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Kingo, sometimes known as One Tap Root or KingoRoot includes a series of system debugging/root obtaining software for Android devices, including Kingo Android Root, Kingo APK Root and Kingo SuperUser. It helps Android users to root their devices. Kingo was initially released in 2013 and offers rooting methods for a large number of Android devices from different manufacturers including Jiace, Google, HTC, Sony, ZTE, Lenovo, etc.
The software is detected by many major virus engines as being malicious.
Kingo Root is not available for download from the Google Play Store due to Google not supporting root on Android and recognizing it as malware. If a user wants to use it, they have to install it via an .apk file downloaded from the internet. Upon attempting to install, a alert will pop up from Google Play warning the user that Kingo Root is dangerous. The alert can be ignored.
When attempting to root via the Android .apk, there will be a checkbox that is automatically marked, which reads 'Install recommended app'. Even if the user unchecks the box, Kingo Root will sometimes install another app anyway. If the user tries to root via the PC version, it will give a few offers for other applications that may be adware or PUPs.
Supported Android versions
- Android 1.5 Cupcake
- Android 1.6 Donut
- Android 2.0 -2.1 Eclair
- Android 2.2-2.2.3 Froyo
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Android 3.0-3.2 Honeycomb
- Android 4.0-4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean
- Android 4.4.2 KitKat
- Android 5.0, 5.1 Lollipop
- Android 6.0 - 6.1 Marshmallow
- Android 7.0 - 7 Nougat
- Android 8.0 Oreo
Digital Trends commented that Kingo Android Root was "one of the easiest ways to root your Android device".
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