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This is a great rugged phone, perfect for the outdoors (I'm a keen mountaineer). I couldn't see a thread so I thought I would start one! A couple of posts re. rooting to follow....
 
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totallybeachin

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Hey @dwastell, I know this thread is a couple months old, so I wanted to see if you have any root instructions?
Do you think the process for rooting the OUKITEL K13 here on the forum will work on the WP5?
 

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Rooted!

Hi all,
I rooted my WP5. Sorry for not having time to write a full tutorial, only a concise story. Of course this is ONLY for experienced users...

My phone is 4GB version Android 10, build 10.0_V02_20200508.
1) download the firmware from oukitel website: https://oukitel.com/pages/download-center (1)
2) download and install SP Flash Tools https://spflashtool.com/download/
3) download and install Android Platform Tools https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools
4) connect the phone to PC and verify that adb is working
5) WARNING: make a backup af your data!
6) unlock the bootloader:
- in Developer options enable the unlock
- adb reboot bootloader
- fastboot flashing unlock
- fastboot reboot
Now the phone restarts and is completely virgin!
7) shutdown the phone.
8) using SP Flash Tools readback the following partitions:
- boot
- recovery (2)
- vbmeta
9) download the attached patched_vbmeta.img
10) transfer the boot.img that you just readback to the phone download folder
11) install Magisk Manager (today 7.5.1)
12) Use Magisk Manager to patch the boot.img and copy back to PC
13) flash the images:
- fastboot flash --disable-verification vbmeta patched_vbmeta.img
- fastboot flash boot magisk_patched.img
- fastboot reboot
14) if the phone boots up run Magisk Manager to check if it's installed.

14b) if the phone goes in bootloop... flash back the original images you have read back (do not use the firmware you downloaded from Oukitel, it's necessary only to have the scatter file (the partition table).

Enjoy ;)
Nicola


Notes:
(1) actually there are 2 firmware available and despite having different names are the same. This fw is Android 9.
(2) not used now but may be useful in the future
 

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Rooting the WP5

Hey @dwastell, I know this thread is a couple months old, so I wanted to see if you have any root instructions?
Do you think the process for rooting the OUKITEL K13 here on the forum will work on the WP5?

I eventually succeeded in rooting my WP5 with Magisk. For a while, the firmware was not available but once the official ROM was published, I managed to patch boot.img and install via fastboot. My phone is the 4 GB version -copies of the stock and patched boot image are available at: github.com/dwastell/Oukitel_WP5_magisk
I have experienced some complications as detailed in my next post...
Cheers, Dave
 
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dwastell

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Rooting the WP5

Thanks for your post Nicola. You'll see that I did succeed in rooting my phone (Android 9) with Magisk, once I was able to get hold of the stock firmware. All is working though there are a couple of points worth noting.

The phones is SAR ("system-as-root") and the magisk instructions suggest that recovery.img is patched rather than boot.img. I proceeded by patching boot.img, as in your instructions, as this seemed a better solution - and it works fine.

One problem has occurred with updates. Magisk manager appears to assume that the recovery partition is the one that has been patched. When you do the direct install for the update, partition 2 is flashed (recovery) rather than partition 26 (boot). On rebooting the phone inevitably goes into boot loop.

To avoid this, I go for "select and patch a file" option, and then install again via fastboot as per the original installation. A bit of a hassle but better than the alternative!
 
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vivekiny2k

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Does this mean you were able to root the phone but revert to android 9? Both of you mention Android 9 in your posts.
 

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Does this mean you were able to root the phone but revert to android 9? Both of you mention Android 9 in your posts.
No. No need to revert.

I rooted an Android 10. But cited the stock Android 9 only because the scatter file (ie. the partition table) is the same.
@dwastell rooted the Android 9.

Please read better my tutorial, if something is not clear... I'm here!
N

---------- Post added at 20:10 ---------- Previous post was at 19:59 ----------

The phones is SAR ("system-as-root") and the magisk instructions suggest that recovery.img is patched rather than boot.img. I proceeded by patching boot.img, as in your instructions, as this seemed a better solution - and it works fine.
This phone is NOT a SAR. Neither Android 9 nor 10. The proof is that patching the boot.img worked!

One problem has occurred with updates.
Have you unrooted before applying the update?
Which kind of update? Not all are the same!
 

dwastell

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SAR

Both "Treble Check" and "Magisk Manager" confirm that the phone is SAR. I agree this is odd.... your thoughts?
The update I was referring to is the Magisk update, handled by Magisk Manager. Given that the phone is seen as SAR, it attempts to patch recovery.img, with an ensueing boot loop.
No, I don't unroot the phone

No. No need to revert.

I rooted an Android 10. But cited the stock Android 9 only because the scatter file (ie. the partition table) is the same.

@dwastell rooted the Android 9.

