Rooting Lenovo S820 Running Android 4.4.2, Vibe UI 1.5

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Rooting Lenovo S820 Running Android 4.4.2, Vibe UI – 2 Days ago i got contacts by someone that has Lenovo S820, he asking me how to root his Lenovo S820. All links that i point to him not working he said that his Lenovo running official update 4.4.2, i am shocked how can Lenovo S820 got official update 4.4.2 ???
After searching for a while now i can figure, it turn out that he bought Lenovo S820 with Vibe UI 1.5 a custom ROM from russian community, and he got updated pop up and he think that the official update from lenovo. From that experience now i am will posted on how to root Lenovo S820 running Android 4.4.2, Vibe UI 1.5.

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

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Preparations :

  • enable USB Debugging, go to System Setting → Developer Options → USB Debugging. with this your device will detect by your computer.
  • Backup your important file, in case something goes wrong happen.
Rooting Lenovo S820 Running Android 4.4.2, Vibe UI 1.5 
  1. First install MT6589 usb driver, make sure everything work well and don’t forget to reboot your computer after install.
  2. Connect your device with USB Debugging enable, start Root Genius 1.9.3 using administrator privileges.
  3. Wait until Root Genius 1.9.3 detect your device, look at bottom left there will be CONNECTED sign with your device root status.
    Rooting Lenovo S820 Running Android 4.4.2, Vibe UI 1.5
  4. When you ready now you can click GREEN button on right bottom corner, wait the process and your device already successful ROOTED.
    Rooting Lenovo S820 Running Android 4.4.2, Vibe UI 1.5
  5. After finish, now install SuperSu v1.4.1, but don’t open it first. Root Genius 1.9.3 will install KingUser to your device this application is like SuperSu v1.4.1 grant access to applications for root permission.
  6. Install RootExplorer v2.20, Open it and navigate to /system/app search for kinguser.apk. Move, rename, or delete it but don’t uninstall King User App
  7. Reboot your device.
  8. Now start SuperSu v1.4.1, confirm to update the binary SU. 
  9. Finish
Another method to rooting an Android device, This method can be use to any other device base on MTK chipset. But for now if you has any problem to rooting Lenovo S820 running Android 4.4.2 Vibe UI 1.5 than you can follow this guide, Thank you for reading and don’t hesitate to leave comments if you have any problems.
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Annie
6 years ago

So I decided to try this and it didn't work..During the rooting, it stopped at around 80%. I'm running 4.4.2 and VIBEUI_V1.5_1420_3_ST_S820. Is there any other way to root the phone?
Another question: Is there a way to install the Google Play Store? I've tried installing the apks but it didn't work..

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Annie

stop ?? show error or not ?
for installing google play it need to be root, refer to this article http://www.androidrookies.com/2014/04/how-install-google-play-services-on.html

Goku San
6 years ago
Reply to  Annie

AnnieJune 4, 2014 at 4:40 PM
So I decided to try this and it didn't work..During the rooting, it stopped at around 80%. I'm running 4.4.2 and VIBEUI_V1.5_1420_3_ST_S820. Is there any other way to root the phone?
Same thing.. tried even that method with vroot and still nothing…farmaroot also not working… pls help…

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Annie

What is your recovery? Cwm or stock? Use zip method if you using cwm or twrp

androidrookies
6 years ago

Are your phone original from china using android 4.4.2? Cause in my tutorial if you wanna use vibe ui you should install cwm first. Find hiw to go to recovery mode for leenovo s820

Goku San
6 years ago
Reply to  androidrookies

original yes, but it came with vibe 1.0 something, 4.2 android jelly bean and I upgrade it.. it was rooted though, because it had google apps and supersu…

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  androidrookies

android 4.2 already has supersu and google apps, why you still need to root your device ? in this guide using vibe ui v1.5 with android 4.4.2 (kitkat)

Goku San
6 years ago
Reply to  androidrookies

hi.. As I've said, I upgrade it in 4.4.2 and vibe ui 1.5, so I don't have google apps…that's why I ask for help and try to root with every method You've written..

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  androidrookies

maybe your ROM cannot be rooted. Sorry for that

Annie
6 years ago

Stock.. how do I install CWM ?

Annie
6 years ago
Reply to  Annie

I've tried Framaroot (to root the phone as said in instructions) but it didn't wok.. Said error 9

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Annie

framaroot cannot root vibe ui, that why i am using root genius. can you try to root using root genius ? or maybe using this method http://www.androidrookies.com/2014/05/lenovo-s930-rooting-how-to-another.html

shah rir
6 years ago

sorry..i'm a newbie here.i have a problem..i am not sure my phone specs before, but i'm using s860.using the software update in the phone, i'm running 4.4.2 VIBEUI_V1.5_1423_7_ST_S860..actually i do not know a thing..the play store lost and i think it is replaced by lenovo store and it is in CHINESE..i find it impossible to change the language..mind an opinion from admin..

