Thursday, 14 February 2013

[Geeking] Rooting your Public Mobile ZTE N762

Why root your Public Mobile ZTE N762?

 To remove or move to your phone's SD card the unwanted Apps you never use and make extra space for Apps you really want. The N762 is cheap but as very little memory so rooting your phone is a nice way to optimize its space. (ie. I do not have a Facebook account or use Google+ on my phone removing those apps freed about 15Mb on my phone.)

 To tether the 3G connection over a USB cable or through Wi-Fi. While there are some other options, rooting your phone will allow you to easily share your phone's Interweb connection with your other device.

 To customize your phone. Some apps will allow you to customize just about everything on your phone but those require that you have a rooted phone.

 Once rooted you will also be able to install ROMs to change/upgrade the version of Android currently on the phone and install apps allowing you to take screenshots or install a firewall to protect your phone.

Read carefully

The risks of rooting your Android phone 
by bullguard.com

[...]
     1. You can turn your smartphone into a brick. Well, not literally, but if you goof up the rooting process, meaning the code modifications, your phone software can get so damaged that your phone will basically be as useless as a brick.

    2. Your phone warranty turns void. It’s legal to root your phone; however, if you do it, your device gets straight out of warranty. Say you root your phone and some time after that, you experience a phone malfunction – hardware or software related. Because of the Android rooting, the warranty is no longer valid, and the manufacturer will not cover the damages.
    3. Malware can easily breach your mobile security. Gaining root access also entails circumventing the security restrictions put in place by the Android operating system. Which means worms, viruses, spyware and Trojans can infect the rooted Android software if it’s not protected by effective mobile antivirus for Android. There are several ways these types of malware get on your phone: drive-by downloads, malicious links, infected apps you download from not so reputable app stores. They take over your phone and make it act behind your back: forward your contact list to cybercrooks, sniff your e-mails, send text messages to premium numbers, racking up your phone, and collect personal data such as passwords, usernames, credit card details that you use while socializing, banking and shopping from your smartphone.
[...]
And then read: Android Newbie’s Guide to Rooting and The Always Up-To-Date Guide to Rooting the Most Popular Android Phones.

Need to Know:
HOW TO UNROOT (ALMOST) ALL ANDROID DEVICES (SIMPLIFIED)
How to Unroot Android from eHow

1- Install Clockwork
Source: xda-developers.com, kodemind.com
  • Download Clockwork HERE
  • Extract the "Android SDK" folder from the "Android SDK.rar" to C:\.
    You should now have C:\Android SDK\ 
  • Put your phone in Android Bootloader Interface.
    How to:
    1. Turn your phone ON, 
    2. Immediately Press and Hold the Volume Down and Menu* button.
  • Your phone will now appear frozen. 
  • Plug your phone into your PC and install the driver found in the Android SDK folder.**
  1. Open a Command Prompt (Open as administrator if using windows
    Vista/7)
  2. Type in Command Prompt:"cd C:\Android SDK" 
  3. Press Enter.
  4. In Command Prompt type:"fastboot flash recovery recovery.img"  
  5. Press Enter.**
  6. Once step 4 has completed, which shouldn't take more than a few second,
    Type in Command Prompt:"fastboot reboot"
Your phone will now reboot.
  • To load Clockwork and see if it was installed successfully enter Recovery mode.***
    How to:

    1. Turn your phone ON,
    2. Immediately Press and Hold the Volume UP and Menu* button
* The Menu button is to the left of the Home button. Some people do press the Home button by mistake. If you did press the wrong button remove your battery and try again.
** If entering "fastboot flash recovery recovery.img" returns "Waiting for device" you most likely haven't plugged-in you phone or installed the driver from the Android SDK folder.
***  Once loaded Clockworkmod will be upside down but will work properly.

