Installing the new one-click universal rooting tool called KingRoot is as easy as any other APK file. Once you have it installed on your device using the step-by-step guide below, you can root just about any Android device. The KingRoot file we have below works for the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software update. It does not matter if you installed that update on your device manually or automatically by accepting the over the air (OTA) update when you got the notification. The APK works for all users. KingRoot is a new one click root solution that works for nearly all devices with the Android operating system. You can see the full list available in the files section below. Once you know that your device is compatible from checking the compatible device list, you can install it on any device running Lollipop, KitKat, Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Froyo, and Marshmallow.

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KingRoot: Root any Android device

The only tricky part about the new universal one click rooting tool is that you get three new applications on your device after you finish installing the APK file. The main one you use for the Android rooting is under the same name of KingRoot. The other two you can see associated with the tool are the KingMaster and the KingUser. The KingUser is most useful for learning how to unroot your device again. For example, if you have a Samsung device, you do not want to install Odin and your official stock ROM to unroot the device this time. Instead, just open the KingUser application from your app drawer and it gives you the option from the menu. Once you do that, everything associated with the KingRoot app is deleted from your system by the KingUser.

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The Files You Need

  1. Download the KingRoot APK for Android 5.1.1 Lollipop to root all Android devices.
  2. Make sure your device is compatible with the rooting tool. Here is the list of compatible devices:

Related: 10 Things You Need To Know About KingRoot Before You Root Your Device

Downloading the KingRoot Android 5.1.1 Lollipop APK

  1. Head to the Menu > Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging Mode on your device. Make sure the box is checked for the USB Debugging Mode.
  2. Can’t see any Developer Options menu? Head to the Menu > Settings > About Device and tap where it says the build number at least 7 or 8 times until it says you are now a developer.
  3. Now check that Unknown Sources is enabled: Menu > Settings > Security > Unknown Sources.
  4. Download the KingRoot universal rooting tool to the desktop of the computer.
  5. Connect the Android device of your choice to that same computer using the USB cable.
  6. Transfer the KingRoot file over to the internal storage SD card and make sure it is put on the root of the SD card. That means keep the file on the topmost folder when you drag and drop.
  7. Unplug the Android smartphone or tablet from the computer so it is not connected with the USB cable.
  8. Install the APK on your device. See here: how to install any APK on Android devices.
  9. Those of you choosing to install the APk with a file manager can read the best file managers available for Android devices.
  10. Once you have finished, you should now see three new apps available from your app drawer. That means where you normally find your apps.
  11. Click and open the KingRoot app.
  12. Click the large green button that says Root over the top of the button.
  13. Now the KingRoot tool will search its servers for a working rooting method for your device. Once it is done, you will see a progress bar on the devices display.
  14. Wait until that bar gets to 100% and you can see a success message in the app before closing the app down.

Now your device has root access; you can install the root checker application from the Google Play Store. The root checker app is useful for making sure the guide did work for your device. Once you know you have the internal system unlocked with root access, you can start to install all the root-requiring apps from the Google Play Store. Furthermore, you can also find guides for installing a custom recovery on your device. Once you have the custom recovery, you can start searching for any custom ROMs available for your device.

Many people know that rooting is somehow related to customizing a smartphone or tablet that runs Android, and they know that rooting and jailbreaking are somehow different. What many people do not know is that rooting is short for becoming the root user of the operating system and the term root user is for Linux what the administrator is for Windows. If you were to start up your computer for the first time and not be able to use it as an administrator because Windows had locked that option away, there would be many people out there in the world who would not be able to to do what it is that they wanted to do today. The same thing happens for Android users. Being the root user and having all of the permissions to install and uninstall anything they want is imperative to doing things that require developing and so forth. That is why Google will always be okay with people becoming the root user as long as they know what they are doing.

Rooting Android means having the chance to install many more apps. Thousands of these extra apps are available from the Google Play Store, and there are heaps available from outside the Google Play Store too. The Xposed Framework is one example of an app that is popular but not available from Google Play.

If you are installing root apps from outside the Google Play Store, make sure you know for sure that the app you are installing is not malware. Likewise, if you plan on installing root apps from the Google Play Store make sure that you already know the names because there is no easy way to find them. They are all there, but you need to search for the names before they appear. There are no shortcuts or recommended root apps available from Google Plays homepage.

You can learn what we think are some of the best root apps for mobile devices that run Android from our list and then remember the names of the ones that you want to try and key the names into the Google Play Store app search box on your next visit.

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