The original ZTE ZMax proved annoying to unchain the internal system with root access last time, but the ZTE ZMax 2 shouldn’t be too different from the original. There was a workaround trick using the KingRoot tool that got the original device rooted. Now that time has continued and the KingRoot tool is constantly being updated, you should find it working for your device.

Here are the steps to root ZTE Zmax 2 smartphones using the universal one-click rooting tool, namely KingRoot.


Files You Need

  1. Download the KingRoot for Max 2 devices from this page.
  2. Understand that the ZTE ZMax 2 smartphone warranty is void when you complete this guide. That’s a temporary void up until you unroot the device. You can unroot the ZMax 2 by opening up the KingUser application — one of the three apps you will get on your app drawer after you install the KingRoot APK on your device.
  3. We are teaching you how to root the ZMax 2 using a computer; however, you can choose to install the APK file without a PC if you do not have a computer. Just skip the steps where we are showing how to transfer it from the computer to the SD card and save it directly to your SD card for the web page link. Read more: Saving Directly To SD Card — Tom’s Guide

Rooting the ZTE ZMax 2

  1. You should start by turning on the ZMax 2’s Unknown Sources option from the Settings so you can install apps from outside of the Google Play Store. You can point to there by taping on the Menu > Settings > Security > Unknown Sources.
  2. Download the KingRoot APK file from the files section above and save it to your desktop on the computer. Those of you using a Windows computer will find the universal one-click rooting tool ends up in the downloads folder by default. So, open that same downloads folder and drag it over to the desktop. Now you have the APK file on the desktop.
  3. Connect the ZTE ZMax 2 smartphone to the computer using the USB cable.
  4. Copy the KingRoot rooting APK still zipped over to the root of the internal storage SD card on your phone.
  5. Unplug the ZMax 2 from the computer once you have it on the internal storage SD card.
  6. Open a File Manager and install the APK file on your device, just like you would with any other APK file. It will end up as an app in your app drawer (where you find apps after you download them from the Google Play Store).
  7. Tap and open the app that says KingRoot and ignore the other two apps you can see — KingMaster and KingUser — for now.
  8. Tap the large button from the display that suggests getting root to your ZMax device.
  9. Wait until you can see the KingRoot’s progress bar reach 100% from the display; it should also tell you it was a success.
  10. Exit the universal one-click rooting app and manually reboot the ZMax device.

Your ZMax 2 is now rooted and you are ready to start installing the root-requiring apps on the device. You can install the root checker application on your device and check root that way before going ahead with any apps.