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Working Rooting Guide For Micromax A116 Canvas HD [Exclusive]

Finally, Micromax A116 has received the basic dose of development it should have received long before, given the popularity of the device. Still Better late than never. This time, the rooting guide for Micromax A116 is working 101% and is already confirms by many a users. This guide requires you to install clockworkmod recovery first and then to flash a zip file which will allow you to get superuser permissions on your phone.

Though it's unlikely that you reached here without having any prior knowledge of the term rooting, Rooting lets you do a huge number of awesome things, at the cost of your warranty. The process is quite simple if you have done some kind of flashing using the SP Flash tools previously. Even if you haven't, you need not worry because my guess are really easy to follow without skipping even any minor point. So, what are you waiting for? Ready for your journey to gain root level controls on your fantastic new Micromax Canvas HD?

Note: Some readers commented about the guide not working. I have update the guide now, and it should work perfectly. Thanks to our alert reader Kapil for posting the changes required in this guide. Btw, this guide was working perfectly at the time I first wrote it. May be some changes in the phones shipped later caused it not wo work. Thanks for bearing in the mean time. If you can't spot the difference, the download links for SP Flash Tools and clockworkmod recovery. If you had already downloaded them, you need to download them again.

How to Install Clockworkmod Recovery on Micromax A116:

  1. Install drivers for your Canvas HD on your PC/Laptop. This can be done in two ways: Either by using the official drivers for your device, or by using pdanet (which installs drivers for almost every device).
    Note: A windows laptop is recommended for the process.
  2. Download and extract stock rom for Micromax A116 on your computer.
  3. In your extracted folder, locate the recovery.img file and replace that file with the clockworkmod recovery's img file.
    Note: You can copy the stock recovery.img file to some secure place so that you can get back any time later by flashing this for the same way you will flash clockworkmod recovery by the steps below.
  4. Download and extract SP Flash Tools.
  5. Run the flash_tool.exe file.
  6. From the menu bar, go to options and click USB mode. (It must be enabled, so if it is already enabled, don't click it again, otherwise you will end up disabling it.)
  7. Again go to options, go to DA Download All, then Speed and finally select high.
    The USB Mode and High Speed option
  8. Click on Scatter-Loading button which will pop-up a window asking you the location of the scatter file which can be located in the extracted stock ROM folder >> S9201_MP_F4_B1_IN_MMX_0.16_flasher_user >> MT6589_Android_Scatter_emmc or download that file.
  9. Opening the scatter-loading file will load up a lost of partitions that will be flashed.
    Uncheck all options except Recovery and Preloader.
    The "Scatter-loading option"
  10. Click Download button present below menu bar in Flash Tool. The tool will start looking for the phone and a text "searching" indicating the same will appear in the progress bar.
  11. Switch off your phone. When it completely switches off, connect your Micromax A116 to the PC.
  12. The downloading process will start, the progress of which can be watched from the yellow progress bar.
    Notice the yellow progress bar.
    This is the green circle I'm talking about
  13. A green circle will appear when the process completes.
  14. Congrats, you're half way through and are done with clockworkmod installation. Now, we are left with an easier job of rooting the phone.

How to Root Micromax A116 Canvas HD:

  1. Install clockworkmod recovery on Canvas HD as guided above. (or any other custom recovery will also work, if you manage to get that from somewhere).
  2. TAKE A CLOCKWORKMOD RECOVERY BACKUP OF YOUR DEVICE. Ok, sorry for yelling, but it is the easiest way to go stock anytime you want. Just restore this backup later on whenever you want to unroot your Micromax a116 Canvas HD and install stock recovery as instructed above.
  3. Power off your device. Press Volume Up + Volume Down + Power button simultaneously until the screen glows up.
  4. In clockworkmod recovery, select the option "Install zip from sdcard" and flash the below files:
    1. Superuser app
    2. SU binaries
  5. Check if your phone has been rooted successfully.
Note 1: You should swap your internal and external SD card to move SD data of heavy games to the external SD card. An easy guide to do this is here.

Note 2: If you encounter any problem during driver installation, try this step by step guide to get your drivers installed.

Though the process is quite simple, we would really try our best to lend you a helping hand in case you are struck by some nasty struggle amid your journey. Have a really nice time with your rooted, and more powerful than ever, Micromax A116 Canvas HD. Thanks to Ulefone N9589 cwm developers and kumar abhishek.