If you really want to get the most out of the Android operating system, some of the apps available will require root access. Out of the million or so useful apps out there on the Google Play Store and around the web, a few hundred of those are what are known as “root apps.” A root app is simply an app that will install but will not run unless it has had root permissions granted to it.
All Android operating systems come with a root user account by default. It’s not different than the default administrators account that Windows has. It also shares another similarity with the Windows OS admin account: it’s not advised that you always use it unless you know what you are doing. The root user account allows you to make changes to the internal system as the deepest level and if you make a mistake, it can be bad news for your device. It isn’t always that serious though — there are plenty of apps out there that are not very difficult to use that need root access as well.
There are a few warnings that you need to take into consideration before you decide to get root access to your Android operating system:
Security: When you grant root access to a root app, it is broken away from its traditional app sandbox and is free to move around the system. The reason Android developers took away root access was so that all apps that you install cannot do any harm — even if it is malware or a virus. It manages to do this by fencing all apps into their own unique sandbox environment, so it’s impossible to move around the system. If you have accidentally installed malware instead of a trusted application, then it has potential to do a lot more damage.
Warranty: You need to understand that rooting can void a warranty. Technically by US law, all Americans should be safe from voiding a warranty. It’s actually illegal for any company in the United States to void a warranty because the operating system has root access. Still, that doesn’t mean that companies always abide by these rules. We always advise people to ask the companies that are associated with if their devices will be covered just to make sure. As for outside of the United States, you’ll also need to inquire about the phone carrier networks that you see and see what they say about this.
Bricks: It’s also possible that you brick your device. A full hard brick (when you cannot get the device to be fixed in any way) is very rare and doesn’t occur often. However, the soft brick (where you might need to find an appropriate firmware file and have it flashed by using a flashing tool) can happen to people quite often. That said, it is said that the KingRoot tool is the best tool to use if you want to avoid soft bricks because it checks if your device can be rooted before applying the method and thus eliminates flashing something that should not be flashed.
There are quite a few different ways people can choose to get root access. The thing is that not all methods are available for a device. Here are the three ways to get root:
Unlocking the bootloader and installing a custom recovery: The most common way to get access is by flashing the right version of the SuperSU application from a custom recovery image. To be able to do it that way, you first need to unlock the bootloader — if your device is one that has a bootloader that needs unlocking. That is the trickiest part in the research.
Using a one-click rooting tool: The next most popular way to get root on Android is by using a one-click rooting tool. These tools make the rooting way easier and don’t require any thought on your part. The KingRoot tool is one example of a one-click rooting app, but there are also many others out there like the CF-Auto-Root tool (also made by the developer who created SuperSU.)
Using a custom ROM: Not everyone realizes it, but it’s also possible to become a root user on Android by installing a custom ROM. Some of the custom ROMs come with root access. In those cases, all you need to do is unlock the bootloader, install a custom recovery and then flash the custom ROM that comes with root access and you’ll then be able to start installing the root apps as well.
Downloading KingRoot Android 7.1.2 Nougat to Root your Android
- Start by enabling the Unknown Sources option for your Android smartphone or tablet running Android 7.1.2 Nougat by tapping on the Menu > Settings > Security > Unknown Sources.
- Download the KingRoot APK from this page.
- You can install KingRoot directly from your browser or by transferring it over to your SD card from a computer. Those using the computer and SD card need to know how to transfer APK files from the SD card and use a File Manager.
- Once installed, check for the KingRoot application icon that is now available from your app drawer.
- Tap on the KingRoot icon and wait for the app to load.
- Tap on the large button on the main page that suggests rooting your device. (The exact wording and pictures can vary between KingRoot versions, but they are always easy to understand).
- You will see a progress bar on the display of your smartphone or tablet. Wait until the progress bar reaches 100%.
- The KingRoot universal one click rooting app now gives you the “success!” message.
- Exit the application and reboot the Android device before attempting to install any rooted apps.
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.