Before I explain how to root an Android device, I want to explain what “rooting” is and what are the advantages and disadvantages of rooting your device.
What is Rooting?
Rooting is the process of getting all the privileges and access to an Android functionality to get the most out of your Android device. By rooting your device, you can modify or delete the system files which in the default mode (unroot), the files can’t be accessed.
The Advantages of Rooting
There are many advantages of rooting, including:
- Run special applications
Once you’ve rooted your device, you can run a special app that requires root access on your device. When compared to regular applications, root applications provide more features.
- Custom ROMs
This is the most powerful feature of rooted phones or tablets. There are hundreds of custom ROMs available that can change the entire look and increase the performance of your Android device. With the help of these custom ROMs, the user can also load the newest available Android versions.
- Custom themes
After rooting your Android device, you can fully customize the theme of your Android device. You can load custom themes available free on the internet to give your device a fresh look.
- Free internal space
People who have low internal memory phones like Samsung Galaxy Y can transfer any application from internal to SD card after rooting their phone. This will speed up your phone’s performance.
The Disadvantages of Rooting
The following are some disadvantages of rooting:
- Voids your phone’s warranty
Once rooted, the warranty provided by the phone company is completely void. While you can unroot your phone, but in most of the phones, there is no going back. So, don’t try to root your android phone when in the warrant.
- Brick your phone
Bricking of the device means screwing up phone software so badly that the phone can no longer able to perform its function and the phone becomes a dead phone which is also known as a bricked phone. But most bricked phones can be unbricked.
- Vulnerable to Virus attack
There is an increased risk when some malicious apps are installed. Although a malicious app on the rooted phone or tablet has not really been a problem yet, it can be in the future.
This may cause the device to overheat and explode even in some extreme cases.
I’ve explained the advantages and disadvantages of rooting an Android device. Now the decision is in your hands. If you think that rooting the device is worth it, then go ahead by following the instructions below.
Also Read: How to Unroot any Rooted Android Phone
Preparation Before Rooting Your Android Phone
Before you continue, make sure that you’ve followed these tips before proceeding with the rooting process.
- Charge your phone at least 50%.
- Create a complete backup of your Android device.
- Ensure that your device is listed in the supported devices here. If your device isn’t on the list, you can contact the Kingo team to ask whether your device is supported or not.
Steps To Root Your Android Device
- Download Kingo Root Tool here and install it on your PC.
- Run the Kingo Android Root Tool.
- Enable USB Debugging on your phone. You can find this option under Settings -> Developer Options, then tick on “USB debugging”.
- Plug your Android phone or tablet to your PC via USB cable.
- If your device driver is not installed on your PC, Kingo will install it for you automatically. Make sure your PC is connected to the Internet so that the device driver can be downloaded.
- After a moment, you’ll get an Allow USB debugging message on your Android device. Tick “Always allow from this computer”, and then tap ‘OK’.
You’ll now see your device’s name and root status. Make sure that you read the root notifications. When you’re ready, click on the ‘ROOT’ button and wait until the rooting process complete.
If rooting is successful, you’ll get a “Root Succeeded!” message. Click on the ‘Finish’ button. Your phone will now reboot. That’s it!
You have successfully rooted your Android device and you can now make the most out of it.
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