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How to install ClockWorkMod (CWM) on NVIDIA Shield Tablet?

How to install ClockWorkMod (CWM) on NVIDIA Shield Tablet?Alongside TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project), CWM or known as ClockWorkMod has been one of the most popular custom recovery tools that many Android users always count on whenever they want to backup the Android system of their devices.

It goes the same with the users of NVIDIA Shield Tablet. For many users of NVIDIA Shield Tablet, creating the backup system of this device can be really important thing to do in order to prevent any problems like bootloop in the future.

Anyway, yesterday, I've already showed you how exactly to root your NVIDIA Shield Tablet. So it's actually really simple. You just need to download the rooting app called "TowelRoot" and then let this app root your tablet.

Today, I'm actually still interested to bring up again this NVIDIA Shield Tablet into my next article.

So after giving you the tutorial of rooting NVIDIA Shield Tablet, right now I want to show you how exactly to install ClockWorkMod or CWM on this device.

Okay then, without further long introduction, if you want to know how to do that, here you go!

1. Ensure that your NVIDIA Shield Tablet has been rooted already

I assume that right now, your NVIDIA Shield Tablet has been rooted and it’s also been validated by Root Checker app. Not to mention, the SuperSU app from ChainFire has also been installed on this device, as I’ve already asked you to do it in my previous post.

And if that’s true, then you can proceed to the next step, which is finding the right compatible CWM image file from XDA-developers.com forum.

2. Find the right compatible CWM image file on XDA-developers.com

Okay, after having successfully rooted your NVIDIA Shield Tablet, the next thing you need to do is find the right compatible ClockWorkMod file specifically for NVIDIA Shield Tablet.

This is really important because if you install the wrong CWM image file that is NOT compatible with your NVIDIA Shield Tablet, chances are, it could damage your tablet and caused some serious errors to the whole system. So you don't want that to happen, okay?

So in order to get the right CWM file that is compatible with your NVIDIA Shield Tablet, the best place to find it is definitely on XDA-developers.com, as this forum has the most complete database of anything related to Android OS, rooting, installing custom ROMS and many more.

It’s actually pretty simple to find the right compatible CWM file on this forum. You just need to search on Google with the key phrase: “NVIDIA Shield Tablet CWM xda-developers.com”. Or you can also find it directly on XDA-developers.com using the search engine of this forum.

The ClockWorkMod image file usually goes by the name: “CWM_Philz.zip”. But after you extract the file to your tablet, it will usually have the name "CWM_Philz.img".

3. Extract the CWM image file (CWM.img)

After finding the right CWM file for NVIDIA Shield Tablet, and you are perfectly sure that this file is the right compatible CWM file for this tablet, now download it and then extract the image file (CWM.img) to the internal/external storage of your tablet.

But make sure to extract it right on the root directory, not inside any folder. So later, it’ll be much easier to find that file for further use.

4. Download Flashify (for root) on Google Play Store

In order to install the CWM image file that you just downloaded earlier, you need an app called “Flashify” because this tool can flash/install any image files like CWM or TWRP on the system of your tablet.

There are actually many other similar apps like “Rashr” that does the same thing. But for this tutorial, I want to show you how to install CWM file using Flashify.

Okay, now go to Google Play Store and download “Flashify” on your NVIDIA Shield Tablet. Anyway, this app requires the root permission on your device, so this is why earlier I’ve already asked you to root this tablet first before even proceeding to the next step.

5. Grant the root permission to Flashify

Right when you open Flashify, the app will automatically ask the root permission to your NVIDIA Shield Tablet. Now select “Grant” or “Allow” on the prompted option to grant the root permission to this app.

6. Press “Recovery Image”

Okay, after granting the root permission to this app, now you can start doing the flashing process of the CWM image file you just downloaded earlier. Okay, now select “Recovery Image” to start the flashing process.

7. Select “Choose file”

After pressing the “Recovery Image”, you will be prompted with some options of recovery tools like CWM, TWRP, etc. But REMEMBER! You should NEVER use any of these provided tools because they might not be compatible with your NVIDIA Shield Tablet.

Now select "Choose File" to find the CWM file you just downloaded earlier from XDA-developers.com forum.

8. Choose your favorite file manager

Right when you press “Choose file”, you will be given with some file managers that you can use to find the image file you would like to install. Now select your favorite file manager you usually use all the time on your this device.

9. Select the CWM recovery image file you just downloaded earlier

After choosing the file manager, now you need to find the CWM image file (CWM.img) that you just downloaded earlier. Once you have found that CWM file, now press it to start flashing that file into the system of your NVIDIA Shield Tablet.

10. Press “Yup”

When you press the CWM file, the system will ask you again whether you want to install the file or not, now select “Yup” and let the app install your chosen CWM file to the tablet. It usually takes a few seconds or 1 minute until the installation process is complete.

11. Select “Reboot Now”

Once the installation process of the CWM file is complete, it will automatically prompt you the option to reboot to the recovery mode of ClockWorkMod (CWM).

Now select “Reboot Now” in the prompted window and let your tablet reboot itself to the recovery mode of CWM (ClockWorkMod)

12. Now you’re in CWM recovery mode (upside down)

Now you’re finally in the ClockWorkMod recovery mode. If I’m not mistaken, the ClockWorkMod on NVIDIA Shield Tablet weirdly will be shown upside down. So if you want to use it, you need to turn your tablet upside down so you can see the screen properly.

13. Reboot system now

Okay, in this tutorial, I’m not gonna show you what to do on CWM recovery mode. So if you don’t know what to do on CWM recovery mode, I strongly suggest you to reboot your tablet to the normal homescreen.

Now select “Reboot System now” (by using volume rocker to select the option and power button to make a selection).

But if you want to create the backup system of your NVIDIA Shield Tablet, you can learn more about that in my previous article where I’ve already showed how to create the backup system or restore the backup system to the tablet by using CWM.

Last word

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How to Root NVIDIA Shield Tablet (with Tegra K1)?

How to Root NVIDIA Shield Tablet (with Tegra K1)?One of many ways to get the best out of your tablet or smartphone is by rooting your device. I know that rooting can be such a risky process to apply on your tablet, especially if you got no clue and no experience whatsoever about it.

But rooting is actually a pretty safe to do and not as dangerous as many people thought it would be.

It goes the same with NVIDIA Shield Tablet. If you want to unlock the full potential of this powerful gaming device, one of them is of course by rooting it.

Not only are you able to enhance the experience and even performance of this tablet, but there are many possibilities that are just waiting to be unlocked once you managed to get it rooted.

Yesterday, I’ve already showed you how exactly to root one powerful gaming tablet powered by Tegra K1 processor – Xiaomi MiPad Tablet.

However, despite having the official permission from Xiaomi to root this device, the rooting process of Xiaomi MiPad Tablet is actually pretty tricky and not as simple as on other tablets.

How to Root Nvidia Shield Tablet?

Right now, as mentioned in the title, I want to show you how to root another Tegra K1 tablet, but this time, it’s from Nvidia itself – Nvidia Shield Tablet.

However, despite having the same Tegra K1 quad-core processor just like Xiaomi MiPad Tablet, the rooting process of NVIDIA Shield Tablet is of course way different given that their Android UIs are completely different here – Xiaomi MiPad Tablet comes with heavily-customized MIUI, while NVIDIA Shield Tablet is running on pure stock Android UI.

Well, if you’re interested to learn more about how to root this device, then here check this one out, my step-by-step guide to root NVIDIA Shield Tablet.

Warning

Before attempting to root your tablet, it’s worth mentioning that rooting your tablet will automatically void the warranty. So you must know that you are doing this at your own risk. And I’m not responsible for anything wrong that might happen on your tablet, including your device’s warranty.

1. Go to Setting > Security and check off “Unknown Sources”

Okay, before proceeding to the next step, you need to firstly allow your NVIDIA Shield Tablet to accept any 3rd party apps on its system. So by doing this, you will be able to install 3rd party apps that you get from somewhere else on internet outside Google Play Store.

It’s actually pretty simple. You just need to go to Setting > Security and then scroll down to the middle and check off the box that says “Unknown Sources”.

But be always careful when installing 3rd party apps from some random websites because some of them probably contain some kind of virus that might ruin your tablet. So always make sure that you download 3rd party apps only from trusted websites.

2. Download the Rooting App “TowelRoot” from its Website

The rooting process of NVIDIA Shield Tablet is actually pretty similar with many Android tablets out there. So basically, you just need to download a specific rooting app that is compatible with NVIDIA Shield Tablet > install the app > open the app > and finally run the rooting process until your device is rebooted.

This is actually way different with the rooting process of Xiaomi MiPad Tablet that is more complicated than NVIDIA Shield Tablet, which I’ve already showed you in my previous article.

