Rooting Android means gaining root access to the internal system. Before we buy our devices, the internal system is locked down with some factory restrictions.

Having these restrictions in place prevent us from being able to run different ROMs and install apps that aren’t signed off to be used by normal devices. Funnily enough, these root-only apps we speak of are available in the Google Play Store still. if you would like to run those apps on your device, follow the guide after the jump.

HTC Desire 626

The Files You Need:

  • Download the KingRoot app for devices running Android 5.1 Lollipop. The same version will work for future software updates too.
  • The guide below is only working for the D626W model number. Don’t worry, you cannot brick your device if you don’t have that model number. Although, you will be wasting your time. Head to the Settings > About Device menu and take a look at what the model numbers says to find out your number.

Rooting the HTC Desire 626

  1. Start by enabling the Unknown Sources option from your device so you can install apps or APKs outside of the Google Play Store. Go to Settings > Security > Device Administration > check the box for Unknown Sources.
  2. Install the KingRoot app on your device so that you can see the KingRoot icon in your app drawer. That means installing it just like you would any other app.
  3. Open the Kingroot app by tapping over the blue icon.
  4. The main screen inside should have a large button down the bottom you can tap to try to get root access. tap it now and see what it says.
  5. You should find it starting to root your device. You can watch the progress bar as it completes.
  6. You know it’s done when you get a green tick.

Now that you have those rooting rights, you can install plenty of new apps, remove bloatware that’s slowing your device down, increase the performance by overclocking, increase the battery life and much more. You can read our guide on what things to do with a rooted Android for more information.