Please read better my tutorial, if something is not clear... I'm here!
N

---------- Post added at 20:10 ---------- Previous post was at 19:59 ----------

This phone is NOT a SAR. Neither Android 9 nor 10. The proof is that patching the boot.img worked!


Have you unrooted before applying the update?
Which kind of update? Not all are the same!
 

wallace108

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Thanks Nicola for your tutorial. I'm eager to root my WP5 Pro with Magisk, but first I need a backup of boot vbmeta and recovery. I have made extensive use of SP Flash Tools but never to readback partitions so I'm having some problems here. Could you please detail your technique to extract such files? Thank you
Michele
Build number OUKITEL_WP5Pro_EEA_V01-20200624 CPU MT6762D, 8 cores,64 Gb ROM, 4 Gb RAM.
 

nicolap8

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Thanks Nicola for your tutorial. I'm eager to root my WP5 Pro with Magisk, but first I need a backup of boot vbmeta and recovery. I have made extensive use of SP Flash Tools but never to readback partitions so I'm having some problems here. Could you please detail your technique to extract such files? Thank you
Michele
Build number OUKITEL_WP5Pro_EEA_V01-20200624 CPU MT6762D, 8 cores,64 Gb ROM, 4 Gb RAM.

Beware: your phone is different! So I don't know:
1) Android version.
2) which kind of booting are using, read here https://topjohnwu.github.io/Magisk/install.html#knowing-your-device
Before writing an image you MUST have a backup of it!

To read back a partition with SP Flash Tools you need to know the start address end the length of the partition. This information is available only (because your phone is not yet rooted) from the scatter file (from the SAME phone).
In the Readback page hit "Add" then input a name for the image file. Follows a new dialog "Readback block start address" where you have to write the values.
After this you can give the Read Back command. If it doesn't start shutdown the phone.
N
 

oncouch1

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Thank you all for
the data to root! I just got a 4/32 android 10 version. Is there a custom recovery yet? Been a looooong time since I have dabbled but want to root it and customise. I have replaced most of google apps or disabled them already but want more room. I have never created a TWRP but have been reading about it and they already have many Oukitel versions, so should I wait? TIA
 

vivekiny2k

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Thanks, it's clear.

I bought it for my son, don't have plans to root it yet. will probably wait till later.

No. No need to revert.

I rooted an Android 10. But cited the stock Android 9 only because the scatter file (ie. the partition table) is the same.

@dwastell rooted the Android 9.

Please read better my tutorial, if something is not clear... I'm here!
 

oncouch1

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No Joy with
Hardware : MT6761V/WE
Model : WP5
Build number : OUKITEL_WP5_NOEEA_V01_20200701
Build date UTC : 20200701-071441
Android v : 10
Baseband v: MOLY.LR12A.R3.MP.V114.9,MOLY.LR12A.R3.MP.V114.9
Kernel v : 4.9.190+ ([email protected]) (Android (5484270 based on r353983c) clang version 9.0.3 (based on LLVM 9.0.3svn)) #2 SMP Wed Jul 1 15:19:21 CST 2020
It seems locked down as I lose adb in fastboot and even patching the boot.img I create fails. MTKdroid tools can't create scatter.
 

nicolap8

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I bought it for my son, don't have plans to root it yet. will probably wait till later.
Remember that you will lose ALL YOUR DATA! Usually it's better to root before start using the phone...


No Joy with
Build number : OUKITEL_WP5_NOEEA_V01_20200701
It seems locked down as I lose adb in fastboot and even patching the boot.img I create fails. MTKdroid tools can't create scatter.
You have to describe well what you have done and error messages.
Note also that your firmware is never... maybe there is some difference.
N
 

wallace108

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As of today the firmware for the WP5 PRO has not been posted yet. I'll wait. Meanwhile I want to ask Nicolap8: what does the vbmeta file do? Why is it important to patch it. Isn't patching the boot enough? Thanks
 

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TWRP for WP5 (Pie, 4GB)

If anyone wants to install TWRP, I've built and tested it for my WP5 (Android 9.0, 4GB). A copy of the image may be found in the MISC folder at: https://github.com/dwastell/TWRP_Oukitel_WP5
Note that the data partitiion is not accessible due to encryption (not a major limitation), and that the null version of vbmeta (thanks Nicola) does need to be flashed. Also, I have had problems flashing some versions of Magisk - please read the README.md.
 
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oncouch1

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Remember that you will lose ALL YOUR DATA! Usually it's better to root before start using the phone...



You have to describe well what you have done and error messages.
Note also that your firmware is never... maybe there is some difference.
N

Sorry it has been a while I HAD WRONG USB DRIVERS! I got bootloader unlocked and will try again.

