(Last Updated On: May 25, 2017)

The Android operating system comes to you out of the box with certain restrictions put in place over the original operating system. Most people aren’t aware that the limitations are there because there are still well over a million useful applications that you can install on your device. But thousands of additional apps could be installed on your device if only it had root access. Often these new apps that cannot be on your device yet do the most important things. The reason for that is because for an app to be one of the most powerful apps available, it needs to have access to the internal system, and that is what we call having root access.

Rooting the Android operating system of devices has been a popular thing to do since the dawn of Android so people can get more out of their devices and have full control over their devices. Rooting Android makes up one part of what customizing the Android OS is all about—the other is installing a custom recovery image. Back in the day, the ClockworkMod Recovery image was the most widely used custom recovery image to use on Android but these days CWM Recovery is no longer active, and it has been replaced with TWRP Recovery.

Why root Android with KingRoot

When people installed the custom recovery image so that they could install custom ROMs and custom kernels, the one’s that wanted root access to go along with it would then flash an appropriate version of the SuperSU application from the custom recovery image. Installing SuperSU from a stock recovery image was not possible because there is no option for uploading files from the stock recovery. Moreover, installing the SuperSU application directly from the Google Play Store with the stock recovery would not have the same effects as flashing it from the custom recovery, so doing that is useless.

The man behind creating SuperSU also makes a one-click rooting tool called CF-Auto-Root. A One-click rooting tool is different from SuperSU alone in the sense that you don’t need to have installed a custom recovery image first before you can go ahead and get root access with the one-click rooting tool. CF-Auto-Root and CF-Root are available for many devices, but predominantly for Samsung devices. The CF-Auto-Root files are constantly being updated so that they are compatible with newer software versions, but they require a unique file for each model number or else the device gets bricked.

The KIngRoot tool is also a one-click rooting tool just like CF-Auto-Root, but it works differently. You don’t need to have a different file for your particular device. The KingRoot team works behind the scenes to collect all rooting methods that they know about and then they package them all together in the one file so it gives the appearance of a file that can root just about anything. The other significant difference between the two tools is that KingRoot does not need a computer. Unlike the CF-Auto-Root that requires flashing from a Windows PC, the KingRoot tool is available for you to install directly on your device so all you need to do is open the app and then click on the button to root the device and it handles the rest. What’s more, you don’t brick your device with KingRoot as if it isn’t available for your device then it will let you know that rooting was not successful and won’t harm your device in the process. If you do find that your device is not working after using KingRoot, the then chances are that it is not bricked permanently. Try flashing the stock ROM on your device, and that should fix the issue.

Downloading the KingRoot Android 7.1 APK APP for Android mobile

  1. Get started by making sure the Unknown Sources option is already turned on from the Android device’s settings menu by tapping your finger on the Menu > Settings > Security > Unknown Sources. Only then can you install apps on your device from sources that are outside of the Google Play Store.
  2. Download the KingRoot APK file and the install it on the Android mobile device. That is done either from a computer with a File Manager and learning how to install APK files from SD card, or by installing the KingRoot tool directly from one of the web browsers that exists on your device already.
  3. Once the KingRoot application installed correctly on your device, tap on the KingRoot icon that is now available from the app drawer.
  4. Once the app is open, tap on the large button that is going to grant the root access to your device.
  5. The root app can take a few minutes to complete doing its thing. Do not touch any buttons, or play with the USB cable during this time or else you might disrupt the connection.
  6. You know that the rooting process is ocmplete hwne you get a big tick on the mobile device’s display.
  7. Close down the KingRoot app and reboot your mobile device before checking out the root apps that are now available for you to install.
  8. As soon as your device that is running on the Android 7.1 Nougat software has rebooted, you can then start installing the root apps you wanted.

There are many different versions of the KingRoot APKs that become available. The difference is that newer versions are made to work with more devices and the same devices that have been updated to newer Android software versions. So, as long as you are installing the right version of the tool, then you should have no problems getting the KingRoot tool to work. And if you do try rooting with the KingRoot tool and it does not work, you can always submit a request to the developers by leaving a message on the XDA-Developers thread for the tool and ask them to create a rooting method for your device. Even if you don’t leave a message alerting them to the fact that your particular device cannot be rooted at the moment, you can always try installing the tool again later and seeing if the compatibility is then available at a later date.

The KingRoot for Android 7.1 Nougat software update also comes with the Purify application preinstalled with it. This is a new app that was never available before from the KingRoot team. With Purify, you can get rid of annoying notifications, make the battery life of your device last longer and increase the performance of the hardware—all popular reasons for wanting to root Android in the first place.

If you are finding that the KingRoot one-click rooting tool is not working for your device, it might be because it is not a supported device. While the team originally claimed that it rooted each Android device, it now only shows that it focusses on devices from Google, Huawei, LG, HTC, and Samsung.

One of the best things about the KingRoot APK for Android is that it does not need you to have unlocked the bootloader and installed a custom recovery before you could get the rooting file installed. However, that also means that you cannot be installing custom ROMs or custom kernels until both of those things are taken care of on the device. For now, it’s all about what root applications you can install on the device. There are several hundred root apps that people always install right around the world because they are worthwhile. If you don’t know the names of those root applications already then you will struggle to find them because the Google Play Store does not offer any central hub to view the root apps. You need to know the names before you get there. That’s all good though because we have created an article that goes into great detail about what the best root apps for Android are so all you have to do is remember the names of them the next time you visit the Google Play Store or the XDA-Developers web forum.

If you aren’t having success using the version that is available for the Android mobile, you should give the KingRoot 7.1 Nougat APK for Windows PC a try and see if you have success that way instead.