Anyway, the rooting app that is compatible with NVIDIA Shield Tablet is called “TowelRoot”. And you can get this app from TowelRoot’s website at www.towelroot.com.

3. Click on the giant red logo of TowelRoot to download the Towelroot app

On TowelRoot’s website, there is one giant red logo right on the center of the homepage. Now click that logo to download this app. It’s not heavy by the way in size, so you don’t need to worry about your internet data when downloading this app.

4. Install TowelRoot on your NVIDIA Shield Tablet

Okay, after finish downloading the app to your tablet, now install the app on your tablet.

5. Select "Install Anyway"

In default, when you try to install any rooting app to this tablet, the system usually will prompt you the warning that says “Google recommends that you do NOT install this app”.

Okay, don’t worry, this is just a normal notification from the system which usually will pop up when users try to install rooting app like TowelRoot for the very first time.

Now allow your NVIDIA Shield Tablet to install this rooting app by checking off the small box that says “I understand and still want to install it”. And then select “Install Anyway” to start installing the app to your device.

The process usually doesn’t take very long to finish, so be patient for a few seconds.

6. Open TowelRoot and Press “Make it Rain”

After successfully installing TowelRoot to your NVIDIA Shield Tablet, now run the app to start the rooting process. Right when you open the app, you will be shown with one button on the center that says “Make it Rain”.

To start rooting your NVIDIA Shield Tablet, now press the “Make it Rain” button. This rooting process usually takes a couple of minutes and even a half an hour to complete, so be patient until your Nvidia Shield Tablet is rebooted automatically.

7. Wait until the rooting process is complete

Okay, once you press the “Make it Rain” button, the rooting process of NVIDIA Shield Tablet will begin. Now wait for a few minutes until this app finishes rooting your tablet.

Usually, if you click “Make it Rain” and your device reboots, its means the rooting process FAILS.

On the other hand, if it doesn’t reboot after pressing the “Make it Rain” button, then the rooting process has been successfully done, which means your NVIDIA Shield Tablet has been successfully rooted.

At the end of the process, usually there will be a message that says “You should have root, no reboot required”. On other devices, usually the device will reboot itself once the rooting process is complete.

8. Reboot your device

Even though NVIDIA Shield Tablet has been successfully rooted, but it’s actually not a 100% rooted because you still need to reboot your device manually.

And this is really important to do in order to let the system fully root the tablet and grant the root permission on this device.

Okay, now reboot your NVIDIA Shield Tablet manually by pressing the power button for a few seconds and then select “Reboot”.

9. Download SuperSU (Chainfire) on Google Play Store

In order to get the full root access or permission on this tablet, you firstly need to have an app called “SuperSU” installed on this device. You can download this app for FREE on Google Play Store by the way.

But it’s worth mentioning that the SuperSU app that you should download on NVIDIA Shield Tablet is the one that is developed by ChainFire. So make sure that you download this app from the right developer because probably there are many similar apps that also use the same exact name.

Anyway, if this is your first time hearing about SuperSU app, this app is actually a must-have app for any rooted tablet or smartphone.

Usually, on the normal rooting process of other tablets, for example Xiaomi MiPad Tablet, when you finish installing the rooting app called “update.zip”, a SuperSU app will be automatically installed right after you reboot the tablet.

I don’t understand why TowelRoot doesn’t straightly install this SuperSU app when NVIDIA Shield Tablet is rebooted manually. Maybe it’s because this TowelRoot app doesn’t include SuperSU inside it. So this is why you need to download it separately from Google Play Store.

Okay, now download “SuperSU” on Google Play Store and then install it on your NVIDIA Shield Tablet.

10. Update the SuperSU app

Once the installation process is complete, now launch the app. However, in order for this SuperSU app to work on this device, you need to firstly update this app in order to download the right and compatible binary specifically for NVIDIA Shield Tablet.

So make sure that your internet connection is activated during this updating process.

Okay, once you open the app, the system will automatically ask you to update the app. Now select “Continue” and then choose “Normal” in the prompted options.

11. Manually reboot the tablet

After the updating process is complete, now you need to reboot your tablet manually in order to let the tablet fully install the SuperSU app into the system.

12. Check if your device has been rooted or not by using Root Checker app

After rebooting your tablet, the rooting permission on this device has finally been granted. If you want to check whether your tablet has been rooted or not, you can actually use one popular app called “Root Checker” which you can download for FREE on Google Play Store.

Conclusion

Well, that’s it for now guys my step-by-step guide to root your precious NVIDIA Shield Tablet. I know that many of you here don't want to root your NVIDIA Shield Tablet because it will void the warranty, which you don’t want to happen, right?

So if you have a lot of hesitations whether you want to root or not, then don't root your device! It's best to let your tablet run on the normal unrooted conditions. Besides, when the software updates arrive for this device, you can easily update your tablet without any problem at all.

But when you suddenly change your mind, then don’t hesitate to come back here on this page. I really hope my tutorial in this post will come in handy for you in the near future.

Okay then, hope you like what I've shared in this tutorial guys. And if you like it and want to share it, don't hesitate to press the share buttons on this page. I would totally appreciate your help here.

Alcatel Flash 2 full in-depth review, gaming performance and benchmarks

Alcatel Flash 2 full in-depth review, gaming performance and benchmarksSo after using Alcatel OneTouch Flash Plus for over 7 months, I then decided to switch this smartphone to its next-gen sibling - Alcatel Flash 2.

Is not that Alcatel Flash Plus is so disappointing to me but after spending my 7 months with this device, I felt the need to upgrade to a newer-gen device, mainly because I wanted to try a new experience on Lollipop OS, which I couldn't get on Alcatel Flash Plus.

But my next smartphone should still be from Alcatel because I already fell in love with this manufacturer ever since I bought Alcatel Flash Plus.

Long story short, my smartphone is now Alcatel Flash 2.

The thing that totally made me excited and interested to buy this smartphone was actually its price. So I bought it for only $140. This is of course really cheap compared to my previous Alcatel Flash Plus that cost around $180 when I first bought it.

Alcatel Flash 2 benchmarks and gaming performance

However, despite being a low-cost smartphone, Alcatel Flash 2 apparently is a really amazing smartphone. In fact, I think the $140 price of this phone is a steal compared to what you're gonna get from this device as a whole, especially from its specs.

Anyway guys, today I’m gonna show you my full in-depth review of Alcatel Flash 2. I actually have been using this phone for more than a month, probably 2, so I can share to you my full personal experience of using this device.

Well, if you’re interested to find out how the review of this smartphone goes, as well as my takes on its gaming performance, cameras, UI, battery life and other more, then here check this one out, my full in-depth review of Alcatel Flash 2!

Enjoy!

Introduction

In Alcatel’s current lineup in 2015 - 2016, Alcatel Flash 2 is actually the sequel model of the predecessor - Alcatel Flash - released last year, not Alcatel Flash PLUS.

Meanwhile, Alcatel Flash Plus also has a new sequel, Flash Plus 2, which just launched a couple of weeks ago.

Compared to predecessor, Alcatel Flash 2 is of course way better and more impressive in many ways. It has better performance, new Android OS, a front LED flash, bigger RAM, more powerful gaming performance and more elegant design.

However, the previous-gen Alcatel Flash is actually not too shabby at all, especially compared to Alcatel Flash 2. It still has an HD display, powerful performance (CPU and GPU), good cameras (13MP rear camera) and solid battery life (3200mAh).

But of course, as a sequel model, Alcatel Flash 2 offers better specs and newer Android OS, plus a front-facing LED flash.

Talking about Alcatel Flash 2, the first thing to notice from this device is definitely its design.

So Alcatel Flash 2 has a unique and nice appealing design with sharp metallic chrome bezels on the front, top and bottom. And these metallic bezels continues as a thin chrome trimming around the side of the phone. Overall, it looks really beautiful and elegant.

And each corner of this phone is made sharply, not in rounded rectangular shape. So it doesn’t look generic just like any other Android smartphones out there that mostly use rounded rectangular corners, which is pretty standard these days.

Alcatel Flash 2 also comes with 2 LED flash lights on front and back, which is pretty rare to find on most of today’s smartphones, even the flagship ones like iPhone 6 Plus. And this totally helps a lot with the picture quality when we take selfie photos in low light conditions.

But that’s not the only thing why I love this smartphone. There is some other great stuff to be liked from this device, like its stock Android UI, its fast 4G connectivity, its great performance, its solid battery life, its pretty good cameras and its great gaming performance.

However, despite all the great things found on this smartphone, I also feel that there is something about this phone that disappoints me little bit. One of them is actually its gaming performance. But we'll get more on that later.

And Alcatel Flash 2 is actually not any better than Alcatel Flash Plus in camera performance, especially on the front side, although it now has a front LED flash. The photos often look grainy and the sharpness of the photos really leave a lot to be desired.

