[GUIDE] The All In One Guide!
Okay, so our phone's a tad.. odd. At least, the American variant is. Thanks to T-Maybe
our bootloader is locked, and has baffled plenty of users. Look at our forum views and the people that visit, but don't become members? I understand some of them are lazy and such, but many are driven away by the current "methods" to unlocking the bootloader for full customization. So, I've come here to sort everything into one nice little thread, because I'm bored and I have nothing to do on my Friday night. Unlike much of my generation, I don't leave high school to go to parties and consume kegs until I puke, roll blunts until I fly, or get on speed and run around around naked eating people's eyeballs out. I prefer to sit inside and type guides ^-^ So, without further ado, let's begin, shall we?
To anybody (Many people) who saw my Unlocked Bootloader Mods thread, this will include much of that, and other sections. Read onn maties.
Table of Contents
- -Introduction (You read this.. I hope)
- -Table of Contents (I wonder where that would be?)
- -Getting Started (This is for the newbzors. Veteran users, read on)
- -What's this bootloader thing? (A spiral of condemnation)
- -The Fork in the Road (Choices, choices, choices)
- -Now, what can I do with root? (Gee, I wonder what.)
- -My phone is slow, can I have mods? (Sure!)
- -My apps suck, can I have apps? (Of course not.)
- -Bye (Read this and I'll feel cared for)
Okay, so, first off, if you're new, welcome to the forums! There's a lot of great guys here. Some are complete.. Well, I won't say that publicly. There are certain characters who I'm not fond of, but most of them are a fantastic group of guys! So, if you ever need help with something, ask one of these guys: @kuma82
. They're awesome ^-^
So, with that being said, here's our current situation. We have a nice mid-high range phone. We CAN root it easily, however, we cannot unlock our bootloader using the standardized "adb reboot oem-unlock" command. Don't panic! It's really no need to get confused. I'll make this as simple as possible, until even the stupid little iSheep can understand a portion(;
So basically, we have root on the majority of our devices. What we do NOT have, is a majority of unlocked bootloaders. It seems quite randomized and pretty thrown-together if you ask me, so I haven't exactly gotten into it. BUT! I have experimented with modifications and tweaks that affect the stock ROM, to make it more intense. So basically, this thread is about everything on this phone. Because I'm bored. That's why.
What's This Bootloader Thing?
Remember how I said I'd make it simple to where iSheep, iDiots, iTards, and iPreps could understand? Well, here we go. Experienced users brace yourselves! Unspecific noob answer inbound! The bootloader, can be thought of, as what "loads" the "boot." I'll leave it at that. Since it's locked, you can't modify the "boot," therefore the system is left largely unchanged. There are a great plenty questions and a great less amount of confident answers, but with luck, and some faith, you can unlock it! Here are some links to some guides if you're interested.
Unspecific, outdated - HERE
Specific, Recent - HERE
Video, Specific - HERE
Best of luck. If you're intimidated, keep reading this post. Honestly, there's still some work left to be done ^-^
The Fork In The Road
Well, now you have a choice. You can either root, install busybox, obtain a "bootstrap" recovery, and flash mods to your build.prop and stuff for dayzzz. Or, you can take the dark, usually antagonizing way out, the unlocking of the bootloader. Best of luck ^-^ Simply remember that if you FUBAR your phone we aren't liable.
Personally, I recommend sticking with root and not unlocking the bootloader. But that's just me. Have I tried to unlock before? Yes, and I didn't succeed (PC hates me...) but I'm happy enough on my modded stock ROM.
Now, What Can I Do With Root?
This is as easy as it gets. HERE
Rooted? That's right! Go get 'em boy! Kidding, that's easy. Now, go to the Play Store and download a "Busybox" app, and install busybox. Then, go to THIS
thread and install the L9 Bootstrap Recovery. It's easy as 1,2,3. Download, open, install. ^-^ I'd also recommend finding some "Xposed" framework modules, they're increasing in popularity. Plenty of them can be found on the web and especially these forums. (derp) You're incredibly welcome (:
Now, here's a brief list of things you can do!
-Theme your phone with XThemes here!
-Get more memory on your phone here!
-Overclock your phone here!
-Kick people from your WiFi here
-Snoop through people's data over WiFi here
-Hack your games here
-Backup your phone here
-Tether your phone here
My phone is slow, Can I have mods?
Sure! I'll post a link to the Development and Hacking section of the General XDA forums. This is where developer modify and tweak stock Android files such as the build.prop (incredibly modifiable) and init.d scripts. Go to the Play Store and search "init.d" and find an app that installs it for you. It's quite simple, really. Now, are you ready?!
. You're welcome. Find a mod that suits you, download it to your SD card, boot into recovery, and FLASH IT! MUAHAHA.
Now, if you'd like an old thread of mine with mods I found to work well together to improve our specific device, go visit this thread
. It got popular at one point ^-^ Then I got tired of updating it with new mods. Lulz.
P.S. My personal favorite is the CrossBreeder mod.
My apps suck, can I have apps?
Sure! When I decide to make this section. It's 11:48 and I'm incredibly tired and craving a nice, tall glass of water. So, when I get bored again, I'll update this section. (Forewarning: There's a good bit of apps ;D) So, yeah. Sorry about this whole "I'm too lazy to finish this guide come back later" thing.
^^ Yepp. Adios. Tankzz ferr reeding. :3