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Trying to root ZTE ZFive 2 (Z836BL) 6.0.1

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By psychoreactor, Junior Member on 8th December 2019, 02:45 PM
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Hi everyone. I have been trying all night to root my Z836BL phone, to no avail. I tried every tool in method 3 of this post: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho....php?t=2684210
I noticed that there is no TWRP recovery image for this model. In the developer options, there is a toggle for OEM unlocking, though I haven't made use of it. I got into the recovery menu, which had an option to flash images, but I don't know if that would help. Is there some way I can flash root to it without changing the bootloader? Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks

Update: I found the source code for this phone, it is accessible here
http://download.ztedevices.com/devic....18.24).tar.gz


Update 2:
I found a bit more stuff about this PHONE.
Official manual PDF:
https://manual-user-guide.com/zte-zfive-2-lte-manual
Stock ROM:
https://easy-firmware.com/index.php?...older&id=35635

If anyone has any sort of information about modding or rooting this phone please comment or shoot me a private message. Thanks!
15th December 2019, 04:00 AM |#2  
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I tried a few more root programs, no dice. It looks like the only thing left to do is to compile my own TWRP recovery image and try not to brick my phone in the process. I found multiple sources on compiling that, and here they are.
https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...php?p=32965365
https://forum.xda-developers.com/and...-step-t3404024
17th June 2020, 02:49 PM |#3  
Theoretically, you can boot anything on the ZTE Z836BL without unlocking the BL in 6.0.1 but if you want to unlock it anyway you can try this: https://forum.xda-developers.com/and...3#post82595723 although the Z836BL was not tested so there is no guarantee it will work. https://github.com/programmer-collec...e/master/Z836F is the EDL programmer you will need with QFIL.

You will need to extract the device tree from the device using ADB and adapt it to work with Lineage OS (You can find tutorials online) Download the Kernel tree from ZTE opensource and download the Lineage OS source. Compile TWRP alongside Lineage OS. Furthermore, you will need to compile a new kernel to support SELinux Premissive to allow the recovery to boot.

Good luck with the build!
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