Rooting Android devices is so much fun because there are so many things you can do. From overclocking and increasing the device performance, to removing the bloatware on your device just by installing a new app. Your options are limitless when you visit the Google Play Store — you can download any app that’s in there now where before you could not download and install any of the apps that required access to the devices internal root file system.


Files You Need

  1. Download the Android 4.3.1 KingRoot APK file from the XDA Developers page here.
    – this version is tested and working for Android 4.3.1 Jelly Bean software updates.
  2. Check that your device is one of the compatible devices on the list — remember this does not work for every Android device.

Downloading the Android 4.3.1 Jelly Bean KingRoot APK

  1. Download the KingRoot APK from the files section above and move it from the default Downloads folder over to the desktop.
    – you do not need to extract this file or unzip this file.
  2. Connect the Android device that you have checked is compatible with the KingRoot tool to the computer with the USB cable.
  3. Transfer the KingRoot APK file over to the root of the SD card internal storage on your smartphone or tablet. The root of the SD card means the topmost folder and not hidden in a subfolder.
  4. Now install that APK file on your Android device. You can read how to install any APK file on your Android devices or even check out the best File Managers to help with the job.
  5. Once you have the APK in your File Manager, tap over the KingRoot icon and it will install that as an app on your device. Now you can find that app on your device where you would typically find your app (in the app drawer).
  6. You will see three new apps there — only tap the one called KingRoot for rooting your device. Please tap on it now and enter the app.
  7. Click the large green Root button on the apps main page.
  8. The KingRoot tool will now take over your device and search for a working rooting method that will remove the default and factory restrictions on your device.
  9. Wait until you see the progress bar reach 100% and the app gives you the success message on the device’s display. You can see what I mean in the KingRoot picture below:
  10. KingRoot success screen
  11. Now you can close the app and download the root checker app. With the root checker, you can do as the name suggests and double-check the guide did work for your device. That will make it easier for you to understand any problems you might be having with rooted apps down the track.

Once the root checker app verifies the root, you can start installing any of those root requiring apps available from the Google Play Store.

You have always owned your device, and now you are truly the administer on the OS since you have learned how to get root access. Now it is up to you to choose what goes on your device and what is removed. Certain manufacturers and phone carriers don’t like you being the root user, but guess what? It doesn’t matter because rooting the Android OS is not illegal. Not only that but it is illegal to deny you a warranty just because yo have rooted your device.

If you are anything like me, then you will install the Titanium backup application as soon as you are done rooting from the Google Play Store to help make backing up faster. There are many other useful apps that people cannot live without and it all boils down to personal choice. Other people like installing the Titanium Backup app to help remove the junk that manufacturers and carriers put on the device that they call system apps. By eliminating the bloatware, you can inch closer to that AOSP ROM that Android developers created. Other people root to make the battery last longer with apps like Greenify or boost the phone’s speed by installing something like a kernel tweaking the app to change the CPU frequency. There are far too many reasons for rooting than to mention in one small paragraph, so you need to check out our guide that shows a bunch of the best root applications for Android to help get you started. The Google P{lay Store is a fantastic place, but it does not show you a list of all the root applications. You need to know already the names of the root apps that you want to try such as the Titanium backup app and then search for from the usual search bar after you enter the Google Play Store app.