The Android operating system comes to you out of the box with certain restrictions put in place over the original operating system. Most people aren’t aware that the limitations are there because there are still well over a million useful applications that you can install on your device. But thousands of additional apps could be installed on your device if only it had root access. Often these new apps that cannot be on your device yet do the most important things. The reason for that is because for an app to be one of the most powerful apps available, it needs to have access to the internal system, and that is what we call having root access.
Rooting the Android operating system of devices has been a popular thing to do since the dawn of Android so people can get more out of their devices and have full control over their devices. Rooting Android makes up one part of what customizing the Android OS is all about—the other is installing a custom recovery image. Back in the day, the ClockworkMod Recovery image was the most widely used custom recovery image to use on Android but these days CWM Recovery is no longer active, and it has been replaced with TWRP Recovery.
When people installed the custom recovery image so that they could install custom ROMs and custom kernels, the one’s that wanted root access to go along with it would then flash an appropriate version of the SuperSU application from the custom recovery image. Installing SuperSU from a stock recovery image was not possible because there is no option for uploading files from the stock recovery. Moreover, installing the SuperSU application directly from the Google Play Store with the stock recovery would not have the same effects as flashing it from the custom recovery, so doing that is useless.
The man behind creating SuperSU also makes a one-click rooting tool called CF-Auto-Root. A One-click rooting tool is different from SuperSU alone in the sense that you don’t need to have installed a custom recovery image first before you can go ahead and get root access with the one-click rooting tool. CF-Auto-Root and CF-Root are available for many devices, but predominantly for Samsung devices. The CF-Auto-Root files are constantly being updated so that they are compatible with newer software versions, but they require a unique file for each model number or else the device gets bricked.
The KIngRoot tool is also a one-click rooting tool just like CF-Auto-Root, but it works differently. You don’t need to have a different file for your particular device. The KingRoot team works behind the scenes to collect all rooting methods that they know about and then they package them all together in the one file so it gives the appearance of a file that can root just about anything. The other significant difference between the two tools is that KingRoot does not need a computer. Unlike the CF-Auto-Root that requires flashing from a Windows PC, the KingRoot tool is available for you to install directly on your device so all you need to do is open the app and then click on the button to root the device and it handles the rest. What’s more, you don’t brick your device with KingRoot as if it isn’t available for your device then it will let you know that rooting was not successful and won’t harm your device in the process. If you do find that your device is not working after using KingRoot, the then chances are that it is not bricked permanently. Try flashing the stock ROM on your device, and that should fix the issue.
This is what you need to root Android 7.1 Nougat software updates by using the KingRoot one-click rooting tool for Android devices.
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 Android 7.1 Nougat APK to Root Android Devices
You can install the KingRoot version that works for the Android 7.1 Nougat software update from the official KingRoot website very easily, but first, you just need to take care of one thing before you do otherwise the download won’t work. The thing you need to take care of is the Unknown Sources option which is a setting that all Android operating systems have that prevent you from installing the application from outside of the Google Play Store for security reasons. Since we know, the KingRoot application is legit and a trusted application, there is no problem installing it. We just need to enable the Unknown Sources first. To do that, head to the Menu > Settings > Security and then toggle the option for the “Unknown Sources” so that it is now turned on. You can install any apps from outside Google Play Now. You might want to turn it off again after you have completed installing KingRoot, so you get the same security benefits that you had before.
Now you can head to the KingRoot website to install the application. To do that, open your favorite web browser application and then type “KingRoot.net” into the address bar at the top of the window and then hit the Enter key to load the website. It is the web address for the official KingRoot tool. Alternatively, you can download the KingRoot APK files from these direct links.
As soon as the website loads on your Android device, it detects you are using Android and then gives you the file you need for installing KingRoot on your device. Just tap your finger on the “Download APK for Android” button.
Android then lets you know that this type of file can harm your device, but don’t worry about it. It is just a standard warning that it gives for files outside of the Google Play Store, and it isn’t anything specific to do with the file you are trying to install now. Tap on the “OK” button to continue.
