How to Root and Install Custom recovery on Android One

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Generally we deal with a single phone in an article. But today is going to be a slightly different ball game. Today we’re going to root not just one, not even two, but three Android One handsets all in one go. For those who might not be in the know, Android One is a brilliant new initiative by Google. First released by the three Indian companies Micromax, Karbonn and Spice, in partnership with Google, theAndroid One series has taken the budget market by storm and gives tough competition to the Redmi 1S. Without further ado let’s have a quick look at the spec sheet for an Android One.


  • Display: FWVGA 4.5 inch IPS LCD with 854 x 480 pixels
  • Processor: !.3 Fgz Mediatek Quadcore with Mali 400MP GPU
  • Battery: 1700mAh
  • Camera: 5MP primary autofocus and 2MP front camera
  • Storage: 1Gb ROM 4 GB Internal and Micro Sd upto 64 GB supported

All of the Android One handsets have the same internal specifications and vary only in the external looks.

Buy Micromax Canvas A1.

Buy Spice Dream Uno

Buy Karbonn Sparkle V


Now let’s get to rooting these bad boys. First things first here are the downloads you’ll need to achieve root and install a custom recovery on your Android One handset.


Now with the downloads complete we will begin the rooting process. This is a very easy one click root process but we will still discuss the process step by step.

Step 1

Go to the Kingo website and download the .exe file. This is a windows only file. Run the program and go through the setup process.


Step 2

Once you’ve setup the program open the it. You will be greeted with a screen as shown below. Enable USB debugging on your phone, if you don’t know hoe there is a link just below in the app that shows you how to do it. Then connect the phone to the computer via an USB cord.


Step 3

If the drivers are not already installed the app will search and automatically download and install drivers. Follow the instructions as they appear on your computer screen.

Driver install

Step 4

Click on the ROOT button.

first screen

 Step 5

And once the magic is done and the Finnish button  appears umhook the devicefrom the USB connection and reboot.




Congratulations!! You have root access on your device. Now that the hard part is over, let’s move over to installing a custom recovery.

Warning: The process described below will delete all your data please take a back

Step 1

First thing to do is to unlock the boot loader. To do that we need to boot into recovery mode and have a working version of adb installed.

To learn how to install adb click on this link

Step 2

Type in this following commands

fastboot oem unlock
fastboot format userdata

Step 3

Then type

adb reboot bootloader

Step 4

Finally these two lines

fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

fastboot reboot

Step 5

In the install menu, do not select /sdcard because we don’t have internal storage which is meant for anything other than installing apps. We only have external sd which is /external_sd which you have to select. This applies for backup and restore and every other operation involving the sdcard.

Finally rejoice because you now have root and Custom Recovery in your device and the world of Custom ROMs await you.

Sound off in the comments below if you need any help or have something to say.

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