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Root Huawei Mercury (M886)

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By NeoZiggy, Junior Member on 26th December 2011, 10:22 AM
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All credit goes to Tilbert at for finding how to root the Mercury, and Salas from for posting this information.

I thought this should be posted on this site, as it is the main site I go to for everything Android. The Mercury is the newest Android from Cricket and is worth talking about since it has a 1.4GHz Snapdragon CPU, FFC, 8MP camera with LED flash, HD video recording, and a 4" FWVGA capacitive touch-screen. I also think that there should be a forum created for this phone.

MAKE SURE YOU READ ALL THE STEPS BEFORE STARTING!! Additional setups may be required!!
If your not comfortable with the procedure then don't do it!!!
I'm sure it won't be long before someone smarter than me figures out a one-click method for root.

1. First download su, busybox and Superuser.apk

2. Use ADB to push these 3 files to /data/local/tmp

3. In ADB shell:
$ chmod 6755 /data/local/tmp/su
$ chmod 755 /data/local/tmp/busybox
$ chmod 644 /data/local/tmp/Superuser.apk

4. Shut down phone with the power button/menu.

5. Holding the Vol+ AND Vol- AND Power together when the phone is off will put the phone into a mode that gives you a BRIGHT purple screen....
this is good! Nothing should be happening, just a static purple screen.

Plug the phone into the computer through USB and you will notice that you can access all of the partitions of the phone with full R/W.
Browse to /data/local/tmp and move su and busybox to /system/bin/
Move Superuser.apk to /system/app/

7. Unplug the phone from USB.

8. Pull the battery out, put it back in, boot the phone normally and ENJOY YOUR NEWLY ROOTED MERCURY!!!

Some notes:
Superuser.apk will need to be updated (found on market).
From inside the Superuser app: update the su binary's.
Download the BusyBox installer from the market and update busybox to the latest version.
Last edited by NeoZiggy; 26th December 2011 at 10:43 AM.
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22nd December 2012, 05:00 PM |#2  
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thanks, I've tried that (just that I did a "su" in ubuntu and then used mv command instead of nautilus) but then it didn't work and I found out that I had no /system/bin folder and the su file was moved as file /system/bin (file not directory). I don't think I removed the folders...

Has anyone else missing the /system/bin and /system/app folders? the phone works fine otherwise. I created the folders and redid the steps but it still doesn't work
22nd December 2012, 08:02 PM |#3  
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I hate to direct you to another forum but since there is almost no Merc activity here I guess it's okay

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Last edited by burdman; 22nd December 2012 at 09:40 PM.
26th October 2013, 06:37 AM |#4  
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Don't you need to change the permissions also before you reboot? Since Linux is very secure about permissions and all. Just a thought... I am gonna try it and post back. I just scored this phone for some work that I did. I gave it to my son, but I always root my devices, etc.
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