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20th March 2015, 07:35 PM |#1  
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Hi everyone,

I have been in possession of an Alcatel One Touch Pop S3 5050 for quite a long time and was not able to root it until recently.
I will share my method in this topic but first of all, I have to thanks Decker.Kaluga for developing a custom CWM recovery image that kind of work on this device. You can find a good tutorial on how to install CWM on OT-6036Y or OT-6050Y on his website.
My second thanks goes to morgs640 for the idea of adapting Decker's work on Alcatel Pop S3.

This method may work with other Alcatel devices, see last question in the FAQ section for more informations.

Quote:

This method should not arm your device but as any root operation, there is always a risk. I am not responsible if anything goes wrong.



Step One
- Download Decker's custom CWM recovery here: cwm_alcatel_6050y.7z
- Unzip it
- Install adb drivers

Step Two
- Download latest zip version of Supersu from Chainfire, currently the 2.46
- Rename the archive as update.zip
- Put this file in the CWM recovery folder


Step Three
- Connect the device in USB, activate debug option and make sure adb is working by going to the folder where you have unziped the custom recovery
Code:
adb devices
- Navigate inside the device memory to identify the location of the internal and external memory:
Code:
adb shell ls /storage/
For internal memory, it should be:
Code:
/storage/sdcard0
And for external memory (sdcard):
Code:
/storage/sdcard1
- Push the Supersu zip file to external memory
Code:
adb push update.zip /storage/sdcard1/
- Take note of the position of the update.zip file inside the external memory
Code:
adb shell ls /storage/sdcard1/
In my case, this command returns:
Code:
- Android
- DCIM
- Documents
- Download
- LOST.DIR
- Pictures
- Ringtones
- data
- media
- update.zip
My update.zip file is in 10th position.

Step Four
- Reboot the device in fasboot by pressing Volume Down and Power until logo Alcatel pop S3 appears
- Verify the device is connected:
Code:
fastboot -i 0x1bbb devices
Boot the device with the custom recovery:
Code:
fastboot -i 0x1bbb boot cwm_recovery_6050y.img
NOTE: This does not install the custom recovery on the phone so pressing Power during 5 seconds will reboot the phone normally.

The screen will turn white, wait until it stabilizes.
The screen will remain white as the recovery is not specially developed for this device but it should work anyway.



Step Five
This is the tricky part, the menu does not display but the recovery is running anyway.
The menu you are not seeing is the following:
Code:
> reboot system now
> install zip
> wipe data/factory reset
> wipe cache partition
> backup and restore
> mounts and storage
> advanced
By default the cursor is on the first option.
- Press Volume Down once then Power to enter the install zip option.
This menu will be opened:
Code:
> choose zip from /sdcard
> choose zip from /storage/sdcard1
> choose zip from last install folder
> install zip from sideload
> toggle signature verification
+++++Go Back+++++
- Press Volume Down once then Power to enter the choose zip from /storage/sdcard1 option.
This will open the external memory folder:
In my case:
Code:
Android
DCIM
Documents
Download
LOST.DIR
Pictures
Ringtones
data
media
update.zip
- As you know exactly the position of the update.zip file from Step Three, press Volume Down accordingly.
In my case, 9 times to go from Android folder to update.zip
- Then press Power
It will prompt for a confirmation:
Code:
> No
> Yes - install update.zip
- Press Volume Down once then Power to install.
- Finally, Press Power one more time to confirm installation, then reboot manually the device by pressing Power during 5 seconds.

If the process has been successful, when rebooting it will display a text saying that the list of application is being updated.


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Edit:

As neileverett suggested, the external memory sdcard could be recognized as sdcard0 instead of sdcard1.

To determine how the sdcard is named by the system, I recommend to use a browser as ES File Explorer or Astro Manager to write down all the content of the external memory and compare this list to the result of the ls command from Step Three.


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FAQ

Q: My device never connect in adb.
A: First verify that adb drivers are installed.
In my case when I connect the phone, it first emulates a CD player device with a folder containing the generic drivers.
I have to safely remove this emulated CD first (right click on the System Tray icon -> remove device) before the phone accepts to connect itself with MTP or ADB.

Q: I do not have a sdcard.
A: You can try to do the process with internal memory.
First, you will need to navigate the memory with adb shell to find Internal memory
Code:
adb shell
Code:
shell#ls /storage/
shell#ls /mnt/
...
Some examples of the possible location of the internal memory
Code:
/storage/emulated/
/storage/sdcard0
/mnt/shell/emulated/0/
etc.
Sometimes, you get a menu like this prior the actual content of the sdcard0 (internal memory)
Code:
/0/
/legacy/
/obb/
After entering in /0/ or in /legacy/ you should get the actual content of the memory.
- Then push update.zip to internal memory
Code:
adb push update.zip $INTERNAL_MEMORY_LOCATION
- In Step FIVE, while in the second menu, choose choose zip from /sdcard by directly pressing Power
From a system point of view, it can open /storage/emulated/ or /mnt/shell/emulated/ that means the folder opened will not be the Internal Memory but a parent folder.