---------- Post added at 07:13 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:09 PM ----------

A WP5 (android 10) .zip file is now on the site. It contains less files though?
 

oncouch1

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For some reason the images taken in windows are corrupt. Magical fails to run on them. The one taken in llinux patches fine. One question though the original image is 32 meg the magical patches is only 10 meg is that correct? Also the vbmeta is 8 meg off the phone but the patches 256 k?
 

nicolap8

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For some reason the images taken in windows are corrupt. Magical fails to run on them. The one taken in llinux patches fine.
Strange but... with W all is possible!


One question though the original image is 32 meg the magical patches is only 10 meg is that correct? Also the vbmeta is 8 meg off the phone but the patches 256 k?
Both are correct.
The Magisk patched image is not "filled" to the partition size.
The vbmeta also is smaller because it's empty (is present only the "index").
N
 

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    Thanks Nicola for your tutorial. I'm eager to root my WP5 Pro with Magisk, but first I need a backup of boot vbmeta and recovery. I have made extensive use of SP Flash Tools but never to readback partitions so I'm having some problems here. Could you please detail your technique to extract such files? Thank you
    Michele
    Build number OUKITEL_WP5Pro_EEA_V01-20200624 CPU MT6762D, 8 cores,64 Gb ROM, 4 Gb RAM.

    Beware: your phone is different! So I don't know:
    1) Android version.
    2) which kind of booting are using, read here https://topjohnwu.github.io/Magisk/install.html#knowing-your-device
    Before writing an image you MUST have a backup of it!

    To read back a partition with SP Flash Tools you need to know the start address end the length of the partition. This information is available only (because your phone is not yet rooted) from the scatter file (from the SAME phone).
    In the Readback page hit "Add" then input a name for the image file. Follows a new dialog "Readback block start address" where you have to write the values.
    After this you can give the Read Back command. If it doesn't start shutdown the phone.
    N
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    This is a great rugged phone, perfect for the outdoors (I'm a keen mountaineer). I couldn't see a thread so I thought I would start one! A couple of posts re. rooting to follow....
    1
    Rooted!

    Hi all,
    I rooted my WP5. Sorry for not having time to write a full tutorial, only a concise story. Of course this is ONLY for experienced users...

    My phone is 4GB version Android 10, build 10.0_V02_20200508.
    1) download the firmware from oukitel website: https://oukitel.com/pages/download-center (1)
    2) download and install SP Flash Tools https://spflashtool.com/download/
    3) download and install Android Platform Tools https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools
    4) connect the phone to PC and verify that adb is working
    5) WARNING: make a backup af your data!
    6) unlock the bootloader:
    - in Developer options enable the unlock
    - adb reboot bootloader
    - fastboot flashing unlock
    - fastboot reboot
    Now the phone restarts and is completely virgin!
    7) shutdown the phone.
    8) using SP Flash Tools readback the following partitions:
    - boot
    - recovery (2)
    - vbmeta
    9) download the attached patched_vbmeta.img
    10) transfer the boot.img that you just readback to the phone download folder
    11) install Magisk Manager (today 7.5.1)
    12) Use Magisk Manager to patch the boot.img and copy back to PC
    13) flash the images:
    - fastboot flash --disable-verification vbmeta patched_vbmeta.img
    - fastboot flash boot magisk_patched.img
    - fastboot reboot
    14) if the phone boots up run Magisk Manager to check if it's installed.

    14b) if the phone goes in bootloop... flash back the original images you have read back (do not use the firmware you downloaded from Oukitel, it's necessary only to have the scatter file (the partition table).

    Enjoy ;)
    Nicola


    Notes:
    (1) actually there are 2 firmware available and despite having different names are the same. This fw is Android 9.
    (2) not used now but may be useful in the future
    1
    Rooting the WP5

    Hey @dwastell, I know this thread is a couple months old, so I wanted to see if you have any root instructions?
    Do you think the process for rooting the OUKITEL K13 here on the forum will work on the WP5?

    I eventually succeeded in rooting my WP5 with Magisk. For a while, the firmware was not available but once the official ROM was published, I managed to patch boot.img and install via fastboot. My phone is the 4 GB version -copies of the stock and patched boot image are available at: github.com/dwastell/Oukitel_WP5_magisk
    I have experienced some complications as detailed in my next post...
    Cheers, Dave
    1
    Rooting the WP5

    Thanks for your post Nicola. You'll see that I did succeed in rooting my phone (Android 9) with Magisk, once I was able to get hold of the stock firmware. All is working though there are a couple of points worth noting.

    The phones is SAR ("system-as-root") and the magisk instructions suggest that recovery.img is patched rather than boot.img. I proceeded by patching boot.img, as in your instructions, as this seemed a better solution - and it works fine.

    One problem has occurred with updates. Magisk manager appears to assume that the recovery partition is the one that has been patched. When you do the direct install for the update, partition 2 is flashed (recovery) rather than partition 26 (boot). On rebooting the phone inevitably goes into boot loop.

    To avoid this, I go for "select and patch a file" option, and then install again via fastboot as per the original installation. A bit of a hassle but better than the alternative!