Symphony came back into the Android smartphone game with its first-ever quad-core processor smartphone, Symphony W125. The phone itself is quite a gorgeous one. Though the build quality may dissatisfy a lot of people, performance wise it’s a great choice and value for money. However, true Android users won’t find the joy in using their smartphones until they gain what is called root access.
Root access allows you to do a lot more than you’re normally allowed to do. If you need to know more about what is rooting and what’s the advantage and disadvantage, you should check out the linked article. But then again, before you continue, there are a few things you should note.
This tutorial is also available in Bangla on Android Kothon. Later translated by A.I. Sajib for Android Kothon English.
Why root Symphony W125
- By gaining root access, you’ll void/lose your warranty for your phone.
- By gaining root access, you can overclock to get maximum performance or underclock to get more battery backup.
- Root access allows you to do advanced stuff such as increase internal memory on your Android phone.
- Root access also allows you to use Titanium Backup, DroidVPN to bypass blocked websites, and remove unnecessary system apps that do nothing but eat up your phone’s RAM and space.
Now, if you’re convinced to root your phone, follow along the rooting tutorial at your own risk.
How to root Symphony W125
Things you’ll need to root your precious Symphony W125 are:
- A computer running Windows/Linux. Moderate knowledge with command line is required for Linux users.
- Micro-USB cable.
- Download this file. Mirror: 4Shared
First of all, unzip the downloaded file. You’ll end up seeing a screen like the one below.
Turn USB Debugging on by navigating to Settings -> Developer Options -> USB Debugging. You might see a dialogue box, tap yes to continue.
Now, connect your phone using USB cable to the computer. After connecting, you’ll need to install drivers. Please note that if you’re on Linux, you can skip to the rooting process right away. But if you are on Windows, you’ll need to follow the steps below.
Installation of Drivers
– Go to Computer.
– Click on System Properties.
– Click Device Manager from the left sidebar.
– In the screenshot above, you’re seeing “Fly IQ446” because I’ve flashed that firmware on my Symphony W125. In your case, “Symphony W125” will show up. Right click on that and choose “Update Device Software.”
– Click on Browse My Computer For Driver Software.
– Choose Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
– Click show all devices and hit the next button.
– Now click on the Have Disk button.
– Click Browse.
– Click Locate File and browse to the folder where you’ve decompressed the downloaded files. Navigate into the usb_driver folder and choose android_winusb file. Click open.
– Choose OK.
– Choose Android ADB Interface and click Next.
– At this point, 2 separate windows may show up. Chose OK or “Install this driver anyway”; depending on which one shows up.
– If you see a window like the screenshot below, driver installation has just been successfully completed.
Root Symphony W125
– Navigate to the downloaded files.
– Run the file named “run”. Linux users go to terminal and apply the following command on the parent folder “chmod 777 -R w125 root”. Now from within W125 root folder, run the run.sh file by issuing a command “sudo sh run.sh”. If you’re not familiar with command line interface, it’s better and safer to do the whole thing in Windows.
– Make sure your phone is connected to the computer with USB Debugging turned on. On Windows, after you run the file named “run”, a command prompt identical to the following will show up. Press enter.
– Wait a few moments. This tool will root your phone and at the end of the process you’ll be required to press Enter in order o reboot the phone. In the screenshot below, it shows failure because my phone is already rooted. If you’ve followed until this carefully, you’ll see success in that screen.
– After your phone is restarted, open the application drawer and see if there’s an app called SuperSU. If it’s there, your Symphony W125 has been successfully rooted.
Once your phone has been rooted, you can do countless stuff such as increase your internal storage by link2sd, backup your phone using Titanium Backup, install custom recovery, overclock/underclock your phone and a lot more that you wouldn’t be able to do without gaining root access.
Enjoy your freedom as your Symphony W125 now obeys to whatever you want it to do!
This tutorial was first published on Android Kothon (Bangla).