If you want to become a root user on Android and don’t know where to begin, the KingRoot universal one-click rooting tool is the perfect place. It doesn’t need you to have done anything to the device; just download the tool, and you’re away.
The team from KingRoot prides itself on being able to root just about every device out there that is manufactured by Google, HTC, LG, Samsung, and Huawei.
The root user has more control of the Android operating system, allowing them to install more apps. These apps can do a multitude of things from making the battery last longer to improving the performance of the hardware or even the games. There are several hundred root applications out there today for people to install that are regularly installed.
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 APK for Windows PC Installation
Visit the KingRoot website and then click on the blue button for the “Download for Windows” file.
Click on the download link when it finishes downloading above the taskbar.
Accept the terms and conditions by changing the bottom from the bottom link to the top link.
Click on the left-hand side button to continue once you ave swapped the option to accept the terms and conditions.
KingRoot then gives you the option to change the default download location. That is where the file is going to be kept on the computer after you have downloaded it. You can always change this location later. We are choosing to leave it as the default option for this example.
Here you can change the name to something other than KingRoot if you prefer. Click on the middle button to continue.
The option that is selected by default here is for giving your computer a desktop shortcut to the tool. Click on the middle button once you have decided if you want to have a desktop shortcut for KingRoot nor not.
Click on the middle button to advance to the next screen.
The KingRoot one-click rooting tool is now installing on the Windows operating system. Wait for the green progress bar to reach the other side and then close the setup wizard.
The KingRoot tool is now open on the computer and waiting for you to get root access on your device. Make sure that the USB Debugging Mode is enabled on your Android smartphone or tablet and then connect it to the computer with the USB cable. Once the connection is made between mobile device and Windows PC, the Rooting button is available for you to press. Click on it and then it will try to root your device.
The rooting process takes up to a few minutes to complete. During this time, make sure that you do not touch or unplug the USB cable from the device or disrupt the connection.
You know that the rooting process is complete when you see a large “success” message and a green tick on the computer’s displaying which is there to let you now that you can now unplug from the computer and begin installing the root applications.
Most of the root applications are available from the same Google Play Store that you already use or the XDA-Developers web forum. The main issue you have now is trying to find out what those root apps are because there is no page from Google Play that goes into detail about what root apps are available like it does for the standard apps. That means you need to do your own research on them to find out what they are. That’s cool though because we’ve already planned ahead and got you covered! You can find out the best root applications for the Android operating system and then choose the one’s you want to try from the list.
Also worth noting is that KingRoot has it’s own Purify application that you have available from the app drawer on your device once the KingRoot tool is installed. You can open this app and check it out because it comes with tips on what you can do to save extra battery life on Android, as well as boosting the hardware performance and optimizing the device at the same time—all good reasons for wanting to root a device in the first place.
That’s all you need to install KingRoot for PC and root your device that way. If you can’t find a computer to use, you don’t have to worry because you can also try using the KingRoot for Android mobile APK and install it directly from your web browser instead.