How to root Android devices the simple way.
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If you own an Android device you have probably at some stage heard or the terms “root” or “rooting your phone” these might seem like strange terms, but in the terms of android they mean opening up a world of possibilities. Firstly the basic principle of “rooting” an android device is to grant access to the “superuser” permissions, basically working in the same way having administrator rights on a Windows PC does.
The benifits of rooting your android phone and what it actually does.
As rooting your Android device does come with some risks it’s best to make sure you know what you are getting into before performing a root on your phone, especially if your phone is new and still under the manufacturer's warranty. The general rule when rooting is that it will void your warranty. However, in most occasions root access can be removed, weather this will make your warranty valid again, it’s hard to say. Just incase its best be edge on the side of caution.
The main advantage of rooting your device is simply being able to remove unwanted, unneeded, factory installed apps and system files that waste valuable storage space and consume battery power, although it's not only limited to this, you can also get access to controlling status lights, rebooting, and even touch input calibrations. There is also the ability to force newer versions of the Android operating system on your device if Google no longer officially supports your current model.
Rooting can be quite a complicated and daunting challenge depending on the brand, model and type of method you wish to use. However there are some options available that make rooting your phone super simple and quite safe, and most of them cover a large range of devices.
How to root your Android Device using “KingRoot”
KingRoot is definitely one of the best and easiest rooting solutions available online and boasts a huge library of supported models and brands, such as Samsung, HTC, Google, Huawei, and LG as for models they claim to have over 100,000 devices supported. (I was unlucky enough that the HTC One_M8 non international, wasn’t supported) So to get started.
Download the "Kingroot" APK file from Link 1 or a link to different version of the APK at Link 2 If you choose the second link there are quite a few versions available to choose, the latest being the best option simply because it includes more devices. You can download the “APK” via your PC or directly onto your phone. It doesn’t matter which way you opt for. Once you have the file downloaded, copy it from your computer onto your phone, then open it with your phone’s “File Manager”
Note: Using the Download folder on your phone makes tracking down files easier.
Now that you have found the file tap it to install. The file will start to install, after a few second you will be prompted with a warning “Installation Blocked” open the more details tab and tap “Install anyway (unsafe)” This will now finish the install of “KingRoot” That is step one complete.
Note: Make sure you have more than 50% battery life before you start rooting and back up your files.
Next, open the KingRoot app, scroll down and accept the Purify option, the next screen is the part in which we will start the process of rooting you device. Tap the “Get Now” icon. This will start rooting your phone. You will have to wait some time for the process to finish. If your device is support the root will finish successfully. If however your device isn’t support like my HTC One_M8 you will get an error notice and a short explanation. Don’t worry if you get the error you device will still work fine, It just means it won't be able to be rooted using KingRoot.
Note: To check your device is rooted you can download an app from Google Play called “Root checker Basic” it’s simple to use and easy to find.
Uninstalling KingRoot and Unrooting your Device.
Removing the root and KingRoot is just as simple as putting it on. Simply open the app once again, in the top right hand corner tap the "vertical dots" and go to the "General Settings" menu, here scroll down to the very bottom and uninstall. Follow the prompts and the root will be removed. Once the root is removed you can now uninstall KingRoot the same way you would uninstall any other App. Don’t forget to delete the APK file from your downloads folder also. Now that your device is rooted you can begin customisation and getting rid of some of the bloatware.
If you are looking for a quick guide on customising the look and feel of your android device we also have a short article available here.