How to Root Android Smartphones and Tablets - 2 Effective Ways

Author:Jake | TIME:September 19,2017

What Is Rooting?

Rooting refers to gaining root access to your device. It is similar to that running programs as administrators in Windows. When you get a new Android phone, you can only alter what the manufacturer allows you to, while as a matter of fact, there are quite a lot of settings you can tweak. On the contrary, with a rooted phone, you can run apps that require access to certain system settings, as well as flash custom ROMs to your phone, which add all sorts of extra features. 


There are advantages and disadvantages of rooting an Android device.


Why You Should Not Root Your Android

Rooting your Android means you become the superuser of the device. If you don’t know too much about the technology, you may bump into trouble, for example, you may trash things by installing the wrong app or making changes to system files. That could result in a useless device. Besides, the security model of Android is also compromised to a certain degree as root apps have much more access to your system. Malware on a rooted phone can access a lot of data. Therefore, Google does not officially support rooted devices. 



Why You Want to Root Your Android

  • Tweak the Dark Corners of Android

  • Unlock Hidden Features and Install "Incompatible" Apps

  • Boost Your Phone's Speed and Battery Life

  • Block Ads in Any App

  • Back Up Your Phone for Seamless Transitions

  • Remove Preinstalled Crapware

  • Flash a Custom Kernel

  • Flash a Custom ROM

  • Automate Everything


How to Root An Android Phone or Tablet?

It is hard to tell if it is good or not to root an Android device, it all depends on you. If you are going to do this, here are two ways on how to root Android devices.

Method 1. Root Android phone/tablets with Android SDK root tool

Before you start to download Android SDK root tool to root Android phone or tablets, you should ensure that:

  • The device shall be powered on.

  • The device is at least 50% battery.

  • Internet connection is ready (WiFi network is suggested).

  • Allow installation of apps from unknown sources: Settings > Security > Unknown Sources. 


Step 1 Enable USB debugging and OEN Unlocking on Android Devices

1. Go to Settings > Tap on About Phone > Find and tap on the Build Number several times to bring up the Developer Options;

2. Tap on the Back key to see the Developer Options > Tap on Developer Options > Check to enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking.


Step 2 Download and install Android SDK root tool on Android phone/tablets

Click on KinggoRoot.apk to download and install the Android SDK root tool (The Kinggo Root tool supports you to root Android devices with one click.)

If the install process is blocked with "Install Blocked" error message, you can try again by following below guidelines:

Click Settings > Security > Check Unknown sources > Press back and find Downloads app and click KinggoRoot.apk to install.


Step 3 Root Android devices with KinggoToot.apk without PC

1. Launch "Kingo ROOT" app and click "One Click Root" to start the rooting process;


2. Wait until you see the result screen;

Please try KinggoRoot several times if the Android SDK root process is interrupted or uncompleted. If KingoRoot APK failed to root your device after several trials, you can try with the KingoRoot Android (PC Version).



Method 2. Root Android phones and tablets on PC

Step 1 Download and install Kingo Android Root on your computer


Step 2 Enable USB debugging on your Android phone

For Android 4.2 - 8.0 users:

(1) Enter "Settings" > Click "About Phone" > Tap "Build number" for several times until getting a note "You are under developer mode";

(2) Go Back to "Settings" > Click "Developer options" > Check "USB debugging".


For Android 3.0 to 4.1 Users: 

Enter "Settings" > Click "Developer options" > Check "USB debugging".



For Android 2.3 or earlier:

Enter "Settings" > Click "Applications" > Click "Development" > Check "USB debugging".



Step 3 Run Android Root and connect your phone to PC

Run Android Root and connect your phone to computer via USB cable.


Step 4 Root your phone with one click

Click on "Root" button and wait patiently, then the software will help you do the rest job. After your device restarts, the root job will be completed.


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