Guide: Unlocking Bootloader & Rooting the YU Yureka

yu smartphone logoGot a shiny new Micromax YU Yureka smartphone? You’d be glad to know that rooting the phone, unlocking the bootloader and/or installing a custom kernel does not void your warranty. Interesting, isn’t it? So when all is in the favor, let’s learn how to unlock the bootloader of Yureka, root it and install CWM recovery. Do note that unlocking the bootloader is necessary before the Yureka can be rooted.

Unlocking the Bootloader of YU Yureka

Unlocking the bootloader provides you access to do all the nifty things with your phone. Follow the steps below to unlock the bootloader of Yureka.

Unlocking the bootloader DELETES ALL DATA from your device (including apps, contacts, messages; etc). So do backup anything important before proceeding.
  1. Download and install ADB and Device Drivers on your Windows PC.
  2. Download the root files for Yureka and extract them to a folder.
  3. Turn off your Yureka by holding the power button and choosing Power off.
  4. Press and hold the Volume Up key and connect your phone to the PC using a USB cable. Keep the Volume up key pressed till you reach the Fastboot Mode.
  5. On the PC, open the folder where you extracted the Yureka root files (downloaded in step 2).
  6. While holding the SHIFT key, right-click on a blank area inside the folder and choose Open command window command window adb
  7. Copy and paste the following command into the command window that opens:
    fastboot -i 0x1ebf oem unlock
  8. Unless the command shows an error, your bootloader is successfully unlocked.

Flashing CWM and Installing SuperSU to Root Yureka

After unlocking the bootloader, you need to follow the steps below to flash CWM Recovery which is a custom recovery with lots of additional options and then use it to install SuperSU which will provide us with root management.

  1. Turn on the phone.
  2. Connect to the PC again. Then download the latest SuperSU binaries and copy it to your device’s external or internal SD memory.
  3. Disconnect the USB and shut down Yureka for one last time.
  4. Press and hold the Volume Up key and then connect the USB cable to boot into fastboot mode.
  5. Open the folder where you extracted Yureka root files and open the command window (step 6 of bootloader process).
  6. Paste the following command in the command window and press Enter.
    fastboot -i 0x1ebf flash recovery Yureka-Recovery.img

    flashing cwm yureka cmd

  7. Disconnect the USB cable and then press the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power Key together (till the phone vibrates) to boot into CWM recovery mode.
  8. Use the volume keys to select install zip option and press power key to select it.
  9. Select one of the following:
    1. choose zip from /sdcard – If you copied the SuperSU to internal SD; or
    2. choose zip from /storage/sdcard1 – If you copied SuperSU external SD card
  10. Browse to the file and press the power key to flash it.
  11. When done, choose reboot system now

If everything is done correctly, you’d have root access in your Yureka. You will find SuperSU in your app tray and you can also confirm root access by installing an app that requires root permission or else using the Root Checker app available in Play Store. If the Play Store or SuperSU itself offers an update to the app, you are free to update it to the latest version.

Root Checker
Developer: joeykrim
Price: Free+

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98 Responses to Guide: Unlocking Bootloader & Rooting the YU Yureka

  1. raj November 26, 2015 at 10:42 am #

    Can I root cm.12.0 by this process ?

  2. Shrey December 19, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

    Hey everything worked correctly but cant boot into cwm recovery YU signs shows up but nothing happens screen goes blackk….Please hELP…

    • naman July 7, 2016 at 7:07 pm #

      same here!!

  3. Mahendra December 22, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    CM 12.1 aply this process?

  4. sanjeev December 23, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    hello my yureka is not oning its just showing logo and restarting
    by follwing your methods

    • Prince April 9, 2016 at 11:23 am #

      Your phone is soft bricked….
      There are some chances… Give it to the some experinced hands… Dont try anything on it…. Or it will be hard bricked……

  5. pankit December 25, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

    Last command main error show ho raha hai?

  6. lokeswar January 13, 2016 at 10:51 pm #

    I flashed a unknown recovery on my yureka___………now its shows image signature verification fail when I turn on
    What should I do
    Please tell

    • Narender Singh January 14, 2016 at 10:51 am #

      Try going back to fastboot and flash the stock recovery.

