Root, Custom Recovery TWRP v2.7.1.1 for Lenovo S820 Android Kit Kat ROW Version

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Root, Custom Recovery TWRP v2.7.1.1 for Lenovo S820 Android Kit Kat ROW Version – Yesterday one of my reader contact me, he ask me how to root Lenovo S820 running Android Kit Kat but in ROW version. He already tried using VRoot and Root Genius but none were successful, so i think it must used custom recovery and install root application from it. So today i will posting how to Install Custom Recovery TWRP v2.7.1.1 and Rooting Lenovo S820 running Android Kit Kat ROW version. Remember once you root your phone and change system files, change default recovery to custom recovery you will unable to received OTA update anymore.

Disclaimer :
This guide for educational purpose only, We not responsible if your device bricked after following this tutorial.  (DWYOR), Please prepare everything before start following this guide like backup your data, applications, etc this guide has possibility to brick your device.


Downloads :

  • SP_Flash_Tool_v3.1328.0.183 We need to use SP Flash tool method to install custom recovery (TWRP v2.7.1.1), because we still not gain any root access. Once we gain it we can use a more simple way to change our recovery.
  • TWRP v2.7.1.1 This is a recovery file for Lenovo S820 running Android Kit Kat, this guide not suit if your Lenovo S820 running Android Jelly Bean.
  • 4.4 Root Root file, it contains KingUser application. King User is like SuperSu or SuperUser applications, give permission to other applications to gain root access.
  • USB VCOM Driver  Install this driver first on your computer, Turn off your device and remove the battery, using USB cable connect your device while look at My Computer  Manage  Device Manager there will be MTK65xx Preloader Devices show up for 5 second than disappeared, before disappeared right click on it and select Update Driver Software point it to USB VCOM Driver extracted folder. When it finish disconnect and connect again there will be Mediatek PreLoader USB VCOM Port on your device manager.
    Root, Custom Recovery TWRP v2.7.1.1 for Lenovo S820 Android Kit Kat ROW Version
Root, Custom Recovery TWRP v2.7.1.1 for Lenovo S820 Android Kit Kat ROW Version
  1. Download all required files provide above, Place all download files on one same folder for easy organize it. Connect your device and copy or move 4.4 Root.zip to your SD Card. Extract everything else 
  2. Open SP Flash Tool extracted folder and run Flash_Tool.exe, if you using windows 7 please run using administrator privilege for avoid permission problem. Please check DA DL All with Checksum option, this important and cannot be forgotten. Now click on Scatter-Loading buttonand point it to TWRP v2.7.1.1 extracted folder and select MT6589_Android_scatter_emmc.txt file, This will load recovery image file to it place automatically.
    Root, Custom Recovery TWRP v2.7.1.1 for Lenovo S820 Android Kit Kat ROW Version
  3. When finish configure it all, now you can press Download button or hit F9, there will be warning “Not ALL images are correctly loaded, which may cause boot up issued !” just click Yes button and continued the process.
    Root, Custom Recovery TWRP v2.7.1.1 for Lenovo S820 Android Kit Kat ROW Version
  4. Now turn off your device and remove battery, wait for 3-5 second then connect your device to your computer using USB cable.
  5. If USB VCOM driver install successful then SP Flash Tool will immediately recognize your device and begin to start flashing process, this will take not more than 5 minutes to flash the recovery file. Flashing process will mark with RED and YELLOW bar bellow the SP Flash Tool, and if it already finish it will show GREEN CIRCLE int he middle of SP Flash Tool.
    Root, Custom Recovery TWRP v2.7.1.1 for Lenovo S820 Android Kit Kat ROW Version
  6. If you can reach this step then you already success install TWRP v2.7.1.1 on your device, now try to turn on your device but with combination button. Press and hold Power Button + Volume Up + Volume Down Button then release it when you can see TWRP main menu, now you already on recovery mode.
    Root, Custom Recovery TWRP v2.7.1.1 for Lenovo S820 Android Kit Kat ROW Version
  7. On TWRP main menu, select Install, now point it to your SD Card and select 4.4 Root.zip files. Swipe to install the root file to your device. Wait for second until installation finish, back to TWRP main menu and select Reboot.
  8. Try to boot to your home screen and search for KingUser application, confirm it that you already successful root your Lenovo S820 running Android 4.4.2 with install RootChecker from Google play store.
That it, I hope this guide can help you solve your problem regarding rooting Lenovo S820 running Android 4.4.2. If you have any problems please don’t hesitate to leave any messages or comments, i will try to help you if i can. Thank You

