. Some people like to leave the root checker application installed on their devices because it doubles as a handy tool to know when you’re unrooted as well if you ever want to remove the KingRoot tool in the future at some point.

Most of the root applications that you will start installing are available from the same Google Play Store that you already use for installing your regular applications. If you ever need to install an application from outside of the Google Play Store, including any of the root applications that you are now thinking about checking out, you should make sure you do your research to know that it is a trusted source. When you install things from outside the Google Play Store, the security is nowhere near as good, so you need to be more cautious. Those of you who don’t yet know what root applications you want to install would benefit from checking out some of the best root applications for Android.

Most people don’t know it but there are actually two different versions of the KingRoot tool that are both made by the official KingRoot team. One of them is made for you to install as an APK file directly from the Android operating system itself and the other is made for Windows operating systems so you can install the KingRoot tool on your PC. The PC version requires you to run the tool from your PC then. While the PC version of KingRoot theoretically is a bit more work involved, it is recommended by the KingRoot developers because it has a higher success rate. If KingRoot for Android mobile doesn’t manage to root your device, then you should try the KingRoot for PC installation guide instead.

If you aren’t finding the KingRoot tool working for your mobile device, then it could come down to a number of different things. For starters, you might have a device that isn’t on the list of supported manufacturers. To date, KingRoot only makes rooting methods available for phones and tablets made by Samsung, HTC, Google, LG, and Huawei. If you have a device from one of those brands, then it might not be supported still, or there might be another reason. You can read an article that goes through all the common solutions for KingRoot not working and see if that helps.

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