How to Root Nokia X, X+ and XL after Update

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 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.

What you Need:

  1. Nokia X Manager. Download here
  2. USB Data Cable
  3. Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 or higher, 32-bit or 64-bit
  4. .NET Framework 4


  1. Enable Debugging on your Nokia X Device by going to Settings> Developer Options and Checking the box in front of USB Debugging.
  2. Install the Nokia X Manager.
  3. Connect your Nokia X/XL to the PC using a USB Cable (Bluetooth Connection won’t work)
  4. Run the Nokia X Toolkit.

    nokia x manager main

    Nokia X Manager

  5. Make sure your Nokia X is detected by the Nokia X Manager.
  6. Click on Root Device.
  7. In the Team Win Recovery, select Install and locate the SuperSU zip file. It will be in the Internal SD card.
  8. Reboot the phone after SuperSU is flashed successfully.
  9. That’s it. Your Nokia X/XL is rooted now.root checker nokia x

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.

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160 Responses to How to Root Nokia X, X+ and XL after Update

  1. frustated Nokia user May 15, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    My nokia xl is not being detected on nokia z manager. ..

  2. Mikke May 27, 2015 at 3:19 am #

    How to root Nokia XL dual SIM without computer?

    • Narender Singh May 27, 2015 at 9:44 am #

      You cannot without a computer.

  3. muttaher June 11, 2015 at 7:34 am #

    Dear my nokia xl mobile is not connecting to nokia x manager….plzzz help me

    • mark September 18, 2015 at 9:24 am #

      still waiting to connect device 🙁

  4. nithin June 21, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

    Please tell me if i updated to 2.1 Can i run the playstore

  5. chander June 22, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    nokia xl is not detected by nokia x manager. it just always show “waiting for device”. can anybody help me plzzz….

    • Narender Singh June 22, 2015 at 7:04 pm #

      Make sure that you have the ADB and Nokia drivers installed.

  6. Mikke July 8, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

    Hi, My Nokia xl cannot be detected it keep on showing waiting for the device please need help

    • Narender Singh July 9, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

      Check Device Manager that drivers are installed for the device.

  7. monu July 23, 2015 at 12:10 am #

    Plz help me. Mere Nokia RM 980 boot dead & not on device. Air vaibrate b ni kr rha. Power key hold krne se. Plz my help. I’m so said

  8. samrat July 29, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

    nokia x manager is not detecting my phone.

  9. Kan October 29, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    My Nokia XL is been connected to Nokia X manage.
    But how to do flash and Super SU during rooting..please guide.
    It is showing 6 option during rooting…..what to do??

  10. subedar yadav November 21, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

    Simply throw nokia xl in garbage

  11. hassan November 21, 2015 at 9:20 pm #

    if I root my device . is my phone factory data reset ?

  12. ratul gayary November 24, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

    i tried to root nokia x using nokia x manager but it cannont detect my device. how can i root it?

    • Narender Singh November 24, 2015 at 8:05 pm #

      Make sure that the ADB drivers are installed successfully. Should be easy if you check Device Manager.

  13. pavan punyani December 10, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

    WHAT U HAVE TO DO IS TO CALL ME ON +919158885161

    • Sumit May 13, 2016 at 10:49 pm #

      my nokia XL is nOt connectted to the nokia X manger else I m installed nokia XL drivers sucessfully

  14. sangmuan January 16, 2016 at 5:11 pm #

    mine cannot detect it

    • Narender Singh January 16, 2016 at 9:43 pm #

      Did you check that the drivers are correctly installed? 🙂

  15. therock January 26, 2016 at 5:34 pm #

    my nokia xl didnot root if click at root botton on nokia x manager my phone. restart but it only show Nokia logo

  16. adita January 27, 2016 at 6:52 pm #

    what to do if nokia x manager can not find the devic affter doing all the things which you told

  17. Sahil Qureshi March 12, 2016 at 7:59 pm #

    Thanks pavan bhai …..
    Aap ke instruction bahot kam me aaye

  18. Mahershi April 30, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

    I did all the steps..even updated drives..nd all..evrything..but still not please

  19. aka May 9, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

    when i try to install adb it shows some shitty dialog box

  20. Sonu May 10, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

    I could not find SuperSU zip file after clicking on the install option. There is a folder named SuperSU in system storage but no zip file. Now, what can I do bro…????

  21. lovepreet May 30, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

    divice is not connected tell me the reason

  22. kosi September 12, 2016 at 4:15 pm #

    this did not work

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