5 Quick Easy Steps to Root Your MT6577/MTK6577-based Android devices

You may have bought a compatible, low-cost Android device from the Internet which was based on the popular  MediaTek 6577 chipset (or MTK6577). According to the release from MediaTek, the “MediaTek MT6577 features a dual 1GHz Cortex™-A9 application processor from ARM, a PowerVR™ Series5 SGX GPU (graphics processing unit) from Imagination Technologies, MediaTek’s proven 3G/HSPA modem, and runs the latest Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” operating system.”

Some examples of these 6-inch screen devices include the HDC Star Galaxy Note, Haipai i9377, Smart THL W3+ and the Star N9776 Smart Note 2 devices. Please note that I do not endorse or support any of the devices; these are just examples of the devices that used the MTK6577 chipset, which is a low-cost solution for the android market. Other MTK6577 devices that may work include Novo 7 Tornado 7, HDC Galaxy S3 i9300, Dapeng i9977 and Star N9970 Note 2.

If you are looking to root the MT6589, which is the quad-core equivalent of the Mediatek SoC solution, please go here. If you have a dual core MT6577 phone, then please continue reading the below.

Due to active community participation from users worldwide (thanks, folks!), I am able to consolidate and share the list of devices that users have reported success in rooting [updated 04 May 13]:

  • GSmart GS202+ on 4.0.4 (v17)
  • Kata i7 (v17)
  • Freelander I10S MTK6577 (v18).
  • F9300
  • THL W6
  • Xtouch x403
  • MTK6575 GT-I9300 Samsung Galaxy
  • THL W3+
  • i-mobile IQ2
  • ING100
  • Starmobile Crystal
  • Chinaphone S5 on 4.0.4 (v18)
  • H3000+
  • Freelander PD10 Pro
  • Star N9776
  • Note 2 MTX (v17)
  • Advan T3i
  • Zopo 300+
  • STAR N9588 (on Android 4.1.2)
  • BEDOVE X12(on Android 4.0.4).
  • GT-i9300 / B92 (v25)
  • Zopo ZP900S
  • SKK Phoenix
  • Note2 clone N7102 MT6577 JB 4.1.1 (See Jeff’s sharing in comments below for this model). He uses Win7 and used this Google USB driver  instead. He recommended setting the phone to storage mode instead of media player mode, and checking device is connected using “adb devices” command line. I suspect this may work for Jellybean devices also. Why not try it and comment here? 🙂
  • ThL W1+ (v25)
  • i9977 (6.0-inch Smartphone)
  •  Alps BP-I9300 (v17)
  • Goophone N2 (v17)
  • KATA i1

  • Cross A27

** Disclaimer: As with all rooting or recovery operations, it is always a good practice to backup your data and information before embarking on such an exercise. For your information, my device was running ICS and not Jelly Bean. ***

Here’s how you can root this device easily using the following tools and software:

1) You need a USB driver for the MT6577 device. Download the USB driver here: MT65xx_USB_Driver. Once you have downloaded the driver, ensure that you install the driver in Windows so that you can see the android device. You should see a device under “My Computer”. You may need to enable “Developer mode“, so just go to the “Settings” –> “Developer Options” –> “USB Debugging” and ensure it is checked/ticked.

If you select the Properties of the Device, you should see something like this:

2) You will need to download the Rooting tool. This rooting tool leverage the adb restore function to the rooting. In my case, I used the Root_with_Restore_by_Bin4ry_v17  file, which worked perfectly for me. I chose the Normal mode during the rooting process. If you wish, you can also try v18 of the same rooting tool, but I have not used it before since I successfully rooted using v17. There is also a v25, which you can try, if the earlier versions did not work.

3) Choose the “Normal Mode”. Just sit back and let the tool do its job. Version v17 screen:

 

Version v25 screen looks slightly different, so I thought I’d share it here:

v25screen

4) Follow the instruction to “Restore my data”. The process is non-destructive, so I think your data should be safe. But don’t take my word for it, back up your device before doing any thing! 🙂

5) Once you have rooted your device, you will find a SuperSu application in your android, which enables you to control SuperUser access/root access to the android device.

Edit (Community Suggestion): If your operation was successful, why not share your success information in the comments section below, stating the brand and model of your phone and OS version (e.g. Brandless / Android Note 2 with ‘PadPhone label behind / ICS4.0.4) , so that others can use it to determine whether their devices are compatible or not? Thanks for helping to make this page even more useful to the community!


Gleeful Gleescaper

Gleeful Gleescaper is passionate about technology and shares interesting and useful stuff that come his way daily. He loves to travel to interesting places and keeps himself updated on technology & gadgets. When relaxing, he loves to sip on a freshly brewed cup of Espresso coffee to the tunes of Bossa Nova and easy Jazz.

