[How To] Root And Install CWM Recovery On Micromax A116 Canvas HD

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Its been 2 weeks since the Micromax A116 Canvas HD launched after the initial delay in its release due to logistics issues. Putting that aside the usual rooting guide for Micromax devices, the Bin4ry’s rooting tool showed no success in doing so. However there was no way the good guys over at XDA were going to give up that easily. Especially considering the device is selling like hot cakes in India. And why wouldn’t it? Micromax is no more just a cheap brand name. After the success of its A110 Canvas 2, great things are bound to be expected and Micromax hasn’t disappointed their fan-base. For more info you can refer to our coverage on the Micromax A116 Canvas HD launch.

Micromax A116 Canvas HD specifications :

  • Display: 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS 16.7 million color display
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB internal memory
  • Storage: MicroSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Battery: 2,100mAh battery
  • Camera: 8MP rear camera with LED Flash, VGA front-facing camera
  • Dual-SIM, 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS
  • Price: Rs. 14,000

Root And Install CWM Recovery On Micromax A116 Canvas HD - www.gizmophiliacs.com

Well, this article is about how to root and install CWM recovery on Micromax A116 Canvas HD. For more on rooting, you could read up about it here

Disclaimer: Rooting voids your warranty (However you CAN unroot your device) and can potentially brick your device if you fail to follow the instructions carefully. Follow this guide AT YOUR OWN RISK. GizmoPhiliacs will not be responsible (i.e will not buy you a new phone or offer you money. Maybe a helping hand and a handful of tissue) if anything goes wrong.


Steps to Install CWM Recovery:

  1. Install the Micromax A116 Canvas HD drivers from above
  2. Next you must extract and open SP Flash Tools
  3. Click on the Scatter-Loading and the program will ask you the location of the scatter loading file. Choose the MT6589_Android_scatter_emmc.txt
  4. Now, you will see that the flash tool has populated the map file on the application window, you will see multiple entries, just uncheck all entries except for Recovery
  5. Now click on Recovery and choose the clockworkmod recovery.img that you have downloaded. Make sure that nothing other that Recovery is checked.
  6. In Flash Tool, go to Options and Click USB Mode so that it is enabled. Again go to Options > DA Download All > Speed > Force to high speed.
  7. Now take out the battery, SIM Card and SD Card out of your Micromax Canvas HD A116. 
  8. Now on the opened SP Flash tool window, click the Download button. Ignore the warning messages and click on ‘Yes’
  9. Now connect your phone with battery and everything out and Volume Up key held. It will start flashing your phone with the new recovery.img.
  10. The Flash Tool will start the flashing process, the progress of which can be viewed from a yellow progress bar at the bottom of the Flash Tool
    (Don’t interrupt this process as it can potentially brick your device)
  11. After the process completes, a Green Ring will appear on your device signalling that the process was successfully completed
  12. Now you can disconnect your phone. Put the battery and everything inside and boot into recovery mode
  13. To boot into recovery mode press the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power Button. Choose Recovery mode from the next screen. You should now see the ClockworkMod Recovery on your Micromax A116 canvas HD
  14. Navigate through options through the Volume Up key for Up and Volume Down key for Down. To choose an option, press the power button.

Steps to Root your Micromax A116 Canvas HD:

  1. Ensure you have CWM recovery installed by the above method
  2. Download the rooting package 1 and package 2.
  3. Move these downloaded files in your phone’s SD card.
  4. Now reboot into ClockworkMod recovery by the method used in step 15 above
  5. Inside CWM recovery, make sure you do wipe data/factory reset and wipe cache partition. Also go in Advanced>wipe dalvik cache
  6. Now go in Install zip from sdcard and flash both the rooting packages, namely Superuser-3.1.3-arm-signed.zip and su-bin-3.1.1-arm-signed.zip one by one from their respective locations
  7. After flashing, simple click on reboot system now and you should be rooted.
  8. When your phone is back ON, you should find the Superuser SU app in your app drawer. If it’s there, ( whoopee!!! ), your Micromax A116 Canvas HD has been rooted! But then, if you want to check and be doubly sure, you could download The Root Checker App and check it for yourself.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/asn39 Akshay Bhavsar

    good going guys :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/amashaym Ashay Mhatre

      thanks alot bro! :D

  • malay

    hi , after rooting is successfull i am not able to get network on my vodafone sim. i even went to vodafone gallerly and changed the sim card. plz help .. reliance sim card which i have , is working. plz help me. or plz tell me the correct method of unrooting my phone. if any one can plz contact me on 9819969543 / 9833858899

    • http://www.facebook.com/amashaym Ashay Mhatre

      always take a nandroid backups via CWM in case something goes wrong and you need to revert back to stock firmware. Did you try factory resetting your phone?

  • shivang

    after root can we install big games like nfs mw and alfsat 7

    • shivang

      please reply fast

      • http://www.facebook.com/kunal.wanvari Kunal Wanvari

        hey shivang,

        no ! you wont be able to ! but u will be able to download apss2sd and link 2 sd for tramsferring apps to sd card ! sadly and disappointingly the canvas hd comes with just 1.7gb of useer available memory !

        • http://www.facebook.com/nathanielnickz Le Nathaniel

          Well u can swap memory ( External to internal )

          • tehemton

            yes u can..check out xda forums

  • nikhil

    hi i m having a116!!!!!!!!i m litlle bit afraid to root my phone!!!!!!!!!!!dude will u plzz help me to root my phone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!tis is my no. 8147908902!!!!!!!firstly u just txt me, if i rep then u call me!!!!!!!plzz help me bro!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.gizmophiliacs.com Kunal Wanvari

      hey nikhil,
      keep calm bro ! chill ! well get bak to you in a while !

  • http://www.facebook.com/amit00kk Amit Soni

    i have sony 16gb class4 micro sd card so can i swipe it or its work well or not?

  • Gaurav

    sp flash tool isnt detect my canvas HD… i have 32 bit pc… what should i do plz tell me…:’(

  • Krishna

    while flashing i m getting 8200 error HELP MEE

    • http://gizmophiliacs.com/ Ashay Mhatre

      try this version http://goo.gl/rLTCi

    • prabhu jef

      hey am also getting same….hv u found out the solution?????????? thanks in advance

      • Jaden Horst

        You guys need to download a newer version of SP Flash tools

    • Varun Gopinath

      same here!

    • Shubhi

      hi i also have same problem.but i have noticed a thing that i was having canvas hd black and white color mixture model which i succefully rooted but when i try to root my friends mobile totally white color canvas hd which comes with flip cover m getting this error maybe this help s u,if u got the solution please call me 09034248287

      • Sanjeev

        use flashtool 119 instead of 0.96…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathanielnickz Le Nathaniel

    Nice Tutorial ..Helps A noob too ..:D

  • Mahipalsinh Boradhara

    This is what error i get while flashing, i get this error when i press download and as soon as i plug the phone this windows pops up. Any idea ?

    • anand

      hey i am also having same problem..an m stiing about 2 days for rooting..pls pls pls any one please give me solution..please…

      • empy37

        I had user another computer then it was done. :)

      • Sanjeev

        use flashtool 119 instead of 0.96

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  • tehemton

    can i flash twrp using the same method?