This is why, through this full review, I want to share to you the whole thing about Alcatel Flash 2. I want to show you what’s so great and what’s so disappointing from this smartphone.

And this review will be based on my personal experience because I’ve been using this phone myself for around 2 months now. So I know exactly what I’m sharing in this review.

Design

The first time I grasped Alcatel Flash 2, the feeling was, “wow.. this smartphone is really thin and light in my hands!”. I mean like, really really thin.

Alcatel Flash 2 full in-depth review, gaming performance and benchmarks

Alcatel Flash 2 full in-depth review, gaming performance and benchmarks

But I was not really surprised and saw that as something that was mind-blowing because my previous phone - Alcatel Flash Plus – was also really thin and light in hands, despite its huge 5.5-inch display.

However, this Alcatel Flash 2 feels much smaller and lighter in the hand because it comes with a smaller 5-inch display. And this totally makes holding this device more convenient compared to my previous Alcatel Flash Plus which uses 5.5-inch screen

The real reason why I decided to switch my previous Alcatel Flash Plus phablet to this Alcatel Flash 2 was actually because the size. So after using this Alcatel Flash Plus for over 7 months, I felt that this phablet was really huge on my tiny hands.

Every time I put this phone inside my pocket, it didn’t really fit right in and made me really uncomfortable to walk with my pants. Thankfully, I made a good decision here by switching to a smaller Alcatel Flash 2.

This phone feels just great and really comfortable to use in my hands. I also love how the rear-cover of Alcatel Flash 2 is made with grippy textured finish all over it, giving it a good grip when we hold it in our hand.

And you can feel its roughness by rubbing it with your fingers. So you don’t need to worry anything about slipping out this phone of your hand because its rear-cover is really grippy and will stick on your palm like a magnet.

On the front side, Alcatel Flash 2 also looks really elegant and solid thanks to the chrome metal bezels found on the top and bottom sides of the phone.

And these metal edges are also made sharply by Alcatel in boxy shape, unlike other smartphones out there that mostly use rounded rectangular corners. This of course makes this phone look and feel really premium.

The other awesome thing about this device is its physical buttons – power button, volume rocker and the camera shutter key. And they all look and feel really premium.

So all of these buttons are thin and made out chrome metal in curved shape so they are not flat just like on any other phones. These buttons also give a really good tactile feedback when pressed. So it's really pleasing to press these physical buttons.

However, despite its premium looking design, I’m personally not a big fan of its rear cover because I think it just looks really generic and there’s nothing special about it. In fact, it looks cheap just like any other cheap budget smartphones out there on the market.

Thankfully, Alcatel releases some separate rear covers (gold and silver) specifically for this Alcatel Flash 2, which you can get on online stores. Both of these rear covers look more premium than the one that comes out of the box with this phone.

Overall, I really like the design of Alcatel Flash 2. In fact, I think this phone has a better front design than Alcatel Flash Plus with its generic looking rectangular front side. I also love its physical buttons as well. They are thin but they feel really premium when we press them.

SIM cards and external microSD card Slots

So unlike Alcatel Flash Plus that has all the slots on the left and right sides of the phone, thanks to its unibody design with non-removable rear-cover, the placements of slots for SIM cards and microSD card on Alcatel Flash 2 are found inside the rear-cover of this phone. So you must firstly open the back cover of this phone if you want to put your SIM cards and microSD card into the phone.

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  • Released in September 2015
  • Dual SIM 4G and 3G (Micro-SIM)
  • 5.0 inches 720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density), 16M colors
  • IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Multitouch for up to 5 fingers
  • Stock Android OS 5.1 Lollipop
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Mediatek MT6753 Chipset
  • Octa-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU
  • Mali-T720MP3 GPU
  • microSD external card slot for up to 256 GB
  • Internal 16 GB
  • 13 MP rear-facing camera with f/2.0 apperture and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 5 MP front facing camera with LED flash
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Wi-Fi 802.11
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • GPS
  • microUSB v2.0 USB
  • Accelerometer, proximity Sensors
  • No Java
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
  • Available in 2 different rear covers: Volcanic Grey, Mica White
Compared to the predecessor (Alcatel Flash), of course Alcatel Flash 2 is better and more powerful in specs. However, if compared to Alcatel Flash Plus, this smartphone is actually less appealing when it comes to spec sheet.

But there’s nothing shocking about that because Alcatel Flash 2 costs cheaper than Alcatel Flash Plus ($140 vs $180), so there will be some parts that get sacrificed on Alcatel Flash 2.

Even so, despite having lower price tag, this phone is actually not too shabby at all in terms of specs, especially compared to its sibling.

So its display is sporting 720p resolution (1280x720 pixels), it’s powered by a Mediatek MTK6572 processor, coupled with Mali T760 MP2 GPU plus 2GB of RAM.

So when it comes to performances, this phone is definitely blazing fast. But of course, for gaming, this phone is definitely not on the same level as its sibling - Alcatel Flash Plus.

And then its photography department is handled by 13MP camera on the back and 5MP shooter on the front. The good thing is, it features 2 LED flash lights front and back. So if you love doing selfies at night in low light conditions, yes, you can do that with this phone perfectly.

Its software is stock Android OS based on Lollipop 5.0 out of the box and it will get the next update of Marshmallow probably in the near weeks (fingers’ crossed for that!).

Hopefully, Alcatel will also upgrade it to the next Android Nougat OS because the dual split-screen mode in this OS would be really awesome to use on the big screen of Alcatel Flash 2.

On the sector of battery, Alcatel Flash 2 is powered by a pretty huge 3000mAh battery and this totally helps a lot make this phone long lasting even in heavy use. But we’ll get more on that in a minute.

Overall, I think Alcatel Flash 2 is totally worth it for its $140 price tag. In fact, I think this price is a steal especially compared to what you’re gonna get from this phone in the whole aspect.

However, if you have some extra cash in your budget, I strongly recommend you to get Alcatel Flash Plus 2 because it only costs around $180 but it has way way more powerful specs than Alcatel Flash 2.

Screen

Alcatel Flash 2 is packing a 5-inch display, which I think it’s really ideal for a smartphone. It’s not too big, not too small. It’s just perfect for a media-consumption device that fits perfectly in your pocket.

And the sharpness of its display is pretty great actually because it’s already sporting 720p HD resolution on it, which is impressively higher than other popular phones like Samsung GALAXY Grand Prime.

Overall, I like the screen of this phone. It looks nice, vivid with well-saturated colors and the sharpness is also great for a $140 phone. And it also has great viewing angles. So you can view it from every angle and its visibility is still clear.

However, in default, the display of Alcatel Flash 2 actually looks flat and the saturation level of colors is also not great.

So if you want to improve the screen and its colors, you must firstly go to Setting > Display > Mira Vision > Press the “Ξ” logo or option > press Picture Mode > and then select “Vivid” in the options to make the colors look more vivid and popping out.

This totally helps a lot to improve the color saturation especially when watching HD videos. And you can see the difference here when the display is still set as “Standard” in default and when it is set to “Vivid”.

Software and UI

On software side, this phone comes with Android 5.0 out of the box with stock Android UI without any customizations from manufacturer, or in this case, Alcatel andTCL.

So the overall look of its UI is really standard just like any other phones with stock Android UIs. The wallpapers are also stock from Android Lollipop OS.

The pre-installed Google apps are not that many to be found here and right from the start especially after you do the factory reset on this phone, there’s not much going on on its homescreen, which is great because it leaves huge space in internal storage that is usable for users.

But weirdly, despite using stock Android UI (which has been widely known for its efficiency with the use of memory/RAM), the free usable RAM of this phone in default is just around 1GB to 1.1GB.

This is really small compared to Alcatel Flash Plus that has around 1.4GB of free RAM in default. And it even comes with LEWA UI, not stock Android UI, which supposedly consumes more RAM than stock UI.

But that’s not the case here. Alcatel Flash Plus apparently has better RAM management than Alcatel Flash 2. And you can see the depreciation of its performance and stutters here and there especially if you open too many apps at once.

The good thing is, there is a pre-installed app called “Click and Clear” which basically will force-close and clean all the running apps in the background with one single click. So this will come in handy if you start seeing some lags of its performance.

Cameras

In the sector of photography, Alcatel Flash 2 counts on a 13MP camera on the rear and the other 5MP on the front. So on paper, this phone definitely looks appealing to buy. However, in the real world performance, the cameras of Alcatel Flash 2 are actually not that impressive, especially in sharpness.

The photos often look grainy like painting and sometimes they look out of focus if you don’t capture the photos at the right time. But I believe this is just software problems instead of hardware.

So hopefully, Alcatel can bring more improvements and tweaks through the next software update of Marshmallow in the next few weeks.