  7. Manju February 9, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    Hi…..first I downloaded the adb and cm 12.1 in a folder….then as u mentioned to run two commands in command prompt, I did the same…..after this when I switched on mh phone, it gets on till YU screen then goes off once again….then it again switches on by itself….. This process keeps repeating till I remove battery……plz give a solution

    • Balaji R February 29, 2016 at 9:36 am #

      did you find any solution for that.
      please let me know.

      • Manju March 1, 2016 at 12:19 am #

        My phone was hard bricked. I got it replaced. I tried a lot of solutions from Google, but no use. Finally contacted YU & got it replaced.

  8. MD NAYAZ ALAM February 17, 2016 at 8:55 pm #

    My phone is YU YUREKA and ye phone root nahi ho raha hai and unlock kar raha hun but nahi ho raha hai fast boot she.

    Please tell me some information please

  9. akshit February 18, 2016 at 5:49 pm #

    Can I root and unlock bootloader on HTC desireC

  10. Balaji R February 29, 2016 at 9:34 am #

    hi, narender.

    I done all by the above said procedure. but after i removed usb cable from mobile, i cant switch on my yureka. YU logo only appears. no other moves in screen. its blank.

    please help me.

    i need my device back in goood working mode.

    • ADARSHA May 21, 2016 at 5:56 pm #

      same happened to me, i unlocked the bootloader but, when i did flash recovery image only yu logo appers.

  11. rawat March 20, 2016 at 9:40 pm #

    How I root CM 12.1 plzzzz

  12. madav March 28, 2016 at 10:10 pm #

    can i use this method on redmi note pro

    • Narender Singh March 29, 2016 at 7:05 pm #

      No buddy. This is not for the Redmi Note.

  13. Gurdeep sran April 2, 2016 at 1:39 pm # cannot show in cwm recovery mode

  14. Sanjoy biswas April 17, 2016 at 11:13 am #

    Try to root YU yureka use showing your step . BT in the lust stap installed form zip option not found.
    Pl help

  15. Gagan Sharma April 24, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

    I try to root my Yureka by using your method step by step showing above, all done correctly but in last step “INSTALL ZIP” this install zip option is not found or not available… so plz tell me what to do now? plz help as soon as possible

    • harsh May 24, 2016 at 1:32 pm #


  16. ADARSHA May 21, 2016 at 5:51 pm #

    i was able to unlock bootloader,but when i di flash recovery my phone is not switching on… kindly help

  17. Malkhan Singh May 22, 2016 at 1:24 pm #

    How to root 12.1 yureka ?

  18. sohail May 22, 2016 at 3:35 pm #

    Can I root my device yureka in kikat version

  19. harsh May 24, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

    after i disconncted the usb as asked in step 7 after that i tried to boot phone by pressing volume keys and power key it showed yu sign and then nothing is shwoing up. and phone is not even starting

  20. harsh May 24, 2016 at 1:30 pm #

    i got my phone stared by step 7 but it didnt boot into CWM recovery mode anddidnt ask for any zip file. it started as it usually does.whAT TO DO NEXT

  21. balaji June 2, 2016 at 9:10 am #

    the user who having the stuck with rooting, simply go to service centre and update the software at the cost of 300rs only. if you do anything like intelligent, finally you have to change the full mother board itself and it cost around 3000rs.

    • Abhishek August 14, 2016 at 12:18 am #

      Ooo thax u bro for 300 they all root the mobile
      Plz ur number

      • -272.15°C August 14, 2016 at 11:50 am #

        is it working?

  22. arpan August 22, 2016 at 12:04 pm #



    • Ayush43565 October 23, 2016 at 12:41 am #

      just unbrick ur phone and alive it download file or use some youtube videos

  23. asr September 4, 2016 at 10:03 pm #

    who wrote this tutorial is bustad…..because now i cant go to recoverymode e after trying this method plz dont try this method .for query call 7551027284

  24. gudu singh September 11, 2016 at 5:09 pm #

    not working plzz help jb m comment paste krta hu toh waiting for device lhikha aata h plllz help me
    Yu yureka ka

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