Nokia X series is expected to hit a huge sales number as its firstly the first Nokia phone running the Android OS and secondly it is an entry level device projected at a price point where there’s nothing to stop it from making some sales records. Root access is the very first thing you need to install custom launchers (advanced), uninstall system apps or even run a completely different ROM on your phone.
Update: The previous method of using FramaRoot no longer works. So I have updated the guide below to make it stay current and now any Nokia X series device, whether updated (to 11.1.1. or 18.104.22.168) or not can be rooted by following the steps below.
Steps to Root Nokia X, X+ and XL
As Nokia X, X+ and XL run the same AOSP based firmware, the steps to root each of them is the same. Thanks to the XDA community for employing their valuable time and effort in developing the tools.
- Nokia X Manager. Download here
- USB Data Cable
- Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 or higher, 32-bit or 64-bit
- .NET Framework 4
- Enable Debugging on your Nokia X Device by going to Settings> Developer Options and Checking the box in front of USB Debugging.
- Install the Nokia X Manager.
- Connect your Nokia X/XL to the PC using a USB Cable (Bluetooth Connection won’t work)
- Run the Nokia X Toolkit.
- Make sure your Nokia X is detected by the Nokia X Manager.
- Click on Root Device.
- In the Team Win Recovery, select Install and locate the SuperSU zip file. It will be in the Internal SD card.
- Reboot the phone after SuperSU is flashed successfully.
- That’s it. Your Nokia X/XL is rooted now.
The Nokia X Manager also supports installation of Google Play and other Google Apps. So if you want to install play store on your Nokia X after rooting, you can use the Toolkit to do the same 🙂 Leave your feedback in the section below.