How to install TWRP 2.6.3.0 and Root on Lenovo S960 Vibe X China Version

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How to install TWRP 2.6.3.0 and Root on Lenovo S960 Vibe X – Another great phone by Lenovo Mobile big brother for Lenovo S Series #Lenovo Vibe X. Also know as IdeaPhone S960 is a slim and sleek device with upper range internals. To modified this great phone is actually quite easy because almost all MediaTek base device has a similar method, but it quite difficult to find any tutorial / guide that explain step by step about #Lenovo #S960 Vibe X. This tutorial try to explain step by step so you can easily understand on how to install custom recovery and rooting Lenovo S960 Vibe X.

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This guide for educational purpose only, We not responsible if your device bricked after following this tutorial. 


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How to install TWRP 2.6.3.0 and Root on Lenovo S960 Vibe X
  1. Download all required files and place it on one folder in your computer for easy access.
  2. Enable USB debugging on your device, go to System Settings > Developer Options
    How to install TWRP 2.6.3.0 and Root on Lenovo S960 Vibe X

  3. Install Lenovo USB Driver on your computer, and always reboot your computer after finish.
  4. Unpack the S960_S128_TWRP_2.6.3.0 and you will found file named recovery place it on folder with SP Flash Tool V_3.1328.
  5. Open SP Flash Tool V_3.1328, check on DA DL With All Check Sum
  6. Click on Scatter-loading navigate to MT6589_Android_scatter_emmc file that already downloaded this will load recovery file too. Press Download button and confirm to the all warnings 
    How to install TWRP 2.6.3.0 and Root on Lenovo S960 Vibe X
  7. Now turn off your device, ensure it really turn off and connect to computer, after 5 seconds press power buttons. If everything work the computer will detect your device and SP Flash Tool V_3.1328 will show some progress. ( Red – Purple – Yellow – Grey and Green ) Wait until it finish completely don’t ever disconnect device from computer in this state, cause it can make your device bricked.
  8. When everything is finish the green circle will appears and you can disconnect your device, try turning it on and go to recovery mode (Press and Hold both Volume Buttons + Power Button)
  9. Move SU-Installer to your device using USB cable, this step will install Root to your device, select Install from TWRP menu and navigate to SU-Installer. Confirm to all question and begin to install, wait until finish and reboot your device.
  10. Boot normally and look for SuperUser. Install Root Checker from google play store to confirm that your device has been root.
  11. Done.

Using TWRP will lose your ability to update the OS “on air”, so please consider it carefully. Thank your for reading this guide please leave comments if you have some problems, i will try to help you.

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sagara0510
7 years ago

can this phone be rooted to run Android 4.4.2 with Vibe UI 1.5?

Does the Vibe UI 1.5 for this phone have gapps?

androidrookies
7 years ago
Reply to  sagara0510

it can if there is vibe ui 1.5 for this type of phone, vibe ui for lenovo S960.

vibe ui 1.5 does not include gapps, so need to install manually

sagara0510
7 years ago
Reply to  sagara0510

Hi Andy

Do you know what I am doing wrong? I tried to copy the update.zip to my phone's internal memory and then booted to CWM to try and install it but I get the error that it can't find the zip file and can't mount to /sdcard/update.zip

androidrookies
7 years ago
Reply to  sagara0510

copy on sd card, don't copy on internal memory…

sagara0510
7 years ago
Reply to  sagara0510

The S960 (Vibe X) does not have an external micro sd slot. there is only 16gb of internal memory

androidrookies
7 years ago
Reply to  sagara0510

on emmc, hmm like sd card but virtual not internal memory device. internal memory is place to keep user apps. it emmc virtual sd card.

sagara0510
7 years ago
Reply to  sagara0510

so I couldn't find the emmc dir on my S960 but thought I would try and sideload the update.zip for vibeui1.5 using ADB and CWM.

The sideload seemed to work and hit 100% and the CWM showed installation in progress. When I reboot the phone, it is now stuck on the Lenovo logo. I can't get into CWM because the screen just goes white when I try to boot into recovery.

any ideas? can't even get the phone to recognise proper drivers anymore on the computer

I think I bricked it good 🙁

androidrookies
7 years ago
Reply to  sagara0510

try to factory reset / wipe data.
as long as your device still can turn on it means just soft brick and it can be cure by re flash using sp flash tool so don't worry. where did you get CWM file ? in this tutorial it will install TWRP not CWM.

sagara0510
7 years ago
Reply to  sagara0510

how do I do a factory reset/wipe data?

SP Flash tools did not work because the PC cannot detect the phone anymore. The preloader device shows up for a few seconds than disappear. When I try to install the driver the PC gives me an error and the driver is not installed correctly.