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  shah rir

original software always have english and chinese language. change your language from system setting first. for installed google play you must first root your phone, change cwm / twrp for recovery and then flash google apps from it. for rooting s860 or install cwm i think i don't have any guide about that, maybe later i will post in my blog for now just look and learn about android first maybe that can help you

Khairusy
6 years ago

update my S820 with vibe ui 1.5 yesterday. root failed, google play cant install too. 🙁

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Khairusy

Are vibe ui from original device or you flash by your self, ussually if from original device it won't root. Try using this method.

budy nugroho
6 years ago

Hi bro suwito, i just surffing arround your blog here to find some good info, and i think that you done with these very well. My device is lenovo s820 row 4gb, mYbe i will need your help oneday.. Thank you !

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  budy nugroho

If i can i will help you, thank you for visit

Mohamad Ade Alias
6 years ago

hi… i'm using android 4.4.2 and i upgrade to vibe Ui 1.5… my phone model is s650… i cant root my phone and did not have google play store after i upgrade to Vibe Ui 1.5…. can u help me sir….

androidrookies
6 years ago

Vibe ui v1.5 is using android kit kat 4.4.2 and it hard to root, for installing google play store you need to root your phone first. I can help you but need a little more time because i don't have any tutorial / still not write about the guide for lenovo s650. So need to wait 🙂

norhamiza marzuki
6 years ago

I have the same problem. I cant install google play. And i dont understand chinese in lenovo store. How to go back to previous android? Any way to do it? Im using lenovo s650

androidrookies
6 years ago

@norhamiza to back to previous you need to download and ee flash the ROW firmware, Vibe ui using android 4.4.2 so i a little hard to root and install google play refer to this http://www.androidrookies.com/2014/06/official-custom-lenovo-s650-vibe-ui-v15.html if you wanna to install vibe ui v1.5 on lenovo s650, for installing ROW i don't have the guide yet, but keep visit on my blog i will update it everyday 🙂

asyraf&aku
6 years ago

1.How to change my lenovo s860 language from chinese to english
2.What should i do if i download google play and it says "Unfortunately,Google Play services has stopped"

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  asyraf&aku

1. Go to system setting, language option, change to english. All in chinese language so you must recognize it from the icon.
2. It look that google play service not compatible with the rom, so it force close because missing lib or something

qaz
6 years ago
Reply to  asyraf&aku

Can it be done with lenovo s960 kit kat android?

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  asyraf&aku

root genius can be use for lenovo s960 but the drivers and the other thing cannot because lenovo s820 with lenovo s960 has different chipset. so you need find driver fit for lenovo s960. You can try some people can root their kitkat with root genius but some failed.

Hazm Aneez
6 years ago

Hey Andy Suwito,
Does this root work for lenovo S650 running android 4.2.2
It has ROW firmware and has Gapps included.
Thanks

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Hazm Aneez

It work for lenovo s650, but if you using firmware 4.2.2 a lot easy to root using framaroot. Thank you for visit

hasan alattar
6 years ago

Hello Andy,
I have Lenovo S820. I updated my system to 4.4.2 VIBEUI_V1.5_1423_7_ST_S860 two days ago. I have the same problem as shah rir. I cant use any of google apps. Most of the apps in my phone are in Chinese. though, i changed the language to english from the system but still Chinese. I really got disappointed and really want your help. The phone is no long a good use for me. I am kinda of new here and i need your help. I have read and surfed many blogs but i couldnt get much.
Thank you in advance.

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  hasan alattar

hi hasan,

thank you for visit and leave comment, Congratulations you already have successful update your lenovo S820 to android kit kat. To remove unwanted chinese applications you have to ROOT your phone first. after that change the recovery to custom recovery so you can install google apps. unfortunately rooting android 4.4.2 not that simple as it. but you can try this tutorial if success than you can straight install google apps if not this guide does not demage anything. for personal assist you can contact me on hang out or give me your number for what app

hasan alattar
6 years ago
Reply to  hasan alattar

Thank you for the quick replay. I have tried to use this method but i couldnt obviously the Root Genius 1.9.3 couldn't detect my phone. though, i had it connected to my laptop on the debugging mode on. Can you give me any advice. I will contact you through Hangouts as well.
Thank you again.

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  hasan alattar

how about the mtk driver, or lenovo driver are you already install it ? look at your device computer, see if there is exclamation mark on it.

hasan alattar
6 years ago
Reply to  hasan alattar

hi andy,
i managed to root the device. but i couldnt find the kinguser.apk what should i do?

