This will be a “live” post with constant updates on tools and guides for rooting your Mediatek powered Chinese phone. There are many different phone models out there but many of them share similar CPU models. If you’re wondering about the uses of rooting and what you can do after your phone is “rooted”, do Google for the several explanations on the benefits of rooting. You too can stay tune for our own in-house article coming soon. Tools, guides and links after the break.
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There are many different ways to go about rooting your phone. Some come in the form of an apk which you can install in your phone while others require you to use your computer and an USB connection between your phone and PC. This list will only consist of tools and apps that are constantly updated and are known to work with most if not all devices. Do note that by rooting your phone you instantly “lose” your warranty. Of course there are ways to “unroot” but as always, disclaimers are a must. Do note that there is also a chance of bricking (rendering your phone useless) your phone if done wrongly.
Always Check With Your Phone Maker First
Chinese phone makers are known to provide their own rooting solutions to their own phones. Some phones even come pre-rooted and are even advertised to be rooted. The main problem is most of their sites are in Chinese and using Google translate is kind of scary if you’re doing stuff that might spoil your phone. Anyways if you’re still interested, do a search on the brand of your phone to get to the official site. Google usually doesn’t work as well as Baidu (Chinese search engine) in this area. Do a search on both sites to get the URL you need.
Another point to take note is that some retailers do provide instructions and tools to root the phone that you have purchased from them. Do email or contact them for more information.
The Guides and Tools Listed Don’t Work!
Your phone might have some specially modified hardware/software that causes the tools to not work. Some of the tools use exploits to root and they might have been fixed by your phone maker. Nevertheless, you can always use Google to find other users that might have some success in rooting your phone. A simple search of “[insert phone model/brand] root” should yield some valuable results.
Tools, Guides and Links
Framaroot – One Click APK Root
Official Thread: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2130276
Framaroot is the easiest way to go about rooting your phone. Simply put the APK in your phone, install it and then run it. If it doesn’t work, move on to the next solution. Otherwise, it should work as it did for my phones (tried on 2 different phones and both works flawlessly). Once rooted (it should say something along the words of success), head on to the Play Store to get the SuperSU or SuperUser app
MTK Droid Root & Tools
Official Thread: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2160490
MTK Droid Root & Tools is a tool that not only helps you root your phone, but it also provides other features such as backing up data and even installing an early version of CWM (Clockwork Mod) Recovery on your phone. The thread above has some information on how you can go about installing CWM Recovery as well as the steps to take should your root not automatically work.
Official Site: http://www.sjroot.com/
You can download the rooting application of the site’s front page. The application works similar to a one click root. Simply connect your phone via USB and press “next”. The application should tell you if the root is successful or not. You can also search your phone model and brand in the site’s search bar. It will provide you with a specific root known to work with your phone (should it exist). There are some other generic rooting tools as well (usually specific to the CPU model e.g MTK6589). The site is in Chinese but a Google translate should help more or less.
There are many things you can do with a rooted phone. One of the most important benefits, in my opinion, is the ability to backup your files and phone much more efficiently and effectively than before. Other than that, do stay tune for our very own article to explain some of the joys and benefits that you can enjoy with a rooted phone. We’ll update this article when the time comes. It is an “Always Updated” article after all.