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Jan
6 years ago

The flash tool stops after RED breaking wiht a error (flash tool error)

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Jan

Can you tell me more about the error, like what error number and etc

sophia wright
6 years ago
Reply to  Jan

The Problem is with the TWRP file I have found a working one and you can get it here :http://goo.gl/HH3xcF md5-1B4F5ACE0D5D2C687A7187E1B947CD13

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Jan

Hi sophia
Thank yoi for your information i hope it will help other

sarzil saiyad
5 years ago
Reply to  Jan

How can i change scatter file? should i copy it to the recovery folder and than try to flash with spflash tool?

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Jan

Hi,
You can got your scatter files by use mtk droid tool, it can make your ROM scatter files and can be use with flash tool

saifudin Muhd
4 years ago
Reply to  Jan

hello andy,,,, can u provide the suitable twrp… i have tried that u share above… red and pmt occur… ithink i need to change the modem firmware because my signal get so low after flashing kitkat lenovo s820… but before chanfe modem i need twrp acccording to your tutorial..

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Jan

That maybe your rom is not row or international, so the recovery not suitable with your rom

Jan
6 years ago

I had to change the scatterfile, replaced it with the one that I had downloaded for flashing 820 S124 (that work fine). If you studie the errorlog from SP tool you come to this idea, then it worked fine but took me 2 hours for this idea.

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Jan

nice experience thank you for sharing with us, sometime we need to be a little improvise

Bisharat Minhas
6 years ago
Reply to  Jan

Hi just wanted to ask if with TWRP recovery I could install any custom ROM, even if that custom ROM is for Lenovo s820 4gb ROW version?

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Jan

could not install ? what the error? can you give info more specific

Jan
6 years ago

I am almost totally happy with this article. Spend hours on this subject, partially I reached my goal, thanks! Lenovo s820 4.4.2 TW ok install 4.4root.zip, ok but AFTER a reboot I loose all Root possiblities (root checker and so on). Main target was to have Lind2SD app use the second ext2 partion on my 32 GB SSD, this worked and I was able to use unlimited Apps from the store, SUPER now i can use my phone after almost a year! BUT after a reboot this is gone, luckyly all linked app to sdd keep working because they already… Read more »

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Jan

hi jan, i am happy too. so you mean after reboot you lose your root ability ?
i never hear about losing root after reboot, but there is an option to un root and install standard recovery after you successful install custom recovery. this linux script store and name /system/etc/install-recovery.sh. after you success install custom recovery and reboot you will ask if you want to un-root and want to back to standard recovery ? if you select yes this script will be run and your losing root and custom recovery

Jan
6 years ago
Reply to  Jan

I do not want to unroot it? After reboot, I install 4root again (install in recovery screen) then I have one session of root. Just was curious why?

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Jan

hi jan,
i don't ask you to unroot it, i just say after flashing twrp there will be an option that can lose your root ability, maybe you accident click on that button. but i think it impossible even you factory reset the root it still there. once you install su binary it will stay there until you re-flash your system partition. But if for make sure i will search it on net, why this is happen

Raj
6 years ago

I had installed previous trwp 2.6.3.0 version on my lenovo s820 4G stock. It wasnt helpful as it could not mount sdcard and I was unable to root system.

Now on trying to install this new version it says PMT Changed for ROM; It must be downloaded.

Can you thus provide the recovery for 4G version as well

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Raj

hi,
PMT change sometime because the ROM is not suitable for the recovery of file that you wanna flash with Flash Tool, This for KITKAT ROW, are you sure you use ROM firmware? please make sure it first or please give me your Build Number from about phone section.
thank you

Raj
6 years ago
Reply to  Raj

After posting the message I flashed the rom back to S820_ROW_S124_140404 and then upgraded to S820_ROW_S220_140722. but on flashing this twrp i get the same PMT message

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Raj

hey raj,
please use scatter_android file from S124 ROM, as you said that you flash rom back from S124 and then updated to S220. don;t use scatter file from the TWRP download but use scatter file from S124 ROM download. try it

Raj
6 years ago

It worked!! Thanks a lot. There are few fews in OTA though. Let me experiment before putting it on

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Raj

nice, thank you for your feedback.
and thank to jan too, (y)

Jason Noronha
6 years ago

http://prntscr.com/508nvo

need more screenshots fr step 5

my mediatek isnt getting detected. it s
comes up fr like 4 sec and then goes….

