KingRoot is a free Android rooting tool available to Chinese Android users. Over the past few months, the tool has become more and more popular across China.
The rooting tool has several unique features that make it worth mentioning.
First, the tool is free. It’s also one of the few rooting tools that doesn’t need a third party recovery tool installed (although the vast majority of Android users will want to install a recovery tool after they root anyways).
KingRoot is also cloud-based and it works by looking up the best root method for your particular device on its cloud. Then, once it finds that method, it attempts to run it on your device.
Sometimes, KingRoot works and other times it doesn’t. If the KingRoot app doesn’t run on your device, then the creator of the app recommends using the KingRoot desktop software, which may be able to find a better solution.
One of the nice things about KingRoot is that it comes with an attractive interface. If you’ve spent much time dealing with root tools on the internet, then you know that UI is not one of the chief concerns of most root software development teams.
KingRoot, however features a minimalistic interface that keeps you constantly updated on the progress of the root. The device features a percentage indicator and will reboot several times after the process runs.
What Are the Downsides to KingRoot?
There are a few notable downsides to KingRoot that leads us not to recommend it.
Unfortunately for Android users living outside of China, KingRoot is only available in Chinese, which can make it difficult to safely follow the on-screen directions. You might want to have a Chinese friend looking over your shoulder while you root if you decide to go with this method.
Another major problem with KingRoot is that it doesn’t usually work – which is an unfortunate problem for Android rooting software. The tool works by going onto the internet and pulling off the best-identified root tool from its directory.
This leads to a success rate of about 50% to 60% – which still isn’t bad, but it’s far from perfect.
One final downside is that the cloud-based rooting tools don’t always work as promised. Some rooting tools found in the KingRoot “cloud” will alter files on your device without actually rooting anything. This could have long-term effects on your Android’s security and leave you with a half-rooted device.
If you’re confident about your Chinese skills and want to give KingRoot a try, then you can download it from the XDA Developers Forum for free here.