2- Root your Phone
  • Download "superuser_installer_xda.zip" HERE 
  • Mount your phone to your PC and Copy "superuser_installer_xda.zip" to your phone's SD card. 
  • Unmount your phone
  1. Load Clockwork,  (Tip: Use volume button to navigate and the Home Button to select)
  2. Select "Install zip",
  3. Select "superuser_installer_xda.zip",
  4. Install,
  5. Reboot your phone.
 Your Phone is now Rooted!

Problem?
See the comment section of kodemind.com or mobilephonetalk.com for trouble shooting and help.

3- What Now?

IMPORTANT!!
"With great power comes great responsibility."

Being Root on a Linux based system is nothing like being the Administrator of a Windows PC by doing something frivolously or executing random commands you could damage your phone or make it completely useless.

Lets prevent some of the future mistake you'll be undoubtedly making.
  • Set a Password for Root.
    1. In your phone launch the Superuser App and go to the settings,
    2. Enter a new Pin.
  • Install an Anti-Virus
    I'm personally using Avast! but there are many options out there. 
  • Back Up your Phone!
    Install Titanium Backup Root to help you backup then fix the many mistake you'll probably be making in the future.
Read More! Fail Less!
  • The 10 Best Android Apps that Make Rooting Your Phone Worth the Hassle from LifeHacker.com
  • I've rooted my phone. Now what? What do I gain from rooting? From stackexchange.com
  •  (Guide) (Beginners) You have rooted your phone, now what can you do. From talkandroid.com
Some Apps I like that require Root

Elixir II: A suite of tools for your Android.
Adfree Android: Removes the ads found in some(Most) free apps.
TotalCommander: A very complete file manager.
App 2 SD: Allow you to move unmovable apps to your SD card.
AnTuTu CPU Master: Overcloak your CPU.
Android Terminal Emulator: Linux command shell terminal.
ROM Manager: Clockworkmod Interface.
ScreenShot Free: Take screenshot in Android.



DPTLC is in no way affiliated with Public Mobile.
Rooting your phone will void all warranty from Public Mobile and ZTE.

16 comments:

  1. Can't get around "Waiting for device" , took almost a whole day installing and uninstalling drivers.....???????

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    1. You're most likely pressing "Volume UP and Home" instead of "Volume UP and Menu".

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    2. * The Menu button is to the left of the Home button. Some people do press the Home button by mistake. If you did press the wrong button remove your battery and try again.

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    3. it still takes forever for the < waiting for device > caption to disappear, somethings wrong please explain.

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    4. i get to the frozen screen part, plug in my usb and it doesn't register, it makes another sound and doesn't show anything connected?

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    5. Hi, after turning on the phone and getting to the frozen screen, i plug in my usb and it doesn't register as connected, thus when i try to do the recovery.img it's just on a continuous waiting for device, any help?

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  2. Is the "waiting for device" part supposed to take over a half hour?

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    1. You're most likely pressing "Volume UP and Home" instead of "Volume UP and Menu".

      * The Menu button is to the left of the Home button. Some people do press the Home button by mistake. If you did press the wrong button remove your battery and try again.

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  3. what is the driver's name?

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  4. phone not rebooting at last step?!?!?!

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  5. was wondering how do u update ur andriod verison? i have the same phone zte N762 , and i just completed rooting it and want to play games like fun run... lol

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    1. You can't. Well, theoretically you could download an img of a more recent version but the N762 doesn't have the hardware to run it properly. It barely has what it takes to run the version on it.

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  6. the instructions here are slightly inaccurate I found that the ones here > http://www.mobilephonetalk.com/showthread.php?131888-Root-your-ZTE-N762-Tutoria work

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  7. Where is the driver in the Android SDK folder ?

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  8. My phone is now bricked at a black screen with some white lines. How to fix !!!

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  9. To install the driver watch this video that helped me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDA8PpPSFuk&list=TLkls15QDyLXA
    Instead of downloading the driver the guy tells you to download, use the amd64 driver. Everything is clear after that.

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