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Hello Android Enthusiasts,

I was wondering if KingRoot can potentially brick my HTC One and Nexus 9. I have not rooted either yet for my warranty is still active. If either is bricked, is there a way that it could possibly be recovered? If possible, could you please provide me with some statistics or percentages regarding the likeliness of one of these devices becoming bricked? Here are a few more specifications about my devices:

HTC One M8 Harman Kardon Edition from Sprint

HTC Google Nexus 9 (No carrier, WiFi)

Thank you in advance.

Regards,

Ani

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As usual, the answer is: any attempt to modify O.S. files can brick your phone. But you can try to root your phones. Just make sure you made a full backup of your phone software (not only /data), including boot.img and other sensitive parts of O.S.(system.img and so), and keep those files safe saved on your computer (so you can reflash your phone in case something goes wrong). Before attempt to root your device, the oem boot loader must be unlocked. The apk of KingRoot in itself does not produce to much harm on O.S. It just install a necessary su binary to allow getting root access to system, and also some other files. The primary scope of any rooting tool is indeed, placing su somewhere in /system/bin and symlink it (maybe) in /sbin. If you don't know about flashing your device, don't ever try to do things you actually don't master.

  • Just make sure you made a full backup of your phone software -- but how? I mean without custom recovery, how do you make a full backup. – Firelord May 6 '15 at 8:25
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    Firelord, I ussualy use SP Flash Tool for my MTK devices. I am sure there are tools to full backup your system images without root. – user3344236 May 6 '15 at 8:28
  • Firelord did you checked this android.stackexchange.com/questions/28296/… – user3344236 May 6 '15 at 8:35
  • Yes, I did check. Most of the answers revolves around using ADB for backup and adb cannot be used unless Android OS itself is working fine. Also, there is an exception for ADB but that requires custom recovery since stock recoveries doesn't provide such feature. Ultimately, it all comes back to how do you take full backup without custom recovery installed at all. ADB AFAIK doesn't covers everything, just (system+user) apps+app-data+system-settings. This is what I saw by extracting backup. – Firelord May 6 '15 at 8:39
  • SP Flash tool is way ahead in this since it doesn't require Android or recovery to be running while taking the backup. I used it to flash my devices but didn't know that it can take backup as well. – Firelord May 6 '15 at 8:42

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