[TUT]MTK Android (Sp flash tool ) tutorial

2,150 posts
Thanks Meter: 785
By bovirus, Senior Member on 9th November 2012, 08:24 PM
Post Reply Email Thread
- Scope of this thread

The scope of this thread is ONLY to discuss about SP Flashtool program

- How to use Flashtool
- Report Flashtool errors and how to fix it.

Any other issues not related about Flashtool and its use should be posted in other specific thread.

Please DON'T discuss here about specific device issues like

- Where find ROM for a device
- How to fix problem on device
- etc

- Flash Tool hardware compatibily

SP Flash Tool are for Smartphone products

Mediatek MT62xx Familiy chips
Mediatek MT65xx Familiy chips
Mediatek MT67xx Familiy chips

- Support resources

Flashtool - 4PDA russian forum

SP FlashTool ||MTK Android FLASHER (xda)

Mediatek - Flash Tool - Info (

- Mediatek USB/ADB driver

To use Flashtool you should have installer Mediatek USB preloader driver.

There are two types of USB driver for Mediatek devices.

- ADB USB driver for device working and switched on.
- Preloader USB driver to flash the device that is switched off.

To use Flashtool, in the PC should be already installed the USB Mediatek Preloader driver.
This the latest version of Mediatek driver.
This is the driver (include both USB ADB & preloader driver).
Is not required to disable driver sign in Windows.
The driver is compatible with all 32/64bit Windows OS's (from Windows XP to Windows 10).

USB driver Mediatek (ADB/preloader) v. 5.1632 - Auto installer

How to install the USB ADB/Preloader driver

- Disconnect the device from the PC.
- Download and decompress the archive.
- Run the exe installer file (decompressed from archive) as administrator (right click -> Run as administrator).
- Follow the instruction on video and wait the end of installation
- At the end of installation close the installer and reboot the PC.
- Now the drivers are available for flash.

- Flashtool version

The new version 5.xx include the support of new 64bit Mediatek CPU (MT67xx - ex. MT6732/MT6752/etc)
The new version 5.xx are also compatible with 32bit Mediatek CPU (MT65xx - ex. MT6582/6589/6592) and new 64bit Mediatek CPU (MT67xx - es. MT6732/MT67527etc).

Flashtool v. 5.x fixed a critical bug about SP Flash Tool 3.x where the SP Flashtool reads incorrectly the scatter file of some new mobile based on MTK6582 (error: recovery partition is not flashable).

- Windows version

Latest version - 5.1916

SP Flash Tool v. 5.1916 for Windows

- Linux 64bit

Latest version: 5.1916

SP Flash Tool v. 5.1916 for Linux (64bit)

Flashtool for Linux - How to install

- SP Flash Tool archive mirror sites

SP Flashtool for Windows and Linux (

- "PMT Changed" error

If you get an error like "PMT Changed" (it means that partition scheme of current ROM and new ROM are different) and are you sure that the ROM is specific for your device you can use a special version of Flashtool 3.xx that bypass this error.

SP Flash Toolv. 3.1313 mod

- Direct Memory Write

To bypass a "PMT changed" error (it means that the partition scheme described in the scatter of the new ROM is different than the ROM installed) there are two ways

- If you have to flash the whole flash you can select in Flashtool the FIRWARE UPGRADE mode.
- If you have to flash single module/partition you can use Direct Memory Write

Direct Memory Write Info - post 713
Direct Memory Write Info - post 922
Direct Memory Write Info - Other thread

The Following 158 Users Say Thank You to bovirus For This Useful Post: [ View ] Gift bovirus Ad-Free
20th November 2012, 01:43 AM |#2  
OP Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 785
Read carefully before to continue!!!

- Please follow the instructions carefully
- The author of thread and xda forum will not take any responsibility on whatever may happen with your device.
- Always make sure that you trust the sources of the ROM you download and know that it is meant for your phone.
- After flashing a wrong preloader, your phone will be completely dead (can't be powered on, it will not charge and won't be detected anymore by the computer) and there is no way to recover it.

Instruction how to use Flashtool
  • - Requirements
  • USB data cable
  • MediaTek USB VCOM drivers
  • SP Flash Tool
Flashing the whole ROM
  • First of all open SP Flash Tool, then click Scatter-loading button to load the correct scatter file
    (MT6575_Android_scatter_emmc.txt or MT6577_Android_scatter_emmc.txt, depending on which phone you have) for your device and ignore any message that may appear.
MTK Android Flashtool
  • Turn off your phone, remove the battery and replace it after some seconds (and don't turn on the phone).
  • Press F9 (or hit Download button) and connect your phone into the computer via USB data cable.
    The process will start and a red progress bar will appear.
MTK Android Flashtool Connect to Computer

