How to Root (and Unroot) the Alcatel One Touch 918N

The Alcatel One Touch 918N is for those with their minds wrapped around their purses than the latest specs, as it is a simple device running Android 2.3.3 with a 650MHz processor, dual SIM support, and a 3MP camera that won’t make a noticeable dent in your bank account.  But with this cheap price tag comes lesser onboard memory, which means you install a few apps and the memory is full! A good way to solve this problem is to remove all the bloatware that accompanied the phone when you bought it and to do this you’ll have to root it before anything else.  The guide below will show you just that – root the Alcatel One Touch 918N.

I.  Before You Begin

1.  You stand to void your warranty by rooting your device; so make up your mind before you actually go ahead with this.

2.  Back up anything you feel is important.

3.  This procedure should work on any Alcatel One Touch 918N phone running Android 2.3.5 or 2.3.6.

II.  Necessary Downloads

1.  alcatel-androidmanager-2-2-1206-455.exe [Alcatel PC Suite]

2.  SuperOneClickv2.3.3-ShortFuse.zip

3.  PdaNetA350.exe [Installs necessary Android drivers]

III.  Rooting The Alcatel One Touch 918N

1.  Double-click on alcatel-androidmanager-2-2-1206-455.exe to install the Alcatel PC Suite; this will install the necessary drivers for the procedure to work without problems.

2.  Double-click on PdaNetA350.exe to install the PDANet drivers; select Others when prompted to select the manufacturer during installation.

3.  Extract SuperOneClickv2.3.3-ShortFuse.zip to a folder on your desktop.

4.  Enable USB Debugging on your device.  To do this, go to Menu > Settings > Applications > Developer Options and tick the USB Debugging checkbox.

5.  Connect your device to your PC and if there are any drivers being installed at this point, let Windows 7 do so.

6.  From the folder you extracted above, run SuperOneClick.exe.

7.  Click on Root.

Your Alcatel One Touch 918N is now rooted!

IV.  Unrooting the Alcatel One Touch 918N

1.  Follow the same steps as in Section IV until Step 4.

2.  Click on Unroot.

If this procedure helped you please thank/donate to the original developers here.

If you need help with this procedure, please ask in the comments below or in the forum.

This is part of our Android How To’s. We have how to’s on rooting, loading ROMs, and tons of other tips and tricks for your specific device or for Android devices in general! For all of our Android How To’s, head here.

  • cris

    Hi ive been trying to root my alcatel 918N but a promt will appear..

    Driver not found on your system.

    sm bus controller pci ven_8086&dev_27da&subsys_2a8c103c&rev_01

  • mackguitar

    gud day..can i ask if i can install custom recovery without using pc? tnx.. more power..

    • Mahesh Makvana

      You can install the ROM Manager app to check if your device’s supported by it. If it is, then you’ll have the option to install custom recovery without using PC.

  • Harveya

    Hey could someone answer me… what will happen to my phone if it stucks right at step 7 while rooting

  • jeff_proX40

    Same thing here… the process stops at step#7 (Not Responding) again my PC is clean and the application was ran as administrator…. Anyone figured how to fix this?

  • Giselle

    export TEMPRANDOM=73795;export PS1=END:$TEMPRANDOM;./zergRush

    export PS1=””

    ./zergRush: not found

    END:73795

  • tina villamar

    how can i change the language into english language

  • hannie

    superoneclick does not open. i extracted it but still doesn’t work. :( what do I do?

  • Joney Morgan

    NO no no no no no no It is not working i think u were making fool.

  • Chirstian

    I noticed that my antivirus blocked something with “zergRush” from installing together with SuperOneClick. Then when I tried to a root (or unroot), it stops with this message:

    export TEMPRANDOM=53461;export PS1=END:$TEMPRANDOM;./zergRush
    export PS1=””

    ./zergRush: not found

    END:53461

    It seems there is an incomplete install of SuperOneClick. Well, I trust my anti-virus so I will not use this process anymore.

  • mapleyanz

    Hi! I tried rooting my Alcatel OT 918N but I was stuck to Step#7 what should I do? Please help me. Thanks

  • mapleyanz

    Hi! I tried rooting my Alcatel OT 918N but I was stuck to Step#7 what should I do? Please help me. Below is the screenshot of the problem I encountered. I hope you could guide me how to root my cellphone. Thanks

    • ronzkie

      same here dude

      • Ethel Grace

        what happened to your phone after? Did it still work?

  • Naveen Yadav

    It will not hang my mobile or break my mobile if we do wrong steps so please telll me it will break my phone or not ALCATEL ONE TOUCH 918N

  • Jiff Chiu

    it stopped!!!!….

  • kausiano

    how would we know whether its rooted or not??

    • Dax Krishna

      check for the Superuser app in your app drawer or use an app like Root Checker from the Play Store, Kausiano!

  • Ethel Grace

    Question: What if you’re stuck at #7, what will happen???

    I installed everything yet I haven’t tried it yet. My antivirus popped up to block SuperOneClick but I didn’t allow. Is there still a possibility of me, getting stuck somewhere? Will my phone be damaged?

  • TEJAL MAHAJAN

    same problem give solution or tell complete process plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz………………

  • van37

    does this really work?please comment if it worked. if not, did your phone bricked?

  • jaboneros

    has anyone successfully rooted using this guide? I also stopped step #7. sucks big time