Please note: This does not work with the Samsung S5, Sony Z1 or Galaxy Note 3. Please check the compatibility list linked below to check if your device is compatible.
Rooting your Android device allows for added functionality and less restrictions. You can basically do more with your Android device, with rooting being the equivalent of jailbreaking. By rooting your Android device, you unlock the Android OS to allow for the installation of unapproved Android apps, updating of the OS, replacing the firmware, over clocking your processor, and customising pretty much everything.
To most Android users, rooting a device just sounds like a hassle not worth the time and effort. This is because rooting your Android device can lead to bricking your device, which is hard to recover from.
A new Windows utility application has come to the rescue for those unwilling to do the dirty work. The Kingo Android Root application makes it easy to root just about any Android device, using a one click interface that really simplifies the process. [http://www.kingoapp.com]
Kingo Android Root is a free Windows application that seems to work pretty darn well when it comes to rooting Android devices. There is a compatibility list for the Kingo application, so be sure to check that before proceeding with this tutorial. The link is below.
However, the Kingo app has been known to root devices not on that list. So if you are willing to give it a try, go for it, but just know that if your device is not supported, it could end up bricked. Here is how to go about rooting your Android device using Kingo.
1. Download and install the Kingo Android Root Application on your Windows computer.
2. Turn on USB debugging on your Android device. For Android 4.0 and 4.1, this can be done in the settings menu, under ‘Developer options’. Open this, and then check the box for USB debugging to turn it on. If you are on Android 4.2, there is a slight difference. Go into the About Phone section of your settings, then Developer Options, and then check the box for USB debugging. For Android 4.3 and newer, you must go to Settings, then About Phone, then scroll down to Build Number and tap on it a few times. This will enable developer mode and allow you to change the USB debugging option as you would in 4.2.
3. You should now have Kingo installed on your Windows PC and USB debugging enabled on your Android. The next step is to open the Kingo application on your computer.
4. Connect your phone to your computer via USB. If all goes well, the Kingo App should show a connection to your smartphone or tablet.
5. The next step is as simple as clicking the Root button in the Kingo application. The Kingo app will then begin rooting your Android device. Most devices will take about 2 or so minutes to complete the process. This includes the auto reboot at the end.
Thats really about all it takes to root your device! You can also reverse this process by reconnecting your phone to your device while Kingo is running. Then, click on ‘Remove Root’ and the process should be reversed.
Check out the video below that also details the process:
Once your Android device has been successfully rooted, you can do a whole lot more. Customise to your hearts content, install apps that have yet to be approved by Google, older apps no longer available and even illegal apps if thats what you are after. You are no longer running a restricted Android OS, so the possibilities are far greater.
If this process did not work for you, other alternatives include the Root Android Phone application. If you are using a Samsung Galaxy S5, Unlock Root Pro has been reported to work for rooting the device.