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Jason Noronha

Yes, it will appear just 2 seconds than disappear before it disappear right click on it and select update driver, point to usb vcom extracted folder. If you like you can use newest flash tool but i don't recommend it and if it result error than enjoy that error. What is your problem anyway? You just send screenshot that i cannot see and complain about everything, just tell me and if i can help i will help it.

Jason Noronha
6 years ago
Reply to  Jason Noronha

Hey thanks fr replying.. I thought i wudnt get a reply today… I have installed it via the "Updatedriver" and it has installed properly, but even after that, I try connecting the USB back in , i can see the device manager show the port, and even "Download" in SP Flashtool starts at red. BUT then the driver isnt detected… I have tried showing Hidden devices, the only result I found is that it works for like 3 sec.. then it doesnt get detected at al.. Only if i plugout n in it ges detected 🙁 PS: I was scared… Read more »

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Jason Noronha

From what you say and describe, look like not flash tool error or usb vcom error. Look like your usb port got detect and not detect problem, or maybe your driver need to reinstall or maybe your windows. So maybe you need to check usb cable, try different usb port or maybe you can try different computer. And i think don't press download button first until you solve the connection problem, we don't wanna on 50% then your device not detected, it will brick your phone

Jason Noronha
6 years ago

Thanks for warning about bricking…

Should I remove the SIM and external sd card before plugging it in and out?

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Jason Noronha

Remove all when you connect your phone. Battery, sim card and sd card, but i think it does not matter but it ok to try.

Encik Konan
6 years ago

I also have problem with flashing TWRP,
i want to try the method to use s820 s124 scatter file instead of using the TWRP scatter file, but, i don't know how, i have download the unproblem TWRP, but also cannot flash it,
when i connect the usb, it show two port, when i dont hold any button, it show port7 and when i hold it show port 9, so could you help me senpai, 🙂

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Encik Konan

Scatter file can be obtain with mobile uncle or flash tool, follow this guide http://bit.ly/1kcsUqj, that guide is make backup but also make scatter file from your current ROM

yashvir caussy
6 years ago

Andy I'm on stock recovery and i want to install the custom recovery. I had tried and has already run the process Custom Recovery TWRP v2.7.1.1 for Lenovo S820 Android Kit Kat ROW Version. The problem is when i press power and vol up+down it goes into stock recovery again..?
Need help dude 🙁

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  yashvir caussy

hi,
after finish flashing TWRP straight turn on your device with press power button + volume up + volume down. you will see the twrp main menu, but please make sure that you flash the right recovery.img file

budy nugroho
5 years ago

hi bro thanks your post, but i got an ERROR : (8038). i don't understand bout this..

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  budy nugroho

hi,
to solve the error read the comments from Jan and Sophia wright, on the earlier comments section.
the error is because scatter file on fit with the recovery so need to change.

apiz
5 years ago
Reply to  budy nugroho

oh..found it..thanks

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  budy nugroho

I will try find it and replace it.

Mike
5 years ago

Hi am using lenovo s820 8gb row s223_150119. Am getting 8038 error. I have seen the previous comments but i am not able to download the file. I dont know whether i have to change the scatter file while flashing. Please help. thanks

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Hi,
Try using scatter file from S124 ROM, yoi can download it at my blog on S820 section flashing international rom try search it and use it to flash the custom recovery twrp

sarzil saiyad
5 years ago

Thank u so much Andy.
After a long time i got my S820 Row back with root permission and With IMEI also.
I just Flash my s820 with ROW S124 Rom and than update it via OTA and than root it with ur guide. i used scatter file of S124 Row firmware to install Recovery in KITKAT and i Success.
Thanks By Heart….