I recommend that you try every possibility by:
- First considering that pressing choose zip from /sdcard led you to the actual Internal Memory content and you shall proceed as normally by looking for update.zip in the current folder.
If it did not work:
- Consider that a parent folder is displayed and the actual memory is in the first sub folder
- Press Power to enter the first sub folder (which may be the Internal Memory) and try to install update.zip
- Consider that a parent folder is displayed and the actual memory is in the second sub folder
- Press Volume Down then Power to enter the second sub folder (which may be the Internal Memory)
- ...
After each try, reboot and look for the pop-up saying that the list of application is being updated.
You can go on with up to 2 levels of sub folders.
Q: I tried everything, it still do not work.
A: If you have a lot of folders and files in the Memory, the list of content on the CWM recovery will be displayed on several pages.
Make a backup of the Memory, then empty it and add only the update.zip file.
Restart then from Step One.
It should be easier to find the update.zip file.

Q: I own a different Alcatel model, could this trick work with my device?
A: First you can try the other CWM Recovery image Deckter has developed: cwm_alcatel_6036y_v2.7z
To verify that the recovery is correctly booting on the device, when the white screen stabilizes, try to press Power twice.
If the recovery is working, it will enter in the first menu (reboot system now) then confirm the reboot.
In case, after this manipulation, the phone does not reboot, it means the recovery is not working for your device.

(Credits @Decker.Kaluga)
(Credits @morgs640)
(Credits @ModernWorld)
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23rd March 2015, 02:46 PM |#2  
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I have just successfully used this method to root my Pop S3 - thanks for the method!

One thing to note:

I found that the method didn't work initially, then with some digging realised that my sdcard was mounted as sdcard0 rather than sdcard 1. It turns out this is because I had changed the default install location under settings - storage to 'external sd card' rather than the default of 'phone storage'.

I temporarily changed this setting back to 'phone storage', and then your process worked first time! Might be worth adding this info to the post?

Thanks once again!
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23rd March 2015, 05:04 PM |#3  
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OMG !

So it works with the last update available ?

Possible to have a viewable recovery in the future ?
23rd March 2015, 05:26 PM |#4  
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OMG !

So it works with the last update available ?

This should work with any update

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Originally Posted by Draky50110

Possible to have a viewable recovery in the future ?

Decker is willing to develop a CWM for Alcatel Pop S3 but does not possess the device. You can support it on his website. You'll find a link in the description of the Tuto.
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first thank you for the help. but my visit is to ask permission to make a video tutorial and so Decker.Kaluga to advertise can buy the pops3 and thus make the cwm for it.
26th March 2015, 02:15 AM |#6  
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Originally Posted by negurras

first thank you for the help. but my visit is to ask permission to make a video tutorial and so Decker.Kaluga to advertise can buy the pops3 and thus make the cwm for it.

Of course, feel free to post the link.
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I need help.
When I enter into the custom recovery, it displays a menu. First choose a language. Then a selection. It says:
Reboot system now
Apply update from ADB
Apply update from sdcard
wipe data/factory reset
wipe cache partition

Chose apply update from sd card, it only shows ../
I have a Alcatel pop s3. Please I really need help.
26th March 2015, 05:29 PM |#8  
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Did you put the update.zip into your SD card ?
26th March 2015, 10:06 PM |#9  
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Originally Posted by DanIgnes

When I enter into the custom recovery, it displays a menu. First choose a language. Then a selection. It says:
Reboot system now
Apply update from ADB
Apply update from sdcard
wipe data/factory reset
wipe cache partition

Chose apply update from sd card, it only shows ../
I have a Alcatel pop s3. Please I really need help.

It's because you entered in the Alcatel Recovery mode not in Fastboot mode.
From Alcatel Recovery you can only install application signed by Alcatel.
Fastboot mode displays the Alcatel Pop s3 white logo on a black background (this is the first logo that appears when booting normally). Fastboot doesn't display anything else.

To enter Alactel Recovery it's: Power + Volume Up
To enter Fastboot it's: Power + Volume Down

You can also enter in Fastboot by entering the following while still in adb at the end of Step Three:
Code:
adb reboot fastboot
Once in Fastboot, go on with Step Four and so on.
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1st April 2015, 03:31 AM |#10  
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Thanks for this

Any methods in sim unlocking? costum ROMs?
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