The awesome thing about Alcatel Flash 2 is actually the existence of LED flash on the front camera (as well as on the rear side).

So if you love taking selfies at night when the lighting conditions are not ideal, you can totally count on this phone because this front LED flash really helps a lot give more lights to the photos.

But sadly, just like the rear camera, the front shooter of this phone also doesn’t take great sharp selfie photos. Hopefully, this will also get fixed with the next software updates.

Battery Life

Anyway, talking about battery life, Alcatel Flash 2 is actually pretty great in this department. And that’s mostly thanks to a pretty huge 3000mAh battery that is powering this device. So you can totally expect to see this phone last all day long if you use it in moderate use.

However, if you use this phone intensively to watch movies in marathon or play heavy games, of course you’re gonna need to recharge it during the day around 6PM, which is what I always do everyday.

But the great thing is, there is no software malfunction here especially related to its battery life. So even if its battery bar reaches 20%, the battery will not drain significantly and can even still be used to do some heavy stuff like gaming or movie watching.

This is the opposite with what happened to my previous Alcatel Flash Plus, which had some errors on its software that make its battery life drain really fast when the bar reaches around 20%.

And that 20% usually will only give me around 5 minutes of screen on time before the phone is finally dead.

The other coolest thing about Alcatel Flash 2 is, despite not having quick charging capability, it’s actually really fast to recharge this phone. Usually, it only took me around 2 to 2.5 hours for this phone to go from 5% to 100%. And this device has a huge 3000mAh power battery.

And more impressively, the system will cut the power OFF when it hits 100% and the charger will also stop charging and even turn off the phone completely (when the phone is turned off while being charged). And I can see and feel that because when it stops charging, there is no heat at all on the charger.

Overall, Alcatel Flash 2 provides me such a great long lasting battery life every day. And I even believe it can stay in 2 days if I don’t use it intensively for watching videos or playing PSP game, Pro Evolution Soccer 2014.

So I think Alcatel has done such a marvelous job with the software and hardware of this phone, especially related to power consumption and battery life.

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As far as the gaming performance is concerned, I think it’s really obvious that Alcatel Flash 2 is not any better or more powerful than its sibling - Alcatel Flash Plus. And we can see that right from their GPUs actually.

Alcatel Flash Plus comes with Mali T-760MP2, while Alcatel Flash 2 is powered by Mali T-720 MP3, which obviously is lower and less powerful than the GPU found inside Alcatel Flash Plus (T760 vs T720).

As a result, of course the gaming performance of Alcatel Flash Plus is more powerful than Alcatel Flash 2. And that’s true because there are some heavy 3D games that run perfectly on Alcatel Flash Plus, but didn’t work greatly on Alcatel Flash 2.

Like for example is Prince of Persia: Rival Swords, which is a PSP game from Ubisoft. So on Alcatel Flash Plus, this game amazingly run great and the graphics could be shown perfectly on this device.

However, on Alcatel Flash 2, using the same PSP file (ROM) of Prince of Persia: Rival Swords, this game didn’t run smoothly on this phone and it even showed some distorted graphics here and there during the gameplay.

And the gameplay didn’t even work properly. So there were many errors that prevent me from proceeding to the next level or area, which was really frustrating.

Anyway, besides Prince of Persia Rival Swords that showed some distorted graphics and errors during the gameplay, the sound effects in Dead Space also came out as distorted sounds that are really annoying to hear, although the game itself could run smoothly on this phone.

But the good thing is, Alcatel Flash 2 is still able to play games like Worms 2, Rayman Jungle Run, GTA III and Max Payne. And I also believe it still handles Modern Combat 4 and Dead Trigger perfectly even in full graphics.

Meanwhile, PSP games like Pro Evolution Soccer 2014, Splinter Cell Essentials, Indiana Jones and Godfather also worked great on this device.

But of course, you cannot expect other PSP titles like Assassins’ Creed Bloodlines, GTA Liberty City Stories and FIFA 2015 to run perfectly on this device because that’s not gonna happen. Even its sibling - Alcatel Flash Plus - couldn’t run these games perfectly.

Overall, I’m pretty impressed but not blown away by the gaming performance of Alcatel Flash 2. Even so, as a $140 smartphone, Alcatel Flash 2 is still a great device for gaming. It still plays PES 2014 (PSP) pretty smoothly and other heavy Android games can also be executed nicely on this phone.

However, in the near future, I’m actually planning to switch to Alcatel Flash Plus 2 because this phablet has more powerful specs and GPU than Alcatel Flash 2 or Alcatel Flash Plus. So I bet it’s going to be really beast in gaming performance.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about its gaming performance, including what games that will run on Alcatel Flash Plus, you can check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

My Personal Opinions

Okay, we’re finally here at the end of this review. So what is my last word about Alcatel Flash 2?

Well, from my experience of using this device for around 2 months, I think Alcatel Flash 2 manages to make such a great impression to me especially as a budget smartphone. It may only cost around $140, but in the whole aspect, this phone is just really top notch either in specs and quality.

Its 720p HD screen looks bright, sharp and vivid with great color saturation. I also love its front-facing LED flash, which is totally helpful for taking selfies at night. And then, it's also pretty fast to charge its battery from 5% to 100%, despite not having fast charging feature.

The design looks premium and unique, although its rear cover would look better with gold or silver case which you can get separately at online stores. And it’s really thin and light in weight, so this phone feels really compact and you can even hold this phone single-handedly for hours without getting exhausted.

The gaming performance is also pretty great, although it’s still far behind its sibling, Alcatel Flash Plus. So you can throw some heavy games like PES 2014 (PSP) or GTA III and it will execute them both smoothly and nicely in full graphics.

However, despite all the great stuff, there’s still something that keeps bugging me with this phone. First of all is, its gaming performance is not that powerful for heavy 3D games.

So despite having a great powerful Mali T720 MP3 GPU, there are many games that didn’t run perfectly on this device, like Prince of Persia Rival Swords (PSP) that is showing some distorted graphics and errors during the gameplay.

And this doesn’t happen to my previous Alcatel Flash Plus which comes with Mali T760 MP2 GPU.

So I think we can see right through here that there is some degradation of graphical performance between Mali T720 GPU on Alcatel Flash 2 and Mali T760 GPU on Alcatel Flash Plus, which is why Alcatel Flash Plus is more expensive than Alcatel Flash 2.

And then, the cameras of Alcatel Flash 2 also leave a lot to be desired.

So its rear camera is 13MP but in real world performance, the photos taken with this camera often look grainy and less sharper than the 13MP camera on Alcatel Flash Plus. Hopefully this is only software problem and can be fixed and improved further in the future through software updates.

The other thing that annoys me with this Alcatel Flash 2 is its software updates. So according to many users of Alcatel smartphones, this company has been widely known for its laziness for not updating its phones with new software updates.

So Alcatel usually doesn't give software updates anymore to its phones, especially when this company just released a new smartphone. So there are many older-gen phones like Alcatel Flash Plus that are left behind and stuck with the older-gen Android OSes.

And recently, Alcatel had to withdraw its Lollipop update to Alcatel Flash 2 because this update caused some errors to the phone and even deleted many important data of users.

So the company had to cancel the release of Android Marshmallow for this phone. And only God knows when this update will come out.

But hopefully, this won’t happen again on Alcatel Flash 2 and the future phones from Alcatel because this could create such a bad reputation to this company and even prevent users from buying Alcatel smartphones in the future.

Overall, I’ve got to say that Alcatel Flash 2 is still a great smartphone at $140. In fact, I think this price is a steal compared to what you’re gonna get from this device, like its solid battery life, elegant design, great performance, gorgeous display, good cameras and a front-facing LED flash.

And with software update to Android Marshmallow which will come out soon in the near weeks, I believe its battery life, cameras and especially performance will be improved much even further to the next level (fingers' crossed for that!).

Pros and Cons

Pros:
  • Gorgeous display
  • Affordable to buy
  • Great gaming performance
  • Front-facing LED flash
  • Solid battery life
  • Elegant and unique design
  • Future software update to Marshmallow
  • It’s really thin and light in weight
Cons:
  • The gaming performance is less powerful than its sibling, Alcatel Flash Plus
  • its standard rear cover makes it look less appealing
  • The photos taken with its cameras are not sharp and look grainy
  • LED flash cannot work when the battery bar reaches 20%

How to crop photos or images easily using QuickPic?

How to crop photos or images easily using QuickPic?Taking photos with our smartphone or tablet is definitely such a pleasing thing to do everyday, especially if you’re really into photography. It doesn’t matter if your device has the best cameras on the market or not, but if you love sharing photos with the world, then there’s no one can’t stop you from doing it.

