Easily Root Your Android Device
Interested in pushing the boundaries of your device’s capability? In this week’s article, I discuss how you can use the free Windows utility, “Kingo” to root just about any Android device.
Rooting is the android equivalent of jailbreaking. This means to unlock the operating system so that you are able to install apps that are unapproved by Google, update or downgrade the OS, replace the firmware, overclock or under clock the processor, customise practically everything and so forth.
No doubt some people will find “rooting” a daunting and unnerving process. When making alterations to the device’s software, you always have to be careful because one wrong move can brick your device. The term brick means that your device will become as functionless and as useful as a paperweight.
Fortunately, by using the Windows utility, “Kingo” you can remove any concern regarding breaking your device as this application automates the entire process from one simple click. Follow the four steps below to achieve this:
Step One: Download and install Kingo Android Root.
Step Two: Enable “USB debugging” mode on your phone. If you are running Android 4.0 or 4.1 then tap “Settings“, “Developer Options“, then tick the box for “USB debugging.” (This may require you to switch “Developer Options” to “on” before you are able to apply this change.) On Android 4.2, you will need to tap “Settings“, “About Phone“, “Developer Options” and at that point, tick “USB debugging.” Then select “OK” to approve the change of settings.
On Android 4.3 (as well as some versions of Android 4.2), you will need to tap “Settings“, “About Phone“, then scroll down to the “Build Number.” Now you need to tap this section seven times until you see the verification message, “You Are Now A Developer.”
Step Three: Run “Android Root” on your PC, then connect your phone via the USB cable you would normally use for syncing it. After a short while, you should see a connection being made from the mobile device to the application.
Step Four: Click the “Root” button within the PC application then just kick your feet up and play the waiting game. From previous experience, the process should take roughly 2 minutes (this includes the automated restart at the end) but each device may vary.
The best part is, you can easily undo the rooting process after it has finished by plugging your phone back into the computer, and selecting “remove root.”
There are now many more features that you can take advantage of on your Android device.
If you had any difficulty at all whilst carrying out this tutorial then please do not hesitate to leave a comment in the box below and I’ll be sure to reply.