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  hasan alattar

Try to install root explorer, look if root explorer can work to open system folder. If can than you already succesfull rooted but if it can't than you have failure. Vibe ui v1.5 using kit kat and it a little hard to root it.

hasan alattar
6 years ago
Reply to  hasan alattar

now i am trying to do step 9 but it gives me 2 options to update su binary. the first is cwm/twrp the second is normal. when i chose normal it fails to update. should i chose the other one ?

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  hasan alattar

Fail to update can you told me what the error? Don't use cwm/twrp cause you don't install it. Cwm is custom recovery that you need to install first

hasan alattar
6 years ago
Reply to  hasan alattar

installation failed, please reboot and try agian.

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  hasan alattar

Then it look you failed to root. Sorry for that

Connie Gwee
5 years ago

if fail to root,what would.happen?

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Connie Gwee

Hi,
If just rooting, nothing happen if it fail just a information that you has been failed to root. It would not brick your device
Andy

jamil bissaiti
5 years ago

d0n3! r00t!ng th4nk y0u

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  jamil bissaiti

hi,
glad this can help you

thank you

afiqah
5 years ago

hi, i had root my phone. But I cannot understand how to do the last part (deleting and installing superuser). Is it possible if i skip it?
And can you provide tutorial to install play store to my phone? I had tried a lot ways and none of them is working. Please help me

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  afiqah

Hi,
If you skip that part then you will use china root application but if does not matter this application just to use to allow another applications to have root access, SuperUser or SuperSu or kingUser is same function applications.

Thank you

afiqah
5 years ago

Okay then. One more thing, can you help me install Google play into my phone? I had tried a lot of method but none works for me. Really will appreciate your help

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  afiqah

Hi
Follow this, it will install android kitkat include with google play store inside it http://bit.ly/YXSBFh
Thank you

Mohd Iqbal
5 years ago

If i use s820 VIBEUI_V2.0_1428.. can i use those method

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Mohd Iqbal

hi,
yes try it, this method safe for try. and not make your device brick

Mohd Iqbal
5 years ago
Reply to  Mohd Iqbal

what i have to do when it say … " such a tough phone! "..root … failed

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Mohd Iqbal

Hi,
For vibe u v2.0 i don't have guide for rooting. Because it chinese firmware, if you use row maybe i can help. But letme give you the picture how to root it. First you must install custom recovery for s820 of couse must be china, then install root from custom recovery. I hope you understand

Thank you

Izzat Syammil
5 years ago

Greeting, after rooting my phone is my google app cant be use? or become chinese version? Thank you.

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Izzat Syammil

Hi,
Are you asking me? Aftet rooting can google apps be use? Or you told me after rooting google apps connot be use? This rooting usually use to install google apps because cn version firmware cannot use google apps. What bwcome cn version? Rooting usually also use to remove chinese applications from system because cn version firmware include with many chinesse aoplications installed onnsystem.

Izzat Syammil
5 years ago
Reply to  Izzat Syammil

Asking you.. haha sorry for my bad english, thus after rooting my phone it wont affect anything? Just as rooting the phone more cfw app could be use?

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Izzat Syammil

Sorry, i don't really understand what you are saying. So please tell me what your problem. And please tell me your phone detail, like software version, build number, etc. So i can help you

Aubrey
5 years ago

It says here that my android version is 4.2.2 and build number is VIBEROM_V1.0_1340_3_ST_s820
How can I upgrade my android version?

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Aubrey

Hi,
You check the update with system update on system setting or about phone, but consider it first. Your current firmware is china version and i think it already modified by the seller adding google applications and your birth language. If you update it all modification will gone and china firmware not include google applications and only have 2 language english and china. So consider it first, but if you really want to use the newer firmware version please look at this guide http://bit.ly/1pcvZ9h, it international rom version

Aubrey
5 years ago
Reply to  Aubrey

Thanks Andy, FYI I'm newbie and I still don't know much about [email protected] phone.
The only thing that I know is by rooting the phone can make it more efficient. So based on the details about my phone, does it rooted yet?

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Aubrey

Rooting cannot be see on about phone, just look at your applications drawer can you see any root genius, vroot, superuser, king user or supersu application. If you can see than your phone already root if not then your phone not rooted then

Aubrey
5 years ago
Reply to  Aubrey

I don't think it's been rooted. So to put this simply,
first I need to re-flashing my phone to the official ROW and then after that can proceed to upgrade to kit kat? am I right?
and also, just in case all the modification gone, can I install it back on my own?

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Aubrey

Yes, you are right. But flashing will result you will lose your current firmware if you not backup it first and flashing has possibility to losing IMEI which is will losing your phone ability to communicate. So please consider it

Aubrey
5 years ago

How to backup my firmware? is there any way to ensure all the process working properly and didnt damage my phone?

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Aubrey

No one can ensure it sorry, to backup please refer to this guide http://bit.ly/1kcsUqj, for imei backup please use mtk droid tool or mobile uncle.