I think my phone already had CWM on it when I purchase it because it allow me to boot into CWM and also SU was also on my phone.

androidrookies
7 years ago
Reply to  sagara0510

go to recovery mode, and do factory reset or wipe data.

every android device has stock recovery mode, this stock recovery mode must be replace with custom if you wanna mod your device. on above tutorial it show how to change recovery mode to custom recovery. you cannot root your device if you still use stock recovery.

please read above guide slowly and ask me when you found problems, you even not follow that guide.

sagara0510
7 years ago
Reply to  sagara0510

Thanks Andy.

Just an update – my main issue was with getting the usb drivers to install properly onto my PC. once I did that, SP Flashtool worked and I managed to flash recovery with TWRP. After that, I managed to find a kitkat rom compatible with my Vibe X and flashed it properly so phone is working again with updated rom.

thank you again.

androidrookies
7 years ago
Reply to  sagara0510

Your welcome, thank you for your visit

androidrookies
7 years ago
Reply to  sagara0510

Your welcome, thank you for your visit

Mustafa Nebioglu
7 years ago

hi,i have tried many ways to root vibe ui 1.5, but i failed, i tried vroot, etc, where can i find scatter file for vibe ui 1.5 to make rooting like above?

androidrookies
7 years ago

look on section Rooting or Lenovo i remember i already post about how to root lenovo p770.

Sathis Shan
7 years ago

after do all this thing can we unroot and remove the custom rom then bring back our phone to normal mode???

androidrookies
7 years ago
Reply to  Sathis Shan

of course, when you root your phone you can also delete su application on /system/xbin or delete supersu application on /system/app doing this 2 already make your phone unroot. to back to original ROM you must flash to original ROM using flash tool

Sathis Shan
7 years ago
Reply to  Sathis Shan

actualy i don't know anything about android, this is the first time i'm using android phone… i don't where need to delete and how…..
i need to ask you one more thing… does ur rooting method will delete all my files??

androidrookies
7 years ago
Reply to  Sathis Shan

rooting using this method will delete all your file, restore your phone like new. i recommend if you still first time using android just explore first don't do anything to your phone, just explore first until you quite understand about rooting, rom, flashing, mod etc.

Sathis Shan
7 years ago
Reply to  Sathis Shan

>so do i need to back up my original ROM before install the custom ROM?
>if yes how to back up and restore?
>as you said remove batery and put back after 5 second, Lenovo S960 VIBE X battery cannot remove.so without remove battery that method will work to root and install custom ROM?

please help me…now i'm learning from you…. thank you….

androidrookies
7 years ago
Reply to  Sathis Shan

– recommend is always backup, before do something in your device always backup first.
– do nandroid backup . install cwm or twrp first. or using mtk droid tool (http://www.androidrookies.com/2014/04/how-to-make-full-backup-for-mediatek.html)
– remove battery just to ensure that your device is really turn off,

Sathis Shan
7 years ago
Reply to  Sathis Shan

thank you.
1 more question…i used Vroot to root my device and it's showed successfuly rooted and PC but when i used "root checker" application in my phone it says i haven't root my device yet.. can you teach me any other method to root Lenovo S960 because the above method you included custom ROM so it's confused me which is root and which is for custom ROM….

Sathis Shan
7 years ago
Reply to  Sathis Shan

how to install the "USB driver s930" you attached…it's dont have any .exe file.
i'm sorry if i asking you too many question and bothering you…i just need to know, want to learn…

androidrookies
7 years ago
Reply to  Sathis Shan

1. vroot can be use to root lenovo s960, but it will install chinese root applications, that why i don't like using vroot.
2. it not used exe, go to device manager on your computer, install from it.
3. if you feel hardest to use flash tool method then try download framaroot v1.9.2. install on your device and just click boromir to root it.

Sathis Shan
7 years ago
Reply to  Sathis Shan

>(ROOTING) i used FRAMAROOT v1.9.2 and click BOROMIR then restart my device…when used root checker it's show "Sorry! This device does not have proper root access."
do i need to restore factory setting then try again???
>(USB INSTALLING) i tried at device manager but can you explain how to install from it???

androidrookies
7 years ago
Reply to  Sathis Shan

1. it hard to explain how to install driver using device manager, look at computer blog how to install driver from device manager.
2. i will explain this method, this method don't install custom rom. it just install custom recovery. and from that recovery you can install root using zip method.
3. if you already success install driver from device manager than try this method. it more easy than other method. vibe ui is hard to root or maybe you can try using root genius or kinguser.apk. try search at google

sathis
7 years ago

thanks to you… root checker says my device rooted but when open Root Cleaner or RAM manager pro it says ROOT MISSING…. now what to do?

