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.

  • Juan Jose de Leon

    Warning: Pls back up ALL your contacts and data first. To create a backup of your contacts to your memory card, tap phone, tap contacts, tap options, tap import/export select all contacts, import all to microSD card. Make sure you have at least a 1Gb memory card. I have over 2,000 contacts on my phone and the import took a good 218Mb of space on the card.

    • Dax Krishna

      218MB for contacts!? that’s a bit too much for contacts Juan, may a third-party back up app can reduce this by importing all the contacts in either .vcf or .xcv format!

      • Edfil Sison

        for me i use my google/gmail account, so everytime i have to do something with my phone my contacts is always safe on my gmail account

    • lavezarez

      2000 contacts, 218mb space. absurd!

  • Edfil Sison

    hi there is there any other link for the alcatel pc suite, the file in the link provided is no longer there, i tried the alcatel site, but the file im downloading from them is always corrupted, thank you in advance, i really just wanted to root my sons phone, so i can remove some of the pre loaded apps, its taking up a lot of space

  • rawr

    superonclick not responding

    • mherzi

      yeah just like mine,

      • c3bp

        Yeah what’s up with this.

    • luay

      i Have the same peoblem the super click is not responding what can i do !?

  • mherzi

    its stock at step#7,, dude help pls..

    • Mahesh Makvana

      At the Step-6, Right-click on the SuperOneClick.exe and choose “Run as administrator.” It should run the tool with admin privileges, your issue will be resolved.

      Thanks!

  • Bhorj

    On the 1st to 3rd instructions, how do we install it? We double click the link provided but it will lead me to a site. Plese assist.

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Those links aren’t direct download links. They lead you to the respective website from where you can download the actual file.

      Thanks Bhorj!

  • nas

    Is it also avalaible for Alctatel 985N ? Pliz help

  • c3pb

    Hey man your link for the Alcatel PC suite or the first link doesn’t have a download link.

  • c3pb

    After i clicked the ‘root’ it stops on shell rooting device… step #7 i tried running the program as administrator, then it goes “(Not Responding)” and stops.. i waited for almost 20 minutes. still no root. what do?

    • It seems that the problem isn’t with the root tool, it’s with your PC. Many times, when your PC is infected with any viruses or maybe there’re some changes made to system files, this kind of errors can occur.

      I suggest you to try it on any other PC you have access to, it should work fine.

      Thanks!

    • Harveya

      can you still use your cellphone?

  • PMS

    when you are trying to unroot the phone do you “check” or “uncheck” usb debugging?

    • Mahesh Makvana

      When you’re unrooting your phone, the USB debugging option should be “checked”.

  • PMS

    it stops here and doesn’t do anything else. How long should this take?

    • Mahesh Makvana

      It shouldn’t take much time, looks like your PC has frozen. Make sure that your PC is clean and doesn’t have any kind of viruses, malwares, etc.

      Sometimes, a corrupted system could cause the program to stop responding. So, I’d suggest you to try it out on any other PC you have access to.

      • My PC is clean. I mean, REALLY Clean… as you can see, we all have the same issue. We did the right steps and i guess the app, SuperOneClick , is broken or something.

      • val catubay

        same problem here. i spent a lot of time waitin for it to finish but it alway stops. please send us a feedback. thank you

    • Ivan Paraiso

      I have the same problem as this……………… How do I solve this problem??????????

      • hananzhi

        I also have the same problem. It’s not responding..

        • Angel Gorospe

          me too. I’m having the same prob

  • drek

    do i need to open the cp when i conect it to the pc

    ..thanx please rply

  • drek

    sir pwd bang ma root cp..kaci ung puzzle nakalimutan ku na d na ako makapasok sa menu..

    thanx

  • jl

    sir bkt ang bgal ng net ko pag s sim ko ung pinangiinternet ko

    • Ayz Summers

      When using your SIM to browse the Internet, the connection varies according to the network coverage of the area you are in. In short, it’s your service provider’s connection problem, not your phone’s.

  • Nikko

    how would I know if my phone was successfully rooted?

  • joyce

    hi! i was just confuse i read other blog they say install first the custom recovery… what is that for? in your tutorial no need to install the custom thingy.. just confuse hope you can help me coz i want to root my phone…thanks!!

    • Mahesh Makvana

      A single device could have various root methods with various things requiring for it. The above method doesn’t need CWM and you’re safe to apply it on your device to gain root access.

      Hope it cleans up your confusion!

      • joyce

        oh okay!! another question is if i want to install a custom rom what app or software will i need? btw sir may i request to do a tutorial on how to install custom rom in alcatel 918n? much appriciated!! thanks in advance!!!

  • Jeremiah

    Waiting for Device….what to do?
    Then it tells me it has not driver… but I have the Alcatel Android Manager

    • Jec Galera

      download pdanet on playstore to your phone also in PC

  • joyce

    hi! the link in superoneclick is not available can you pls. give another link….thanks!!! 🙂

  • renzo dela cruz

    mount -o rw,remount /dev/block/mtdblock12 /system > /data/local/tmp/output 2>&1

    export TEMPRANDOM=44938

    export PS1=END:$TEMPRANDOM;cat /data/local/tmp/output

    mount: Operation not permitted

    END:44938

    whats the problem with this?

    • Dean

      same here

  • Tom

    does this work on alcatel Glory 918n X?

    • Mahesh Makvana

      Hey Tom,

      This is intended to work on 918N and we suggest you not to try it on your 918N X as it may brick your device.

      For more information, you may check out the official thread, link’s given at the bottom of the post.

      Thanks!

  • 918noob

    hi! how do I make a backup of my phone? especially backup of installed applications?
    ? a step-bystep guide is appreciated since i’m new to these kind of things

  • 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

  • Angel Gorospe

    It’s not working 🙁

  • Cliffordsky Silga

    why my camera is cannot connected?

  • Jk gunta

    i hav tried as u told ,, same thing happend ..that is no response at 7 th step,,again tried with admin,,no use …pls help