I installed kingroot and tried it, I closed it thinking it finished and rebooted my phone.

After reboot root checker says I have su binary but not root access.

My problem is I can't find kingroot, not in launcher nor in Settings->apps it doesn't appear anywhere yet when I install it from apk it doesn't say "Install" but "Replace", I tap on replace and wait until it says "application install failed".

I want to remove it completely But I don't find it , how do I uninstall it ? and if I can't find it then how the packaging tool detects it's installed ?

my phone is sony xperia P with android 4.0.4.


I have found Kinguser.apk in /system/app not /data/app so That's why I can't find kingroot, it installs itself as system app(and apparently sets some permissions to not allow me to even see it)

So I need root to uninstall it, unfortunatly when I try su in terminal I get this :

[-] Connection to ui timed out.

So what to do?


Ok after I rebooted I can find kingroot in my Settings->apps->all now for some reason, I can disable it but not remove it (because As I said it has installed itself as system app).

  • Can you flash a custom recovery or do you have one? It would be easy to remove Kingroot using a custom recovery.
    – Firelord
    Feb 9, 2016 at 18:32
  • @Firelord I don't have custom recovery, is it a ROM ? if it is then I can't flash it as that needs root(right?) and I can't root.
    – niceman
    Feb 9, 2016 at 20:52
  • You can use ES File Explorer to delete it from the system/apps folder. Then goto android settings and remove it from the device administrators. Now you can uninstall it
    – dmSherazi
    Sep 1, 2016 at 7:39
  • I have to factory reset to remove the MALWARE kingroot and kinguser.
    – f01
    Sep 17, 2016 at 20:41

3 Answers 3


Install kingroot again restart your phone, install system app remover application and use it to uninstall kingroot. remover

  • I can't install it again, As I said in my post it refuses to install
    – niceman
    Feb 9, 2016 at 14:29
  • OP wrote: "root checker says I have su binary but not root access". If root privilege cannot be gained then I don't think the app you linked would prove to be helpful.
    – Firelord
    Feb 9, 2016 at 18:33
  • which file explorer are you using
    – farhan
    Feb 9, 2016 at 19:45
  • @Frrank file expert 6, why do you need this info ?!!! if you want me to manually uninstall it then I'm afraid I can't because it needs root access which I can't gain
    – niceman
    Feb 9, 2016 at 20:54

Try attempting to use different uninstaller apps to locate and remove the application.

KingRoot is a system app, so you will need a system app uninstaller, such as Jumobile System App Remover (which worked for me).

Try using a different launcher (this sounds weird, but in my experience some apps bind to launchers in strange ways...)

Try using a different rooting app, if possible, and going from there.

If none of these work, more drastic action might be needed.

  • whatever uninstaller there is I must have root access because kingroot is considered a system app and I can't gain root
    – niceman
    Feb 9, 2016 at 20:57
  • I might try different rooting app but after I completly remove kingroot as I think whatever that app is kingroot will interfere with it
    – niceman
    Feb 9, 2016 at 20:58
  • If only I can "su" like I do in my arch linux then I can do whatever I want
    – niceman
    Feb 9, 2016 at 20:59
  • You might just have to reflash a stock firmware. I know this doesn't sound ideal, but if this is something you really need done, that might be the only way to do it.
    – Cynic Wild
    Feb 9, 2016 at 22:28

Solved the same problem. You said you have disabled it. Just ENABLE it back!!! And you have root access again!

  • thanks, I have solved the problem long ago by flashing the rom, I didn't post that as an answer because technically I was looking for solutions other than "format" so technically this isn't an answer
    – niceman
    Jun 26, 2016 at 18:14

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