So you’re interested in learning how to root any Android TV box. Rooting your Android TV box provides numerous benefits by giving you full access to the system files – allowing you to change anything you want.
Rooting an Android device is like jailbreaking an iPhone, you can customize your device to do more advanced things and install apps that aren’t available on the Google Play.
I personally have benefited a lot from rooting my Android box since I enjoy testing out lots of different apps for customization and streaming. There are some points to consider before rooting your television box though.
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Why root your Android TV Box?
Root access to your Android Tv box allows you to install apps that normally wouldn’t be compatible with your TV box, giving you more power to watch what you want or customize visual layouts as you like.
Also, some Kodi apps require root access to your TV box, allowing them to make changes to your system files.
Essentially, rooting your TV box will give you the ultimate freedom for customizing your movie and TV watching experience.
Warnings when rooting your Android TV Box
When you have enabled root access to your Android TV box it means that it is easy to mess things up. Certain apps that you might download have a possibility of containing viruses such as Ransomware, which can take over your entire device and create a security threat.
If your Android device has a virus then any device on your home network could become at risk as well. Therefore, make sure you install some sort of anti-virus software on your device and create a backup of all the files before continuing in case something goes wrong.
Some financial apps and like Google’s Android Pay and other apps that serve copyrighted content will not work on rooted devices.
Also, rooting your Android device may void its manufacturer or carrier warranty. If you need to take a rooted device in for repair make sure to unroot it first.
One thing you should always do is use a VPN service if you plan on streaming torrents.
A VPN service is used to hide your identity and keep you safe from internet companies that are monitoring your activity.
Streaming pirated movies and TV shows is frowned upon so when downloading torrent streaming apps (like some Kodi addons) it is essential that you are using a VPN service such as NordVPN or ExpressVPN.
Now let’s get on to the real question of how to root your tv box.
How to root an Android TV box
In order to install apps that aren’t approved by Google Play, you will need to enable the “unknown sources” setting on your Android TV box.
To allow unknown sources to download onto your device*:
- Turn on your Android TV box and navigate to ‘Settings’
- Scroll down to ‘Personal’ and select ‘Security’
- Set ‘Unknown Sources’ to enabled
*these steps may vary slightly depending on devices, but in general they should be found under similar categories.
Next you’ll want to install the Google Play app called ‘Downloader by AFTVnews’. This app lets you download files from the internet and and manage them on your android device. These files can then be opened and installed if they are APK applications and deleted at any time.
The ‘Downloader’ app can be used to download Kodi for streaming and also to download this next app required for rooting your device.
The app that is going to root your Android TV box is called KingRoot. Here’s how to install it on your device:
- Go to https://kingroot.net/
- Select ‘Download for Android’
- Use the ‘Downloader’ app to install KingRoot
- Open KingRoot
- Where it asks you to ‘Purify System’ select ‘Try it’ (this will speed up your device by removing bloatware and optimizing the system files)
- Select ‘Get now’ to start rooting your Android TV box
- After the rooting process is finished you will be returned to the main screen
- Go to the Google Play and download ‘RootChecker’ and run the app to make sure the root was successful.
What to do with your newly rooted Android TV box
You can now download apps that you previously wouldn’t have access to and can edit your system files to your heart’s content. Be careful what you are doing with the files and what you are downloading, but the possibilities are endless.
A popular reason why people want root access to their Android TV box is for Kodi add-ons. Certain Kodi add-ons require root access to work because they need to access your root files.
Some of these apps allow you to illegally stream TV shows and movies so you beware what you download unless you have a VPN service running on your device.
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