Of course, it helps a lot if your smartphone or tablet has a great camera app with complete set of features. This will ensure that your photos not only will look great and sharp, but also bring values to people who view them, either on Twitter, Facebook and of course, Instagram.

The main features found on most of camera apps

There are many kinds of features found on camera apps these days: like the feature to add filters to your photos, the feature to control the level of brightness/colors, the feature to add frame and many other more.

But there is actually another one which I thought should be a must-have feature on camera app on any smartphone or tablet. And that is the feature to crop photos.

Okay, this may sound weird, but I think this feature has been really underrated on any camera apps these days.

I think it’s really rare to see stock camera apps on most of smartphones or tablets that have the feature to crop photos right on the get go. Usually, this feature is only available on separate apps like photo viewers or photo editors, which must be downloaded first through App Store or Google Play Store.

For me, I think it’s really important for any camera app to have the standard feature to crop photos on the fly. So right when we’re trying to check out the photo we just captured, we can straightly do the editing like cropping that photo so we can remove some unnecessary parts of the photo right on the get go.

For example, if you are taking a photo of you and your friend together in the park, but turns out, there is some huge empty space around the picture, then you may want to remove this empty space so later, you and your friends will look great and prominent in the photo.

QuickPic: a Simple Photo Viewer App with Great Cropping Feature

This is the main reason why I decide to use a separate photo viewer app called QuickPic.

I actually already have some stock photo viewers that come pre-installed on my Android device. But I think these apps are not that great for viewing all of my photos. And the experience of viewing photos on these apps is also not quite satisfying for me.

But this contradicts with the QuickPic app which I’m trying to share to you here.

What is QuickPic?

Well, if this is your first time hearing about this app, QuickPic is actually just a photo viewer app like Google Photos or any other similar apps you usually use to check out photos on your smartphone or tablet.

So with this app, of course you can view all the photos that you already have on your device.

However, the thing that makes this app so great, awesome and even becomes my most favorite app on my smartphone is how effective and smooth it works, especially for viewing and scanning all the photos on my device.

I mean, this app is really simple and light in weight, especially in terms of visual interface. So right when you open the open, you will see the thumbnails of all your photos in square boxy shape. So it doesn’t have sophisticated visual interface like 3D carousel effect or any other effects, which is fine by me.

Why QuickPic is so great for cropping photos?

The other cool feature found on this app and even my favorite one is the feature to crop photos. So if you want to remove some unnecessary part of your photo, it’s really easy and quick to do that on this app.

You just need to press the option button on the top right, select “Edit” and then, select “Edit” again with QuickPic logo on it.

After that, there will be some dotted borders showing up around the photo divided by 2 rows and 2 columns. But you can only drag 4 pointers on each corner if you want to crop the photo.

How to crop photo using QuickPic App?

Okay, now take a look at the pictures below to see how simple it is to crop your photos using QuickPic.

1. So it's really easy to crop your photo using QuickPic. First, of course you need prepare the photo that you would like to crop. And then press the How to crop photos or images easily using QuickPic? logo on the TOP RIGHT and select "Edit" in the list of options.

How to crop photos or images easily using QuickPic?How to crop photos or images easily using QuickPic?

2. After that, press again "Edit" with QuickPic logo on it. Once you press this option, some lines of borders with pointer on each corner will appear on your chosen photo.

How to crop photos or images easily using QuickPic?How to crop photos or images easily using QuickPic?

3. If you want to crop the photo, you can simply press any of the pointer on each corner and then drag it inside to the position which you would like the photo to be cropped. And if you want to crop, you just need to press the √ icon on the top.

How to crop photos or images easily using QuickPic?How to crop photos or images easily using QuickPic?

But that's not it. There's more.

So after you enter to cropping mode on your selected photo, you can also turn the photo upside down or even have it in skewed position with 2-finger gesture and then crop the photo directly on the last exact position of the photo. Isn't that cool, huh?

How to crop photos or images easily using QuickPic?How to crop photos or images easily using QuickPic?

QuickPic can also hide your secret photos from other people

The other great feature on this QuickPic app is the ability to exclude the photos that you don’t want to see on this app.

So for example, if you want to hide the photos which you don’t want other people to see when they are opening QuickPic app on your smartphone or tablet, you can just hide the folders by excluding them on this app.

And you can also set the password (using the Pattern code) so other people who don’t know your password, cannot access your hidden photos.

In default, this QuickPic app also scans all of your videos on your device. But you can opt to hide them as well through the Setting > General and uncheck the box that says “Showing videos” in order to prevent this app from scanning your videos.

QuickPic is a free to download and it is really small in size. So if you are interested to check out this app and see how cool it is, then what are you waiting for? Go to Google Play Store and download this app then!

Android Nougat's name is official. Here are 12 new features you can expect from this new update

Android Nougat OS is about to roll out. Here are 12 new features that you can expect from this new OS updateJust a couple of hours ago, Google through its official Android Twitter account just made Android N official. The “N” letter in Android N apparently stands for Nougat, not Nutella that has been echoing around the internet or YouTube for the past few months.

But what exactly will be improved or tweaked on this Android Nougat OS especially compared to predecessor? And what are the new fresh features that will be introduced on this Android Nougat update? What makes this Android Nougat OS better than Lollipop OS?

Android Nougat's name is official
Today, we have compiled many of new stuff that you are about to enjoy on your Android device of course once it gets updated to Android Nougat OS.

Okay then, without further long introduction, here they go, 12 new features and improvement that have been prepared on the latest and greatest Android Nougat OS.

1. Clear All button on Multitasking/Recent apps screen

On Android Lollipop OS, we usually have to slide the apps that we want to close one by one through the “Recent Apps” screen. And for some people, this can be quite annoying. Luckily, on this new Android Nougat OS, there is a new “Clear All” button which enables you to remove all of the apps on the “Recent Apps” screen in one simple click.

2. Dual-multitasking split-screen Mode

Android Nougat OS is about to roll out. Here are 12 new features that you can expect from this new OS update
One of the most awaited features on Android Nougat OS is definitely the split-screen mode which allows Android users to open 2 apps on the screen at the same time. This feature actually has been around on some older devices like Samsung GALAXY Note or Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro 8.4 released a couple of years ago.

But now, all of Android users can enjoy this feature on their devices, of course if their smartphones or tablets are eligible for Android Nougat update.

The trick is actually quite simple. And it can be activated using a bunch of methods. So for example, when you’re currently on Chrome browser and you also want to open another app on the same screen, you can simply hold the “Recent Apps” button for a few seconds, and voila… you are entering the split-screen mode.

The screen will automatically be divided in 2 and on the second multitasking screen on the bottom, it will show the “Recent Apps” screen which you can choose any app that you would like to use in the split-screen mode.

In the first beta build of Android N that Google released a couple of months ago, you can actually enter to the split-screen mode right from “Recent Apps” screen by pressing the top bar of any app for a few seconds, and then drag it either on top or bottom in order to put that app in split-screen mode.

The second trick is, you can activate this split-screen mode by pressing the “Recent Apps” button and then slide it to the top.

In this feature, you can also resize the split-screen of both apps by dragging the pointer/border either from top to bottom or the other way around. And if you want to remove any of these apps from the split-screen, you can just drag the pointer away from the screen.

This split-screen feature also works in landscape mode. So whenever you turn your device around in landscape mode, this split-screen mode will automatically turn into landscape mode.

Anyway, a lot of apps probably won’t work properly and need to get tweaked by developers before this Android N actually releases.

3. App switching with double tap on “Recent Apps” button

Besides the split-screen mode, Android Nougat OS also introduces the new trick to switch from one app to another app by pressing “Recent Apps” button twice. Of course, you need to first open more than one app in order for this trick to work.

4. The Night Mode

The Night Mode is also one of the coolest new features being added to Android Nougat OS. With this feature, you can turn the background of all pre-installed apps (like setting, etc) from the standard white into black.


Meanwhile, the text will also turn color into white so you’ll able to read the text on the dark background. Anyway, you can activate this feature right away from Setting, go to System UI Tuner, and the Night Mode can be found there.

5. You can reply directly on the pop-up notification

It’s really great if we can reply directly to every message, either text message (SMS) or even email everytime the notification pops up on the screen. And the good news is, now you can have this feature on Android Nougat.

So everytime you want to reply to every new text message or email, you don’t need to go into Gmail or Messaging apps. You can simply type your reply right away on the notification itself. And once you finish with your reply, the notification will disappear from the screen.

You can also set every notification that pops up on the screen in silent mode by pressing down the pop-up notification and select the silent mode. So the next time this specific notification pops up on the screen, you won’t hear any notification ringtone from this message. But you can also block it from your screen permanently if you don’t want to see anymore notification from specific app.

6. Redesigned Notification Window

The notification window has now been redesigned by Google Android team through Nougat update.

