Is Kingroot safe? This is one of the most common questions that we see on the web regarding Android rooting, Kingroot, and other apps that are related to it as well.
That's why we decided to explain in detail everything around these subjects. In order to understand if Kingroot is safe and how it can be dangerous, you must first understand 3 things:
- The definition of a rooted device
- What Kingroot is
- And how it can be dangerous
So, if you're interested in it, then keep on reading!
What is Root?
If you've been an Android user for at least a year or two, chances are that you came across the term "Root" or "Rooted Android" at least once by now.
See, Android devices may be famous for offering a ton of customization options (Especially compared to iOS or other operating systems). However, the truth is that when you get a phone out of its box, it's actually locked up to a certain degree.
This mostly happens for security reasons. Blocking 3rd party apps from getting access to the "Core" of a device is a good way to protect it from both malicious software and even the user himself.
See, playing around with root related functions is no joke. A wrong move can harm your phone in numerous ways. Worst case scenario, you'll end up bricking it - which means that it'll be rendered completely useless (Actually happened to me back in 2012).
Rooting a phone means that you're getting full control over it. So, you basically have almost zero restrictions over what's possible and not.
Anything goes with a rooted phone. You can control the CPU frequency, overclock the refresh rate of certain displays, install a different operating system (Custom ROM), and so much more.
There are tons of ways to root a phone. However, your available options will vary depending on the phone and how much work the community has put into it.
The exact steps that one must follow to root a phone differ from phone to phone. So, make your own research on that for your own device.
Some methods are generally a bit more "Universal" and thus, much easier to use. Kingroot is one of them.
What is Kingroot?
Rooting a phone can be a tedious task. As we mentioned above, the exact steps will differ from device to device, but generally, all you need to do is:
- Get ADB and fastboot drivers installed on a PC
- Unlock the bootloader of the phone
- Install TWRP
- Then install Magisk or something similar through it
We understand that this may be a bit too much to take in at once. Especially if you're not too familiar with computers and Android phones.
That is why many people have created one-click universal root apps which can complete all the process for you with, well, one click. Kingroot is just one more of them.
The typical process is just you installing it, enabling developer options along with USB debugging, and then pressing a button. Worst case scenario, you'll have to download the same app on PC as well and connect your phone to it.
That definitely sounds much easier than the traditional method of rooting. So, why is it that so many people are concerned with it?
Is Kingroot Safe?
Now that everything is said and done, this brings us to our final question - is Kingroot safe? Well, depends on how you look at it. As far as we are concerned at this point in time, it has at least 3 massive risks:
- Failing midway through the rooting process and making the OS unbootable (Small chance - and probably not to the point of bricking the device)
- Successfully giving root access to someone who doesn't know how to safely use that power (Those can manually root a phone tend to have at least a basic understanding of tech while everyone can use one-click root apps)
- And most importantly, there has been proof that Kingroot and many other one-click root apps are collecting a ton of information while also placing non-removable adware at the root level of the device
Now, we are well aware that tons of Android apps are collecting various forms of information. But you must understand that the risk is much higher with root-related apps as they can get access to every piece of information.
Kingroot has been caught red-handed in gathering various pieces of information, including even IMEI numbers which is something that must be kept private.
The truth is that nobody has proof that Kingroot and other one-click root apps are misusing that information. But that doesn't change the fact that they are getting it.
Adding further insult to injury is the fact that certain parts of Kingroot are getting installed at the root level of your phone and are not removed even when you uninstall the app.
Conclusion: Is Kingroot Safe?
So, when everything is said and done, should we trust Kingroot? Is it truly safe? The short answer is that nobody knows.
The long answer is that you probably shouldn't take the risk of using it in the first place. While it certainly makes rooting easier (When it works), it also installs adware and makes itself non-removable. Not to mention that nobody knows what it does with all that private information that it's collecting.
As we mentioned above, root access is nothing to play with. So, maybe just play it safe and go with the traditional method. At least that's Updato's opinion.
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