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KingoRoot is software intended to provide root access on smartphones, tablet computers, etc. running all versions of the Android operating system from 4.1.2,[1] available since 2013.[2] There is another very similar Android Application [3] with the same purpose, KingRoot[4] launched at about the same time; the two very similarly-named applications are often confused.

KingoRoot was used in an exploit by ZNIU along with the DirtyCow exploit in September 2017 to gain root access.[5][6]

KingoRoot was banned from the XDA Developers forum along with vRoot in November 2013 due to concerns with the information collected by the app during the rooting process.[7]


CNET gave Kingo Android Root 3.5 out of 5 stars, [8] and Rick Broida, a CNET editor, says the KingoRoot app "makes rooting a one-click affair", while noting that it does not work for all devices.[9]

Digital Trends said that using an app is "one of the easiest ways to root your Android device", and included KingoRoot in its list of most reliable rooting apps.[10]

A long thread on the respected xda-developers Web site concluded, with detailed information and links, that the similarly named app KingRoot should be considered adware and malware, although it is often successful in gaining root access.[11]

See also


  1. ^ "KingoRoot for Android, the best One Click Root Tool/APK for free". KingoRoot. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Root Android phone, flash custom ROM and manage your Android devices, Rooting Freeware Download". Kingo, archived on 24 September 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-09-24.
  3. ^ gb, insta. "Android Application". gbinstaa. Retrieved 26 June 2023.
  4. ^ "KingRoot APK v5.4.0 Download For Android". Appsrs. Retrieved 1 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Dirty COW Now Being Abused on Android by ZNIU". xda-developers. 2017-09-27. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  6. ^ Osborne, Charlie. "Dirty Cow vulnerability discovered in Android malware campaign for the first time". ZDNet. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  7. ^ "KingoApp". XDA Developers. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  8. ^ "Review from CNET".
  9. ^ Rick Broida (June 3, 2016). "How to easily root an Android device". CNET.
  10. ^ "How to Root Your Android Phone". Digital Trends. 9 April 2021.
  11. ^ "KingRoot Malware / Adware root !!". xda-developers. 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2020.