So whenever you open the notification trays, a bunch of toggle icons will show up on the top taskbar first. But if you want to open the whole notification window, you must slide it again the second time. This of course will make it easier for us to turn on and off flashlight without opening the whole notification window.

You can also move each toggle to any position you want by dragging the toggle around the notification window. And if you don’t like some of the toggles, you can also remove these toggles and replace them with other ones that you’ll likely use the most.

7. The new “Share”, “Delete” and “Clear All” button on Notification window

The new Android Nougat OS also introduces the new “Share” and “Delete” buttons on notification window, which will show up everytime you receive a message that has more text or content in it.

And there is also the “Clear All” button on the bottom which of course enables you to remove all of the notifications in one simple click, which is really useful if you don’t like seeing too many notifications on the trays.

8. Redesigned Setting app

Google Android team has also redesigned the Setting app on Android Nougat OS by giving more information on every part of the setting.

So for example, when you scroll down to the “Sound” setting, there is the information about the level of sound volume right below the word “Sound”. It goes the same with other settings like Security, Data Usage, etc.

Beside of that, there’s also the new navigation on the left which you can slide open from left to the right directly on Setting app. This left navigation will give you an easy quick access to every part of the Setting page like Security, Sound, etc, without scrolling down the main setting page.

9. Better Doze

Doze has also been improved by Google through this Android Nougat update. So it will of course improve the battery life of our device when we put it inside our pocket.

10. Data Saver

There’s a new feature called “Data Saver” which enables you to restrict each of the apps you have installed on your tablet or smartphone so they will be blocked entirely from using the internet connection on your device. This feature actually has been around since a couple of years ago on some older-gen devices like the Xiaomi Redmi 1S smartphone through MIUI 5 OS. So I think Google is kind of late in the game.

11. New themes on Google stock Android Keyboard

The other new stuff that I like the most from Android Nougat is the ability for us to change the theme of default Google keyboard. You can now pick a bunch of colors like pink, red and even your own photo as the background of the keyboard.

And you can also set the border of every key on the keyboard, which is really awesome. But this border feature actually has been the part of Android Lollipop OS if you choose “Holo White” as the theme of your Google keyboard, instead of “Material Dark”.

12. New and more attractive emoji icons

If you love using emoticons when you’re tweeting on Twitter or chatting with your friend on messaging app, then you’re gonna love what Android Nougat has to offer for you. So in this update, Google has added a plenty of new emoji icons. There are some new professional emoticons like police officer icons, etc that will surely enhance the experience of texting.

Conclusion

So there you go, 12 of the new features that you’re gonna enjoy on Android Nougat when it starts rolling out in the next couple of weeks or months. This Android Nougat OS is actually not such a big change from Android Marshmallow OS. But I think it’s really cool to see some new exciting stuff being added and some features being improved to enhance the experience of using the device itself.

Anyway, besides these 12 new features, on Android Nougat OS, there are actually tons of other new tweaks and improvements found in this update like a more improved performance when the apps launch and run.

Not to mention, games on this Android Nougat OS are also expected to run much better, smoother and the most importantly, consume less power in the battery.

So hopefully, the devices that are eligible to receive Android Nougat OS will show a lot of improvements in performance, multitasking, notification and of course, battery life.

How to Root Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 and Install CWM Custom Recovery Tool?

For some users, they normally think that it’s not necessary to root their smartphones or tablets probably because they don’t feel the need to do that.

Meanwhile, some of others are also on the same page but mostly because they don’t have any clue about how to root their devices or they don’t know what the benefits of rooting their tablets/smartphones.

Besides, rooting can void the warranty of their devices so this already scares them easily to even think about rooting their devices. So no wonder many users opt to stay out and avoid anything related to rooting.

However, rooting is actually not really scary as everyone thought it would be. In fact, thanks to massive developments of rooting for the past couple of years, now rooting Android device can be as simple as flipping the palm of your hand.

The great thing is, by rooting your device, there are many benefits and possibilities that are waiting to be unlocked if you’re brave enough to do that. Besides, if you care enough with your device’s warranty, you can actually undo your action by unrooting and clean all the rooting traces from your device's system.

Anyway, earlier, I just shared to you about how to root your Android devices in my previous post. However, I only shared a few rooting methods of some tablets in that article.

Today, I want to share to you the rooting process of one great tablet from Xiaomi, Xiaomi MiPad Tablet, a 7.9-inch tablet powered by Tegra K1 processor, 192-core Keppler GPU and 2GB of RAM.

And this tablet is insanely powerful for gaming. So you can basically throw any heavy 3D game on this device and it will execute that game nicely without any problem.

How to root Xiaomi Mi Pad Tablet?

I used to own one Xiaomi smartphone – Xiaomi Redmi 1S – and from what I’ve seen, the rooting process of Xiaomi MiPad is basically similar with Redmi 1S. In fact, they are exactly the same.

So first, you download a rooting file (update.zip) and the Developer ROM file of MIUI from MIUI official forum, and then flash the update.zip files and voila, your Xiaomi device is finally rooted.

Well okay then, if you're interested to find out how exactly to root your Xiaomi MiPad, then here in this tutorial, I'm gonna show you the step-by-step guide to root your Xiaomi MiPad device.

But before you proceed to the first step of this tutorial, I want you to know that I will not be responsible for anything wrong that might happen to your tablet. So you do this tutorial at your own risk!

Xiaomi’s policy about rooting

Some of you here probably don’t know that Xiaomi has the policy which allows its users to root their Xiaomi devices without voiding the warranty. So even if you have rooted your Xiaomi device, you can still claim the 1-year warranty on Xiaomi service center. And they will still accept your rooted Xiaomi device.

Isn’t that cool, huh?

1.Sign up to MIUI.com community forum

Okay, the first you need to do here is go to MIUI official forum and then sign up your own account there.

This is really important, in fact it is the most important step here, because in order to root your device, you must firstly download the rooting zip files that are provided by Xiaomi itself on its official MIUI forum.

And in order to be able to download these files, you must sign in to your account because if you haven’t signed up, this download link on the forum will not show up on your web browser.

You probably wonder why does Xiaomi share these rooting files on its official MIUI forum, right?

Well, as mentioned above, Xiaomi has a more flexible policy that allows its users to root their Xiaomi devices without voiding the warranty. This is actually the main reason why Xiaomi devices are awesome.

Anyway, after signing up to that forum, now sign in and go into your account using the username and password you previously registered when signing up.

2. Download “update.zip” file and Developer ROM from MIUI forum

Now go to this dedicated page on MIUI official forum (en.miui.com/thread-30617-1-1.html) about how to root Xiaomi MiPad Tablet and then scroll down to find the download link of a rooting file called “update.zip”. It’s actually really small and even tiny in size so it’s not going to squeeze a lot of your data.

And then download also the second file on this page (en.miui.com/download-229.html), which is the Developer ROM of this tablet. But remember, you must download the last file at the end of the page (Developer ROM) and select the green button "Download Full ROM".

3. Put the zip files in the root directory of internal storage

Okay, if after finish downloading the“update.zip” and "Developer ROM" zip files, now move those files (Cut – Paste) to the root directory of internal storage on your Xiaomi MiPad Tablet. You can actually do this using the file manager provided by Xiaomi on this device.

4. Open Updater app

Now open an app on your MiPad tablet called “Updater”. Anyway, for your information, this app is actually an app that is dedicated specifically to upgrade your device’s OS to the latest MIUI software updates.

So if you want to check the current available software updates for your Xiaomi device, then Updater is the app you want to check out regularly.

5. Install Developer ROM to your tablet

After opening the Updater app, the MIUI visual intro will be shown at the first time. Once the app starts, press the menu option which you can find it on the TOP RIGHT area on the screen. If you have found it, now select “Select Update Package”.

After pressing that option, you will be brought to the file manager of this tablet. Now find the Developer ROM zip file that you just downloaded earlier. If I'm not mistaken, it goes by the name "miui_MOCHA_5.4.3_1660284004_4_4.zip". Now select this file to let your tablet install this ROM.

After selecting the file, you will be brought back to Updater app showing you the colorful balloons of MIUI 6 spreading out on the screen. And then, the updating process will start.

Once the updating process is complete, there will be a button on the bottom of the screen to reboot your device. Now press it.

It usually will take a few minutes for this tablet when rebooting. So just leave your tablet alone on the table without any interruption.

6. Press menu option and select “Reboot to Recovery”

Okay, after finish rebooting and the tablet has been updated with the Developer ROM, now it's the time to root your MiPad tablet.

Now open again the Updater app and then select option and press "Reboot to Recovery". In this process, we will try to install the "update.zip" file you just downloaded earlier on MIUI forum.