androidrookies
7 years ago
Reply to  sathis

Are you see supersu ir superuser on your app drawer? If you see it click it. It will open root application updte your binary su if asked. Try install root explorer from google play and browse to system folder, if you can then your device already root

sathis
7 years ago

when open supersu first need to update the binary secondit will ask about recovery TWRP or CWM i press the NORMAL then third it says installation failed…

androidrookies
7 years ago
Reply to  sathis

Hmm so wierd if ask for updated it means there is su binary on your device. Try to re root it again. Are there is grant or deny warning when you run root applications ?

sathis
7 years ago

i think it didn't ask for deny or grant warning when root… ohw yah at phone its says something like security and continue anyway.
do i need to restore to factory setting then try again..
if restore to factory setting means it will unroot right?

androidrookies
7 years ago
Reply to  sathis

On security warning you just need to allow it to install it. Factory reset will not unroot your phone. Cause root is stored at /system/app, factory reset just delete /data/app that the users installed apps

Sathis Shan
7 years ago

i allowed the security warning… so to unroot we must delete the file manualy like you said….
ok let me tell u something….at supersu when it ask TWRP/CWM or NORMAL the first time i wrongly pressed TWRP/CWP then my device restart and boot loader were pop out… then few command line were running.. maybe because of that i cant use the supersu??

androidrookies
7 years ago
Reply to  Sathis Shan

If you use supersu then there is an unroot menu on supersu, update using normal mode. Are you already installed cwm or twrp? If already then try using zip method to root device.

sathis
7 years ago

well i can't enter the supersu……i can't update it. it's says installation failed…..
i didn't install twrp or cwp…. well if you have facebook.just add me….
my name in facebook : Sathishan shan
or add using this email : [email protected]
i can attached the pic at there….
i really need your help…. thank you.

androidrookies
7 years ago
Reply to  sathis

ok i will try to help you

hilmi hamid
7 years ago

Hi andy i already update my 960 to kitkat.update with lenovo update version my question is how to run play store already manual install it,when try to open it doesnt work.

androidrookies
7 years ago
Reply to  hilmi hamid

Then you must be download or install wrong google app version, but i think it will not work too without root. So yoi must root first then install google apps

Lance Vercetti
7 years ago

I read the comments and find out that there is not successful rooting here.
what a waste of time. i already installed SU User and still not root when i check it on ROOT CHECKER.

I am sure that my step is correct.

androidrookies
7 years ago
Reply to  Lance Vercetti

i am agree with you, thank you for visit.

bb kane
7 years ago

can be use to root vibe ui v2.0?

androidrookies
7 years ago
Reply to  bb kane

hi,
i think it now working because this is for ROW version S128 firmware, and vibe ui 2.0 is CN base firmware. s i think it will now work.

thank you

John Chisel
6 years ago

Hi andy, after root, did otg works by using stickmount?

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  John Chisel

Hi,
After root yes it will work, but after install custom recovery otg will not work

John Chisel
6 years ago

Do you mind to give a try? If it's work, i wanna root my vibe x.

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  John Chisel

Hi,
What do you mean give it a try? If you afraid to brick your phone than don't do it. Just leave your phone un root. But if you wanna have experince to unbrick, root than you are free to try. Don't forget to backup phone first

Hatim Dailami
6 years ago
Reply to  John Chisel

Hi Andy I updated my s960 to vibeui v2.0 now everything in Chinese ,I can't install Google play,Google playstore,twitter and Facebook ,why?n what should I do?please help me 🙁

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  John Chisel

Hi hatim,
Try following this guide http://bit.ly/1oJoW9o but remeber always backup your rom and imei first

Muhd Zarul
6 years ago

Hi andy…help me…
I want root my vibe x s960
And install twrp/cwm at my vibe x s960
But if I root using vroot….
After root using vroot
Can my phone have cwm/twrp??

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Muhd Zarul

Hi,
All root method is same ahve same result so no matter you root using method a or methid b it have same result to gain root privilege.
Yes you can. After successful root install mobile uncle and then install cmw/twrp using mobile unlce

Muhd Zarul
6 years ago

Oouuhh..so I can root using vroot right??

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Muhd Zarul

Android 4.4.2 sometime cannot root using vroot. one click root method only for Android 4.2.2 .
so if your phone already installed with Android 4.4.2 then you need to install custom recovery TWRP or CWM then install SuperSu from recovery mode.

Lance Vercetti
6 years ago

This works! I already try it. never failed.
Thanks!

androidrookies