Swipe down from the top of the device’s screen, so you pull down the notification shade and then tap on your finger on the downloaded KingRoot file to open it.
The KingRoot tool then lets you know what permissions you will be handing over to them so that the application can run if you choose to go past this point. You can always decide to back out of the installation if you prefer by tapping on the “Cancel” button, but everyone who wants to install the tool still has no choice but to tap on the “Install” button and agree to the terms.
The KingRoot tool is now getting installed on your Android operating system, and it’ll automatically be the right version that works for your Android 7.1 Nougat software update.
If you get an “Installation blocked” message on the display of your device, then tap on the little arrow available next to where it says “More details” so you are revealing the extra details. Don’t tap on the “OK” button here or else you will need to go back to square one and download the file again.
You will see a link now that says “Install anyway (unsafe)” that you need to tap on and then the installation continues.
You’ll now get a message in a few moments letting you know that the KingRoot application has been successfully installed on your device. All you need to do now is tap on the “Open” button to start using it and try to get root access on your device.
There are many different versions of the KingRoot APKs that become available. The difference is that newer versions are made to work with more devices and the same devices that have been updated to newer Android software versions. So, as long as you are installing the right version of the tool, then you should have no problems getting the KingRoot tool to work. And if you do try rooting with the KingRoot tool and it does not work, you can always submit a request to the developers by leaving a message on the XDA-Developers thread for the tool and ask them to create a rooting method for your device. Even if you don’t leave a message alerting them to the fact that your particular device cannot be rooted at the moment, you can always try installing the tool again later and seeing if the compatibility is then available at a later date.
The KingRoot for Android 7.1 Nougat software update also comes with the Purify application preinstalled with it. This is a new app that was never available before from the KingRoot team. With Purify, you can get rid of annoying notifications, make the battery life of your device last longer and increase the performance of the hardware—all popular reasons for wanting to root Android in the first place.
If you are finding that the KingRoot one-click rooting tool is not working for your device, it might be because it is not a supported device. While the team originally claimed that it rooted each Android device, it now only shows that it focusses on devices from Google, Huawei, LG, HTC, and Samsung.
One of the best things about the KingRoot APK for Android is that it does not need you to have unlocked the bootloader and installed a custom recovery before you could get the rooting file installed. However, that also means that you cannot be installing custom ROMs or custom kernels until both of those things are taken care of on the device. For now, it’s all about what root applications you can install on the device. There are several hundred root apps that people always install right around the world because they are worthwhile. If you don’t know the names of those root applications already then you will struggle to find them because the Google Play Store does not offer any central hub to view the root apps. You need to know the names before you get there. That’s all good though because we have created an article that goes into great detail about what the best root apps for Android are so all you have to do is remember the names of them the next time you visit the Google Play Store or the XDA-Developers web forum.
If you aren’t having success using the version that is available for the Android mobile, you should give the KingRoot 7.1 Nougat APK for Windows PC a try and see if you have success that way instead.
There are quite a few things you can do if you are finding that the KingRoot tool doesn’t work for you. As mentioned already, the first thing you should always do is try out the KingRoot for Windows PC version that the same group of guys has created for you. The reason being is that they have stated that they think the Windows PC version should have a higher success rate at getting root access. Most people use the KingRoot version that can be installed directly as an APK file from the web browsers on the Android operating system because it is easier that way. However, it is not known as the best version of the tool for you to use. You can Google “KingRoot for Windows” to find out how to install the Windows version, or you can check out our guide that we have linked above if you prefer reading our stuff. Also, to get the full run down on everything that you can do to help get KingRoot working, you should have a read of our other article that goes into great detail about what to do to fix the KingRoot tool not working. The article also explains the different ways you can get root access, so even if the KingRoot tool doesn’t work, it doesn’t mean that you cannot necessarily get root access on your Android operating system; it might just take a different rooting method to help you work things out.
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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