MTK Android Flashtool Connect to Computer

  • After the red progress bar is complete, there will appear a purple progress bar.
MTK Android Flashtool runtime trace mode
  • Right after the purple progress bar is complete, a message will appear underneath it:
    Please insert USB cable in x seconds” and then the download will start right away (you will see the yellow progress bar filling up).
MTK Android Flashtool runtime trace mode

  • When the yellow bar is complete, you'll get a popup with a green circle and Download OK message,
    which means that the process has been successfully terminated.
MTK Android flashtool Download

  • You can now safely disconnect your phone and turn it on. The process ends here.
Flashing only part of the ROM
  • In case you want to flash just one part of the ROM, that is also possible. In the shown example, only recovery image will be flashed.
    Deselect all parts except the one(s) you want to flash and then press F9 (or hit Download button).
MTK Android Flashtool
  • The tool will immediately show a warning because not all parts are selected, but you should continue anyway. Safely press Yes to continue.
MTK Android Flashtool

  • The download of the chosen partition image will start and after the yellow bar is complete, the popup with the green circle should appear.

MTK Android Flashtool

MTK Android Flashtool
  • Please note that, even though it isn't mandatory to select it on the list of images to flash,
    preloader file must be present in the same folder as the other partition(s) that you want to flash, or else phone will not be able to enter into download mode.

The Following 8 Users Say Thank You to bovirus For This Useful Post: [ View ] Gift bovirus Ad-Free
20th November 2012, 01:43 AM |#3  
EGY_STARS's Avatar
Junior Member
Thanks Meter: 14
thanks DR_MOOSAVI, nice contribution.

I wish you could also continue the tutorial but this time for explaining how to perform a READ BACK for creating a full ROM backup please..

thanks again
The Following User Says Thank You to EGY_STARS For This Useful Post: [ View ] Gift EGY_STARS Ad-Free
25th November 2012, 04:34 PM |#4  
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 86
I think i flashed a wrong preloader on my MTK6577 HDC ONE X PRO , is there any way to recover it? :/
29th December 2012, 05:10 AM |#5  
Abhishekkoni's Avatar
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 55
Dude m new to xda I need to know can I update cyntus T2 rom from stock v1 rom if can plz send me the link asap and vl vividness of the display fade in t2 rom? And most importantly what's the internal memory for apps can I get? Plz rply asap

Sent from my Micromax A110 using xda app-developers app
The Following User Says Thank You to Abhishekkoni For This Useful Post: [ View ] Gift Abhishekkoni Ad-Free
30th December 2012, 10:54 AM |#6  
Thanks Meter: 1
what's the difference between download and firmware update?
4th January 2013, 08:01 PM |#7  
Junior Member
Thanks Meter: 0
I get 100% on the red bar, but it just sits there afterwards.I've let it run for as much as 45 min and never get the purple bar. What am I not understanding?
6th January 2013, 03:57 PM |#8  
Junior Member
Thanks Meter: 0
Alcatel ot 918
I also got the same problem i flashed the wrong preloader and now the phone wont boot or display anything. Please help, is there any work around?
11th January 2013, 11:12 PM |#9  
Thanks Meter: 0

Great tutorial, but i have been searching for hours and i can't find a site to download SP Flash tool.
Can you provide a download link plz.

Thank you,

12th January 2013, 05:53 AM |#10  
Junior Member
Flag Manila
Thanks Meter: 1

Do you think this method would be applicable with this phone?

Its also an S3 clone with a quadcore on it! Quad-core might just be a word? Maybe, but it scores a whooping 9899 in antutu.

I'll be getting this phone next week so Im starting to dig for some rooting method.

Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	101229194_095236477da86a7948b957afb909bfeaa43d6c6364ccba8ba.jpg
Views:	12559
Size:	30.9 KB
ID:	1637731   Click image for larger version

Name:	101229179_0951413047f040256d3ec77a3acce4c8eba44634dbdb9d4e6.jpg
Views:	11809
Size:	33.1 KB
ID:	1637732  
The Following User Says Thank You to jhusly For This Useful Post: [ View ] Gift jhusly Ad-Free
16th January 2013, 11:41 PM |#11  
Flag Santiago
Thanks Meter: 11
(ZTE V970M) I couldn't install stock rom... so i clicked "FORMAT" and could install the stock rom again... but the phone won't go further than the bootanimation... if i enter the recovery mode, it says it's missing the cache... and can't mount the sd card... what should i do?

i can't do firmware upgrade because it asks for all files and i don't have the one for CACHE... :/
The Following User Says Thank You to gerardarmando For This Useful Post: [ View ] Gift gerardarmando Ad-Free
Post Reply Subscribe to Thread

Guest Quick Reply (no urls or BBcode)
Previous Thread Next Thread
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes