Rooting is the process of gaining root access on a device. This allows us full access to all aspects of the device’s operating system. The most popular thing to do once you gain root access is to flash a custom recovery image. Custom ROMs, overclocking kernels, adding certain new features, etc. all require what is known as a custom recovery image. When an Android device ships from the manufacturer, it has a recovery mode built in. This is used to restore the device if it becomes unresponsive and to perform updates to the operating system. Once you have root access, however, we can replace this recovery image with our own custom recovery image that can, not only perform those same functions, but has a lot of added new features. One such new feature, is the ability to allow us to flash custom versions of the operating system (custom ROMs). These custom versions, created by talented third-party developers, can add new versions of the operating system, add features from other devices that aren’t normally available on your device, etc.
Besides that, you can also use our How to Remove Bloatware on your Android Device video to remove all those pesky apps and services the manufacturer and carrier put on your device that are slowing it down and taking up space. You don’t even need a custom recovery for that. Just follow this procedure and head to that one directly after.
With that bit of background on rooting, let’s discuss this method.
Every now and then a rooting method comes along that seems to work across a plethora of devices. And, every now and then when that happens, a developer creates a neat little program to make that rooting procedure automated. This is the case with the Framaroot method and WugFresh toolkit to name a few of the applications to come out recently. In addition to these, there is a new one that has appeared called Kingo. What’s great about this program is that it not only roots the device in one click (essentially) but it’ll actually find the appropriate drivers for it and set them all up before hand (a very troublesome step for most people). If you’re device is one that it supports, why not give it a try. Here’s how to root your Android device using the Kingo method:
1. This only works on Windows since the rooting program is only for Windows.
1. On the Android device, go to Settings > General > About Device.
2. Repeatedly tap on Build Number until it says you are a developer.
3. Hit back and tap Developer Options.
5. Turn on USB Debugging.
1. Download Kingo.
2. Double-click the exe to install Kingo.
3. Follow the prompts to install Kingo.
4. Wait for it to install the drivers and when it tells you to unplug the device, do so.
5. When it tells you to plug the device back in, do so.
6. Tap always allow and click OK on your device when prompted.
7. Click the Root button and wait for it to finish.
8. Once done, it’ll reboot and you are all done!
1. Head to my How to Remove Bloatware on Your Android Device video.
1. Head to my How to Flash a Custom ROM video and do Section III.
1. Head to my How to Flash a Custom ROM video and do Section III and IV.
If this procedure helped you, please consider donating to the original developer or at least sending them a thank you.
Now that you are rooted, head here to learn some of the fun things you can do!
For all the devices we have rooting procedures for, head here.