How to Root Gretel A7 and Install TWRP Recovery
If you have a Gretel A7 smartphone, and you are an Android Enthusiast, and want to Root and Install TWRP recovery on your beloved, then you have landed on the right page.
In the due course of the article, we will guiding you through the process to install TWRP and root Gretel A7.
Gretel A7 is a 3G phone, priced at just $50 and is sold in various markets. It comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and runs on a MTK6580 1.3GHz Quad Core processor, coupled with a 1GB RAM and 16GB ROM. The display size is 4.7-inch, and there is a Gorilla Glass protection for the screen which supports 720p 1080 x 720 pixels resolution. There is a 2000mAh battery, which is enough for day to day usage for normal users. The phone offers dual sim and dual standby, which makes it convenient for users. In the due course of the article, we will guiding you through the process to root and install TWRP recovery on Gretel A7.
The TWRP features the material design, and attractive user interface (UI), and by following this guide you can install latest TWRP for Gretel A7. You can download TWRP Recovery for Gretel A7 by MDSdev from the links provided in the pre-requisite section of this article. Kindly note that this is a unofficial TWRP recovery and is only for Gretel A7 (Kindly confirm the model by going to Settings>About). The process given below is merely for rooting and installing TWRP on Gretel A7, do not try out this method on any other device.
If you want to unleash the full potential of the hardware of your Gretel A7, then rooting and flashing the TWRP is the main concern. The Stock ROMs have often limited and unsupported features in the sense of Customization. When you have a rooted device and also flashed TWRP recovery, then you are free to install any Custom ROMs, Mods, Kernel, and Xposed etc., as well as many apps which requires root access to work properly.
Brief Details and Advantage of TWRP Recovery
TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) is an open source, community development project. By flashing the TWRP, your device will be enabled to install any custom firmware, rooting your smartphone, mod zip files for customizations, Xposed Modules for customized features, one click root and unroot processes. Apart from that, it allows you to take Full Nandroid Backup and restore it later, one click image file flashing, remove bloatware, overclock and underclock. Using TWRP, one can easily clean Wipe, Cache and Data after flashing any image file to reflect the changes and rectify minor errors due to cache.
For installing the TWRP, your Gretel A7 phone must have the Unlocked bootloader. That means you have to firstly unlock the bootloader to root your device as well doing any customization.
Ensure to check your model number, which must be:
- Gretel A7
You must have to ensure that prior to rooting your phone , you have read thoroughly the disclaimer and you agree to proceed further on your risk.
- Phone Should be Charged
Your phone must be 70% charged atleast else, it may lead to complications sometimes while experimenting. Why to take risk, try to charge it fully.
- Back Up
If you are either going to root your phone or install a Custom ROM, it is a good habit to make a back up of your phone. Make a back up of all your media like images, videos and all on your PC and your contacts on Cloud.
- Enable USB Debugging
You must enable USB debugging option by going in to Settings, Applications and Developer options.
Downloads For Rooting Gretel A7
Download MediaTek USB VCOM Drivers here (MT6xxx_USB_VCOM_drivers. zip)
Download TWRP Recovery for Gretel A7 from here. (Login Required)
Download SuperSU by Chainfire from here.
Download Latest version of SPFlash Tool for Windows here.
Steps to Flash/ Install TWRP on Gretel A7
Step 1: Begin with downloading all the files mentioned above in the prerequisite section.
Step 2: Browse through the files downloaded, and then Right click on the zipped file MT6xxx_USB_VCOM_drivers. zip and extract the same. Then navigate to the extracted folder and then click on the file InstallDriver. exe. This will install the Preloader VCOM in your system.
Step 3: Assuming that you have downloaded SP FlashTool (Win) from the provided link above, Then simply click and extract the archive. Then, browse and run the file flash_tool. exe
Step 4: Find the Scatter File from the downloaded TWRP zip file, which you have downloaded. Rename the TWRP (.img) file to recovery.img. Now, on the flash tool interface, navigate and select the scatter file in the extracted folder of the Stock ROM (Download Stock ROM for your Gretel A7 smartphone).
Step 5: At this stage, just leave the recovery as ticket/ checked. Now, at the location tab, click on the storage location field of the recovery and search and browse for the custom recovery image file which is device-specific (As shown in the picture above). Then click the Download button.
Step 6: Now, hook up/ connect your Gretel A7 to the computer via USB slot. Connecting your smartphone will begin the flashing process automatically, and it requires simply a few seconds to complete.
Step 7: At this point of the custom recovery on your device has been flashed. Now, you may disconnect the device from computer. Now, you need to turn on/ boot your device into TWRP recovery. For doing the same, boot the device while pressing and holding the volume up button. Kindly note that key combinations may vary on your device model, and you can confirm the right key combination for your Gretel A7. The Volume Up button also starts the bootloader mode on specific devices, which is equipped with menu to browse to the recovery mode. You may try the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons as key combinations. That’s all, you have successfully flashed the TWRP on your Gretel A7
Procedure to Root Gretel A7/ Install SuperSU
Make sure that you have downloaded SuperSU (link in pre-requisite section of this article). Then, proceed to the steps.
Step 1: Transfer the downloaded SuperSU.zip file to the internal storage / SD card of your Gretel A7 smartphone.
Step 2: Now, just boot into the recovery. From the TWRP interface, you can optionally backup the Stock ROM. Though, I would recommend to backup the Stock ROM. Because if in case process gets failed, you can flash the Stock ROM.
Step 3: Tap on Install ‘, and then navigate to the file ‘SuperSU.zip’ and swipe to confirm flash (located at the bottom of the screen). The flashing process of SuperSU has been started and will take few seconds to complete.
Congratulations, now you have rooted Gretel A7 and also flashed the TWRP. Now, you can install Xposed Framework, and customize your smartphone as per your preference. If you wish to verify, you may download and check the Root Status through Root Checker app.
Hi. I tried flashing the TWRP Recovery using a GNU/Linux PC using two methods: via the fastboot utility from the paltform-tools of the Android SDK, and via the SP Flash Tool program for Linux O.S. Both methods seems to work: the messages confirm the flashing was performed well. But when I boot in recovery mode, I get always the stock recovery (icon of died Droid, then Power + Volume UP to bring the stock Android Recovery, not the TWRP one). Some hints?
Buongiorno Niccolo, sto provando l’operazione da un pc con Ubuntu ma quando connetto il telefono via USB non succede nulla, come faccio ad installare i driver? grazie in anticipo
Finally I succeded into flashing the TWRP recovery! It seems that the trick is to reboot into recovery mode after TWRP flashing, WITHOUT ever booting in normal mode! It seems that if you boot in normal mode after TWRP flash, something restore the stock Recovery.
So the procedure is: poweroff the phone, execute SP Flash Tool (I used the GNU/Linux 64 bit version), load the scatter file and the TWRP recovery.img, click the Download button, connect the phone with the USB cable: the flashing starts automatically and succeed in a few seconds. Unplug the USB cable, start in Select Boot Mode Menu (pressing Volume UP and Power for some seconds). Then boot directly in recovery.
Once started TWRP recovery, I installed the SuperSU. After a couple of reboots required by SuperSU, I have a rooted phone with TWRP installed permanently on it.