Are you planning on flashing your Android phone (running on MTK chipset), but don’t know where to start?
The flashing procedure is mostly done and practiced by people who want to fix and customize their phones.
Most problems that lead one to consider flashing an Android phone are: a phone that is stuck on the Android logo screen (boot loop), blank (white or black) screen, forgetting google account and so on.
All these problems or issues can be categorized into two. With that being said, your smartphone will either be soft bricked or hard bricked.
As I mentioned on my previous flashing post that, a soft brick is more of a software problem whereas a hard brick is more of a hardware problem.
What’s flashing an Android Phone’s Software?
When you flash an android phone you basically load or install a different version of your phone’s android OS version.
This procedure can also be referred to as flashing a ROM, software or firmware.
This procedure is normally considered when an android phone’s built-in files has problems or bugs, one forgets his or her google account, you want to fix a soft brick or hard brick problem.
The common reason people flash their android phones is to update or upgrade their phone’s software. Or simply to fix boot loops, failure to start up and so on.
You can flash your android phone’s software (ROM) if you tried to wipe it and somehow it crashes or it hangs on the android screen.
However, there are phones that hang on the android screen without you trying to wipe it or whatever.
The Software You Must Use To Flash Android Phone
I’m not sure if you read the post title or not but we will be using the SP Flash Tool.
The SP Flash Tool is the most trusted and recommended software to use to flash an android (especially for dummies). It has a simple interface that can be easily understood. A no-brainer really.
However, SP Flash Tool is only used to flash Android phones that uses the MediaTek chipset or processor. What I mean is that, it can only be used to flash brands that are similar to these: Huawei, Mobicel, Hisense, Vodafone and so on.
You can always search for your phone’s specifications online to check the chipset it uses.
Things You Need To Flash Android Phone:
- IMEI Number.
- USB Cable.
- Laptop or Computer with Windows 10/8/7 and some earlier versions.
- Some Vcom Drivers.
- SP Flash Tool Software.
- 500MB of Data or Wi-Fi access (dependant on firmware size).
- Kingo Root app.
- Chamelephon app.
When you have all the above mentioned things you are ready to continue.
N.B The Kingo Root and Chamelephon apps are optional and should be installed on your phone after a successful process and if required.
Also, number 6 will vary! You may need more data. I mean, this depends on the firmware file you have to download and so some ROM files are larger than others.
Follow These Steps To Flash Android Phone
- You have to download and install the SP Flash Tool. After downloading, go to the SP Tool folder (extract it if it’s a .zip file). Open the folder and look for Flash Tool and run the application. You will use this software to do the flashing.
- Download the MediaTek VCOM Drivers and open its folder then run the application.
- Download your phone’s ROM or Firmware. This will vary depending on the phone you want to flash. Contact us if you need help in getting the ROM or Firmware. Alternatively, you can get the firmware from a site like SATechHelp or RomKingz.
- Open your SP Flash Tool (if you haven’t). Next you have to locate the .txt file and add it to ‘Scatter-loading file’. You will get the .txt file in the ROM or Firmware folder you downloaded on step 3.
- Remove your phone’s battery, sim card, and media card from the device. Connect the phone to the computer using a compatible USB Cable. Don’t use a faulty USB cable.
- There’s a drop down menu below ‘Scatter-loading file’. Try the ‘Download only’ option, as it is the safest option and no files or data will be lost. Once done hit the Start or Download button then insert your phone’s battery.
- The flashing process should then start. Wait for it to reach 100% and a small window (showing a green cycle with a correct sign) will pop up when the flashing process is done.
- Disconnect the USB Cable and prepare to (or just) switch your phone on. In most cases, you will fail to switch it on so remove the battery and re-insert it.
** Your phone should be up and running again. Now check if you can receive or make calls. If it shows a ‘Data Connection Only’ message, then you should continue reading.
Another related post: Mobicel Retro Firmware Flash: Download the Scatter File and Flash it Using the SP Flash Tool.
Fixing the “data connection only” and “No service” errors – Restoring IMEI on Android Phone.
To fix this small problem you will need your phone’s IMEI code (you can find the IMEI code below the battery or its box), Kingo Root and Chamelephon apps plus an internet connection (20MB of data should do).
Follow the steps below to change and activate your IMEI number after Flashing It.
- Download and install the King Root app and root your phone.
2. After rooting your phone, download and install the Chamelephon app.
3. Open the Chamelephon app and enter your phone’s IMEI code on both fields. If your phone is dual sim, enter your phone’s IMEI in their respective fields. If your phone uses one sim – then enter your IMEI code in both fields.
4. Click ‘apply new IMEI codes’.
5. Restart your phone.
How to keep your android phone in a good working condition
- Download and install apps (or games) from Google Play Store.
- Don’t drop or let your android phone fall.
- If a new android system update is available for download – wait at least a month before you update it. This is applicable to all those who use android 4.4 and earlier versions.
A good read was published eBay on how you can keep your android smartphone in a good working condition.
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