26/03/2015

How to Root Yu Yureka (and install clockworkmod recovery)

If you are looking for an easy to follow guide to root Yu Yureka, then you are reading the right article. Yu Yureka appeals to a community of users who love customizing their smartphone to the core - something which the pre-installed Cyanogenmod rom allows pretty nicely. The fact that you can do awesome things (like removing some minor shortcomings of the device - say, amping up your Yureka's speakers a bit) and that Yureka's warranty doesn't voids even when you unlock its bootloader and root it! Now that doesn't leave you with any excuse to not root your awesome device.

Before we begin:
  1. Enable USB Debugging on your Yu Yureka. If you don't know where the option to do so is, read the note.
    Note: Go to Settings > About Phone and find the label named Build Number. Tap on it 7 times (more won't hurt either), and a toast message should appear saying that you're now a developer. Go back to Settings and open the now unlocked Developer Options option and enable the Android Debugging option in there. Also enable the Advanced Reboot option in the same menu (i.e. Settings > Developer Options).
  2. Backup any important data on your phone before unlocking the bootloader, because it will erase data.
  3. Make sure your phone isn't running low on battery. Ensuring 30% battery should work fine.

Rooting the Yu Yureka is a four step process. We will be covering all the four steps in this guide itself. Don't think that this is going to be a long process. It will take just 5 minutes if followed exactly as told.

Step 1. Install drivers for Yu Yureka on your PC

Step 2. Unlock your Yu Yureka's bootloader

Step 3. Install Clockworkmod recovery on your Yu Yureka

Step 4. Root Yu Yureka


Installing Drivers for Yu Yureka on your PC

  1. Download the Android Drivers for Windows by Droidiser.zip (or from here) and extract the zip anywhere on your PC.
  2. Follow this guide from step 5 onwards.
    Important: Don't follow the first 4 steps there. Those steps require large downloads.
  3. In step 12 of that guide, instead of the path location given there, select the folder in which you extracted the drivers you downloaded above.

How to unlock Yu Yureka bootloader

  1. Download Droidiser Roting Kit for Yu Yureka and install it on your PC.
  2. If you skipped the Before we begin section near the beginning of this article (we don't recommend doing that), scroll up and make sure that you have performed everything required there.
  3. Connect your Yureka to your PC. Then long press the Power Button on your phone and select the Reboot option. Assuming that you enabled the Advanced Reboot option under Settings > Developer Options, you will be asked how you want to reboot your Yureka. Select the Bootloader option and select OK.

    Note: Unless you have connected your phone to the PC, it will reboot as soon as it gets into the bootloader. So make sure that you connect it before booting into the bootloader.
  4. Once your phone reboots into Fastboot mode, open Minimal ADB and Fastboot, which should open up a command window.

    Note: By default, it will be installed to C:\Program Files\Minimal ADB and Fastboot for 32 bit Windows and to C:\Program Files (x86)\Minimal ADB and Fastboot for 64 bit Windows. So, you can either open the command window from there (by double clicking the py_cmd.exe file), or by searching Minimal ADB and Fastboot in your Windows Apps (Press the Windows button on your keyboard and type Minimal ADB to get to the command prompt screen directly.).

  5. In the command prompt, give the command
    fastboot -i 0x1ebf oem unlock
    This command will unlock your phone's bootloader.

    Note: If you get a message saying "Waiting for device" or something similar, go back to the driver installation step, and make sure that you have installed the drivers properly.
  6. Don't disconnect your phone from the USB cable just yet. That will cause the phone to reboot, which we don't want as of yet.

Installing Clockworkmod Recovery on Yu Yureka

  1. Assuming that you are still in the fastboot mode on your Yureka (if you aren't, follow the third step in the How to unlock Yu Yureka bootloader section), type in the following command in the command prompt that you opened in the step 4 of the previous guide:
    fastboot -i 0x1ebf flash recovery recovery-CWM.img
    This command will install Clockworkmod recovery on your Yu Yureka.

    Note: You can flash the stock recovery back, whenever you want, by downloading the file here, pasting it in the same folder as the clockworkmod recovery (i.e. in the folder where you extracted the rooting kit) and then giving the following command:
    fastboot -i 0x1ebf flash recovery stock-recovery.img
    
    
  2. Once you have installed the clockworkmod recovery, disconnect your Yureka from the data cable, which should reboot your phone. Once it reboots
  1. Go to the folder in which you extracted the Droidiser rooting kit for Yureka, and copy the update.zip file present in there (or you can download it from here) to your phone's internal as well as external memory.
  2. Long press the power button on your Yureka, and press Reboot. Now select the Recovery option and confirm.
  3. This should reboot your phone into the clockworkmod recovery that we just flashed.
  4. In there, select the "Install zip from sd card" option and then select the update.zip file that we copied in step 1.
  5. Confirm your action and once the file is flashed, select the Reboot system option.
So, that is it. It might look like a daunting task, given the number of steps in this guide, but believe me, this guide can get your Yu Yureka rooted in just 15 minutes.

If you are facing any problems in following this guide, the comments section is all yours. We'd love to help you find out a solution should you get stuck anywhere in this guide.
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