Kingroot guide: Why should you not use it to Root
Kingroot is a one-click rooting application for Android that lets its user root their devices and gain superuser access on the version of Android running on their device. You can always go ahead and read more about rooting your device and the benefits that you will have after rooting your device. One of the many benefits is the ability to edit system files and customizing your device on a deeper level. Things, like changing the looks of your device or even having your status bar, tweaked after rooting is possible. Not only that, you can also use mods like Xposed Framework etc. to have more features on your device.
What is Kingroot?
As mentioned in the intro, Kingroot is an app specially developed to root an Android device without the need of a computer. The app uses exploits inside Android OS to gain root access to the phone. It also comes with a root manager which asks you to provide permission if an app wants to gain root access to your device. Kingroot is also available for your Windows PC which was developed to provide a better success rate in order to root the devices using Kingroot.
If you are not able to root your phone using the Kingroot app on Android, you will have a much better chance of obtaining root if you go ahead and use the Kingroot app for your Windows PC. All this sounds too good to be true, right? Yes. You can definitely go ahead and try Kingroot but we strongly advise against it. Let us discuss this in more details in the section below.
Why Should You Not Use Kingroot?
Kingroot’s origin is still unknown and all we know is that some Chinese developer(s) developed this app. I am not saying that we shouldn’t trust it because it originated from China, but the app works in very shady ways. Anyways, even if it didn’t do shady stuff, would you be interested in giving full control of your phone to an app which is not from a trusted developer?
Kingroot sends IMEI information to its servers
Kingroot is known to send the phone’s IMEI information back to its servers in China which itself is a bit shady as to why a rooting utility would require saving its user’s IMEI information. The same thing has been noted about companies like Xiaomi and OnePlus. At least with devices from Xiaomi and OnePlus, you have the choice of stopping to share such information with the companies but with Kingroot you cannot control this and the information will definitely be sent to their servers.
Kingroot insists on acting as the SU manager on the phone
After you are rooted using Kingroot, you will notice that the SuperUser access on your phone will be managed by Kingroot itself and you cannot easily change to a better app like SuperSU or any other root manager that you would like. This is another shady thing that makes Kingroot suspicious. It is already sending the IMEI information to their servers and with Kingroot being the default SU manager, things become a bit shadier.
It does not work all the time!
Before you go ahead and start using Kingroot to root your Android device, you should look for better and safer rooting options. If there are other ways of rooting your Android device, then I suggest you go for that so that you are totally safe.
These were some of the reasons why we do not suggest you rooting Kingroot at all. Not only does it send data from your phone to their server, but you will have a hard time replacing Kingroot’s SU manager with something else.
There are many other alternatives for Kingroot that you can choose to go for. You can find some of the in the list below.
- Kingo App
- Z4Root App
- Root Master
None of the apps listed above need you to connect the phone to a PC or any other device to root the phone. You can easily root your phone using any of the apps listed above.