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  sarzil saiyad

hello,
I am glad this guide is useful for you and very thank you that you leave positive comment

sarzil saiyad
5 years ago

Now just one problem left. I cant connect 3G only network from my S820 Row Kitkat. i used modem files also from ur site http://www.androidrookies.com/2015/02/lenovo-s820-change-modem-firmware-to.html but still only 2G connected. plz help me solving this.Andy…

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  sarzil saiyad

Have you check the apn configuration?
Have you tried all the modem, it need to pick the best with signal strength, also try to check connection configuration using mobile uncle

Putra Airlangga
5 years ago

gan twrp nya kok ga bisa di flash di S820_ROW_s223 ya?

androidrookies
5 years ago

I think if your device already using kitkat i think it not problem. What error so i can help you

Keshav Caussy
5 years ago

hey andy I've installed S820_S221 firmware, and I haven't root or install any TWRP or CWM. How can I get the OTA update for S820_S222, I tried over the system update, it downloaded over wifi and reboot but after says failed to install. I wonder what is the problem, Can you help ?

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Keshav Caussy

That Lenovo my friend, as i know OTA update can be use when you have not chnage your system, root or change recovery. Attempt to root can be said as change system as well.

jorx
4 years ago

my s860 dosent have SD card slot. so how I install custom rom? I have downloaded the .zip
If I put it on the internal storage the twrp cannot find it, it only shows SD card, but I cannot find the sd card folder anywhere.

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  jorx

put on internal storage, and put it on the root don't put inside the folder

jorx
4 years ago
Reply to  jorx

I put it onte root with computer, and twrp cannot find it anywhere.
when I move it to root with root explorer then phone just deletes it after I reboot my pohone

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  jorx

Try rename it into update.zip and then put on the root of internal storage

jorx
4 years ago
Reply to  jorx

nope, still cannot find it, when I reboot into recovery it deletdes the .zip
twrp says internal storage (0mb)
also it says cannot mount /data, /system etc, also says I dont have OS or root but I have.

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  jorx

That why you cannot foind the file, twrp cannot mount your internal storage, how about if you go to normal boot can you see the root file?
Must make sure your partition is right so twrp can mount the internal storage

jorx
4 years ago
Reply to  jorx

yes I can see all my root files and android stuff with root explorer in /root/ directory. everything works fine, but twrp is somehow bugged, how can I mount it?
I have tried many dirffrent versions of twrp and tried flashing stock rom again and stuff.

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  jorx

Try lower version twrp v2.6 search on the net, and try install it. Maybe twrp v2.7 is bugged

jorx
4 years ago
Reply to  jorx

I have tried 2.7 and 2.8, cannot mount,
Did not find working 2.6 or 2.5 for my phone

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  jorx

go to this forum http://goo.gl/AyKYgh and open it with google chrome. it in russian language

jorx
4 years ago
Reply to  jorx

I tried all the twrp versions. now I cannot boot to recovery anymore.
When I flash the revocery given in THIS site, I can boot again, but its somehow bugged.

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  jorx

Lenovo S820 right ?
then i guess there is something wrong with your partition, so maybe the solution is re flashing it. but if you want try to root it try using one click root method like kingroot, kingo, vroot and etc just search on the net

jorx
4 years ago
Reply to  jorx

s860 it is, but everywhere everything says it same as s620. I have triewd all diffrent recoverys for s860 and they wont work.
I have rooted my phone, I have flashed stock rom many times, flashed many many times recovery again. still nothing

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  jorx

S860, it very different with S620, why you not said it. Your's 2GB RAM or 1 GB RAM?
why you comments on Lenovo S820 page, i thought your device is S820.
try look at this http://bit.ly/1EU0M2q

jorx
4 years ago
Reply to  jorx

it wont work, I have tried all s860 recoverys, it still says cannot mount /data

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  jorx

then sorry cannot help you more, it maybe because your device. So sorry

jorx
4 years ago
Reply to  jorx

Dude, I got it working after few days. downloaded Vibe UI Custom Recovery and flashed it. and it works lika a charm

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  jorx

congratulations, i hope you can take the experience from the problem

herawaty arianto
4 years ago

any solution for change baseband?

androidrookies
4 years ago

Just change the modem file, and it will change baseband. Search om this blog how to change modem file

faizfaisol
4 years ago

[faizfaisol]

hello Andy,needing your help on flashing TWRP.

1. previously,im succeed upgrading ROM s223.restart my s820 n run perfectly.

2. i decided to flashing twrp on it, half way, error occured.

BROM ERROR : S_DL_GET_DRAM_SETTING FAIL (5054)
obtain DRAM failed!
hint: pls check your load matches to your target which to be downloaded.

now, my s820 cant be powered up. needing your opinion & help. thnx mate!

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  faizfaisol

that the TWRP not suitable with your ROM so it cannot be falsh to yours, solution for your device is reflash with previous ROM.