Rooting Android can sometimes be a serious time where you want to make sure you don’t mess up your device. One of the main advantages of rooting is installing more apps. More specifically, it’s those apps that have the “root required” written beneath them, which you cannot install if you tried. A great many of these apps are serious by nature and you don’t want to accidentally delete important data from your system when you are using them. With that being said, there are apps out there for rooted users which are a little more light-hearted; one of them is the Network Spoofer application.

These are the guidelines to root the ZTE Grand X 3 when it is running on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software updates by flashing the KingRoot universal one-click rooting tool:

ZTE Grand X 3

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.

Files You Need

  1. Download the KingRoot one click rooting application for the Grand X3 from this page.

Rooting the ZTE Grand X 3

  1. Enable the Unknown Sources option from your ZTE’s Settings by pointing to the Menu > Settings > Device Administration > Unknown Sources so you can install applications from outside the Google Play Store.
  2. Download the KingRoot APK file from the files section above and install it directly from your web browser application on the ZTE Grand X 3 smartphone. Alternatively, you can copy it to the SD card from a computer and install it using a File Manager application.
  3. Launch the app drawer and tap on the new app that says ‘KingRoot’ to open your rooting application.
  4. Tap on the large button from the main page that suggests it will root your device. (The wording of the button can change depending on the version of the KingRoot application you are using). 
  5. Do not touch anything on the device until the progress bar reaches 100% and the KingRoot application gives you the success message.
  6. Exit the KingRoot application and reboot the ZTE Grand X3 device.
  7. Open the Google Play Store application on your Grand X 3 smartphone and browse for the root checker app.

Anyone wanting to remove the KingRoot and unroot the ZTE Grand X 3 smartphone can learn how to remove the KingUser app that is on your device. other versions of the KingRoot app have an uninstall button from within the rooting app.

Now that you have just rooted the ZTE Grand X 3 smartphone by using a one-click rooting tool you can install any of the extra apps from the Google Play Store and online that would not run before. There is no difference between the amount of the root applications that you can run with regards to what tool you decide to get root access with on your phone.

Rooting doesn’t require an unlocked bootloader when you are choosing to get root access by using a one-click rooting tool. The only times when rooting needs to have the bootloader unlocked is when you are rooting from the custom recovery image because you cannot get a custom recovery with the bootloader still locked. Most people who choose to root with a custom recovery and something like SuperSU do so because they plan on installing custom ROMs and custom kernels to go along with their selection of the root applications. You don’t get the chance to do any of that when you get root access by flashing a one-click rooting tool such as the KingRoot tool. All it is good for is installing the root apps. Still, there are thousands of root apps out there that you can enjoy, and many of them can even do developing on your device just like you would expect fro ma custom ROM.