NOTE: This was all tested on a stock iWork 10 Flagship dual boot (aka iWork 10 Ultimate) purchased from the manufacturers website. Device model is "i15 T", Device serial number starts with "i15TD": if you have another variant such as i15TL i can not vouch for any of this working the same way.is tablet
UPDATE: @popcorn2404 modified the boot.img on his USB Type-C variant if this tablet (i15-TCL), confirmed everything working well and was nice enough to provide the modified boot image. See downloads at end of post.
OTA: Most likely this will break OTA. Dont know yet...
- PC with working ADB/Fastboot
- Device properly recognized.
(EDIT: Windows 64 bit usb drivers attached to post -thanks @Jade.J.Munkey)
TIP: I would highly recommend extracting your stock recovery, boot and system images for safekeeping. These can easily be flashed back in fastboot if something goes wrong. Some may say this is overkill as you will be able to backup and recover with TWRP, but one never knows...
WARNING: this will erase all data, settings, etc... AND system default language will be chinese when you reboot
- Go to settings, about tablet and tap 5 times on the Build number to activate developer options
- Go to Developer options and enable OEM unlocking & USB debugging
- Plug in your device while booted into android, then open a terminal
just to make sure adb is good type
List of devices attached 0123456789ABCDEF device
adb reboot fastboot
once again just to be sure all is good type
then to unlock the bootloader
fastboot oem unlock
... (bootloader) Unlock protection is set (bootloader) Unlocking anyway since this is not a User build OKAY [ 15.330s] finished. total time: 15.330s
SECURE BOOT - DISABLED
LOCK STATE - unlocked
Your bootloader in now unlocked. When you reboot it will take some time for the first boot and the system language will have defaulted back to chinese. Not too difficult to sort if you're familar with Android settings. Otherwise just google "android change system language from chinese to english".
Tip: At this point you may want to already download/copy the supersu zip to internal storage of the tablet so you're all set up for flashing it later...
Because of built in security, if you make any changes to system the device will not boot, so you need a modified boot image.
If you have the exact same kernel version as I do you can download the provided modified boot image here. Otherwise you can look HERE for instructions on how to make your own modified boot image. Personally I used SuperR's Kitchen to unpack & repack the image and did the modifications manually with gedit.
Kernel version 3.14.37-x86_64-L1-R429 made on Wed Mar 2 18:22:46 CST 2016
-if you have that one you are good to go ahead and use the image provided here.
Boot device into fastboot connected to PC. From the directory where you have the modified boot image type:
fastboot flash boot i15TDboot.img
That's it, now on to recovery and rooting...
Flashing custom TWRP (compiled by @vampirefo)
Assuming you are still connected to the device in fastboot and the custom recovery is in the same directory:
fastboot flash recovery i15t_recovery.img
You should now be in TWRP. First, please be smart and make a backup!
Because this device has an unusual mount point, the supersu script will fail to properly mount system (thus failing to flash) so:
- From TWRP main screen select "mount" then select system, then return to main screen
- Select "install" and then the supersu zip you should already have on the tablet.
Boot system. Now there is one thing left to do:
To prevent the system from overwriting TWRP with the stock recovery on the next reboot:
With a root enabled file manager mount system r/w and navigate to /system/etc
Rename install-recovery.sh to install-recovery.sh.bak
That's it. Enjoy!
If you're looking for more info on this device, check out Laura's great thread
@vampirefo - for taking the time to compile TWRP for this device, you rule man!
Laura - for all the info she's made available for this device
@SuperR. - for his kitchen