Nexa Vega N4 – Rooting
Not so long ago I got a demo Nexa Vega N4 that I did a review of (Unboxing, Using a Dual Sim Phone, Benchmarks, Overall Impression). After returning the review phone I knew I would one day purchase one for myself – it was only a matter of time.
Well the time came about a week ago and I ordered from my supplier two of them – one for myself and the other for a client. They unfortunately only had white in stock, I would have loved a black one, so I settled for white as I REALLY wanted the phone. After first getting the wrong items – they shipped me a Nexa Vega N2 the first time, I finally got the correct phones.
Now knowing that there was a WiFi MAC Address issue – every reboot of the phone the MAC Address changes – I logged a call with the supplier. Seems that they wanted the phone back to load the software patch 🙁 , not exactly what I wanted to hear after getting a new phone! So I decided I would investigate a bit myself…surely it was only a software issue.
Now for those of you who don’t know what “rooting” an Android phone is – it is basically breaking the protection on the phone that prevents one from editing and changing files at the operating system level. Doing so basically “voids your warranty” (depending on the manufacturer) and can allow you to “brick” (prevent it from booting up) so be VERY careful with what you do once you have root access. Remember with great power, comes great responsibility 🙂
Before I continue I need to do the Standard Disclaimer – if you decide to follow my steps you do so at your own risk…that’s final! I will not be held liable if you bugger it up yourself.
OK with that out the way, I headed over to XDA Developers to have a look at what root method would be recommended, and after reading a few post on MediaTek devices I decided to give Framaroot a shot. I downloaded version 1.9.1 (as it was the latest version at the time).
Next I went into Settings then Security and then I checked “Unknown Sources” (this will allow you to install non-Google Play Store apps on the device).
I opened the Framaroot APK file and installed it. I then opened it from the app drawer, this is what the icon looks like.
A screen opened up where I could select either Install SuperSU, Unroot, Execute script /sdcard/custom. I selected the Install SuperSU option and selected the first exploit to root the device – Boromir,
10 seconds later it said that it was rooted and suggested I reboot the phone. I rebooted and then headed over the Google Play Store to install Root Checker to see if I actually did have root.
This is what I saw:
ROOT ACCESS! Whooo Hoooo! One step closer to fixing the WiFi MAC Address issue myself…
Coming up soon… “Backup Before You Bugger Up” and “Lets Fix the WiFi MAC Address Issue – Ourselves”