You can actually reboot to recovery by turning the device OFF and then turning it ON again by pressing VOLUME UP + POWER BUTTONS at the same time. But I believe it’s much easier and more efficient to do this through the Updater app.

7. Select English language

Now you’re in the recovery mode. On the first screen, you will be prompted with the options of languages that you would like to use in this recovery mode.

To choose the language in the option, press the VOLUME BOTTOM to choose and if you have found your choice, press the POWER BUTTON to select. Of course, you’re gonna choose “English” in the option, right?

8. Select Install update.zip to System One

Earlier in the step number 3, I’ve already asked you to put the “update.zip” file right in the root directory of your tablet (internal storage). If you do that, the system will recognize this file automatically.

So on the next screen, select “Install update.zip to System One”. By doing this, you are one inch closer to rooting your device.

9. Select Yes

On the next screen, the system will ask you: “Confirm install update.zip to System One?”. Now select the option “Yes” to confirm that you’re ready to root your device with “update.zip” file.

10. Wait until the system installs the update.zip

Next your device will try to install “update.zip” file into the system. All you need to do now is wait until the process is complete and the percentage number is finally reaching 100%.

11. Go back and Select Reboot to System One

Okay, the “update.zip” file has been flashed/installed on your Xiaomi MiPad. To reboot your tablet and go back to normal homescreen, now select the “Back” button and select “Reboot” > “Reboot to System One”.

12. Your Xiaomi MiPad tablet is now rooted

Congratulations! Now your Xiaomi MiPad tablet has been successfully rooted. If you want to be sure if your tablet has been rooted or not, you can download “Root Checker” on Google Play Store, grant the root permission for this app and then run the root checker.

13. Update the SuperSU app and Reboot

Right after rebooting and entering to the homescreen, you can see that there is one new app called “SuperSU” installed on your device. This app is the main rooting app that you’re gonna use to grant root permission for some certain apps on your device.

However, in order for this rooting app to work properly on your Xiaomi MiPad tablet, you need to update its binary. The system actually will prompt you to update this app the first time you open this app. You just need to activate the internet connection of your device and then select "Continue" > "Normal".

After the updating process is complete, the system will ask you to reboot your device. Now select "Reboot" on the prompted window.

14. Keep the update.zip file on your tablet

Usually, whenever you try to upgrade the operating system of your MiPad tablet with the next software updates, you need to do the rooting process all over again. This is why I strongly recommend you to keep the "update.zip" file on your device.

What’s next?

After successfully rooting your device, then what’s next?

Well, there are actually tons of stuff that you can do with your rooted Xiaomi Mi Pad Tablet, like installing CWM custom recovery mode so you can make the backup system of your tablet or you can also install an app called “Secure Setting” so you can enable again the quick toggle of internet connection on this device.

Anyway, if you want to know how exactly to install ClockWorkMod custom recovery tool to replace THE STANDARD RECOVERY MODE of your device, here I’m about to show you how.

1. Download CWM from MIUI official forum

Okay, this step is actually similar with the first step above. I assume that now you have already signed up to MIUI official forum and signed in to your account. If you have, now go to this page (en.miui.com/thread-65770-1-1.html) and then scroll down to find the download link of “CWM_6.0.5.0_Mipad.zip” for Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 Tablet.

2. Open File Explorer and the CWM file

After downloading the “CWM_6.0.5.0_Mipad.zip” from MIUI forum, now open “File Explorer“ app and then find the CWM file you just downloaded.

3. Extract the CWM recovery image file to root directory

Once you found the “CWM_6.0.5.0_Mipad.zip” file, now press that file and then select “Extract Here” in the prompted options. This to extract the folder of “CWM_6.0.5.0_Mipad” to root directory so next you’ll be able to flash the recovery image file of CWM inside that folder.

4. Download and Install “Flashify” on Google Play Store

Now open Google Play Store and download an app called “Flashify”. This is an app that allows you to flash any image file like CWM or TWRP image file and install it on your device system.

5. Grant root permission on Flashify

Before using this app, make sure that you have granted the root permission for Flashify. You can simply do that by open the Flashify app and select “Grant” on the prompted window.

6. Find the CWM recovery image you just downloaded earlier

Okay, after granting the root permission for this app, now inside the app, select “Recovery Image” > and then press “Choose the file”.

7. Choose File Explorer on Flashify

After selecting “Choose the File”, on the next screen, choose “File Explorer” to browse the CWM file on your device.

Now find the folder named “CWM_6.0.5.0_Mipad” and open that folder. Inside it, select the recovery image file named “CWM_recovery.img”.

8. Flash the CWM image file

After choosing the recovery image file of “CWM_recovery.img”, the system will prompt you the window “Flash Recovery” to confirm your action. Now select “Yup” in the options.

9. Reboot to Recovery

When Flashify finishes flashing that recovery image file to the system, you may want to test out the CWM custom recovery mode by rebooting to recovery mode. On the next prompted window, choose “Reboot Now”

10. CWM has been installed on your device

Congrats, now you have successfully installed CWM custom recovery tool on your Xiaomi Mi Pad. When you finally enter CWM recovery mode, you can now create the backup system of your device or you can go back to the normal homescreen by choosing “reboot system now”.

Conclusion

Well, that’s it for now guys. So what do you think? Isn’t that simple, huh?

Yes, the rooting process of Xiaomi Mi Pad Tablet can be really simple to do, right? Yup, and the installation of CWM custom recovery tool is also really easy.

And the cool thing about it is, the 1-year warranty of your Xiaomi MiPad tablet is still available to use everytime you want to claim it at any Xiaomi service center near your hometown, even after your device has been rooted.

Anyway, that's it for now guys. If you feel that this tutorial above is informative and useful for you, please consider to share this post on Twitter or Facebook. I would really appreciate it guys!

How to root Android Tablet or Smartphone? (ALcatel Flash Plus, Nvidia Shield Tablet, Xiaomi MiPad, Alcatel Flash 2, etc)

Android logoThere are many ways that you can do in order to get the best out of your smartphone or tablet.

You can install 3rd party launchers like Nova Launcher to make the UI looks cool. You can also download floating assistive apps like Floating Toucher so you can easily reach every app on your device right at your finger tips.

Or maybe, you can use utility apps like Clean Master in order to improve performance and increase battery life of your device.

But in my opinion, I think the best way you can do in order to get the best out of your device is by rooting your smartphone or tablet.

I know that many users out there are not perfectly capable to root their devices alone by themselves given that the rooting process can be a bit complicated and even risky if not done correctly.

First, it will void the 1-year warranty when your device is rooted. Plus, you will also face much bigger problems like bootloop and even hardbrick, which totally damages your device's system.

However, when done properly, rooting can actually unlock the full potential of your tablet or smartphone which surely will improve the whole experience of using your device.

There are many possibilities that are waiting to be grabbed if your device is finally rooted.

The benefits of rooting your Android device

In my previous post about the benefits you can get by rooting your Android device, I’ve already explained to you some of the great things you can possibly do when your device has finally been rooted.

You can use the quick data toggle again on Lollipop OS, you can improve battery life of your device, you can make your tablet or smartphone run much faster and there are some other benefits you can grab by rooting your device.

This is the main reason why today I would love to share to you my tips about how to root your tablet or smartphone.

I know that the rooting process of every tablet on the market is totally different one to another. And it’s forbidden for you to apply some random rooting process that is not compatible with your device.

However, here in this article, I just want to show how the rooting process is actually not as complicated as many people thought it would be. Of course, it’s not easy either.

But the point is, once you get to know deeper with the rooting process of Android device, hopefully you can have more guts to finally root your own smartphone or tablet.

How exactly to root Android device?

Anyway, in this article, I’m actually not going to show you how to root all Android tablets in the market right now because that would be impossible to do here.

I mean, every Android device has totally different method of rooting, so it's definitely not enough room in this article to share them all here.

However, before even proceeding to read the entire content of this article, I want to remind you that I’m here not responsible if anything goes wrong with you device. So you do this at your own risk!

Okay then, without further ado, below I’m about to show you how exactly to root some of the Android devices available in the market right now.

Bear in mind that on this page, I’m not going to show you the whole entire process of the rooting. So I will only show you the glimpse without explaining to you the details of the process.

But hopefully you can learn something from this article, especially about how easy and safe it is to root your Android device.

However, I will make the dedicated page for the rooting process of each tablet in the near coming days, along with other stuff like installing custom recovery tools like CWM or TWRP on some tablets.

So be sure to stick around if you’re interested to check them out.

How to root Alcatel OneTouch Flash Plus

Okay, the rooting method that I’m about to show first in this article is the rooting process of my own phablet, Alcatel Flash Plus.

I believe it’s much easier to explain to you about something that I've already had experience at rather than telling how to do something that I’ve never done before.

