Root an Android Device is the Android equivalent of jailbreaking, it means to break the real manner and convert it into a new one. This device and the address will remain the same.
Root an Android Device
Of course, for the average user, this sounds like — and can be — a scary process. After all, “rooting” around in your smartphone’s core software might seem like a recipe for disaster.
Thankfully, there’s a utility that makes rooting a one-click affair: KingoRoot. It’s free and it works — though not with all devices.
More recently, I used it to root a OnePlus One, and this time it was even easier — because an app did all the work.
However, I couldn’t get the utility to work on a Verizon Samsung Galaxy S6. (Even if your device isn’t on it, the utility may work with it.) Here’s how to get started.
Part 1 of 2
The easiest way to use KingoRoot is to install the app version, which literally performs the root process with just one tap.
That’s because it’s not available in the Google Play Store; instead, you must download the KingoRoot APK and manually install it.
Ideally, you’ll just point your device’s mobile to the KingoRoot Android page and download it directly. If that doesn’t work for some reason, or you’re working from your PC, download the APK and email it to yourself as an attachment.
To install it, however, you’ll need to make sure your device is set to allow apps from unknown sources.
Part 2 of 2
Kingo’s support pages suggested I might have better luck with the Galaxy S6 if I tried the Windows version of KingoRoot. Here’s that process:
2.1. Download and install KingoRoot for Windows, making sure to leave unchecked the option to “Install Yahoo powered Chromium browser” and then click Decline to prevent any other adware incursions.
2.2. Enable USB debugging mode on your phone. If it’s running Android 4.0 or 4.1, tap Settings, Developer Options, then tick the box for “USB debugging.” (You may need to switch “Developer options” to On before you can do so.) On Android 4.2, tap Settings, About Phone, Developer Options, and then tick USB debugging.” Then tap OK to approve the setting change.
Tap it seven times, at which point you should see the message, “You are now a developer!”
With that done, tap Settings, About Phone, Developer Options, and then tick USB debugging.” Then tap OK to approve the setting change.
2.3. Your device screen may show an “Allow USB debugging?” pop-up. Tick “Always allow from this computer,” then tap OK.
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