The KingRoot one-click rooting tool is now available to install on a Windows PC as well as an in APK form to be installed directly from the browser on your mobile device. The computer version of KingRoot is said to give your device more chances of getting root access compared with the APK version.
People typically get root access to the Android operating system to create a longer lasting battery, to remove advertisements from the web browsers on the mobile devices, to increase the speed of the operating system, to be able to customize the operating system and to have better backing up options available to them. All of those same reasons are there for people to use after getting root access with the KingRoot tool also.
There is no difference between the root applications that you can run after you get root access using KingRoot in comparison to getting root access on Android with a different tool. They all do the same thing. The difference is what you need to do to get the root access, and that is where the KingRoot tool shines. It’s still a one-click rooting solution from the computer program of KingRoot when you install the PC version, so it’s just as easy as it was before when you tried using it from the application on your mobile device.
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 7.1.1 APK For Windows PC Installation
Download the KingRoot tool for Windows PCs and Android devices that are running on the Android 7.1.1 Nougat software update from the official KingRoot website where it shows you the blue download link with the words “Download for Windows” on it.
Once you have clicked on the link, the file then starts downloading onto the computer, and you can see it above the taskbar. Those that do not get the file showing up can click on the link that says “Click here to Restart the download, ” and it then appears above the taskbar. (Note that you need to keep the web browser open that you used to visit the KingRoot website open or else you cannot see the KingRoot file downloading above the taskbar. For example, if you only have the desktop open, then the file is not visible when it is downloading above the taskbar. It doesn’t matter if you have already minimized the web browser before reading this. Just open the browser again and the file will be there above the taskbar.)
Click on the KingRoot’s executable file that is available above the taskbar once the download is complete. You know the download is still going if the file shows the time remaining. It only shows you the executable file for you to download once the download is complete.
The beginning of the setup wizard shows you the terms and conditions.
Change the checkmark from the bottom box to the top box to accept the terms and conditions. When done, click on the button available at the bottom of the screen to proceed. (The button on the far right-hand side is the exit button, so don’t click on that unless you want to exit the program.)
The next screen shows you another checkmark in a box. That box is an option for having a KingRoot desktop icon available on the computer. If you don’t want the KingRoot installation to give you a desktop icon for you to use, deselect the box, so there is no more checkmark in it.
Once you have made your selection, click on the middle button to proceed. (The button on the far right-hand side is the exit button again that closes the program, and the button on the far left-hand side is for going back a step.)
This is the part of the setup wizard that used to allow you to select where you wanted the file to end up on the computer. It doesn’t give that option to browse for a different download location anymore. To proceed from this step, click on the middle button.
Note: if they update the KingRoot for PC tool again in the future, you might find the option to click on the browse button again because it was available up until a few weeks ago. If that is the case during your installation, you can click on it to pick your download location. By default, it is going to end up in the “Downloads” folder since it is the default download location on Windows operating systems.
Once you have clicked on the button in the previous step, the KingRoot for Windows PC installation begins. Wait until the progress bar reaches 100% and then the screen changes.
The last checkmark available is if you want to open the KingRoot application on the computer after exiting the setup wizard. Those who plan on rooting the Android operating system that is running on the mobile device right away should leave it checked while others who don’t plan on using it yet can uncheck this box. It’s not a huge deal either way because you can quickly close the application when it is open if you want it closed.
Click on the button available at the bottom of the setup wizard to exit it.
When you have opened KingRoot, you are greeted with the following screen. Make sure that your device has the USB Debugging Mode enabled on it before connecting it to the computer with the USB cable.
Once you have it connected to the computer with the cable, click on the blue button that is available from the KingRoot user interface.
The KingRoot version of the Android 7.1.1 Nougat software update for Windows PCS is now fully installed and should have rooted your device if it’s compatible with the tool.
Now that you have root access, you probably want to know what root applications are available for you to install. They can be tricky to find on XDA-Developers and the Google Play Store without knowing the names of the apps first. You can read up on root applications by checking out our list of the best root applications available for Android users, and then learn the names of them.