Anyway, I know that many of you don’t own this device by yourself given that this phablet is only available around Asia (if I’m not mistaken). But if you happen to own this device, then here is the rooting process of Alcatel Flash Plus.

But first things first, I want to remind you to check out the dedicated page of Alcatel Flash Plus on XDA-developers.com forum because this forum has the most complete information database of almost all Android tablets available in the market.

So you can learn anything from this website, from the rooting process of any tablet and many other stuff like installing custom recovery tools on Android devices or custom ROMs. So it will give you an idea about what you’re gonna do with your Alcatel Flash Plus.

Besides, you can also share information with other fellow users that have the same device like you have right now.

So if you face any problem like bootloop and even hardbrick (which your device is literally useless), you can ask any user here in this forum and I believe they will be more than happier to answer and solve your problems.

Anyway, back to the Alcatel Flash Plus.

So the rooting process of this phablet is actually really simple. It’s pretty much similar with the rooting methods of most Android tablets out there.

So firstly, you need to download a rooting app called “King Root” > install the app > turn on internet connection of your device > and finally run the app until your device reboots.

But you must know that the “KingRoot” app you should download here is the one from the dedicated page of Alcatel Flash Plus on XDA-developers.com or other community forums of Alcatel Flash Plus, like community.flash3c.com. NOT from Google Play Store.

And this is really important in order to get the proper and compatible King Root app file (apk) for Alcatel Flash Plus to make sure that you don’t mess up your device if you install from somewhere else.

Okay, when you open the “KingRoot” app, it will inform you that your device has no root permission available. But that’s okay because that’s what’s supposed to be.

It means your device hasn’t been rooted yet. So to start rooting this phablet, now press the action button on the KingRoot app. But first, you need to activate the internet connection of your device before you start the rooting process.

Now wait for a few minutes until the rooting process is complete to 100%.

After the King Root app finish rooting your device, your Alcatel Flash Plus will reboot itself. But don’t worry because this is the basic response of the system to inform you that the rooting process has been done correctly.

Once your device enters to the system/normal homescreen, you will find that there is 1 other app added to your device (the one with Japanese title). If you open the “King Root” app, it will show you that you can now see the information about what apps that have been granted with root permission.

Well, there you go, that’s how you root your Alcatel Flash Plus. Basically, most of the rooting methods of other tablets are pretty similar with this phablet.

So you download the rooting app > install it > run the app > and press the root button to start rooting until the device reboots.

How to Root Alcatel Flash 2?

So after using Alcatel Flash Plus for around 7 months, I decided to sell it so I could upgrade to the newer-gen device. And my destination next is Alcatel Flash 2, which actually the sequel of the first-gen Alcatel Flash (without Plus) released before Alcatel Flash Plus came out.

Alcatel Flash 2 is actually more of a smartphone than a phablet especially because it’s packing a 5-inch display, unlike Alcatel Flash Plus with its 5.5-inch screen, which is why I decided to sell it.

Anyway, similar just like Alcatel Flash Plus, the rooting process of Alcatel Flash 2 is exactly the same.

First you need to download KingRoot app, of course, the one that is compatible with Alcatel Flash 2, which you can get it on dedicated page on XDA-developers.com or community.flash3c.com.

And then, you install this app > run it with internet connection activated > and wait until the percentage number reaches 100%.

Once the rooting process is complete, your Alcatel Flash 2 will reboot itself. And if your device is successfully rooted, you will see one app with Japanese title appear on the app drawer or homescreen.

And that means, your Alcatel Flash 2 has been successfully rooted. But if you’re not really sure about that, you can download an app called “Root Checker” on Google Play Store and validate the rooting access of your device with this app.

How to root Xiaomi Redmi 1S

Long before I bought Alcatel Flash Plus, I used to own Xiaomi Redmi 1S smartphone. It’s actually not really expensive. In fact, it’s really cheap when it first launched a few years ago. It’s around $130 for the basic 16GB model.

But to tell you the truth, I was kind of disappointed with this phone because there are so many issues like overheating, its heavy weight, its sluggish performance, its heavy UI and some other more which totally ruin the whole experience of using this device.

Anyway, after owning this phone for a few days, I decided to root this Xiaomi Redmi 1S. Its rooting process is actually quite different than most of other Android devices out there. And it’s also pretty weird.

By 'weird', I mean, unlike other manufacturers that forbid their users from rooting their devices, Xiaomi is the other way around. This Chinese company surprisingly allows users to root their Xiaomi devices and it will not void the 1-year warranty of their devices.

So they can root their devices and Xiaomi will still accept their devices if they want to claim the warranty. Isn’t that cool, huh?

Rooting Xiaomi Redmi 1S is actually not really complicated to do. So firstly, you need to sign up as the member of MIUI official forum (Anyway, MIUI is the name of UI designed by Xiaomi for all of its devices).

After that, you can download the rooting file on dedicated thread of Redmi 1S. That rooting file is called “update.zip”. And then, you also need to download the Developer ROM from this MIUI forum.

Once you’ve downloaded these 2 files, you can then put them in the root directory of your device (internal storage). But remember! You must put the files right in the ROOT directory, not inside other folders.

Next, you open the pre-installed app on your Xiaomi device called “Updater” > press the menu option > and then choose "Select Update Package". Next you will be brought to the file explorer where you must select the Developer ROM (zip) you just downloaded earlier.

After that, the updating process will start. And once is complete, the system will ask you to reboot your device.

In the Developer ROM, some of Google apps are probably not working properly here. So you need to re-download some of them over again from Google Play Store.

Next, open again the "Updater" app and try to reboot to recovery mode through this app by pressing the menu option in the app and select ”Reboot to Recovery”.

Now wait a few minutes until your device is rebooted to the recovery mode.

In the recovery mode, select “English” in the language option by using VOLUME ROCKER to choose and POWER BUTTON to select.

On the next screen, select “Install update.zip to System One” to install the rooting file you just downloaded earlier to your device system. After that, select “Yes” when the system prompts you “Confirm install update.zip?”.

Wait until the process is complete and the percentage number reaches 100%.

Once the installation process is complete, now select “Back” by pressing POWER BUTTON to go back to the previous screen and then, select Reboot > Reboot to System One.

When the device is rebooted to homescreen, you will see a new app has been installed called SuperSU or Super User app.

Now open the SuperSU app and update its binary with internet connection activated. On the prompted window, select "Continue" > "Normal". Now wait until the updating process is complete and your device reboots.

Congratulations, your Xiaomi Redmi 1S now finally has the root permission. But to make sure, now download “Root Checker” on Google Play Store and run the app to validate whether its root access is available or not.

How to Root Xiaomi MiPad (Tegra K1)?

Basically, the rooting process of Xiaomi MiPad Tablet is pretty similar with the one for Xiaomi Redmi 1S.

So first things first, you must sign up to MIUI official forum in order to get the privilege access as a member so you can download the internal files that are uploaded to this forum.

And the rest of the process is pretty much the same just like what I just shared above. So this is why I've already made one dedicated page about the rooting process of this Xiaomi MiPad Tablet in my other article.

You should check it out if you're interested to find out more!

What’s next?

Well, after rooting your Xiaomi MiPad Tablet, you can install custom recovery tools like CWM or TWRP for example, you can replace MIUI with other custom ROMs like CyanogenMod or stock Android OS or anything else. It’s up to you.

And the best thing about this is, Xiaomi doesn’t mind if you root your Xiaomi MiPad. So you can still claim the 1-year warranty of your device even if your Xiaomi device is rooted already. Isn’t that awesome, huh?

How to Root Nvidia Shield Tablet?

Okay, after explaining to you a bit about the rooting methods of my own devices and Xiaomi MiPad, the next tablet that I want to share its rooting process to you is Nvidia Shield Tablet.

However, I’m not going deeper into details here because I will show you more about that in my next article.

Anyway, despite using the same exact Tegra K1 processor just like Xiaomi MiPad, the rooting process of Nvidia Shield Tablet is totally different with that Xiaomi’s tablet.

So it basically involves downloading a rooting app called “TowelRoot” from its website and running the app until this tablet is rebooted.

This is actually quite simple. In fact, I think it’s really easy to root Nvidia Shield Tablet, which is not so surprising because actually, I remember that I used to see the rooting process of older-gen tablets and they are also really simple to do.

So basically, you just need to download a rooting app, install it and run it until the device reboots.

Conclusion

Well, that’s all for now I guess. I know that I’m not sharing a lot of rooting methods of many tablets here in this article. But in the next coming days, I promise I will definitely share you the rooting methods of other tablets.

Anyway, hopefully you’ll find this article useful and informative to you. And given the amount of time I have spent to find and learn about the rooting methods of some Android devices above, I really hope you can support my work here on this website by sharing this article to your friends on Twitter and Facebook.

I would totally appreciate it guys!

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