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

25 Apr 2014

How to install TWRP 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.

Disclaimer :
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 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 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 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.

    1. Hi Andy

      Do you know what I am doing wrong? I tried to copy the 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/

    2. so I couldn't find the emmc dir on my S960 but thought I would try and sideload the 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 🙁

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    1. 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

    2. 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??

    3. 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.

    4. >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 without remove battery that method will work to root and install custom ROM?

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

    5. 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….

    6. 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.

    7. >(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???

    8. 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

    1. 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

  1. 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?

  2. 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??

  3. 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.

    1. 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

    1. 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.

  4. I have already downloaded all your file. But when i come to step 3: install Lenovo usb driver, i don't know how to install it. I just can extract the zip file and there is no Application file that can be run. Can you tell me how to install the lenovo usb driver form the zip file that i downloaded from you?
    P/S: my phone hasn't flashed or rooted.

    1. Hi, i have searched on google and i find that i can install dll file by copying the original dll file to C:/window/system32 then run the file in cmm. So can you tell me which file dll that i need to install (the name of dll file)?
      Thank you very much for helping me.

    2. Your computer must already installed with USB VCOM driver, without this driver flash tool will not recognize your device. For installing USB Vcom driver please refer to this below :
      turn off your device and remove the battery, If you device using non removable make sure that your device is completely turn off wait 15-20 seconds after release the power button
      open device manager on your computer
      connect your device using USB cable
      there will be MTK65xx Preloader Devices show on your device manager, PORT section for 5 second or less and then disappear
      disconnect and connect your device again, right click on MTK65xx Preloader Devices before it disappear, select Update Driver Software
      point it USB VCOM extracted folder, and install the driver from there.
      disconnect and connect your device again, there will be Mediatek PreLoader USB VCOM Port on your device manager PORT section.

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