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Arun George
Arun George
6 years ago

Finally bI found a really working solution to root my phone.
I have rooted my Micromax Canvas Music (A88) with Root_with_Restore_by_Bin4ry_v25 provided in this post.
I searched many places in the web but I was not able to find something that really works.

sp
sp
6 years ago

thanks man!!! I’ve been trying to root coby kyros mid8011 for a long time… Root_with_restore_by_bin4ry_v17 in normal mode did the trick!!!

kill bill
kill bill
7 years ago

At last I rooted my e1911_v77_gq2000_a41_6628_v20, MT6577.

I tried every procedure and every time it told me “are you rooted; permission denied”.

Lots of people are suffering problems with rooting this particular phone.

Yesterday I rooted my phone!!! I used Kingo Root, simple and fast

http://www.kingoapp.com/

myarash
myarash
7 years ago

i did all the step, but nothing appear for supersu. anyone can u help… 🙁

Miles Prower
Miles Prower
8 years ago

Thanks a lot!!! my Goophone Is way more usable now I can install Button Savior.

Giovanni Cavallin
Giovanni Cavallin
8 years ago

Success!
Clone S3 Mini with MT6577 Processor and Android 4.1.1. Running under Win8 (You need to disable Driver Signature to install drivers!!)

Armando Morales
Armando Morales
8 years ago

Success!
Iphone 5 clone
used v 18
sys info: android 4.1.5 Linux 3.0.13 gc 4.4.3
Cpu Arm v7 processor rev 9
Hardware mt6577

Thanks !!

Loreto Notarantonio
Loreto Notarantonio
8 years ago

I have alps e1901_v77_gq2002tc (bought as Hero 9300+) with MKT6577 and following all the installation steps I get: mount: permission denied (are you root?). I tried via XP and Win7, device is correctly recognized, and I installed also the padnet for Android and it’s working.
No SuperUser icon appear on desktop and root level is not available.

1) Normal
2) Special (for example: Sony Tablet S, Medion Lifetab)
x) Unroot
Make a choice: 1
Checking if i should run in Normal Mode or special Sony Mode
Please connect your device with USB-Debugging enabled now
remote object ‘/system/app/Backup-Restore.apk’ does not exist
remote object ‘/system/bin/ric’ does not exist
Normal Mode enabled!
Pushing busybox….
2338 KB/s (1085140 bytes in 0.453s)
Pushing su binary ….
1916 KB/s (91980 bytes in 0.046s)
Pushing Superuser app
2395 KB/s (996704 bytes in 0.406s)
Making busybox runable …
Please look at your device and click RESTORE!
If all is successful i will tell you, if not this shell will run forever.
Running …
Successful, going to reboot your device!
Waiting for device to show up again….
Going to copy files to it’s place
mount: permission denied (are you root?)
You can close all open command-prompts now!
After reboot all is done! Have fun!
Bin4ry

bustik
bustik
8 years ago

i have goophone s3 whith Android 4.1, it didn´t work with v17, I had to use v18 and it was succesfully!!!!

thank you!!!

Joseph Sirucka
Joseph Sirucka
8 years ago

I have a haipai n7102 with android 4.1.1

Error I get is as bellow.

Successful, going to reboot your device in 10 seconds!
Waiting for device to show up again….
Going to copy files to it’s place
mount: permission denied (are you root?)
You can close all open command-prompts now!
After reboot all is done! Have fun!
Bin4ry
Press any key to continue . . .

I have the haipai n7102 mtk6577. I have done everything jeff has instructed. But as you can see I get the message mount:permission denied (are you root?)

What am I doing wrong.

scott marshall
scott marshall
8 years ago

hi there,
all good on my S3,
thanks

Eu Llamado
8 years ago

It works with Kata i1 🙂 thank you!!

Eu Llamado
8 years ago

how long will it take for the whole process to be complete?

trackback
8 years ago

[…] The MT6589 chipset was the world’s first commercialized quad-core System-On-Chip (SoC), targetting the mid to high end smartphone and tablets market (and the dual-core MT6577 targeting the lower end of the market). This relatively new chipset integrates a power-efficient Cortex™-A7 CPU subsystem from ARM, PowerVR™ Series5XT GPU from Imagination Technologies, and MediaTek’s advanced multi-mode UMTS Rel. 8/HSPA+/TD-SCDMA modem. Adopting an advanced 28nm process technology, the MT6589 platform boasts extremely low power consumption and aims to deliver powerful performance at a very competitive price, just like the MT6577 platform that we have been quite familiar with. […]

Mohammad Haddad
Mohammad Haddad
8 years ago

Yes I Do IT :))) With My X-Touch X403 – Thank You Alllllll :)))

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