Rooting the Android operating system is similar to jailbreaking on Apple devices, in the sense that you are unlocking the operating system so you can do more with it. Apple devices usually get Cydia applications and Tweaks installed, because none of those things are available from the iOS App Store. With Android, you’ll find most of the root applications are actually available from the same Google Play Store that has the apps everyone uses. That’s no coincidence either: Google generally doesn’t mind you have root access on the Android operating system, whereas Apple always does everything it can to stop you from jailbreaking.
While Google might not mind you having a rooted device, the way people have had to go about getting root access has changed a lot over the years. And now that we’re getting applications such as Android Pay handling people’s finances, Google has had no choice to at least stopping people from having a rooted device at the same time of using those applications. But still rooting the Android operating system is being done right around the globe and still as popular as ever, as people want to keep using the root applications that still won’t run on the stock version of Android that hasn’t been granted the root permissions.
Since the way these third-party developers have had to go about getting root access has changed, so have the tools that people use to get the job done. One of the latest rooting tools out there these days is KingRoot. Instead of getting a custom recovery image installed, KingRoot works as an application that you either install directly on the Android operating system, or Windows PCs, and use it to get root access that way instead—these are known as one-click rooting tools, and they don’t require a custom recovery at all.
A lot of people want to use custom recoveries because it’s the most efficient way to start flashing custom ROMs and getting root access at the same time. It also allows people to find the direct download links for the custom ROMs that are available for a device and flash them from the custom recovery image as unsigned zip file. But it is also possible to install custom ROMs without a custom recovery image. All you need to do is get root access with a tool such as KingRoot and then install a root application for custom ROMs such as the ROM Manager. The root apps that specialize in custom ROMs will then show you the list of ROMs that can be flashed on your device and help you get them installed, too.
This is what you need to root Android 8.1 Oreo software updates by using the KingRoot one-click rooting tool for Android devices.
How to Download and Install KingRoot Android 8.1 Oreo to Root your Android Device
Downloading the KingRoot tool is very simple and is explained in the guide below, but first, you need to take care of one thing before you do it. The Android operating system allows for the installation of applications from the Google Play Store quickly and easily. Everything located outside of the Google Play Store poses more of a potential security risk because Google isn’t managing it. If you want to install applications from outside of the Google Play Store, you first need to enable a setting called “Unknown Sources” from the Android operating system’s Settings. Since the KingRoot application is located outside of the Google Play Store, you need to do that now. You can enable it by heading to the Menu > Settings > Security and then toggling the switch on for the “Unknown Sources” option.
Now that you can install apps from outside of Google Play, it’s time to get KingRoot installed. To do that, open your favorite web browser application from your Android operating system (most people use the default Google Chrome app) and then type “KingRoot.net” into the browser’s address bar and then tap on the Enter button so the website loads. Alternatively, you can download the KingRoot APK files from these direct links.
You now have the official KingRoot website open on your mobile browser. It automatically detects when you visit it from an Android operating system so all you need to do is scroll down a little bit and then you’ll see the big green button that says “Download APK for Android” that you now need to tap. It’ll download the version of KingRoot that works for Android 8.0 Oreo.
You’ll now see a notice letting you know that “this file type can harm your device.” It’s perfectly normal to get that warning, and because this is a file we trust, it’s nothing to worry about, you need to click on the “OK” button at the bottom of the screen.
KingRoot then gives you the information regarding what it is going to get access to on your device after you have agreed to install it. As usual, you don’t have much of a choice: it’s either you agree to these conditions, or you don’t install it, but at least you can choose to back out from installing still if you wish. Just click on the “Cancel” button if you want to back out of it or the “Install” button if you want to continue with the installation of the KingRoot application.
Swipe down from the top of the device’s display, so you bring down the notification shade and then click on the link that says “New KingRoot version” to open your file that has finished downloading but has not yet been installed.
Now KingRoot begins to install on your device.
Most Android versions running on 8.0 Oreo will give you a message saying that the installation has been blocked. Don’t click on the “OK” button or it will direct you out of the installation process. Instead, what you need to do is click on the little arrow next to where it says “More details” and then it gives you the option to continue with the installation from there.
Tap on the “Install anyway (unsafe)” link at the bottom of the More details section to continue with the installation.
The KingRoot app is now installed. The only thing left to do is open it up by tapping on the “Open” button in the bottom right corner of your device’s display.
Your Android mobile that is running on the Android 8.0 Oreo software updates should now be rooted after using the KingRoot one-click rooting tool. The KingRoot tool lets you know that it was successful or not from the application’s screen, but you don’t need to take their word for it before you start installing root applications. Once the device has rebooted, you can install the root checker application for additional confirmation that has no associations with KingRoot at all. You can use that same root checker app regardless of what tool you used to get root access. It’s also handy to leave installed on your device in case one day you want to unroot it before sending it off for repair under warranty or something of that nature. That way you’ll know that you have successfully unrooted it as well when it lets you know that your device is no longer rooted.
The KingRoot tool can install all the same root applications like any other rooting tool can. Most of the root applications you’ll find available to download from the same Google Play Store that you have always used for installing your regular applications that don’t require root access. The apps that don’t require root to run can often be showcased on the front page, so you know what apps are cool and trending; none of that type of thing happens with the root apps, though, so you’ll need to know the names of the ones that you want to install before venturing into the Google Play Store to download them. We’ve compiled a bunch of what we think are the best root applications for Android that you can check out to get some ideas if you like.
When people go looking for the KingRoot tool, they usually find the version that’s available for Android—it’s quicker to use and a tad bit easier, too. However, it’s important to note that there is, in fact, a version that is available to use on Windows operating systems as well as a desktop application. The Windows PC version of the KingRoot tool has a higher success rate, so if your device isn’t rooted after using the Android application version, you should give the version made for Windows a try instead and see how to goes.
There are no guarantees that KingRoot will work for everyone—the tool is only made to work for smartphones and tablets that are made by either Samsung, HTC, Google, LG, and Huawei. If you have a device that is made by any other manufacturer, then it’s not likely to work, and you’ll need to find another rooting method instead. Notwithstanding, there are some things you can try just in case KingRoot can work for your device, so long as it isn’t due to one of the known issues that prevent KingRoot from working.
Kingroot.net is the official KingRoot website. Beware of imitations, particularly on the Google Play Store, from apps that are labeled ‘KingRoot’ but not made by the real KingRoot team. Those apps likely won’t root your devices and could cause you harm.
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