As the years go by, new rooting tools become available that help people get root access. One of the differences between rooting roots usually is that some tools will manage to get root access on some devices while other rooting tools will be better suited to other devices. We see it all the time with older tools like CF-Auto-Root that is still going strong today but is ony very well known in the Samsung community and not used very much outside of Samsung devices.
The notion of a rooting tool only working on some devices is only relevant to one-click rooting tools. The other way of getting root access is by flashing the rooting file through a custom recovery image. For that, it works on any device. The only thing is that every device doesn’t get a custom recovery image, so you need to obviously have a device that does have a custom recovery image made available for it before you can get root access that way.
KingRoot is a one-click rooting tool, but it has revolutionized the one-click method in many respects because it can get root access to the vast majority of devices out there instead of it just being a tool that can root some devices. It won’t root everything, but if it’s from one of the five manufacturers that it covers—HTC, Samsung, LG, Huawei, Google—then it most likely will.
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 and Install KingRoot 4.2 Jelly Bean APK for Android Mobile
You can install the KingRoot tool from the official KingRoot website using the guide below, but before you jump ahead and do that, there’s one thing you need to take care of first. The Android operating system comes with an option from the settings called “Unknown Sources.” By default, this option is off, and that means the Android operating system will not allow you to be installing applications from outside the Google Play Store, or what it refers to as being an unknown source. The reason for that is because they monitor the Google Play Store for malware and anything that gets installed from outside of the Google Play Store is stuff that they have no control over. Thus installing apps from outside Google Play comes with more of a security risk. Since you know the KingRoot tool is trustworthy, there’s no problem installing it. Though, before you can, you need to turn on the option for the Unknown Sources first. That way you acknowledge to Google that you understand you are installing an app from outside Google Play. To do that, navigate to the Menu > Settings > Security > Unknown Sources and then toggle the option so that it is now on for the Unknown Sources.
Now that you have the Unknown Sources enabled, you can begin the process of getting the KingRoot application installed on your device by downloading one of the KingRoot APK files from the direct download links below.
- Kingroot_220.127.116.1180619.apk — This is the latest and recommended version
Note: Alternatively, you can open up your web browser application of choice directly from the mobile device and then type https://kingroot.net into the address bar and hit the Enter key to the official KingRoot website loads.
The official version of the website that you have just loaded can tell what operating system you are using when you visit the webpage. All you need to do is scroll down the page a bit and tap on the “Download APK for Android” button.
The KingRoot website then gives you a thank you message in the background, and the Android operating system decides to ruin your happiness a bit by letting you know that this file can harm your device. That notice that Android gives isn’t specifically referring to the KingRoot tool—you’ll see that same message no matter what app you are installing from outside of the Google Play Store. Just ignore it and tap on the “OK” button to continue with the downloading of the KingRoot tool.
Swipe downward from the top of the device’s display, so you have pulled down the notification shade and then tap on the downloaded “KingRoot” file so that it opens up.
The KingRoot tool will then ask you if you want to install the application, but what it really means is do you want to install this application after you have read all the things that it is going to get access to if you do go ahead and install it. Here is your last chance to back out of allowing KingRoot to get access to any of the things they have listed on the device’s screen, such as knowing your approximate location or reading your phone status and identity. Tap on the “Cancel” button if you want to go back or tap on the “Install” button if you want to continue with the installation.
You’ll then get a message on your Android’s display letting you know that the KingRoot application is now installing. WIth some luck, you won’t have to do anything else, and it’ll just be installed within a few minutes. However, most people will not be so lucky.
The chances are that you are going to find a message popping up that says “Installation blocked” and you’re going to have to fix it. To do that, tap on the small arrow next to where it says “More details” like in the example below.
It’ll then show you some more details about why it has chosen to block the application, and what you can do about it. Tap on the “Install anyway (unsafe)” link at the bottom of the message to continue with the installation of the KingRoot app.
The KingRoot application should now finish its installation without any interruptions. All that’s left to do now is tap on the “Open” button in the bottom right corner of the device’s display to open app your newly installed rooting app.
The Android operating system typically doesn’t like it when it knows you have rooted it. After spending some time with the KingRoot application ourselves, we know that every once in a while, the Android operating system will give you a message that lets you know about an unsafe app that is installed on your device, and then it recommends that you remove it. You don’t need to follow that recommendation, and it isn’t suggesting that KingRoot is any less safe than a different rooting tool. It’s just a message they put up in the hopes that you choose to use an unrooted device again.
The big argument about using rooted device and them being less safer than unrooted devices stems from the fact that now apps can move around the operating system easier than they could have before. When a device is not rooted, it means the app is stuck in its own fenced off area known as a sandbox. When a rooted device, however, the wall is easier to jump so to speak.
It could be a huge deal if you were to install some malware and it was smart malware and evil malware that wanted to purposefully jump the fence and look at data coming from other apps. Technically the malware could enter things like banking applications and see your details. But the thing that Google really didn’t want was for root access to interfere with new technological developments in the banking world like Android Pay, and it doesn’t. There’s no way to use Android Pay and have root access at the same time, o you need not worry about that becoming an issue for you.