How to Root General Android Devices

I believe that you've heard the word "rooting" a lot from the geek guys. But do you know what exactly "Rooting" is? Here we will give you a comprehensive introduction on what is rooting, what to do before rooting and how to root Android devices. Now let's know more detail about rooting Android. Such as Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony, Google and HUAWEI which runs Android 2.1 to Android 5.1.1.

- What is rooting -

Definition of rooting

In brief, rooting Android means getting the highest authority on Android and have access to better use your Android phone by optimizing your phone, and its data, etc.

Advantages of rooting Android

Though there's risk rooting Android, there are still many Android users try ways to root their Android because many tempting benefits are waiting for you:

  • Manage apps. You can move the apps from phone memory to SD card and you can even remove the pre-installed apps in order to set free more space for you.
  • Save battery. Stop apps from running on your phone automatically which will drains your battery.
  • Mute the notification or advertisements. It will give you a peaceful life without being annoyed by notifications and ads when using Android.
  • Download useful third-party apps. After rooting, you can not only download apps from Google Play, but also from other third-party apps designed by other manufacturers.
  • Play games on Android using gaming controller. You can pair your Android with the gaming controller to play games on your Android wirelessly via Bluetooth.
  • Install the latest Android OS. The latest OS like Android 6.0, only supports Google Nexus phone, you can root and get the highest privilege to flash the latest Android OS.

Risks of rooting Android

In brief, rooting Android means getting the highest authority on Android and have access to better use your Android phone by optimizing your phone, and its data, etc.

  • If not well handled, there may have some wrongs during the rooting, which will brick your Android. But don't be nervous. It is pretty unlikely.
  • Once you root your Android smart phone that means your Android are beyond warranty any more.
  • There's still another possibility that your acts wired after the root and you are just kept failing when upgrading the latest updates from your OEM.

- Precautions before rooting Android -

Before you root your Android, you'd better do the below things in advance:

  • Backup your Android, in case you fail rooting your Android and need to recover your lost data, you need to have an backup file with you.
  • Make sure that your Android has at least 50% of battery remained. If unfortunately, your Android runs out of battery, the device is likely to turn brick.
  • Find a third-party root tool which provides less and easy steps with higher success rate freely, for example, Kingo Root and KingRoot.

- What tools to use when rooting -

Here're two tutorials showing you how to root Android with Kingo Root and KingRoot.

Tutorial 1: Root Android Device with Kingo Root

  • Step 1. Connect Android to Windows

    Download and install Kingo Root on your Window computer. Double click the icon of Kingo Root and run the program. Then connect your Android phone to the computer with a USB cable. Enable USB debugging mode on your portable device if unrecognized.

    Connect Android to Kingo Root
  • Step 2. Root Android Phone with Kingo Root

    When your phone is detected, you will get the interface as below. Click the button "Root". This will enable the program to root your phone.

    Root Android with Kingo Root

    Root Notifications:

    1. Privileged control or administrator-level permission would be attained after your device has been rooted, which leads to the ability to install custom ROM, uninstall system apps and more.

    2. The process of rooting is a modification to the original system of your device, which may void your device warranty.

    3. You still need system management tools to remove or disable system apps after rooting Android.

Tutorial 2: Root Android Device with KingRoot

Note: You are not allowed to root your Android phone with Mac. For example, when you are intended to root your Android phone and then use our software - FonePaw Android Data Recovery for Mac, you can directly root on the Android phone with the below method.

  • Step 1. Run KingRoot on Android

    Install KingRoot on your Android phone. Tap the icon of KingRoot. This will start the app. And you will have the interface as below. If your phone is unrooted, you can see the prompt saying that "Root access is unavailable". Then click the button "START ROOT".

    Run King Root on Android
  • Step 2. Root Android with KingRoot

    When rooting, you can view the progress. When it is done, you will see the big green tick icon. After that, you can remove apps, purify system, etc. with this app.

    Root Android with King Root

Tutorial 3: Root Android Phone with iRoot

Root Android Phone with iRoot Desktop

  • Step 1. Connect Android Phone to Your Computer

    Install and run iRoot on your computer. Then connect your Android phone to the computer and enable USB debugging on the device. When installing daemon, please wait and don’t touch the USB cable.

    Connect Android Phone to iRoot
  • Step 2. Root Android Phone with iRoot

    When your Android phone is connected and recognized, you will have the notice like "Galaxy s5 is connected".

    If your device is unrooted, you can see the note "No root permissions". Then click the "Root" button to root your phone. When rooting is completed, click "Complete" to end the process.

    Root Windows Samsung Connected

Root Android Phone with iRoot Android

  • Step 1. Install iRoot on Android

    Download the iRoot and install the application on your Android phone. Tap the icon and run it.

  • Step 2. Root Android Phone with iRoot

    If your Android Phone is unrooted yet, no root permission can be detected. Just press the button "Get Root access". When rooting, just sit back and relax. When root succeeded, you will receive the message and get noticed.

    Root Android Root Samsung

As an open operating system, Android triggers a wide range of Android mobile brands and Android OS versions, we still have not found out a program which is 100% compatible for every Android phone or leads to absolutely successful rooting, particularly for Android 4.4 and the later. If both two programs fail to root your mobile, we suggest you turn to other solutions, please refer to: http://forum.xda-developers.com/

It is an effective android recovery software to help you recover contacts, SMS and call logs.

Have a Try                Have a Try

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  • mikey393

    ESET Won't let me download iRoot or Root Genius. Potential viruses. Help Required please?

    2015-5-14 15:08

    • Emily Watson

      Hi, Mikey                                            Sorry for any inconvenience caused to you.                                            As per your comment, I have to tell you that both iRoot and Root Genius are specially designed by thrid-party companies for Android devices, they are not Android official software. That is why you are not allowed to download them.                                            However, iRoot and Root Genius are top software for Android users to root their phones. It has been confirmed with our comparison tests of many kinds of root software on the market.                                            You can safely download iRoot or Root Genius after closing ESET and other antivirus software on your computer. If you are still hesitant about it, you can just uninstall iRoot or Root Genius after successfully rooting your phone.                                            At last, would you please send your detailed information to us?                                            1. What's your phone?                                            2. What's the Android OS of your phone?                                            3. Which part of content do you want to recover?                                            If need, you can also send email to "support@fonepaw.com", our support team will reply you at first time.

      2015-5-14 16:27

    • mikey393

      Hi Emily                                        Many thanks for your reply. I'll try to close off ESET to download.                                        I've switched USB Debugging on.                                        1. Moto E                                        2. O.S. 4.4.4                                        3. Texts                                        I'm not very technical so any help you can give is much appreciated.                                        Kind regards                                        Mike

      2015-5-15 4:50

      • mikey393

        Hi Emily                                                Turned off ESET as suggested but Firefox wont allow me download iRoot & Root Genius won't download on my Laptop - Running Windows 8.1.                                                More help required please.                                                Kind regards                                                Mike

        2015-5-15 5:35

      • Emily Watson

        Hi, Mikey Could you please take a screenshot of the notice about "Firefox wont allow me download iRoot & Root Genius", and send it to "support@fonepaw.com"? Thanks for your cooperation.

        2015-5-15 9:59

      • mikey393

        hi Emily                                                Thanks will do now as this is really frustrating!                                                I'll send both as Firefox message is just with iRoot.                                                Root Genius just says App not available on this p.c.                                                I'm running Windows 8.1.                                                Regards                                                Mike

        2015-5-15 16:11