Samsung, for all the sheer number of devices it launches, and the amount of work it has done in the field of security on Android, keeps its devices easy to root. Unlocked bootloaders on most of the off contract, non carrier branded devices have allowed the vibrant developer community to come up with solutions to rooting devices easily. Samsung, unlike other companies has not been too fussy about it either, adding to the better dev support.
Among the more popular developers is Chainfire. He has released an auto root program for PCs, which can be used to root most of the devices with a single click. Chainfire is also the developer behind the highly popular SuperSU binary and app, an alternative solution to the Superuser app.
Benefits of rooting
Rooting is a process of modifying the operating system such that you gain complete access over it. This is defined as Superuser access, which allows you to do whatever you want to the operating system without any restrictions whatsoever. In lay terms, this is akin to granting administrative rights on your computer.
There a wide range of benefits of rooting, and why you should do it. Some of them are:
1. Batch backup and restore apps with data
One of the best things about rooting your phone is the ability to make a batch backup of apps along with their data. Using apps like Titanium Backup, you can perform a backup of all your apps, save it to the cloud or your computer and not fear about mistakenly losing an app.
2. Restore space used up by unwanted apps
Rooting lets you uninstall the bloatware a lot of OEMs and carriers preinstall on your devices. After rooting, you can use a third party app like Titanium Backup to uninstall any app that came preinstalled with your phone, saving precious space for other things
3. Backup and restore your phone’s operating system with a custom recovery
Basically, cloning the entire image of your phone, along with apps. You can then save this cloned image to your PC and use it again next time when your phone misbehaves. Simply restoring this image will bring back your device to the point where you had backed it up.
4. Flash custom kernel or ROM
You can flash a custom kernel for a wide range of features which are otherwise not provided by your OEM. If your device is popular enough, you will also find a lot of custom ROMs
5. Block ads
As much as we understand how much ads are important, sometimes they become way too annoying on phones. Using apps like Adaway, you can block ads system wide, saving yourself a lot of annoyance and data.
How to root Galaxy devices
Kingroot allows you to root a range of Galaxy devices with a single click on your phone. The Kingroot app can be installed on your phone, after which you just need to tap once for the rooting process to begin.
Here is a small list of popular devices that Kingroot supports:
- Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920F)
- Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900)
- Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500 & GT-I9505)
- Samsung Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) & S3 Neo
- Samsung Galaxy S2 (GT-I9100)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910F)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9000)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (N7100)
Different variants of the same phone are supported if the main variant is supported. Likewise, Kingroot supports a wide range of devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and above up to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
For Samsung users, Kingroot does not trip Knox, which should come across as great news.
How to root with Kingroot
- Go to Settings – Security and enable Unknown sources
- Download and install the Kingroot app from here
- Open the app and let it scan for root abilities. If root is not found, it will show you a root button. Tap on it
- That’s it. Once the app says 100%, the rooting process is complete. You don’t have to reboot your phone either.